The Division vs Quantum Break

These are the two most talked about games this month – Tom Clancy’s The Division and Quantum Break! Which to buy? What if I don’t have time for both?

We decided to pit 2 of POPCulture Online’s hardcore gamers against each other! They had no idea which game they were reviewing and why…..just pure honest comments!

Kenneth Wong VS Chen Kangyi. Let the battle begin!

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Kenneth Wong

  • POPCulture Online Co-Founder
  • Mad gamer
  • Even madder tech guy

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Once dubbed as the PC’s answer to the PlayStation’s Destiny, the 3rd person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division is a gem that Ubisoft has in its hands. Clearly the hype train formed since its announcement at 2013’s E3 was clearly not misplaced as the game not only wowed myself but convinced me that yes, it is possible to create a MMO out of a 3rd person shooter.

Set in a “what if” reality, Tom Clancy’s The Division is so real that is it hard not to imagine the game’s plot and setting of a New York that has been destroyed by a lab created variant of the deadly small pox virus.

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The Good

Taking on the role of special sleeper agents from the Strategic Homeland Division, or simply “The Division”, players get to not only customise their character but also dress them out with various outfits acquired throughout the game. What amazes me is the realism as my character looks like me (during my fitter active army days) down to my hair style and even the clothes are something that can similarly found in my wardrobe.

But the realism doesn’t stop there as game designers painstakingly re-created New York into the digital world. From Hell’s Kitchen to Times Square, players get to roam New York as they not only help the citizens of New York recover from the outbreak but also in taking down street thugs, crazy flame thrower criminals and even a rogue private army to keep the streets of New York safe.

The Bad

The only downside perhaps is the amount of power that is needed to run the game. High definition realistic graphics is going to demand a lot from my the system and even my high end i7 quad core computer with 16GB of ram and the powerful Zotac 980TI Overclocked struggles at times at the highest settings. Oh and if you have parents or children around, do take care to lower the volume as the dialog can get vulgar at times to keep with the setting of the game. After all, you can’t expect a frustrated street thug whose family died to the small pox virus and whose buddy you just killed to go all polite with you.

Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

A game worth every dollar (and the season pass) and stressing my computer to the max.

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Chen Kangyi

  • POPCulture Online Features writer
  • Crazy gamer
  • Might be crazy in person

Quantum Break

With the wide spread popularity of video streaming and the increase of production value in TV productions, we are experiencing a resurgence of popularity of visual media on the silver screen. It isn’t long before game developers decided to merge their medium with the silver screen into a singular entertainment entity.

Enter Quantum Break, the game tried to blend silver screen action with the pixels and polygons of a third person shooter – with a slight dash of time manipulation. Our time bending gun trotting protagonist Jack Joyce is played by actor Shawn Ashmore (otherwise known as Iceman from the X-Men movies), who attained his time bending powers from the school of tv tropes – he was caught in a lab accident involving time manipulation.

The resulting accident granted Jack with the powers of time manipulation while the antagonist Paul Serene was given the powers of future sight, played by actor Aidan Gillen (whom you might recognise as Petyr Littlefinger Baelish from the HBO blockbuster: Game Of Thrones).

Inter-spaced in between the game’s five gameplay chapters are 20 minute cutscenes where you are given an insight into the mind of our antagonist, honestly there isn’t much to say about each “episode” except for the fact that, it is as good as apple pie… nothing unique but it’s still good campy fun. Each episode would be affected by the decisions the player make in game albeit the changes might be as minor as only a few lines of dialogue.

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The Good

Despite all the hype about its “TV Show” cutscenes, the combat is still the unequivocal star of the game, what started out as a simple gimmick to hide the mediocre cover based shooting turned into a full blown murder fest once the player unlocks Jack’s full time warping arsenal which includes something as simple as slowing down time to a shield that freezes bullets in mid-air ala Neo from The Matrix. Each of Jack’s ability flow into each other with a certain style of destructive fluidity; cast a time bomb on a group of unsuspecting enemies before dashing in, finishing off the survivors in slow-mo and zip back into cover before the enemy even know what hit em.

Each enemy encounter presents itself not as a typical combat encounter but a combative puzzle where you’d have to find a way to clear each area with a combination of gunplay and Jack’s time powers. Instead of having a perfect solution of each encounter, the level design of each little skirmish allows the player multiple avenues of attack.

The Bad

However, despite the game’s encouragement of creative combat; the lead-filled approach seems to always fail due to the wonky nature of gun handling. The main weakness of the game would be in it’s god awful platforming sections where the player would need to constantly fight the sloppy controls to perform the most mundane of tasks.

Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Winner: Tom Clancy’s The Division

Gamer Kenneth Wong wins this round and if you are on a budget and looking for one game to indulge in, Tom Clancy’s The Division is the pick! Especially if you don’t have enough time to tackle both games.

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