Cryostasis (Video Game) - TV Tropes
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Interspersed with Alexander's conflict with the demonic presence on the ship is the heavily metaphorical tale of Danko, whose actions and flaws parallel those of the North Wind's Captain. The monsters you fight begin to morph into disturbing personifications of the crew's shortcomings.
Despite the bleak setting, all of the action leads up to a rather heartwarming ending drenched in symbolic meaning. Alexander has an interesting power at his disposal, named the Mental Echo; He can enter the memories of the dead and alter their actions, correcting their mistakes so they at least do not die in despair, or simply helping them survive just a moment or so longer so that parts of the ship that were sealed before become accessible.
Doing so also provides an insight into exactly what happened when the ship crashed, and the relationships between key characters.
This is an interesting storytelling technique as it means the main character never physically comes into contact with a single sane, living person during his adventure. A major showcase for Nvidia's PhysX graphical engine, Cryostasis is a very beautiful game too, rivaling even Crysis. However, the game does not utilize more than one core in current-day CPU's, meaning the game stutters even on high-end PCs. It is also quite buggy in parts, which when combined with the slow storytelling and some would say repetitive level design can frustrate and bore some players.
However the game is welcomed as, at the very least, an interesting experience. This game contains examples of: Some of the early trailers and ingame documents state that the North Wind was lost inthough statements about the age of the ship and the appearance of vehicles such as the Kamov helicopter imply that the game takes place in the early s.
A theory, supported by the ending of the game, is that there are two timelines in the game: This timeline is restored by the end of the game. However, in the divergent timeline, the North Wind crashes in and Alexander enters its parallel reality when he boards the ship, where the sins and flaws of the crewmembers are personified into monsters. At the ending of the game, by proving your worth to the God of Time Khronos, you successfully avert the ship's impact with an iceberg by taking possession of a central character within the story who influences the captain's decision.
By doing this, you not only save yourself from the deadly fall you experience at the beginning, but also the entire crew of the ship. Perhaps a more prominent anachronism, albeit one that does not affect the plot, is that the North Wind is named in several places as an Arktika class nuclear icebreaker.
While these did exist, they weren't launched until8 years after the North Wind is meant to have run aground. Thanks to the Mental Echo mechanic, you'll see this trope a lot.
Various records are found throughout the story, along with extracts from an Russian fable that parallels the main story.Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason ending
The "mental echo" segments have the player experience the crash and its aftermath firsthand. Bears Are Bad News: Nesterov is attacked by a taxidermied bear at one point.
In the aftermath, you save its life. One boss you fight has spider-legs made of ice growing out his back. There are also several enemies with moth wings.
The ending *Massive Spoilers* - Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason Message Board for PC - GameFAQs
Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": The health meter is described as internal body temperature. You warm yourself up by being near sources of heat, and it dissipates by being in cold areas. You also lose health when attacked by an axe-wielding enemy, but recover said injuries by going back to a heat source. The game itself is actually a chronicle of the decline and fall of the captain of the North Wind, though at the end, Nesterov has an opportunity to make everything better.
In which effective time travel spawns from an ability. The protagonist player has the power to enter people's minds and change their past actions. This may become useful in moving them in the present or in the past, which can save you or them. You're given a rifle with a scope about halfway through the game, but given how most of the fighting takes place in small rooms, it's actually slightly less useful than the iron sights. The Water Cannon is this too.
It's a very powerful weapon, but hard to aim especially at enemies in motionand it guzzles ammo like you'd expect a device that's basically a boiler attached to a hose to do. At least said ammo icicles is plentiful.
It is strongly implied that Nesterov dies at the beginning of the game and the whole game is about freeing his soul from the North Wind. Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite the horrific imagery and oppressive mood, the game ends on a pretty high note. The conflict between hot and cold plays a central part in the game's design. Your character is healed by heat and his attacks have heat-based effects based on the red burn marks that appear on enemies whenever you hit themconversely, the monsters are all frozen zombie-like creatures which damage you with cold whenever they hit you even their bullets cause damage by freezing.
After a certain point, the ice-zombie creatures you encounter start becoming distinctly less human. Evil Is Deathly Cold: All of the enemies have ice motifs, all of the characters are trapped in the frozen Arctic Ocean, and Nesterov's life is heat Giant Mook: One of the rarest enemies is a huge, 7-foot tall brute in a hooded black coat who dual wields flashlights and PPSh submachine guns; he's slow, but it takes a very large amount of damage to kill him.
Set on an abandoned Soviet icebreaker deep in the Arctic. Well, these guns are worthless—your first gun was state of the art inand while the WWII Soviet rifle is better, they're meant for open-field warfare and are very awkward in the extreme close-quarters of the ship.
You'd think a submachinegun would great for tight quarters, but Nesterov doesn't seem to be proficient in automatic weapons, so he has great trouble actually hitting anything. Some enemies are best handled at range, but most of the time it's more effective to smack things to death with a lock and chain. Kinda justifiedseeing as there are not a lot of friendly characters to interact with. It's not obvious at the beginning, but almost every enemy is one of these.
The Man in the Parka who may or may not be Nesterov himself. Kill It with Fire: Because of the nature of enemies, this is the most effective solution, and is why the flare gun is the most powerful weapon of the game. The bottom-left corner shows the temperature of the main character, which doubles up as the life meter when the player gets injured in combat. The Mental Echo replays the corpse's last moments and allows Nesterov to avert whatever mistake got them killed.
This is an interesting example, because many times the mental time travel saves a person's life At several points, Nesterov is forced to save the same person's life repeatedly.
Including himself, at the very beginning of the game Mind Screw: Gameplay[ edit ] The game story develops with help of a unique system called Mental Echo — the ability to penetrate another character's memory and change the actions taken by that character in the past.
This can involve saving people's lives by taking over their bodies in their memories and changing the course of history. The gameplay is from a first person perspective. Plot[ edit ] Cryostasis takes place in on an Arktika -class nuclear-powered icebreaker called the North Wind near the North Pole.
The main character, Alexander Nesterov, is a Russian meteorologist who was supposed to board the ship for a lift home after completing a tour of duty at the pole; however he finds it's been shipwrecked since and its dead crewmen have undergone bizarre metamorphosis. Through the game the character finds fragments of Maxim Gorky 's fairy tale The Flaming Heart of Danko, which parallels what happened to the ship and its crew.
The game starts with Alexander approaching the North Wind on a dog sled.
The ship's horn sounds, and the ice all around starts to break; he falls down through but the bottom ice is thick enough that he doesn't end up in the water. He then enters the ship by following one of the dogs. From flashbacks and Mental Echo the ship's tragic past is put together. The captain took a perilous course through the ice, ignoring the warnings of his first officerwho placed his faith in the latest ice-detecting instrumentation, in favour of his own instinct and seagoing experience.
The ship collided with an iceberg and suffered significant damage. The first officer reported the captain's mistake when sending a report to the HQ; in return, the HQ responded that the North Wind, which had already been considered long in the tooth, would be decommissioned upon returning to port. The ship's security officer, knowing that the message will break the captain, warned the first officer to not relay it to him. However, trying to take revenge for the captain's disdainful attitude, and hoping for rapid promotion, he did.