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2008.1205 (RU), 2009.0227 (EU), 2009.0420 (US)
Developer: Action Forms Game Page
Publisher: 1C Game PageCompany Page, 505 Games, Aspyr Media
Engine AtmosFear 2.0
Rating: ESRB - T, PEGI - 16+

KRI 2006 - "Best technologies"
KRI 2007 - "Best game graphics"
GameSpot's Special Achievement Award 2009 - Best Story


Year 1968. Arctic Circle, Russian North Pole station "Pole 21". The main hero Alexander Nesterov is a meteorologist occasionally caught inside an old nuclear ice-breaker North Wind, frozen in the ice desert many years ago. This steel creature once fought for its life and freedom, but it has fallen into an ice trap and all the creatures on its board lost not only their natural look, but a right to die. Cryostasis is a story about a drama of a Captain and his Ship evolving in the atmosphere of animal fear.

Alex will fight the cold and what lives within as he tries to find out what happened. Cryostasis is a drama about a Captain and his Ship evolving in the atmosphere of ice and animal fear.


Gameplay

The game story develops with help of a unique system called Mental Echo - the ability to penetrate another character's memory and change the actions taken by that character in the past. This can involve saving people's lives by taking over their bodies in their memories and changing the course of history.

The game, being set in an arctic setting, employs body heat as a health meter - the player must use heat sources (such as lights or stoves) to replenish health.

Plot (click to expand)

Development

The game is the first to make use of Nvidia PhysX real-time water physics as displayed in a tech demo of the game engine.

Reception

Cryostasis has received mixed reviews, scoring 69/100 on Metacritic based on 28 reviews. Resolution Magazine praised the game as "tense, frequently innovative and attractive," and claimed that "its shortcomings are definitely outweighed by its strengths," awarding it 78%. Eurogamer was slightly more critical, awarding the game 6 out of 10 and stating that "it's not quite creative enough - its environments fall into a monotony of samey rooms and bulkheads - and its combat is too clunky to be delicious." PC Format meanwhile awarded the game 83% and called it "A beautiful, yet flawed gem that offers up a thoroughly unique experience." Gamespot awarded the game 8 out of 10, saying "Flashes of frozen brilliance help this cold-blooded horror game overcome its technological flaws...few horror games elicit chills as well as Cryostasis." IGN gave the game 6 out of 10, stating "Cryostasis benefits from the developer's creative intentions and has some very intriguing elements. The setting is spooky, the time-travel bits are engaging, and the overall vibe scores big in the traditional components of fright. On the other hand, the mystery doesn't unravel quickly enough to keep players interested and the overall progression of the game is restrictively linear. Quibbles about the relative temperature of light bulbs and campfires aside, the heat element of the game is a very creative idea that adds tension and tone to the game."




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