Atomic Heart has been a long time coming, but now that it’s out, gamers have mixed feelings about it. The game was made by a Russian company called Mundfish. It has faceless Soviet robots and a science fiction plot that seems to be based on Bioshock. Even though there was a lot of talk and debate about it before it came out, the game’s performance and reception are average.
At the moment, Atomic Heart has a Metacritic score of 75 for PS5, 74 for Xbox Series X, and 78 for PC. Some people might say that these scores are “fine,” but by the video game industry standards, they aren’t that great. Usually, games that score 90 or higher are considered for Game of the Year, and studios get bonuses for scores of 85 or higher. Most of the time, anything under 60 is seen as a disaster.
Ups and downs
Atomic Heart receives mixed reviews, with some saying it’s great and others saying it’s not as good as it could be. Gaming Trend gave the game a score of 9.5/10 and said it was a contender for Game of the Year and lived up to what the developer had said it would. But GamesRadar gave it a 5/10 and said that even though it has a lot of good ideas, it doesn’t do enough to carry them out. Twinfinite’s review was even more damaging. It gave the game a 4/10 rating and said that frustrating parts held it back.
Gaming Trend (9.5/10): “2023 has already been strong with Game of the Year contenders, and Atomic Heart is another one of them. It lives up to all of the hype and all of its promises; an amazing debut game for Mundfish. Nailing down a few things Atomic Heart is phenomenal at is nearly impossible because it’s extraordinary in all of them. This isn’t just my favorite game of this year, it might be one of my favorites of the decade.”
GamesRadar (5/10): “Atomic Heart has a lot of big ideas, but it doesn’t do a good enough job with the basics. With an incomprehensible storyline, weightless combat, and frustrating first-person platforming, Atomic Heart is left to stand in the shadow of the video games that so clearly inspired it.”
Twinfinite (4/10): “Despite what is a promising combat formula as well as the supporting systems behind it when it comes to skills, crafting, and upgrades, there are also several equally frustrating aspects of it that hold the game back. The hope is that Mundfish can fix some of the more glaring issues post-launch, but right now, it feels less like a welcomed revolution and more like a nuclear disaster.”
Atomic Heart is a game about which gamers and critics have different thoughts. Players will have to decide if they trust the reviewers and decide based on their tastes. The mixed reviews might change your mind even if you don’t want to play the game. I never really liked the sexy robots used for marketing the game, and I have so many other games to play that I might skip this one. If you’re unsure whether to buy Atomic Heart, you might want to read some reviews and decide for yourself. Just remember that the game isn’t perfect and might not be the game-changing experience some people hoped for.