SOMA Receives a Tantalizing Review from VideoGamer

If you're looking for a good old-fashioned freak-fest, look no further.

If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned freak-fest, look no further.

All forms of horror entertainment, especially interactive adventures, seek to elicit a palpable, visible reaction from the participant. Good horror games will make your palms sweaty, put you on the edge of your seat, and produce tension throughout the body. Even if you’re used to the genre (perhaps “jaded” is too strong of a term), the most effective freak-fests will always have an impact.

That’s what developer Frictional Games is good at, as evidenced by the recently released and generally well-received SOMA. The team that brought you the appropriately scary Amnesia now has a new adventure, designed specifically to whiten the knuckles. But at the same time, as a great review from VideoGamer tells us, the adventure also makes us think. Critic Tom Orry does what a good reviewer is supposed to do when tackling this genre: Try to make the reader feel what it’s like to play the game.

In addition to a well-written analysis, the critic understands that tension and fear can dissipate if you tell the reader too much. That’s why there are no spoilers and better still, the review leaves you wanting more; it’s sort of like a cliffhanger that still tells you everything you need to know.

Congrats, Tom!

Why We Like It:

— The critic correctly tries to infuse the text with some of the atmosphere you’ll experience in the game. Atmosphere is critical for this genre, after all.

— For the most part, it’s a generally well-constructed and intriguing analysis, written in a way that keeps us reading through to the end.

Doesn’t give away too much, with the tacit understanding that fear often relies on what we don’t know as opposed to what we do.

Read Tom Orry’s SOMA Review Now

3 thoughts on “SOMA Receives a Tantalizing Review from VideoGamer”

This is one of the best games of the year, that’s all I have to say. People who might actually have some patience will really enjoy it.

I have plenty of patience and I love adventure games but horror games give me nightmares so… LOL

I really need to try this; I haven’t played a really solid horror game since Outlast.

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