Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason PC

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  • Summary: Cryostasis takes place in 1981 on a nuclear ice breaker called the North Wind, which has become shipwrecked near the North Pole. The main character, Alexander Nesterov is a Russian meteorologist who must investigate what happened onboard the ship. But he’s not alone and the North Wind is nowCryostasis takes place in 1981 on a nuclear ice breaker called the North Wind, which has become shipwrecked near the North Pole. The main character, Alexander Nesterov is a Russian meteorologist who must investigate what happened onboard the ship. But he’s not alone and the North Wind is now plagued by dead crewmen who have undergone a bizarre metamorphosis due to the effects of the incredibly cold climate. Alexander must try to unravel the mystery of the ship captain’s death and discover whether it was the cold or, possibly, something far more sinister. [1C Company] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Cryostasis is just a few short steps away from being a video gaming Mona Lisa, and it's still easily an experience worth having.
  2. Flawed, but easy to learn and occasionally inspired.
  3. If you need the constant stimulation of flying bullets and sprays of blood, Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason likely won't inspire you. But if you appreciate slow-burning suspense, this adventure will keep you glued to the monitor to uncover the secrets buried deep within the inhospitable tundra of the Arctic circle.
  4. Design flaws and the game's tendency to wax philosophical do not distract from the core idea and its stylish execution. This is what Vivisector, Action Forms' previous project, should have been like.
  5. Play (Poland)
    70
    Investigating the frozen interior of a lifeless icebreaker is an enterprise full not of bloodcurdling action, but rather of adventure that sometimes freezes the action with horror. Interestingly told story for explorers who like the challenging conditions. The whole cause-and-effect machinery works in the open view, a drawback that tends to cool the atmosphere considerably. [Mar 2009]
  6. Edge Magazine
    60
    Action Forms’ moments of ingenuity and the sophistication of its writing demonstrate that it could do great and yet more terrifying things with a more intimidating budget. [Apr 2009, p.124]
  7. PC Gamer UK
    40
    Snail-paced frozen nonsense. [Apr 2009, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    10
    This game i found to be slow to start but as the game wore on it became addicting. The story line was beautiful and this game had me jumpingThis game i found to be slow to start but as the game wore on it became addicting. The story line was beautiful and this game had me jumping in my seat at certain times in the game. Overall it was a great game Expand
  2. DanielI
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    Innovative and genius. This is the kind of game that should be praised. I love the health system as well as the time-travel mindblowing Innovative and genius. This is the kind of game that should be praised. I love the health system as well as the time-travel mindblowing story. Open your mind. Expand
  3. SamH
    Jun 7, 2009
    10
    Cryostasis offers a very refreshing and original presentation to its already well-written story about the human psyche, and how one man Cryostasis offers a very refreshing and original presentation to its already well-written story about the human psyche, and how one man slowly changes the fate of a ship and its crew. While an FPS, it is slow, steady, and well-paced in its delivery, and is not for everyone who expects a constant stimulus of gunfights and action. All in all, if you appreciate a great story and setting, Cryostasis is for you. Expand
  4. DaveR
    Jun 18, 2009
    8
    What's going on here?. This game is much better than the 69 score it received. Cryostasis is an innovative and refreshing concept, with What's going on here?. This game is much better than the 69 score it received. Cryostasis is an innovative and refreshing concept, with great delivery. I mean, I actually feel cold when I play this game. The puzzles are sufficiently hard, and the enemies are as easy to kil, as you are to die by them (as it should be). The PhysX is awesome, play it without, then with, and you'll see what I mean. Great flashback stories, but that deos get a little old after the tenth time. The controls work great, by the way...no bad porting here. So, I really like this game. I'm playing it for the second time now. I highly reccomend it to anyone who is bored with the usual cookie-cutter, FPS stuff. Expand
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    8
    Another thoughtful, exciting and atmospheric FPS from Russia. It has the basic FPS elements but intertwines a gripping and chilling (punAnother thoughtful, exciting and atmospheric FPS from Russia. It has the basic FPS elements but intertwines a gripping and chilling (pun intended) story into a fun and scary thriller. It boasts some great visuals, interesting characters with some great voice acting. The weapons are simple, as they should be, since this takes place on an icebreaker in the late 60's. The idea of using heat for health is unique and genius. There are certain parts where the baddies scared the crap out of me. The flaws though are few though. The game engine is a bit clunky and slow. The movements are unrealistic at times and can be annoying. Switching and loading weapons is also slow and infuriating when in a pinch. In a few instances, the mutants get stuck in corners or objects. Lastly, the interactivity is limited as some items can't be used, picked up or moved. Overall, it works well and is a very exciting and smart adventure. 75/100. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2011
    7
    For once my score agrees with critics' average. It is an enjoyable and unusual game and I give it credit for that and for the scaryFor once my score agrees with critics' average. It is an enjoyable and unusual game and I give it credit for that and for the scary atmospheric feel. It is similar in concept to Amnesia: The Dark Descent but Cryostasis lacks on execution and the story. The graphics are good but spoiled by ugly lighting and shadows - and I was running it at max settings. Also, the game has crashed on me too much at the end spoiling the immersion - perhaps it does not like 64-bit environment. It has innovative game mechanics, scary atmosphere and that feel of hopelesness with no clear direction despite being totally linear. But somehow I fail to connect with the game even though I speak Russian and designers did a great job recreating likely setting of that era. I also think the final boss scene is very disappointing - it almost feels that the designers built a game that kept going and going and then they had a brainstorming session to wrap it all up to meet release deadline. In my opinion it fits neither with the main story nor the secondary.

    To sum up this game has more goods than bads overall and at current prices (as of July'11) it is an absolutely great deal to try something novel.
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  7. KElseas
    Jul 26, 2009
    0
    This game is so bad I deleted it soon after installing it.Don't bother; it's that bad!

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