If you ever played Amnesia: The Dark Decent and were a fan, you’ll be happy to know that Frictional Games’ latest horror endeavour, SOMA, is now available on Steam and the PS4 Network.
Imagine if Bioshock and Amnesia had a baby, and then Alien: Isolation and Outlast had a baby, then those two babies grew up and met each other, fell madly in love, and had a baby of their own, that would be SOMA. And that’s not a bad thing. It takes the isolation elements of, well, Isolation, and merges them with the defenceless puzzle elements of Amnesia and Outlast, all taking place in an underwater base called PATHOS-II – much like Bioshock’s Rapture. You will have to outwit a range of enemies, such as corrupt robots, insane humans, and your own sense of reality as you try to bring power back to the facility and escape your potential demise.
The dark, haunting depths of the ocean are a perfect spot for such a horror game, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done this way before. Where in Bioshock you had guns and psychic enhancements to fight your way to the truth, SOMA leaves you with nothing but a few tools and your mind to get you out of trouble and figure out the story of what happened within PATHOS-II.
So if you’re looking for something genuinely unsettling with a story that you can really sink your teeth into, check out SOMA.