“Forty years after the unfortunate accident of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, destiny brings you to the area of carefully recreated city of Pripyat,” states the game’s official site. Using historical tragedies and disasters as a canvas for entertainment is always a potentially touchy endeavour. ATVG hasn’t jumped into Radiation City’s open world adventure yet, but hopefully the subject matter of the Chernobyl incident is treated with some respect. “Uncover the amazing story, untangle the mystery and try to save your loved one,” continues the studio’s blurb, suggesting that there may actually be a modicum of gravitas to be found here, which is promising.
Boasting a “huge open world area” to explore, all the staples of the survival game genre are present and accounted for – there’s scavenging for resources, crafting of gear and weapons, vehicle repair, and the use of campsites to pass safely through the night. On paper, Radiation City is ticking all the right boxes.
If you’re planning to get busy with Atypical Games’ title, make sure you have a controller, as one is required for the Apple TV platform. This always strikes us as good news here at ATVG, as it indicates an extra level of care for playability, as opposed to a hasty port just to add another platform for potential sale.
ATVG will obviously know more after some hands-on time with Radiation City, but for now, check out the trailer below which does a good job of mixing story with gameplay: