• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 206 Ratings

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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] Expand
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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: 34 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
  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. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    I have just finished this game and I must say I enjoyed it immensely. Not particularly scary, but it does have some GREAT moments andI have just finished this game and I must say I enjoyed it immensely. Not particularly scary, but it does have some GREAT moments and gameplay sections that will you'll remember long after finishing the game. If you enjoy something deeper in your game and expect something "different" from a first-person perspective, this is a must-play really. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    9
    I played this game without reading any reviews beforehand, which is incredibly rare for me. This sort of vacuum gave me a larger berth toI played this game without reading any reviews beforehand, which is incredibly rare for me. This sort of vacuum gave me a larger berth to overlook the glaring faults in this game and enjoy the absolutely stellar other parts.

    First and foremost, the environments in this game are dull and boring, and you WILL get tired of them quickly.

    Do not let that stop you from playing this amazing game.

    At full spec, the game looks good enough to make the boring environments justifiable, and they do make sense in the space of the story.

    And that's where this game shines- story. Compelling, addicting. You, from the first moments of the game, become desperate to figure out what has happened, and what is going on. It also has pretty amazing voice acting considering this is a foreign title.

    The gameplay is a little rough, but that's the realism of the old-school fisticuffs and bolt-action rifle work. It's slow and clunky, but you're going to be slow and clunky in -30 degrees F weather using a 50-year-old Mosin Nagant rifle, so I liked that bit.

    The flashback mechanic really makes the game shine. The trial-and-error element coupled with a break from the repetitive environs and horrifying enemies is a nice departure, and the game wouldn't work without it.

    That brings me to another point- although there aren't many kinds of them, the enemies are TERRIFYING. Never in a game have I dreaded so much fighting "the enemy" as I have this game. They creep me out to my core.

    Overall, the game has its rough points, but they're all justifiable. The artistic elements, terrifying enemies, solid voice work, compelling story, and temperature mechanics make this game shine like no other.
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  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. May 17, 2011
    8
    This game was recommended for people who loved Amnesia : The Dark Descent . I was rather skeptical about it , but since people highlyThis game was recommended for people who loved Amnesia : The Dark Descent . I was rather skeptical about it , but since people highly recommended it , i gave it a try.
    The Story is enough to keep you interested in the game , since it tells it in small chunks.
    The Core mechanic of the game is very nice , only i don't understand why Heat considers as Health also , if they would've added health kits , it would've been more immerse.
    The graphics are okay enough , but the engine sadly wants too much of a PC for it to handle.
    But other than that , this game will be a blast for most story/horror lovers , but i don't recommend the 20â
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  6. Nov 13, 2012
    7
    This game is actually an amazing survival horror game... if your computer can handle it, that is.

    The mechanic to gain warmth to stay alive
    This game is actually an amazing survival horror game... if your computer can handle it, that is.

    The mechanic to gain warmth to stay alive helps the innovation and the immersion. Many imaginative ideas well implemented in this game. It could have just used a smoother implementation of its physics; as a result many of you will spend time configuring your settings for optimal play.

    I recommend any fan of the genre pick it up.
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  7. Apr 19, 2020
    0
    Quelle est la daube du jour aujourd'hui ?... attendez que je farfouille dans ma poubelle... oh j'en ai une belle, je crois même que c'est laQuelle est la daube du jour aujourd'hui ?... attendez que je farfouille dans ma poubelle... oh j'en ai une belle, je crois même que c'est la daube du week end ! c'est russe apparemment t ça se passe en Sibérie ou à un endroit où on se gèle les couilles !

    Mais ce n'est pas tout, car si on se les gèle assurément (virtuellement bien sûr) ce jeu, ce FPS pète aussi les couilles à domicile. Déjà, il plante dans les options graphiques quand je paramètre ce merdier... je suppose que c'est le pixel shader qui l'a fait tilter... le "pixel shader" ? nan mais tu te fous de ma gueule ou tu prends le train ? c'est le 3 ou le 4 ? tu pourrais pas le détecter toi-même, espèce de jeu de merde ?

    Bon, rebelote... ça fonctionne cette fois-ci. Je crois que le 3 lui plaît ou alors c'était autre chose qu'il aimait pas... mais pourquoi la souris dérive comme ça ? attends, c'est inversé... alors j'inverse. Non, la souris continue de glisser, elle veut se faire la malle. Reste là, petit rat ! allez on quitte et on relance le jeu fini à la vodka !

    Ah cette fois, ça y est, tout a l'air normal. Quand même. Bon bah, qu'est-ce qu'on a là mon petit bonhomme ? une sorte de survival horrifique à la con, c'est bien ça ? avec du surnaturel dedans, tant qu'à faire... moué, moué. Tu l'as finie ta bouteille, Yvan ? parce que je pige que dalle à ce qu'il se passe dans ton jeu, camarade !

    Bon, tout se passe à deux à l'heure, tout est balisé et scripté... tout est plein de vent, de flou et de neige. Et de glace pour ce qu'on en voit. Et plein de vent. Chaque action prend une éternité, on se déplace ici comme un russe alcoolique qui sort du bistro (bistro, bistro !) avant de tomber dans le coma. Bref, ça m'a soûlé à mort d'autant que ça reste plutôt moche, buggué, lent et chiant...
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