Atom Universe is very reminiscent of Sony’s failed virtual world.
In 2008, Sony had some big dreams. They wanted to create an online virtual world where PS3 users could go to chat, play games and spend ludicrous amounts of money on entirely not real goods. In March of 2014, after a fairly respectable run, the servers shut down on the service leaving many Home denizens without a place to call Home. Atom Universe fills that gap.
Cue, Atom Universe. Now currently available in early access open-beta type form on Steam, the virtual platform designed by Atom Republic is set to be exactly what Home was, and shouldve been. Even in its open beta form the world feels like it was pulled straight from PlayStation Home, with a new coat of paint and some answers to some of the biggest complaints from the doomed PS3 service. Such as lag between spaces.
Atom Universe runs very quickly, from click to game you’re basically playing, Although at the current time all you can really do is set your avatar and enter the arcade for some bowling. Which incidentally also feels just like PlayStation Home.
The servers appear responsive and the character movement is fluid. At this time there are several emotions your character can perform as well as sitting etc.The chat functions are quick and the in game sounds are decent, although still feel like Home did.
Atom Universe in its current form has some previews of personal spaces and other locations in the world. Although not playable. They all look and have the same feel as PlayStation Home did when it was in full force on the PS3. Sony may have doomed PlayStation Home right from the start with too many micro-transactions and general lag and lack of server responsiveness.
To get a free code for the PS4 version of Atom Universe, follow Atom Republic on Facebook and watch for a trivia question on Tuesdays. Sadly I haven’t been able to get one. Atom Universe is also available as an early access beta on Steam for everyone to enjoy!
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