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
Minimum system requirements:
CPU: AMD 3000+ or Intel equivalent
Graphics card: AMD/ATI Radeon 9800 pro or nVidia 6800GT
HDD space: unknown
Sound card: DirectX 9 compatible
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000
Recommended system requirements:
CPU: AMD x2 5600+ or Intel CoreDuo 6400
Graphics card: AMD/ATI Radeon 2900 HD or nVidia 8880 GTS
HDD space: unknown
Sound card: DirectX 9 or 10 compatible
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
How to Install:
STEP 1: Extract file with 7z to anywhere you like.
(note: Game will install to 'OS':GamesCryostasis)
STEP 2: Double click 'setup.exe' in 'Cryostasis' folder.
STEP 3: Follow on screen instructions!
*DO NOT INTERRUPT PROCESS ONCE EXTRACTION HAS BEGUN*
STEP 4: Start game from Desktop.
Freeman G Ripper
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