Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason

Platform: PC
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Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason

Is It Fair to call Cryostasis the Russian BioShock, as everyone seems to be doing? Yes and no. Yes, in that it's set in a claustrophobic world, full of misshapen horrors. No, because it feels a lot more like a regular FPS than Irrational's title. A fairer comparison would be calling it the Russian Condemned, as the combat and movement definitely feels like Monolith's beat-a-tramp-up.

The game is set upon the broken hulk of a Soviet atomic icebreaker, marooned in the Arctic Circle for years and with no known explanation as to why it ran aground or what happened to the crew. The plot is revealed both through the use of a pseudo-old wives' tale, recounted by collecting story cards at various intervals, and flashbacks of events leading up to the disaster.

You also have the ability to enter the minds of various corpses you encounter on the ship, and travel back in time to correct the mistakes that led to their death. For example, you find a man imprisoned in a block of ice. Entering his mind, you discover he had failed to open a valve to release the trapped water that was threatening to engulf his section. By fixing his error, you save his life and his corpse vanishes.

Sometimes these interventions are necessary to progress - by completing one of them, a ladder drops, allowing you to proceed when returning to the future.

Chilly Willies

As BioShock had its water, Cryostasis has its ice. This is primarily where the comparisons come from. The cold plays a crucial role in the game as you don't have a health bar, you have a body heat gauge. Enemies drain your body heat, and if it falls too low, you die. To survive, you need to find heat sources to warm yourself up or switch on long-silent mechanisms which heat the rooms and cause a really swanky ice-melting effect. Watching walls melt really does not get tiresome.

Cryostasis is a solid game. If you liked Condemned, you'll certainly like this. It's paced slowly, has genuinely unnerving moments and deserves more attention than it'll get because of its low profile. It also has the best snow storms ever seen in a game. Recommended for FPS horror fans, although the environments are by definition a tad repetitive.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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