Atomic Heart Review (PlayStation 5)

For this Atomic Heart Review, We enter a mad and sublime utopian world and take part in explosive encounters. Adapt your fighting style to each opponent, use your environment, and upgrade your equipment to fulfill your mission. If you want to reach the truth, you’ll have to pay in blood.

Atomic Heart Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 41.72GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You get the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Controller settings – dead zone slider, Invert axis, sensitivity sliders, hold time slider, controller inversion, aim assist, auto aim, and adaptive triggers.
  • Gameplay settings – art subtitles, subtitles, camera shake slider, motion blur, and brightness.
  • Streamer mode – changes the music.
  • Three difficulties – peaceful atom, local failure, and armageddon.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • First-person shooter gameplay.
  • The game is just stunning to look at from the locations to the high detail and atmosphere.
  • Powerful and impactful soundtrack.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • The story is about how Russia created and mass-produced robot workers and imported them around the world. Then the boys go bad..
  • Save areas have a manual save game machine.
  • Scan areas with your robotic glove, it will show interactive points and heat signatures.
  • Full dismemberment tech is at play.
  • Handy collect all resources button when faced with a load of crates/drawers etc.
  • Collectible video recordings in pocket watches, play through your controller speaker.
  • Your glove is actually your robotic sidekick called Char – les.
  • Nora is a very horny robot that houses the ability to upgrade and unlock abilities and craft/upgrade weapons.
  • Cartoon depictions of characters show how weapons and items are used. Think of it like Pip-boy in Fallout.
  • Elemental abilities get unlocked from electricity to freezing.
  • CCTV is in place that will trigger an alarm if it sees you, you can distract and disable them.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • Scan enemies to find out what elements they are weak to.
  • Has a Bioshock feel to it all.
  • The bants between your character and your sidekick are great.
  • Find blueprints to unlock new crafting.
  • A cartoon plays on the TVs in places.
  • Once you get abilities the combat does get fun.

Atomic Heart Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No performance settings.
  • Doesn’t have any HDR settings.
  • Small text.
  • Healing is a slow animation.
  • Voices from different sources have high volumes and make it a sensory overload.
  • Slow starter.
  • The melee combat is tough to learn and very wavy with the camera.
  • Controversial moments.
  • At times it felt like I could get myself stuck and death was the only answer.
  • You spend a lot of time scanning otherwise you miss looting opportunities.
  • Controversial story and setting.
  • It’s a game that once left alone is very hard to go back to.

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Atomic Heart:

Official website.

Developer: Mundfish

Publisher: Focus Home Entertainment

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PlayStation

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
8.2/10

Summary

I started Atomic Heart and got immediate Bioshock vibes from the presentation to the general flow of the game. I initially liked how the game played out with crazy abilities, melee and ranged combat, an easy to use loot all mechanic. The glove you have talks but also is the source of your powers. I say initially as the novelty of it all wore off pretty quick and I hated the combat so much, the melee stuff was swing and prey, the ranged was slow and clunky and it was only till I got abilities like freeze and stun that I felt confident in battle. Boss fights are just a blur of frustration and spinning the camera around. Puzzles are not really puzzles and it’s just a case of finding the vent or finding the grip to climb. I still like the atmosphere and the story whilst controversial is quite engaging in a way, but no I found Atomic Heart to not be a blockbuster I was hoping for and more a frustrating repetitive game that apes a lot of previous games and doesn’t do enough to make it it’s own.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!