GC 2008: Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason Updated Look

Is it cold in here, or is it just 1C's new survival horror game?

There's a lot going on in 1C's upcoming Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason, and not all of it makes sense. A body heat system that requires you to keep your temperature up while on board a frozen ship stuck in the middle of the Arctic Circle. Former crew members who've apparently come back from the dead to haunt the ship and do you grievous bodily harm. You can even step into the minds of NPCs and, then, travel back in time to change events in the past. All of this, plus some creepy scares, add up to an intriguing, if sometimes confusing game from 1C and developer Action Form.

You'll play as kick-butt, two-fisted meteorologist Alexander Nesterov, who mysteriously finds himself in the bowels of the "North Wind." By game's end, you'll make your way through the entire ship (which, developers told us, is about the height of a nine-story building), all the while uncovering what happened on board after it became stuck in the ice. That ice will be a constant problem for you as you make your way around. Because the ship is frozen, you'll need to keep a constant eye on both the outside temperature and your own body heat levels, measured by a small meter in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. If you stay exposed to the chill for too long, it's game over for Nesterov. Luckily (and perhaps illogically for a ship that's been stranded in the ice for very long), you'll find frequent spots where you can regain your body heat.

Once you've manged to warm back up, though, you'll probably have other problems on your hands in the form of psychotic enemies you'll encounter. The explanation for their appearance was a bit confusing to us, but the gist of it is that these are former crew members who were taken over by the cold when the North Wind was trapped; some fought for their lives and others embraced the cold, turning them into the enemies that want you dead. You'll start the game with just your bare hands to defend yourself, but soon enough you'll find weapons you can use, such as shotguns, rifles, and fire axes. The game is set in 1968, so don't expect laser cannons (or even submachine guns, for that matter) but a few good blasts from a tommy gun look to be enough to take down most enemies.

When you aren't warming your tootsies or blasting enemies back to the nether-reaches, Alexander will be using his mental echo ability--which will allow him to peer into the minds of other players and, even more oddly, travel back into the past to try to rectify things. For instance, during one level, you'll encounter a sailor who met an unfortunate end when a pane of glass exploded right in front of him, firing a shard of glass into his neck. Using the mental echo ability, you can travel back in time, take over that sailor's body just seconds before that explosion, and move him out of the way. It seems as though saving the different crew members who died on board in this manner will be a key to unlocking the story and reaching the end of Cryostasis.

With frozen combat, creepy-looking mummified bad guys, telepathy, and time travel of sorts, there's definitely an "everything but the kitchen sink" vibe happening with Cryostasis. Will that imaginative approach result in a varied experience? We'll find out when the game is released on PCs this October.

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45 comments
Sniper
Sniper

"Don't expect submachine guns." Meanwhile, one of the weapons in your character's arsenal is the PPSh submachine gun.

AlfaxD_Centauro
AlfaxD_Centauro

Bioshock is just a little thing compared to Cryostasis.

storky1941
storky1941

I found it runs quite well on xp pro no problems I must admit though the game is different, but it keeps drawing you back to play it.

Vasot
Vasot

Meh another Windows Vista-only garbage

electroban
electroban

tbh - this game has an authentic feel and atmosphere to it, it beats the hell out of: Oblivion/Call of Duty(any of them as they are all pants)/GTA. You have to give qudos to companies that come up with fresh idea's and styles. Cos one day u guys might find yourselves sounding ridiculous when u go "I CANT WAIT FOR CALL OF DUTY 35"

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

dont compare this to "garbage" like bioshock? lol...nice way to lose all credibility. and ady, the people who go back to playing mario are the people who grew up with it through the years and not just the eleven year olds who think everything that is new is much better...original mario games on nes and snes are better than 90% of the games out...no, its not that "us little kidz r 2 scared to play it, lol." your grammar is at the level of a 1st grader's, and your opinion is worthless.

ady_1102
ady_1102

this game is awesome, all u people who say that is garbage, maybe u should go back on playing mario...lol..it's not quite like bioshock i agree, but its far more better in my opinion than that crysis crap,and better that alone in the dark 4 example, that's 4 sure... is' a great horror survival game, and coming from a small company like 1C that is a big thing....maybe u little kidz r 2 scared to play it, lol

euphoric666
euphoric666

just played the russian version... MEDIOCRE.

AqUaBlaDe123
AqUaBlaDe123

U are an IDIOT u are like someone who probably thinks their good at halo 3 and call of duty 4 well u are an idiot!

MalParkes
MalParkes

Please do not compare this garbage to bioshock or crysis , more like stalker on a ship , god what a bore . Even the crap alien bit in crysis was better than this .

stalepretzels
stalepretzels

clasys I agree with you. I've played the russian version all the way through twice in two days. It is nothing like bioshock, and the only thing that it has similar to bioshock is an awesome story. To be frank, Cryostasis' story gives bioshock's story a run for it's money. It wraps up flawlessly in the end, leaving a massive sense of mystery. But is fulfilling at the same time. This game was made with passion. 1C knew that they were going to make the most of their game, and, in my opinion, Cryostasis punches the lights out of several games with (as clasys said) a 50x bigger budget. The low budget, of course, did bring a few small issues, such as continuous SFX shut off when you are outside of the North Wind. There are some clipping issues too, but that's about it. To sum it up, Cryostasis is an incredible game. The complete opposite of what I expected. :D

clasys
clasys

Well... I've been playing this game for about 4 full hours now - russian version is out already. This is what I got: First, this is absolutely nothing like bioshock, pure survival horror, think Dead Space covered in beautiful icycles. On plus side: graphics are very, very good for something that had total budget probably about 1/50 of A+ title, like aforementioned Dead Space. Minus: graphics are very, very good - means this game is very demanding AND it is not optimized well. At least this stands for russian release, maybe US release will be better. Performance suffers especially in ATI department; game's engine is using PhysX extensively and favors newest Nvidia cards. I run it on Radeon 4870, and guess what: think you can run Crysis on your ATI maxed out @ 35 FPS? Try running this game with motion blur enabled in DX10 mode! Still, metal walls covered in ice sparkling when lit from 4-5 light sources in DX10.... Looks awesome. The big question mark: story and the whole atmosphere... My biggest concern is that it will loose all its beauty in translation. In russian it is absolutely the most amazing story-telling action game I have ever played, and I've been playing games for more than 2 decades now. Forget sloppy unresponsive combat/shooting mechanics! They just add more to a dark, disturbing "nothing-around-for-hundreds-of-miles-but-frozen-hell" feeling that gets you the second you start the game. And with every level it gets darker and colder. And the way the story unwraps - its simply genious. So we'll see. So far Im hooked.

gruby2
gruby2

i just want to express my true feelings for this title rubbish... looks like rubbish sounds like rubbish feels like rubbish smells like rubbish does not predict a bright future for PC gaming, a truly outdated title which ,maybe, would be worth something if it was published one or two years ago. you can or cannot agree with me

stalepretzels
stalepretzels

Chronostasis Accurate words on the bioshock thing. You did pretty much float down to Rapture and go on a rampage - cryostasis looks nothing like that. I'm hopeful for this one, it could be something good.

sparticusjoe
sparticusjoe

(or even submachine guns, for that matter) but a few good blasts from a tommy gun look to be enough to take down most enemies. Yeah, about that, guys... A tommy gun = Submachine gun.

1Slide5
1Slide5

looks promising hope it turs out worth buying

Chronostatis
Chronostatis

I'm waiting for this game primarely for patriotical reasons , since Russian dev. at 80 % of time make crappy games , I highly anticipate it . First of all this is NOTHING like Bioshock - in bioshock you basically can go on rampage through the whole game , this one is a survival horror , not a typical FPS . You Are Empty was created by a tottaly different dev. team ( 6.5/10 only for style and atmosphere of USSR surroundings , otherwise it's not good at all ) . This dev. team made Vivisector , which never made it way to USA , but was quite a good FPS , especcially thanks to the original voice atcting , and LOTS of action moments + nice animal fure and body dismemberment , that looked nice even though completely unrealistic.

termadoyle
termadoyle

I hope to god this will be as good as Dead Space.

ACES_of_CRIME
ACES_of_CRIME

A lot of people say it looks like a cross between Bioshock and Condemned but I think, strangely, it looks a bit like Morrowind environmental wise. I know it sounds a bit weird but I think everyone thats played Morrowind knows that I got a point.

sauerfreak
sauerfreak

@Redman1984--Digital Spray studios dev'd You Are Empty, Action Forms is the developer of Cryostasis. If any of you guys want to know more about this game, they launched a website recently.....( http://www.cryostasis-game.com/ ) And no, I haven't played YAE. It looks interesting, tho....

Redman1984
Redman1984

I have waited a long time for this game! I think the same team that made 'You Are Empty' made this game, but I'm not sure. Does anybody know this? You Are Empty wasn't actually a bad game. I'm still not sure why GameSpot thought that it was a bad game. Did anyone play this game?

bensley5662
bensley5662

kind of reminded me of the butterfly effect. the game sounds awesome btw.

ilovejaydee
ilovejaydee

I agree with the fact that it is similar to bioshock. The action is certainly similar. I half expected the player to grab that mutant guy sitting in the corner and "save" or consume him, like in bioshock with the little sisters. Will definately check out, looks like it could be interesting.

Streetrider9873
Streetrider9873

I love games that incorporate time travel into the story. I wonder if Cryostasis will have some elements of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, in that when you rectify something in the past, everything returns a little bit more to normal in the future. This game could be really really interesting.

eviloply7
eviloply7

sounds to me like its a bit like condemd on ice

Nigma_2012
Nigma_2012

"Why the name almost the same with crysis? just wondering......" Are you serious? "Crysis" = "Farcry" + "Crisis" Its a play on the title of the game FarCry and the word 'crisis'. "Cryostasis" is an actual word, meaning "in a state of being frozen". "cryo" = "freeze by ice" "stasis" = "state of existence"

Finstar
Finstar

Well, there was a considerable amount of illogical stuff in Bioshock too, but this kinda turns me off..

CptAsbjoern
CptAsbjoern

I agree Zee666, seems like a Bioshock "inspired" game, that may be a good thing, but sure needs them to set a high standard in order for it not to fail.

Zee666
Zee666

I'm not saying this is a bad thoing but doesn't this kinda look like bioshock on ice, even the enemies have a bioshock-feel, looks good though.

zakumo123
zakumo123

Why the name almost the same with crysis? just wondering......

beanofengland
beanofengland

just the thing i've been looking for my PC, its first person days have been raped by consoles and ports, this and new stalker will give me some fun

alijib
alijib

Another Russian Game. I will play it.

pidow
pidow

I will play this one...I am interested in game play, typo's doesn't matter.

Pr3acher
Pr3acher

Maybe in the light of the war between Russia and Georgia, this game won't be that successful. Good observation about the ppsh, that's the russian version of the tommy. Anyway, I've been waiting for a shooter starring a russian, since they all love to kick ass and thus are more credible as action heroes, I think.

Avals
Avals

OH MAN, the submachine gun IS ppsh41 NOT a tommy M1 in the game. They must be nuts..

catsimboy
catsimboy

DUR! A Tommy gun IS a submachine gun. Anyways this could be a great game if they don't mess it up somehow.

thenewau25
thenewau25

well its a 1c game they make low budget games i play many low budget games dont think this will be awesome or crap nobody know what it will turn into lets wait however id like to see a gameplay video somwthing "latest" if you know what i means it reminds me condemned!

Kevin75
Kevin75

Awesome this is going to be good. Hopefully they don't drop the ball.

pidow
pidow

I'll play it.

warspain
warspain

Now.......This sounds like a good game.

dark_being
dark_being

Finally a release date. I've been waiting for one for a long time.