• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2009
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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: 31 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  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. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    Ukrainian developers have created an amazing atmosphere of his game. Cold, loneliness, fear all this has to overcome the main character, hisUkrainian developers have created an amazing atmosphere of his game. Cold, loneliness, fear all this has to overcome the main character, his way with a team of merchant ships, which led to the catastrophe. Separately deserves graphics in the game even now she is amazing. There's the real physics of water, which is not present in a single match. Bravo and thanks to the developers for the high quality of the game. Expand
  4. davidm
    Sep 13, 2009
    8
    Cryostasis is an incredibly flawed game, the combat is weak, the environments are repetitive, its buggy and poorly optimized, and the enemies Cryostasis is an incredibly flawed game, the combat is weak, the environments are repetitive, its buggy and poorly optimized, and the enemies become kind of lame towards the end. However, the atmosphere, puzzles, sound design, and even the story are all top notch. First of all, I haven't seen a game make you feel so isolated, even games such as Dead Space or System Shock 2 you'll have people talking to you, in Cryostasis the only dialogue comes through flashbacks of the crew and how everything got messed up and it really manages to keep you on the edge of your seat constantly. The flashbacks are the puzzles of the game, you'll come across dead crew members and you'll be able to relive their last moments to try and set things right, things such as having to walk by about a dozen angry snarling hungry dogs is really nerve wracking and one of the many moments of brilliance shown by Action Forms in this game, although there are two or three that end up being rather vague and frustrating, with the amount in the game I think that's a fair amount. The sound design is probably some of the best I've ever heard in a game right up there with Dead Space, hearing the Warden limp around with his chains rattling is incredibly cool, but even that can't compare to the big enemy weilding two tommy guns. When he spots you you'll hear an air siren go off and you know you're in for the fight of your life, hearing the air siren again once you've killed him makes you breathe a huge sigh of relief. All of the guns sound really nice and the reloading animations especially are really well done making combat less of a chore which is nice. The story was a bit vague and mysterious which is always cool, there was never really an explanation for things leaving the interpretation of what happened up to you, the flashbacks following the captain are especially well written and acted. This game is brilliant, it has its fair share of problems so it can't truly be a perfect 10 but I'm really looking forward to the next game from Action Forms. 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. 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. 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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