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Quantum Error Review

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Developed by TeamKill Media, a studio comprised of four brothers, Quantum Error is undoubtedly an ambitious title. This is a survival horror experience that feels like it’s been influenced by games such as Dead Space, as well as auteurs like Hideo Kojima. But then there are some unique features that make it stand out in its own right. It’s just a shame that, overall, it’s not that impressive or enjoyable to play.

In Quantum Error you’re placed in the shoes of Jacob, a soldier turned firefighter after a particularly traumatic encounter with a bunch of terrorists. It seems like the guy can’t catch a break, either, as during the course of dealing with a fire at a mysterious isolated facility, he finds himself trapped within it. Terrorists have struck yet again, yet this time the situation is much more complicated.

With Jacob being a firefighter, there are some interesting mechanics here. Sometimes you’ll need to check doors to see if there’s a risk of a backdraft, for example. You also have a plethora of tools at your disposal, such as a saw which you can use to cut though certain objects to vent areas, a prying device, and a large claw that can be used to open doors or crush things like pipes. Coming face to face with a fire, you can pick up fire hoses and use them, too. Needless to say, Jacob puts his training to good use, aiming to rescue those he can while getting to the bottom of this whole mess.

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As we’ve already established, Quantum Error is not just a firefighting game, though. As you explore the strange facility you’ve found yourself in, you’ll encounter a variety of adversaries. Initially you’ll be up against soldiers, but before long more fearsome and grotesque hostiles are introduced into the mix. It’s easy taking down a zombie, but an invisible monstrosity that appears out of nowhere to strike can very easily cut you down.

Thankfully you acquire a veritable arsenal with which to defend yourself, although the amount of ammo you can carry for each feels woefully limited. If you do run out of ammo for your pistol or flamethrower, however, you can always rely on some of your firefighting tools to defend yourself with, such as your trusty axe. It can be pain switching between them all, though, what with them being spread across two wheels – one for traditional weapons and one for firefighting tools. The wheels aren’t always that responsive, either.

Once Quantum Error is in full swing, you find that it tries to pack a lot in. Environments are fairly open, often allowing you to go off and explore if you don’t want to head straight to your objective. It generally pays to explore, too, with valuable resources to be found including Quintessence which can be used to increase your stats. And like any good survival horror, there are also puzzles to solve and codes to find that will allow you to open up locked doors.

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Another thing going in Quantum Error’s favour is its wealth of DualSense features. When checking if there’s a risk of a backdraft upon opening a door, for example, the left side of the controller will vibrate if so. You’ll also sometimes find yourself having to perform CPR in order to hopefully save a life, which requires you to blow into your controller’s speaker. Along with general use of haptic feedback and the adaptive triggers, you really get the sense of something designed with PS5 in mind.

It’s just a shame that Quantum Error is otherwise so rough around the edges. During our time with the game we’ve encountered a myriad of bugs, such as the HUD remaining onscreen during story scenes. The AI of your enemies and NPCs is very basic, which both struggling when it comes to pathing. The subtitles are frequently incorrect, too. And most troublesome of all, combat feels flat and lifeless thanks to poor hit detection and stiff animations. All in all, it makes for a game that displays flashes of promise, but ultimately comes up short.

Credit where credit’s due: considering this is made by just four brothers, Quantum Error aims high, which is admirable. The execution is simply not there, though. This is a game that simply tries to do too much, and as a result feels messy. If you’ve got a lot of patience and really like the idea of being a firefighter caught in a horrifying situation, you might get get something out of Quantum Error. Most, though, will just encounter frustration.

Quantum Error Review – GameSpew’s Score

This review of Quantum Error was facilitated by a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available exclusively on PS5.
Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!