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The Swedish game studio Frictional Games continues its tradition in the horror genre (Amnesia, Penumbra series) with SOMA. This time, the player is presented with a science fiction story in which the protagonist, Simon Jarret, is suddenly transported to an abandoned facility the moment he goes through a brain scan. After surviving a car accident with severe brain injuries as a result, Simon accepts to have his brain scanned with a new, experimental technology. While he starts the day in his apartment in Toronto, the scan takes him to the mysterious PATHOS-II facility mere hours later.

Much like its predecessors, SOMA's gameplay is built from monster encounters, puzzle solving and the exploration of mysterious game world and plot. Similar to Amnesia or the last two Penumbra games, Simon in unarmed and every encounter requires the player to avoid direct contact with the hostile creatures of PATHOS-II. As for the puzzles, Frictional reuses in part the capabilities of its in-house engine, the HPL engine (on its third main version), to manipulate every object in the world as if the mouse were a virtual hand that the player inserts in the game world. However, this time around puzzles are mainly about interacting with computer terminals, leaving object manipulation more for world exploration.


Soma Windows Oh, this is quite disgusting
Soma Windows Yes, there are some gruesome scenes
Soma Windows Trusty Omnitool - used to unlock doors and access various computers and machinery
Soma Windows You need to reroute the power somehow

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Critic Reviews Windows Sep 22, 2015 9.8 out of 10 98
Adventure Gamers Windows Oct 19, 2015 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
TheSixthAxis PlayStation 4 Sep 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid Windows Sep 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Windows Sep 21, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85
Riot Pixels Windows Sep 29, 2015 83 out of 100 83
Push Square PlayStation 4 Nov 28, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
PC Gamer Windows Sep 20, 2015 80 out of 100 80
Games Master Windows Nov, 2015 77 out of 100 77 PlayStation 4 Oct 16, 2015 6.8 out of 10 68


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