Whether a gamer hates them or loves them, quick time events are part of gaming now. Quick time events are viewed by many to be the Buzz Killington of gaming. Getting in the groove has been achieved, the boss in on the ropes, and then suddenly everything comes to a halt as buttons begin flashing on the screen. This not only halts the action, but it can often diminish the sense of accomplishment for beating a difficult foe or mission.


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Not all quick time events are bad though. Sometimes, developers figure out how to insert them into the game in a way that actually heightens the action and sense of urgency. As such, quite a lot of games, over the years, were made better with quick time events. Some entries will cover an entire game franchise that’s known for quick time events, but will focus on a title in the series that handled quick time events well.

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10/10 Shenmue Series

It’s required by law to mention the Shenmue games in an article about quick time events. This game handles nearly every challenge with a quick time event. What’s surprising is how Sega managed to keep a game full of quick time events from getting repetitive.

The games in this trilogy are overloaded with quick time events. This gets the player used to being ready to hit a random button when it begins flashing onscreen. This can get tricky, as there are some quick time events the player must fail (ignore) in order to progress.

9/10 Asura’s Wrath

This game is rather unique, and is more of an interactive comic book or anime series than a game. None of this means Asura’s Wrath is a bad game…sometimes weird is good. There are long cut-scenes, followed by intense action sequences.

What earned this game a spot on this list is how well the quick time events pull the player into the action, rather than invoking than the opposite reaction. There are standard beat ’em up sequences that play like those in many third-person action games, but where this game shines is during the quick time events.

8/10 Batman Arkham Series

The Batman Arkham series is known for a lot of things, but its quick time events isn’t one of them. Many of the quick time events in the series seemed forced; like beating the shark (literally) in Arkham City. However, the Joker fight in Arkham Origins is a great scene with some very satisfying quick time events.

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This series makes this list due to one quick time event in particular – the parry system. When foes are surrounding Batman, one of them will inevitably move in to attack. When this happens, a series of wavy lines will appear around their head. This is an indicator for the player to quickly press the parry button to counter the attack.

7/10 Resident Evil 4

How well are the quick time events in Resident Evil 4 implemented? So well that this is still considered the best in the series despite being full of them. A few of them, like the boulder sequences, are a bit tedious and maybe should have been omitted (or at least shortened).

Many quick time events in Resident Evil 4 are a combination of jump scare and quick time event. Even when the player knows, or guesses, what’s about to happen it’s still normal to get a small adrenaline rush from some events. There is one quick time event that earned this game a spot on this list. That’s the epic knife fight with Krauser.

6/10 Vanquish

There are many gamers that consider the quick time events in Vanquish to be the best in gaming. Whether this is true is up to the individual gamer, but they are certainly memorable. Vanquish is perhaps the most overlooked game in the seventh generation of consoles. It was known for fast-paced action, and humongous bosses that take a while to take down.

When the massive bosses are close to defeat, the player will have the opportunity to preform a finishing maneuver that plays out as a quick time event. The showdown with Bogey Alpha and Bravo ends with one of the most satisfying quick time events in gaming.

5/10 South Park: Stick Of Truth

There are two types of quick time events in the South Park: The Stick of Truth. The most common are the battle system quick time events that allow the player-character to perform special attacks in combat. The best example of this type is the fart magic; the picture above this entry shows Randy teaching this technique to the player.

The other kind if the standard quick time event where the action stops to force the player to hit a button on the controller. These aren’t as bad in this game due to the comedy of the nature surrounding many of these events – a few of which are quite raunchy (and hilarious).

4/10 Wolf Among Us

Pretty much any Telltale game could have been listed here instead of Wolf Among Us. They all contain their fair share of quick time events, and with a few exceptions, they are all implemented into the games well. Much like Asura’s Wrath, the games from Telltale are as much interactive movie as they are games.

Many of the conflicts in Wolf Among Us are completed via successful quick time events; though, the player needs not get every perform every event perfectly. This game sets itself apart from other Telltale games by having extended quick time events that can last several minutes.

3/10 Yakuza Series

A lot of times when a quick time event starts in a game the common reaction is, “Really…a quick time event?”. This is hardly ever a player’s reaction when playing a game in the Yakuza series; which are all full of such events. Many of these are fast-paced action sequences that actually present something novel, challenging for quick time events.

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Yakuza 0 is the game in the series that probably receives the most praise for its quick time events. Most of them are prolonged cinematic action sequences that have the feel of a Tarantino film.

The Metal Gear franchise is another that is well known for its quick time event sequences. There is one game in the franchise that took the use of quick time events to the next level though, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The driving soundtrack certainly helps make these events more exciting and memorable.

Few games are as good at blending standard combat encounters with quick time events as this one. A few notable quick time events are those while fighting the MG RAY, Jetstream Sam, and Senator Armstrong. All three of these fights are so epic they will have players wanting to immediately replay them.

1/10 God Of War Series

Many gamers first introduction to quick time events were from the games in the God of War series. The player fights bosses using normal gameplay, then gets the opportunity to punish the bosses using quick time events. Unlike many such events in games, in the God of War games these are extremely rewarding to watch.

One particular quick time event in this series is hailed by gamers as one of the best quick time event ever – the end of the Poseidon fight in God of War 3. This sequence is especially brutal, for Poseidon anyway.

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