is a science fiction action adventure video game developed by Xatrix, originally released by Interplay Entertainment
for MS-DOS in January 1994, and released two years later on the PlayStation
, Sega Saturn
, and 3DO consoles. A sequel, Cyberia 2: Resurrection
, was released by Virgin Interactive in 1995 for both DOS and Windows 9x formats.Cyberia
is set in the near future of the year 2027, five years after a global economic collapse. The world is under the dominion of two opposing superpowers, the First World Alliance in the west and the Cartel in the east. Devlin, the leader of the FWA, receives word that a devastating weapon is being produced in a secret base in Siberia, referred to as the Cyberia Complex. Curious to unravel the mysteries of this weapon, Devlin pardons a cyber-hacker named Zebulon Pike (Zak) and charges him with the task of infiltrating the Complex and retrieving intel on the weapon being produced there.
Much like Overblood
, if you're on this page, it's most likely due to Game Informer's Super Replay
of the game.
This Video Game contains examples of:
- Death as Comedy: AND HOW. Almost all of the death sequences are unintentionally hilarious. In one example, you can die by sticking your hand in a barrel. It doesn't dissolve or anything: Zak sticks it in, yanks his hand out in pain, and then a game over screen appears. Quite possibly one of the most baffling ways to die in a video game EVER. Other memorable examples include:
- Everything Trying to Kill You
- Fusion Dance: Zak and Cyberia merge to become a giant purple/tin foil thing, which then flies into space.
- Guide Dang It: The on-foot portions of the game often requires you to do certain things in a VERY exact order: do one thing wrong, and it's instant (and often hilarious) death. Fail to turn a certain way? You get shot. Enter a room and try to leave it? You get shot. Fail to run through a door fast enough? The oil rig explodes. Run out from behind some boxes instead of creeping to the edge? You get shot.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Averted during rail-shooter portion of the game- enemy craft only fire when they are certain to hit you.
- Let's Play: Game Informer did a full length playthrough. It can be seen here and here.
- Nintendo Hard: The rail shooting parts of the game can get impossibly difficult, due to the sheer numbers of enemies being thrown at you almost non-stop. The terrible aiming controls on the console version (D pad only, no analog sticks) make it even worse (the Game Informer replay had to switch to a Playstation mouse to continue at one point).
- No Ending: After blowing up Devlin's space station, Zak falls back to earth and plunges into a mountain. Cue credits.
- Nuke 'Em: Zak's head-bomb is powerful enough to destroy the entire complex at the end of the game.
- Outrun the Fireball: Inverted. You can try, but you'll just vanish into the flames.
- Rail Shooter: A large part of the game is spent flying a jet around on a rail shooter.
- Respawning Enemies: Anytime you walk down a new passageway, take an elevator, or even try to go through a door, you have a 50% chance of being shot by enemies who magically and suddenly appear out of nowhere.
- Space Battle: The final stage has Zak flying into space to blow up Devlin's space station.
- Spy Catsuit: Zak wears one. Unfortunately, it's colored a very light shade of brown, making it look like he's naked, save for his giant, white boots, and battle harness.
- Stuff Blowing Up: At certain points, you can blow entire bases to kingdom come...usually by failing to do something correctly.
- The Many Deaths of You: You will die. A lot. And more often then not, in hilarious ways.
- The Stinger: During the credits, we hear a rescue team as they find Zak.
- Token Romance: Early on, you meet a guard, who then runs away as the base is attacked. After fending off the attackers, she demands Zak to kiss her. They've known each other for about 45 seconds at that point. The player can choose to kiss her or not:
- If he kisses her, Santos, the man who owns the oil rig, will have his guards taze him. Zak wakes up to an interrogation with Santos believing he led the attacking force to the oil rig; the player must escape, fight the guards, and steal the fighter Zak came to the oil rig for in the first place.
- If he doesn't kiss her, Santos tells Gia to "quit screwing around." The entire sub-plot above is skipped, and Zak is simply given the fighter. Your aircraft is booby-trapped either way, requiring you to defuse the bomb in both scenarios.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Turns out Devlin implanted a bomb in your head before the game started, so that when you finally reached Cyberia itself, he would detonate it, taking out it, and you, at the same time.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Virtually all the guards you come across are exactly identical to each other.