There’s no shapeshifting alien, no infectious disease that births the undead and no ancient spectre uncovered by overzealous scientists. The horrors of Near Death are much more real.
In Near Death, your plane crash-lands in Antarctica. You find yourself stranded in an abandoned research facility midst of a deadly blizzard. Plunged into darkness, temperatures far below zero, and conditions too harsh for rescue, you must explore Sutro Station and use the tools you find to survive.
Near Death is a first-person exploration game that pits you against the harsh arctic conditions and terrors of your imagination. You have a full research station to explore and its surrounded areas, although the icy landscape is unforgiving. Mark your way with light trails in zero-visibility storms, melt frozen obstacles to explore the base in search of much-needed supplies and create pockets of warmth with a personal heater.
Discoverable blueprints and upgrades enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to withstand the cold. A dynamic weather system creates a multitude of conditions ranging from blinding whiteouts to brief moments of calm. The original score of haunting ambient music amplifies the isolation of Sutro Station.
Near Death is developed by Orthogonal Games, a small team based in San Fransisco. Near Death is available now for PC, Mac, and Linux where it has received positive reviews. You can find it on Steam and The Humble Store.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane