The newly released survival horror game is getting some praise from critics.
The new survival horror game SOMA is now available in the market, and from the looks of it, it was well received by critics. Developed by Frictional Games; known for its Amnesia and Penumbra series, the game takes place in an underwater remote research facility called PATHOS-2 where the machines are beginning to take human characteristics. SOMA is played in a first person perspective and players will be encountering a number of strange creatures, where each has an embodiment of an aspect of humans.
Some of the gaming websites have given SOMA some good scores and we managed to compile some of the best:
SOMA is a sustained exploration of an original and thought-provoking idea. The concept of artificial intelligence has been explored by lots of science fiction, so it isn?t unique in that regard, but it makes particularly intelligent use of video game conventions to present those familiar ideas in new and surprising ways.
It’s in that clarity, more than anything, that SOMA feels most distinct from Amnesia. The latter game embraced a sense of vagueness to modify its dread, even going so far as to make not looking at its monsters a key part of the gameplay. SOMA copies that at first, but within a few hours it’s given you most of the answers.
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.
These missteps of tedium shine a light on just how incredibly assured SOMA is elsewhere. I came in expecting something similar to Amnesia, just in a terrifying new location, but what I found is an intelligent game that forced me to think and contemplate ideas as only the best sci-fi is capable of doing. 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 in a genre that?s deserving of more than just simple jump scares.