We can count many titles for survival horror shooter genre. However, most of these titles failed at one important element: the story. Cryostasis is trying to bring something new here and partially it succeeded. The superficial design is definitely good but Cryostasis fails at the "deep" story.
Cryostasis comes with some nice ideas but soon you will realize that most of them are bad incorporated. One of the most interesting aspects of this game is the possibility to interact with another characters using "red spot memory". With that ability, you can see and be a part of events that happened in the past. Even more, you can interfere there and save someone life for example. This brings more depth to the atmosphere and a better understanding over different characters.
The basic game me
chanic is quite common (if we are talking about a shooter). An interesting thing here is that you must seek out "hot" or warm spots in order to recover your HP. The game story takes place in a frozen land and the player HP will go down continuously. In addition to that you need to repair the damage made by enemies. However, this is better than looking for all kind of weird machines to fill up endless meters (like we saw in other games). Cryostasis brings some puzzle elements but those cannot be considered a challenge. Most of these puzzles can be solved as you proceed through game without even trying. Another bad thing is the AI level. Your enemies (even if their design is quite nice), won't act like actual enemies and killing them will be an easy task.
The story behind Cryostasis may seem complicated and complex in the beginning with many perspectives. However, as you are getting close to the end, you may be disappointed in the lack of substance.
Despite all these problems, Cryostasis is not a bad game. Producers tried to bring in some interesting features and combine them with a dynamic story. Unfortunate they didn't succeed in doing that. However, the result worth played, if not for its innovative ideas, at least for the dark and creepy atmosphere.