Preview New Game Pass nuke in 2023! We played
During the Game Awards 2022, a trailer made an impression. Atomic Heart then got a breath of fresh air at the ceremony presented by Geoff Keighley, a Soviet dystopia inspired by the holy monsters of the FPS. Are Mundfish studios and publisher Focus Entertainment about to drop an atomic bomb on the world of video games? Here are the first answers.
Take a look at the terms
During an event organized by Focus Entertainment in Paris, BM editors were able to explore the first 3 hours of Atomic Heart on PC, as well as an area accessible later in the adventure that ends with a boss battle.
Mundfish Studios revisits History with a capital H and sets its plot in the heart of the utopian Soviet Union…at least in appearance. Atomic Heart depicts an alternate history of the mighty USSR following advances in robotics. In the 1930s and his crushing victory over the forces of the Third Reich in 1941. The country, facing a huge loss of life, was automated. The work is then delegated to robots that are put under the control of a collective hive mind. We are now at the beginning of a big change for the “mother country” in 1955, the discovery of neuropolymer, a programmable material based on living tissue, and the beginning of Collectiv 2.0. Unfortunately, nothing will go as planned. Only special agent Major Nechaev aka P-3 can save the day.
From the first minutes, one of the main inspirations that gave birth to this Bolshevik dystopia is obvious. Atomic Heart is the successor to Bioshock Infinite, but not only. The presence of 3826 underground bases, where the hero is a prisoner, is strongly reminiscent of a certain Black Mesa (Half-Life) complex. Other players can also feel a strong respect for Control by Remedy, with its various labs that have a very noticeable atmosphere here. Published by Focus Entertainment, the game can be defined as an open world as it consists of several semi-open areas connected by this famous 3826 complex that serves as the “central hub”.
Atomic Heart is an open world that doesn’t hinder the emphasis of the story. The adventure, which according to the developers will last between 25 and 30 hours, is highly narrative and offers many cutscenes that perfectly emphasize the development. Better, This FPS takes its time, even if it means opening the doors to its open world only after a few hours of wandering around the playful maze. Thus, the focus is on the high-pressure atmosphere and the difficult study of the rules that govern the dystopia imagined by Mundfish’s creative teams.
Combining brutalist architecture, retro-futurist past and the 50s, the artistic direction owes to the designers who have always built a reliable and coherent universe to amaze us. Technique is not neglected. The first videos promised a graphic slap in the “soviet” and the studios delivered the goods. Atomic Heart stands out for its stunning visuals, both in its production and creativity, and there is no doubt that P-3’s adventure in complex 3826 still has many surprises in store for us. And as if that wasn’t enough, the game is fully dubbed and subtitled in French (VF + VOSTFR). The people are satisfied!
Atomic Heart belongs to the first-person shooter genre and actually offers its share of confrontations that will quickly prove to be full-bodied. Munfish studio’s FPS spares nothing (or almost) to those who dare to find the technological flagship of the USSR. The tone is set from the first enemies. Between hand-to-hand combat and gunfights, Major Nechayev tries to survive as best he can against a diverse menagerie of robots, mutants, and other fun things born from the fertile imaginations of Russian scientists. To do this, he can rely on an AI-equipped glove named Charles, who, in addition to his wise counsel, gives him skills that will be essential to his survival.
Mundfish studios, among others, drew inspiration from Bioshock to design this Bolshevik journey, and therefore incorporated a Light-RPG dimension that allowed players to customize the hero and his equipment. As the P-3 progresses, it is invited to unlock passive skills, powers, and enrich and upgrade its arsenal to provide some resistance against particularly belligerent local “fauna”. At this point in particular, Atomic Heart is unsurprisingly honest. It’s a pleasure to explore the major’s technological skills and customize the weapons with many optionsthen test them in a fierce battle against Collectiv 2.0’s minions or even a sneaky boss.
It is impossible to leave the 3826 complex without approaching the exploration of this open world built to the glory of the USSR and the simple pleasure of discovery that results from it. Atomic Heart is regularly updated from both a visual and gameplay perspective to provide players with a memorable saga. Apart from the previously mentioned visuals and secrets lurking everywhere, more clever puzzles that challenge the hero’s skills mischievously test our wits. This FPS doesn’t stop at talking dust. It plays on our nerves, encourages reflection, and demands abandon and curiosity.
Atomic Heart has all the cards in hand to claim the title of “atomic bomb” of 2023. Inspired by Bioshock, Half-Life or even the Metro trilogy, the title from Mundfish studios is ambitious and rests on solid foundations without forgetting to burn your own work. own footprint. In February comes an extremely generous FPS that should confirm all the good things we think about it.