SOMA is smart and scary science fiction. Not all of its ideas work, but it's worth playing for the story alone.
A masterpiece of audio and visual design, SOMA is atmospheric, cerebral, and occasionally frustrating.
The makers of Amnesia ease back on the horror, ramp up the philosophy and strike a satisfying balance between narrative and gameplay.
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.
A gripping mix of survival horror and existential science fiction storytelling, which is notably improved by an optional new safe mode.
A disturbingly different take on interesting sci-fi concepts let down by a slow start and disappointing monsters, but worth it overall.
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
SOMA may not be as scary as Amnesia, but it is without a doubt a stronger game
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.
If sweating profusely and screaming into the void is your idea of fun, SOMA absolutely delivers.