Reviews - Updated on March 29, 2022

Need for fiction is cunning, and the Russian person is also for humor. How do you feel about the fact that you are not a very rich domestic developer, love Fallout and want to make your dream game in the same style, but do not work for BioWare or Obsidian Entertainment? Of course with humor. Perhaps this is how ATOM RPG was born – not a Russian Fallout (although very close), but rather an anecdote, a tale about what Fallout would be like if it were made in Russia in the 90s.

Recently, a sequel has been released – ATOM RPG: Trudograd (read the preview about why this addon turned into an independent project), where there are fewer “goals” – the authors have earned, matured, gained experience, worked on bugs, making the game more compact and saturated. But there is even more humor and a surprising, very Russian combination of comedy and tragedy.

Smekhograd

Why am I just talking about humor? Yes, because the plot itself resembles a joke (get ready, I will say this word often!): having risen to the rank of major in the secret organization ATOM, our hero or heroine from the original game goes to the titular Trudograd to find the legendary secret development, the railgun, and shoot from it at a meteorite approaching the Earth. When Professor Goryachev, the author of the technology, finds out about this closer to the finale, he will only smile and twist his finger at his temple.

Yes, and Trudograd itself, despite the authors’ calls to recall the gloomy Dead City from the supplement to the original and their words about the harsh, adult atmosphere, resembles a haven for the heroes of Russian jokes. Why Russians? Well, we love it when it’s fun, smart and for free, don’t we? If a carpet, then an airplane, if a tablecloth, then a self-assembly, if an ax, so that he cooks porridge himself, and the oven – so that Emelya herself takes it wherever she says.

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Listening to local rumors is a separate pleasure.

And there’s also a cow that gives… cocaine. Do not ask how and why – the main thing is that it exists, and the smugglers instruct us to deliver this cow to them. And our soul will pinch: am I doing the right thing, do I have the right of an unfortunate scientist to deprive a drug addict cow of society? Maybe it’s better to kill those smugglers? Persuade them using your charisma and communication skills? And if they balk, it is better to scare them using force. If it is not enough, then you need to drink two bottles of pre-war vodka – immediately +2 to strength …

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Naturally, here you can meet old acquaintances from the original and indulge in memories.

Here in this example is the whole essence of Trudograd with all its Russian folk flavor and the corresponding opportunities for role-playing. And this is just one of the examples. There will also be a necromancer cook and a former inquisitor who removes curses with the help of arrogance and a huge hammer; cultists who worship Saint Seryozha, and cultists who believe in swede; the Manekenov family, who are frightened at night by mannequin neighbors. There is a prostitute Nadya Umolyaeva, who, naturally, loves to obey. And a peasant who, drunk, hid a stash in a … minefield and does not remember what zigzags to go there.

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Whom you will not see during random events!

Comedy drama

On the global map, here you can meet an old man who, squealing with joy, will take the flyers of the new store distributed by you, and then stop and ask excitedly: “Can you buy sepulia there?” And now go and find out what it is and what to answer him. The hospitable owner of the hotel keeps slaves in the basement, who make souvenir medallions for tourists day and night; on the street opposite, there is a shepherd who has reached here, who is looking for the seeds of the legendary plant – the ram: the man believes that it will help him restore the herd of goats stolen on the orders of Cosa Nostra. Don’t even ask how… And next to me, a woman, clutching a log wrapped in a towel instead of a baby, screams that her husband left her with the child.

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Everyone has a funny or mystical, goofy-flavored story in store.

And in this joyful nonsense you begin to see not only and not so much “Petrosianism”, but a very Russian combination of comedy, tragedy and some kind of fabulous, mythological beginning, which, for example, Venichka Erofeev had in “Moscow – Petushki”. Because in Trudograd, you often laugh through tears too. There are many quests and situations that seem to start out funny, but can end tragically. It depends on your decisions whether the visiting northerners execute two peasants who once slaughtered entire villages. And will the boy commit suicide, kill his mother, whom you, out of the kindness of your soul, have arranged for back-breaking work. At such moments, you really remember the Dead City.

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Here, too, there is no laughing matter.

Separately, I note how well all this is written. Again, in contrast: Petrosianism and ornate graphomania (so ornate that you understand that this is not graphomania, but a deliberate device!) organically coexist with expressive and very tasty literary descriptions. Therefore, reading books with the help of which we develop skills is both fun and interesting. Here, for example, from a cycle of stories about the mutant hunter Rivlin, who charges his AK with silver bullets, and charges himself before the battle with the “Ruff” elixir: “She returned at noon, gently, almost inaudibly stepping on the threshold. By the smell of lilacs and gooseberries, Rivlin realized that Yana was picking fruit in the collective farm garden again. The sun-drenched air sparkled with myriads of brilliant dust particles as soon as she sat down in an armchair near the window … “

And in the same stall you can buy the next issue of the Thieves’ Life magazine, which contains the top 5 guns for robbing caravans, the doctor’s advice on what to do if you catch an olive (“1. Conveniently pick up a bagpipe and shoot the fuck those who wounded you Chukhanov”) and the announcement of the long-awaited article by Professor Smertin “Correlation between the force of bullying of subjects and the specific power of the weapon directed at them.”

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And this diary, which was kept by the local authority, is also funny reading in its own way.

Inventors

For the player in all this comedy and tragedy of the absurd, it is also important that in almost all situations there is variability – how to behave in dialogues, who will live, who will die, and which of the two factions to work for in order to advance the plot and get to the Upper City .

In tasks, dialogues, text quests and random events on the global map, there are constantly checks on the level of your characteristics and skills. Strength, agility, endurance, charisma, communication, hacking, survival, attention, stealth, first aid, technology, luck, gambling (yes, it has its own cool card game!) and so on – everything is involved, and everything can be influenced also equipment and food intake, vodka and stimulants.

At the same time, as I wrote in the preview, compared to the original in Trudograd, skills are better and more compactly distributed into groups – there is mastery of different types of weapons, survival, craft.

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The characters also have unique features.

It seemed superfluous to me except that the manufacture of objects – I simply did not do this and did not experience any problems. In addition, in Trudograd it is difficult to die of hunger or hypothermia. True, on an empty stomach, without food in your backpack, you will not be able to relax and waste time until the required time for the quest (for example, the arena at the machine-building plant works only at night). Food is actually equated to first-aid kits and restores health to varying degrees.

On the other hand, no one promised that we would get a sophisticated survival simulator with a powerful crafting system. Do these mechanics exist? There is. Can you craft if you want? Can. Need to buy and search for food? Necessary. Does it create an atmosphere? Yes. Well, as they say, thanks for that – the main thing is that it does not interfere.

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During halts, you can cook meat, make tea and coffee.

Artificial difficulties

In principle, my character in the first half of the game did not get in the way at all, if we talk specifically about physical threats. But this is not a reproach, but rather just a praise. Almost every problem and situation can be solved peacefully for a long time. Therefore, my major Olga, whose charisma and communication were pumped up, and her skills in all types of firearms tended to zero, for a long time did not experience any problems even at the Expert difficulty level.

The first more or less serious fight happened about five hours later. And after two comrades-in-arms who knew how to shoot perfectly, it seemed that even before the final credits, nothing and no one would stop us. No matter how. Here, of course, one could scold the authors for the strange zigzags of complexity, but I can understand them too. After all, they realized the ability to wear, refuel diesel fuel and even modify power armor, that is, an exoskeleton.

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Upgrading with modules is allowed not only for power armor, but also for weapons.

And I brazenly ignored it – firstly, it is an expensive pleasure (as many as 45 pieces!), And secondly, out of principle. It was interesting, after all, whether I would go through the later stages without this exoskeleton of yours, when much more serious enemies appear, but it either doesn’t work out or it’s simply impossible to agree. Frankly, it was hard – my lover of hand-to-hand and edged weapons often had time to riddle before she reached the enemy. I had to change tactics, including among the allies, since in Trudograd this was implemented flexibly and conveniently.

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Molotov cocktails really burn!

It will be especially tough if you accidentally activate a script that starts an attack on the city – all the remaining quests will fail, and you will have to break through to the story bunker with street fights. But, I repeat, I understand why this was done, and I have no complaints against the authors – rather, it’s my own fault that I spared money for power armor. By the way, it can also be stolen by killing a mechanic at the factory. But this will immediately make you a criminal known to all, who will be hunted by the police.

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You can even adjust the level of friendly fire.

Trudograd turned out to be multifaceted – here you can chat, and fight, and laugh, and grieve. In principle, everything in it dances and works, something is a little better, but something feels less in demand. The game itself has become more compact, eventful. I was strained only by monotonous random events (too often, especially in the later stages, they were repeated) and long downloads – the picture got prettier, but there was no optimization. Although this may be a personal problem with my laptop. Well, it’s a pity, of course, that the Upper City, where we were striving for the whole game, ended up being shriveled to actually two locations.

In any case, ATOM RPG: Trudograd is addictive with terrible force, especially if you perceive all this post-Soviet romance and buffoonery not as a slap in the face of public and personal taste, but as an artistic device inherent in the setting we love among the people. So I’m looking forward to the next work of the ATOM Team.

Pros: fascinating plot; nonlinearity in solving many problems; colorful texts, jokes, events and characters; many interesting quests; you can use power armor in battles; a successful system for setting the behavior of associates; cool music, including Soviet; full voice acting in text quests; The picture has become more saturated and modern compared to the original.

Cons: there are questions to the balance of complexity; not all game mechanics are equally useful; a lot of repetitive and not too interesting random events.

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