Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 34
  2. Negative: 23 out of 34
  1. Dec 25, 2010
    A cover shooter that steals from the best, but falls flat on its face during the getaway. [Issue#231, p.86]
  2. Quantum Theory may not be as detailed, vibrant, engaging and breathtaking as one would have hoped but it does offer a certain enjoyment despite its visible flaws.
  3. At the end of the day, Quantum Theory is a poor man's Gears of War.
  4. Jan 1, 2011
    The game does over multiplayer with up to eight players. Even here, however, the game seems somewhat limited in scope. You have only a handful of maps, and only four game modes, two of which are ranked.
  5. Dec 30, 2010
    If you like epic storytelling, skip this one. The KI is lame and doesn't motivate you at all, but the multiplayer is fun for a few hours.
  6. Quantum Theory is the type of game we're going to find in the bargain bin at Gamestop in a few years. And don't fall for it then either.
  7. From a technical standpoint, the game is solid with a good soundtrack, graphics fitting for this console generation, and intuitive controls. From a gameplay standpoint, it is quite messy as the art style isn't all that appealing, the characters feel indifferent, and the story ultimately goes nowhere.
  8. It's that time of the year when brilliant games are releasing every week, so there is absolutely no reason to swipe your debit card for this one.
  9. Quantum Theory has a lot of problems, which is a shame, because there is certainly the workings of a great game here, even if it is derivative.
  10. Dec 17, 2010
    It was supposed to be the Gears of War of PS3 at least before turning into a multiplatform game, a project that would have brought to the Sony console a worthy competitor to the Xbox 360 exclusive, but at the end Quantum Theory really doesn't share much with the Epic masterpiece. The game is just frustrating to play.
  11. While Quantum Theory boasts its own unique attributes, it ultimately is not a title which shooter fans will be blown away by. It is a shame since, if the title delivered where it essentially failed, it could of been a totally fresh experience for gamers.
  12. There were some promising things in Quantum Theory: its story, its narrative and even the relationship between characters. But the game has constant ups and downs, and the global result is not worthy.
  13. Awful. A game to be forgotten very quickly.
  14. Oct 28, 2010
    Likewise, Quantum Theory is a technical disaster but I don't think it's impossible to have some fun with it- as long as you don't pay full price for it and know what you're in for from the start.
  15. Oct 24, 2010
    The one major difference between the fake Calvin Kline's and the rip-off game is that you can probably get the GoW2:GOTY edition for the same price or cheaper than the imposter.
  16. But while all the action is there, the action still feels as soulless and bland as its stock-badass protagonist. [Dec 2010, p.77]
  17. Oct 25, 2010
    If you have any respect for yourself but feel you must play this, at least wait until it's under ten bucks and nestled safely at the bottom of our local bargain bin.
  18. The greatest failure of Quantum Theory begins perhaps with the initial target of copying Gears of War as a model to reach new audiences.
  19. It looks and feels terribly dated, has next to no creative spark, completely lacks imagination and is certain to be forgotten very quickly.
  20. Tecmo's first attempt in Third Person Shooter genre has arrived, in a title that gets a lot of inspiration in the Gears of War franchise. Unfortunately, the winner elements of Epic saga hasn't they been ported properly, and are combined with an overall lack of innovation.
  21. Even if you got this game as a gift, you should return it immediately. There are far too many moments that make it unplayable. Go play Gears of War instead.
  22. Quantum Theory looks and feels like an anime-inspired fan mod of Gears of War 1. While I'm a devout supporter of doing things right the first time, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel that steps up its game, makes better use of Filena, and learns from the critical feedback the original received (which is nearly insurmountable at this point).
  23. It's hard not to admit that Quantum Theory is, by all means, the worst Gears of War clone currently available on the market. Its mediocre gameplay and forgettable narrative will in fact discourage anyone looking to experience an engaging and fast paced experience.
  24. Oct 22, 2010
    Pointless game. There's really no reason why you should buy this, unless you're a trash fan.
  25. 35
    There is no reason to pick this game up. It is devoid of any redeeming factors including the novelty of being a terrible game.
  26. Quantum Theory is the epitome of awful game design. Uninspired. Underdeveloped. Gray. Some of the worst story telling this generation has seen, coupled with some of the worst visuals you'll find on your beautiful PS3 or Xbox 360, in addition to level design that'll bore you the minute you lay your eyes on it.
  27. 33
    An example of just how much the little details matter in game design. They're what make Gears of War work so well, and where Quantum Theory stumbles just too often to be worth much of anyone's time. The experience of playing it is something like watching a student copy off of an answer sheet for a test...and somehow getting the answers wrong, anyway.
  28. In short then, Quantum Theory is just too flat, too unpolished and too unoriginal to make any positive lasting impression.
  29. 29
    Bland, ugly, boring, shamelessly derived from Gears of War and with very little in the way of redeeming features. [Issue#197, p.91]
  30. Oct 28, 2010
    The game is boring at best, and frustrating at worst. Definitely a title that can, and should be avoided.
  31. 25
    Its uninspired level design, terrible shooting, and frustrating instant-kill portions make this a game that I simply couldn't recommend to anyone at anytime.
  32. Quantum Theory is nothing but a dirt cheap ripoff from Gears of War. Everything is stolen, exept the good parts.
  33. Stay far away from Quantum Theory. You'll find nothing remotely interesting here and are better off picking up a budget copy of Gears of War.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Nov 12, 2010
    One of the most under-appreciated games of the year. It seems like everyone jumped to conclusions about this game and followed the lead ofOne of the most under-appreciated games of the year. It seems like everyone jumped to conclusions about this game and followed the lead of gamers that failed to give this one a chance. Story was entertaining, game-play was challenging, voice acting was very good. The game was also innovative in it's use of environment. Those that criticize it say that it is a copycat, but is it that big of a deal to utilize a working dynamic? Call of Duty copied Medal of Honor's aiming system. Killzone 2 tried and failed to incorporate a similar cover system. Why criticize Quantum Theory for doing it, and getting it right? That aside, I feel sorry for those that did not purchase the game and missed out on a real spectacular multiplayer experience. That was the shining jewel of Quantum Theory. My only criticism about the game is the lack of an On/Off option for auto aim. Unfortunately, just as the internet is good for finding information, when misused, like it was on the harsh reviews, it can really kill a good game. It is not possible to find a multiplayer game anymore. That is unfortunate because it was a real blast when it lasted. For those of you who judged it by the demo, or did not give it half a chance, I am disappointed. What should have been a decent turnout for a spectacular game was killed by ignorance on the internet. Next time, actually play the whole game before you review it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    The game isn't terrible but it could have been a whole lot better, weapons although creative made very little difference due to the fact thatThe game isn't terrible but it could have been a whole lot better, weapons although creative made very little difference due to the fact that almost all enemies died instantly from a headshot, lack of story didn't really help " die this" and "die that" they should have worked a bit better on the script. Too short and lacking in variation of enemies, the only other problem the game had was the 2 characters in the story barely had any relationship so players couldn't really feel any connection to the them. Considering that this was joint made by Tecmo and KOEI these 2 should have done better. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2010
    I'm not going to waste my time writing a review and you shouldn't waste your time playing this game. If you've bought this game don't openI'm not going to waste my time writing a review and you shouldn't waste your time playing this game. If you've bought this game don't open it! Instead return it to the store for a full refund. Full Review »