SOMA Reviews

SOMA is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Andy Kelly
Top Critic
80 / 100
Sep 21, 2015

A masterpiece of audio and visual design, SOMA is atmospheric, cerebral, and occasionally frustrating.

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Recommended
Sep 21, 2015

The makers of Amnesia ease back on the horror, ramp up the philosophy and strike a satisfying balance between narrative and gameplay.

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Daniel Krupa
Top Critic
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

SOMA is smart and scary science fiction. Not all of its ideas work, but it's worth playing for the story alone.

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Sep 21, 2015

A disturbingly different take on interesting sci-fi concepts let down by a slow start and disappointing monsters, but worth it overall.

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7 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

A daringly complex ode to the works of Philip K. Dick, and although the mix of survival horror and existential storytelling doesn't always work it's never less than gripping.

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
8 / 10
Dec 5, 2017

A gripping mix of survival horror and existential science fiction storytelling, which is notably improved by an optional new safe mode.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

Playing cat-and-mouse with monsters feels formulaic at this point, but Soma's engrossing subsea environment and intriguing narrative keep the entire experience afloat

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9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

SOMA may not be as scary as Amnesia, but it is without a doubt a stronger game

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9 / 10
Sep 21, 2015

It may not stir the hordes of wailing YouTubers looking for the next best haunted house, but SOMA succeeds at crafting something much more meaningful than jump-scares.

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Yes
Sep 21, 2015

If sweating profusely and screaming into the void is your idea of fun, SOMA absolutely delivers.

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Sep 21, 2015

SOMA surpassed my expectations of what a psychological science-fiction horror story could be. I expected to be scared but not absolutely fucking terrified to the point where I had to stand up and physically walk out of the room on multiple occasions. I knew the story was interesting and I would be rooting for the protagonist, but I was not expecting the introspective emotional reaction it ignited as I watched the epilogue that followed the credits.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

SOMA gets everything right about the the survival horror genre. It's like someone created the perfect video game mixtape -- a little bit of abandoned underwater atmosphere from BioShock, detailed environments a la Gone Home, and (of course) the frenzied monster mechanics from Amnesia. Even if you dislike non-combat-oriented games, I dare you to give it a try. 

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7.8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

If you're a fan of Frictional Games, you'll find Soma equally spooky and thought-provoking. At times it was difficult for us to maintain our immersion in this nightmare under the sea.

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TheSixthAxis
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 17, 2015

I've never played a game that's affected me as much as SOMA, and to be honest I'm not sure I want to ever again, although I'm very glad I did. It has the DNA of movies like Alien, 2001, Sunlight, and Event Horizon, with a splash of the original Dead Space and Bioshock, but brings plenty of new ideas to the table. It makes you think about what it means to be alive, and indeed how you classify life, and is a brilliant example of just how far video games have evolved.

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7 / 10
Sep 21, 2015

All the stumbling around trades away any sense of suspense. It's hard to feel scared of monsters after you've walked circles around them several times. Not even tricks like suddenly switching off the lights saves the mood. Soma does a great job of making me feel lost and frustrated. Perhaps too good.

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Dec 20, 2015

With intelligent story telling and beautiful imagery, SOMA pushes the boundaries of traditional survival horror in new, psychologically thrilling ways.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

In a spectacularly immersive setting supported by masterful sound design, SOMA is solid evidence that the Friction Games is still in total control when it comes to horror.

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VideoGamer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

Soma's slowly-unfolding story, and the choices you live with, make the experience one that will stay with you for some time, the ending hitting all the right notes.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

This is not just another horror game. It's a science fiction story with horrific shades, a game that ponders the human condition in an industry where "the human condition" has become an awkward dead horse of a phrase. A horror game that, curiously, would have benefited from a little less horror. Simply put – there needs to be more games like this in the world.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2015

Sweden's Frictional Games has knocked it out of the park this time, but the less you know about their latest game prior to playing the better

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