SOMA, developed and published by Frictional Games, is a science fiction survival horror video game that left a lasting impact upon its release on September 22, 2015, for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 4, and later on December 1, 2017, on Xbox One. The game’s eerie backdrop is the underwater research facility PATHOS-II, where players assume the role of Simon Jarrett, a man awakening with amnesia, setting the stage for a mysterious and perilous journey.
SOMA presents players with a first-person perspective, inviting them to explore the depths of PATHOS-II, solve intricate puzzles, and evade the facility’s menacing inhabitants. Confronted with an inability to combat their adversaries, players must master the art of stealth and agility to survive.
The game’s reputation is rooted in its gripping narrative and foreboding atmosphere. Themes of consciousness, identity, and humanity are skillfully interwoven into the storyline, while the game’s ambiance, shrouded in darkness and despair, contributes to a pervasive sense of dread.
SOMA achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success, often lauded as one of the finest horror games of all time.