If ‘FallOut’ And ‘Metro’ Had A Baby: Game Review Of ‘Chernobylite’

September 28, 2021

Written by Daniel S. Liuzzi

The Farm 51 and All in! Games were awesome enough to allow me the chance to explore the decaying ruins of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Chernobylite, an FPS survival game that takes players to the most radiated zone in the world.
In Chernobylite players take on the role of Igor, a Ukrainian physicist, who worked at Chernobyl doing research involving interdimensional travel along with his fiancé who went missing during the meltdown of the power plant. After the disaster, a new element was made that Igor is studying called Chernobylite that also has attracted the attention of the NAR who have taken over the wasteland. Along with the human threat, there are now also mysterious creatures that thanks to the Chernobylite, have traverse dimensions and now stalk the wasteland.
Now onto the game itself! Once you get the game starting players will have to adjust the sensitivity as I noticed at the start I turn too slow, once you get that down you should be good to go, especially in combat. One thing I really don’t like is that in order to access the map, you have to manually go through the inventory and select the map, a quick button for the map would make a lot of difference.
The soundtrack is decent, and the (English) voice acting is OK overall, I wish the voice talent would have attempted Ukrainian accents, especially with Igor who has the manliness British voice I’ve ever heard.
For an FPS, Chernobylite has some pretty decent jumpscares but unfortunately, some of the scares have been disrupted by a major problem with the game…lagging. There’s a lot of lag in the game and it occurs quite frequently during combat and other key moments in the game, especially the loading screen animation which gives the appearance that the game is crashing.

Gameplay is OK if you can look beyond the lag, the fact that the Devs used actual 3d scans of the ruins of Pripyat to make the levels, so when you’re exploring the ruins of a building or walking down a street, the location is a real place. I like customizing your hideout for where you and your allies live, how you can customize your weaponry and armor. The game’s overall feel reminds me of the “Fallout” and “Metro” games which I’m sure have had an influence on the game.
Overall, Chernobylite at best is “OK”, it’s not groundbreaking but it’s not the worst but it definitely has room for improvement. On my scale of 1-10, it’s a 7.5. Chernobylite is out now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will be coming to Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 at a later date.

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