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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 There are a lot of pictures and photos that you can examine in the game
Soma Windows Excellent use of lighting
Soma Windows Simon's email
Soma Windows Beheaded people

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Critic Reviews

Quarter to Three Windows Feb 12, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Polygon Windows Sep 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
TrueAchievements Xbox One Dec 11, 2017 4.5 out of 5 90
TheSixthAxis PlayStation 4 Sep 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid Windows Sep 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Games Finder PlayStation 4 Sep 25, 2016 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Oct 02, 2015 84 out of 100 84 PlayStation 4 Oct 02, 2015 83 out of 100 83
The Jimquisition Windows Sep 21, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Push Square PlayStation 4 Nov 28, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80


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