|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Action Forms||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: 1C Company / Aspyr Media||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 20, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another interesting concept is the Mental Echo feature, presented as a flashback, allowing you to see exactly what happened to some of the dead crewmen. The Mental Echo ability is interactive, as you can enter the body of the corpse and alter its destiny. In other words, you can bring it back to life and change the present. By doing so, you will unlock a door or cause a switch to be thrown. This feature isn't as deep as the Butterfly Effect, but it does throw some light on the mystery, not to mention it gets you on your way to the next stage.
Overall the game feels sluggish, but that's part of the charm, like it or not. The weapons system seldom makes you feel in control; either you can't get the weapon working fast enough, or you're about to run out of ammunition. There are some frustratingly difficult sections that cause you to return to the same checkpoints more times than you care too. These sections require trial and error and near perfect execution. You'll have to make sure each bullet reaches its target and get to the heat source before you lose your health.
Graphically, Cryostasis is a starkly beautiful game, but keep in mind beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While I'm throwing out clichés, I might as well add that the devil is in the details. See, I did use it. There are so many shades of white, blue, and gray, you really have to see it to appreciate it; very realistic. This ship feels cold. Ice crystals, icicles, and frost-capped railings appear as random and different as snowflakes. Ice melts near heat sources, only to frost over when the source is removed or extinguished. The ship is huge; it's a scary behemoth in its own right. It takes on a life of its own. The monsters' models aren't the most terrifying-looking, but when they pop up in front of you with a scream, the fright is not made any less heartfelt.
Cryostasis is a breath of fresh arctic air that won't leave you cold.
CCC Senior Writer