You Are Empty

a.k.a. YaE

published by 1C Company / Atari in 2006-10-27, developed by Digital Spray Studios / Mandel ArtPlains, running on Windows
type: shooter
genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Historical, Unclear cause, First-person shooter
perspective: 1st person
player options: single player
game engine: DS2
languages: eng rus

Official description

You Are Empty offers players an alternative approach to the history of the late fifties of the XX century. Scene of action is the Soviet Union. Leading Soviet scientists start a big experiment that alter human physiology and mentality in order to create super humans capable of building bright future and communism all over the world. But something goes wrong...
As a result the whole city, where that experiment took place, goes on a rampage. The majority of citizens died, and those who survived turned into hideous mutants - the only inhabitants of deserted streets.
You Are Empty immerses you in an exaggerated dark and obscure atmosphere of Soviet totalitarianism. Fighting against mutants, that obtained super power after the experiment was carried out, the main hero tries to gain an understanding of what's happening around and save the day.

Game world

The game takes place in a big Soviet town with beautiful Stalin architecture and colossal monuments dedicated to the communist future. The inhabitants fell prey to a huge experiment carried out by a group of scientists. Most of the people died, but the ones that survived lost their human appearance and control of their deeds and behavior. Moreover there are a lot of plants and factories inside the town and in the outskirts. A part of them is still functioning.


Original and vivid enemies are one of the features of the game. In You Are Empty players will face strange and weird monsters - former Soviet citizens which mutated and gained super powers after the experiment.
Distinctive and vivid characters that you will remember long after are one of the game's key features. You can meet them in our Bestiary section.

Game features

* Unique conventionalized environment of the Soviet totalitarian society.
* Fascinating and unusual storyline.
* Superb visual effects, including post-effects.
* Distinctive and lively characters.
* Due to new DS2 Engine the game introduces a high level of details and realism.
* Realistic physics engine and sophisticated AI system.
? - # 2007-10-05 13:33:33 - official description - source


The Shader Model 2 requirement is only guess. The only real new feature added in the two min spec cards is Shader Model 2 support, so that would be the only real reason to have them as the min spec.
Sanguine # 2007-10-25 19:03:33

Technical specs

display: textured polygons
* Windows 2000 or XP
* Pentium 2.4 GHz or Athlon/Sempron 2500+ CPU
* 512 MB RAM
* 128 MB VRAM
* GeForce FX 5600 or Radeon 9600 GPU
* 4 GB HD space

* Pentium 3.2 GHz or Athlon/Sempron 3000+ CPU
* 1 GB RAM
* 256 MB VRAM
* GeForce 6600 or Radeon X800 GPU
Sanguine # 2007-10-05 13:34:41

Editor note

* 2006-10-27 in Russia
* 2007-09-11 in Poland
* 2007-10-16 in North America
# 2012-02-17 09:26:55

External reviews (2) - average: 27.5%

review sourcecountryissuedatescore   

Contributors (3)


Post an anonymous comment / review about this game.

ViolenceBad lang.SexGambl.Subst.

Rate and review

You Are Empty in-game screen.
You Are Empty (Windows)
You Are Empty (Windows)
You Are Empty (Windows)
You Are Empty (Windows)
View the full gallery