Today, January 17, the Embargo on publication of preliminary reviews of Atomic Heart by the studio Mundfish was lifted. IGN, Rock Paper Shotgun, GameSpot, Rock Paper Shotgun, and other publications shared their impressions as well as new gameplay videos.
Remember that Atomic Heart will take place in an alternate Soviet Union where, in 1955, the Collective neural network failed and assistant robots turned against their creators. Players will play the role of Major Sergei Nechaev (aka P-3 Agent) and must stop the uprising that has taken place on the territory of enterprise number 3826.
For four hours, the journalists played Atomic Heart. This is about “almost final assembly.”Some reviewers said that the software was plagued with bugs. It will be released on PC (Steam), VK Play within the CIS, PS4, PS5, Xbox One X, and S on February 21st.
Representatives of the media agreed that Atomic Heart was a beautiful game (the intro was particularly successful) and very difficult (even at a standard level). It is especially difficult at first, when there are few weapons, there are even fewer cartridges for it, the enemies are “fleshy”, and stealth does not really work because of their excessive prudence.
Atomic Heart’s talkative protagonist proved to not be very successful for its authors. Nechaev is a constant harper of jokes and barbs to the robots (in a comical way, Charles, his smart glove, opposes him), making him not look like an action hero. “foul-mouthed Fortnite fan 14-year-old”.
Journalists expressed concern about the game’s lack of creativity and freedom to solve creative problems.