Cryostasis Review

Score: 72 / 100

*Full Name:* Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason

*Good:* Creepy, in depth storyline, unique health and combat elements, amazing sounds, nice use of PhysX

*Bad:* Slow, somewhat dated graphics, very buggy, kind of boring

Cryostasis is, by far, one of the best games around when it comes to setting an environment and ambiance. From the very beginning you are thrown into a creepy creaking icy abandoned ship that feels like it could sink hundreds of feet beneath the ocean at any moment. You are also thrown into a deep and compelling storyline that is the backbone behind this entire game.

Without spending this entire review talking about the storyline, I will talk about what you can expect from Cryostasis. Firstly, you can expect some of the creepiest moments ever in gaming. In fact, there were a few times that I had to back away from the computer just to give myself a break from the stressful environment this game creates.

You can also expect some very interesting combat elements that range from beating people/things with your fists and drainage valves to shooting them with old WW2 weapons.

But that's not all folks. Cryostasis also offers incredible sounds that help capture the eeriness of the game. With everything from the creaking of the boat to breaking ice, the sounds in this game are fantastic.

While this game is great at creating a creepy environment, it is somewhat lacking in gameplay. With that said, I am not a huge fan of survival horror 'find out what the hell is going on' type of games. Honestly I would enjoy a Bioshock over any type of survival horror that wants to make opening doors one area of focus for the overall product.

Cryostasis is great if you love horror, mystery, slow paced type games. Other than that, it really feels like a clunky indie game that is trying really hard to appeal to a niche market in gaming. Though this game is no Bioshock of the indie gaming world, I do tip my hat to Cryostasis for what they have done with what they had.

- Tyler (Chiko)

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