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Quantum

Gears of War has a lot to answer for. We haven’t even seen the game on PS3, nor are we likely to, but its influence is keenly felt in many games. Whether it’s Resident Evil 5’s alternate control set being tweaked to handle more like it or a blind-fire mechanic stealthily creeping into Killzone 2, Epic’s game has had many admirers try to replicate some of its traits.

We’ll never see GOW on PS3 thanks to Microsoft being its publisher, but Tecmo’s Quantum might just be the next best thing. On the surface of it, the similarities are there for all to see. There’s the steroid-abusing lead character, menacingly called Syd, and relentless third-person shooting in dark and oppressive claustrophobic environments.

That’s no bad thing, of course. There’s always a place for blockbusting action games and Tecmo is pushing the action element. There are thumping melee moves delivered via piston-like arms and assault rifles the size of Smart Cars, while bits of scenery explode in puffs of dust and debris with each projectile hit. Plus Tecmo is easily able to match Epic at the thrill-a-second stuff, being responsible for the hardcore Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

Movement and cover are both key, as there aren’t any areas where you can relax. As your wall is chipped away, you’ll have to identify a new spot which will allow you to take the fight to the enemy. It’s constant, your eyes darting around the screen all the time to try and spot your next move before it’s too late. It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

You’ll have three weapons with you at any given time, but you’ll also have the support of a lady by the name of Filena, who has the ability to turn into a human missile, a useful last-ditch attack to call upon when the last bit of cover in the vicinity has been destroyed and you need to buy yourself some time to dash across open space. She’ll fire herself, and though this won’t necessarily kill a bigger enemy outright, she’ll do a good job of distracting it enough to buy you some time to save your skin. Trouble is, Filena’s attack will leave her vulnerable, and there’s every chance you’ll have to rush over and revive her when she’s clobbered. You should only resort to using her attack if you’re in dire straits, as you could end up causing yourself even more damage.

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7 comments

  • Ninjamatt5 - July 26, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    I was looking forward to this, as I wanted a Gears for the PS3. I begged my 360 owning friend to get Gears 2. When he finally did, I didn't like it. Go figure. Still, this might be good.
  • norid - July 24, 2009 5:53 p.m.

    is that a sword in the last pic?
  • crumbdunky - July 24, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    I know Tecmo said early on that they were influencved by Gears but it isn't a bad thing and nor is it simply a clone. Even while it looks a bit Gearsy at first glance there's also a neo gothic fantsy vibe to the environments-some bornering on Art Nouveau-which isn't exactly what Gears is like, is it? Gameplay also looks to have distanced itself from the more pure run, cover and gun of Epics behemoth with the living tower and the complication of Fileena hopefully being quite a fresh approach. I like the way it's heading, and for those of us who game only on PS3 there really isn't much in a similar vein to be playing. Uncharted gets compared to Gears but, really, it's only the TPS link that ties them and the way you play them couldn't be much more varied and different so Quantum could be a bit of a decent bet for a surprise or slow burning minor sales hit. I hope so as it's always good to see a dev take opn a new IP, and in Tecmo's case, their first shooter.
  • norid - July 23, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    i know i am not the First to say this but kinda has the look of Gears but is that a bad thing? Cause it looks and sounds cool.
  • zombieflamingo - July 26, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    sounded interesting until missile girl
  • Ninjamatt5 - July 26, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    oh, I see what you did there norid...that was a sneaky little first...
  • MW3M - July 24, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Co-op?

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