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How is Atomic Heart Similar to Bioshock? – Answered

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Atomic Heart released on February 21, 2023 and very quickly the comparisons between it and Bioshock were being made. But are the descriptions apt? How is Atomic Heart similar to Bioshock?

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How is Atomic Heart Similar to Bioshock? – Answered

Atomic Heart is a game with a plot that you should unravel on your own. And to that end, I’ll limit spoilers to what occurs during the first hour, which is by and large tutorial and world building.

Both Bioshock and Atomic Heart are set in alternative timelines, where their respective leaders have created societies touted as Utopias. Atomic Heart has managed, through the power of robotics and a substance called polymer, to terraform the surrounding area, reach new technological heights, and create an overall peaceful society. Bioshock had its own “utopias” in the underwater Rapture and the floating City of Columbia, but like Atomic Heart, things quickly descend into chaos.

Beyond the locations, many gameplay aspects are similar. In both games you play in the first person, but the protagonists are by and large the same. Rough and tumble men who could be brothers, or maybe they just happen to share the same barber. They have access to a wide arsenal of weapons, from melee to firearms, but the most unique aspect is their abilities.

Sergey, the protagonist of Atomic Heart, has the ability to shock, freeze, and use telekinesis. Similarly, the Vigors and Plasmids you can find in Bioshock allow Booker or Jack to shock, freeze, or use telekensis. There are some differences, of course. In Bioshock you can summon bugs. I wish Atomic Heart would let me summon bugs.

These abilities can be upgraded at machines in both games, but in Atomic Heart, the machine will talk dirty to you.

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But beyond these powers, there are plenty of other similarities. Like interesting lock mechanics, dozens of audio logs to pick up, computers and cabinets to rifle through, flying security drones, and ominous, claustrophobic environments.


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Daphne Fama
A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms