Generally favorable reviews - based on 68 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68
  1. Feb 13, 2016
    As with any thoughtful storytelling, Soma works on multiple levels.
  2. Jan 19, 2016
    SOMA is not the horror game I expected out of Frictional, but I don’t care and it doesn’t matter. This is an excellent work of science fiction, not necessarily unique but uniquely told through its skillful use of video game conceits. It’s System Shock 2 for a modern sensibility, BioShock freed of its AAA chains. It’s damn good and, for my money, the most cohesive and ambitious game Frictional’s made so far.
  3. Sep 22, 2015
    SOMA surpassed my expectations of what a psychological science-fiction horror story could be.
  4. Sep 21, 2015
    All in all, SOMA is a fantastic game. From the detailed world in which it takes place, the engaging plot, and the perfect amount of creeping terror and suspense, there’s a lot to love if you’re into horror.
  5. Sep 22, 2015
    SOMA is one of those once-in-a-generation experiences that so wildly defies both expectation and assumptions that I can say with confidence that it will forever impact how we define video games.
  6. Sep 21, 2015
    One of the best sci-fi stories I’ve ever experienced in a videogame and one that can get under your skin.
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 5, 2015
    SOMA is an intelligent, enjoyable adventure. I like it a lot. [Oct 2015]
  8. Sep 30, 2015
    Actually, SOMA is simply one of the best horror games on the market.
  9. Oct 20, 2015
    SOMA is both great horror and great science fiction that stands above the competition in a crowded genre.
  10. Oct 16, 2015
    Frictional Games delivers yet another great horror game. On top of the scary monsters and scream-out-loud-moments we’re accustomed to it’s also a deep journey into both the protagonists and the players mind, with many philosophical and moral questions that both frightens and fascinates.
  11. Oct 6, 2015
    One of the best games I've played this year and my favorite from Frictional to date.
  12. Sep 25, 2015
    If you’re looking to get your pants scared off, SOMA may not be the game for you, but for those who appreciate its brand of subtle horror, it is truly a masterpiece.
  13. SOMA is made so much better if the player hasn’t the slightest idea of what’s in store before booting it up.
  14. Sep 24, 2015
    I appreciated every aspect of SOMA from the beginning until the very end. Even if it reminds us of Dead Space by having a companion or Bioshock for the underwater elements, it manages to transcend by its own merits, thanks to the high quality of the level design, the credible world with atmospheric horrors and the various decisions we take to make the experience ours and ours only.
  15. Sep 24, 2015
    Whether you’re a science fiction fan or simply into games that turn on ethical dilemmas, SOMA should be on your radar.
  16. Sep 21, 2015
    I don't know if SOMA will scare people as much as Amnesia did, but it is without a doubt a stronger game, with better pacing, smarter writing and more powerful subject matter.
  17. Sep 21, 2015
    SOMA is a worthy successor to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and sits among the best video game stories of 2015.
  18. Sep 21, 2015
    Frictional Games returns with an extremely ambitious and well crafted sci-fi horror-adventure in which the players face ethical and moral issues, and their own fears.
  19. Sep 21, 2015
    SOMA is a scary game with tension and heart-stopping moments. All in an attractive science fiction setting.
  20. Sep 21, 2015
    If you’re expecting a game as terrifying as Amnesia and without any adventure game-style puzzles to solve you might have some complaints, but SOMA is still scary, dripping with tension and heart-stopping moments, and it’s easier to find the items you need to solve puzzles than in Amnesia.
  21. Sep 21, 2015
    SOMA gets everything right about the the survival horror genre.
  22. 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 in a genre that’s deserving of more than just simple jump scares.
  23. Oct 19, 2015
    SOMA isn't perfect, but it sets a certain standard for what horror games can achieve with a bit of inspiration. Though it isn't heavy on the scares, the bits of horror spread throughout work well, and the story will leave a lasting, hard-hitting impression.
  24. Sep 21, 2015
    SOMA is a suspenseful and frightening journey to a mysterious underwater research facility that keeps players engrossed till the credits roll. While it might not be as scary as its marketed, its science fiction setting and compelling narrative make for one of the more memorable gaming experiences this year.
  25. Sep 25, 2015
    SOMA is a great psychological horror experience that sci-fi enthusiasts should not miss for the world. It’s a philosophical, deep, and well written story that encourages players to think and explore as they descent into the abyss.
  26. Sep 29, 2015
    Another quality horror title from Frictional Games. The foreboding atmosphere, a coherent and well-designed world, a plot that ponders the meaning of existence and the superb sound design all come together to form a uniquely memorable experience.
  27. Sep 21, 2015
    Even more so than its haunting monster encounters on the ocean's spooky floor, it is the thrilling science-fiction story that makes SOMA a game that's hard to put down for horror fans.
  28. CD-Action
    Dec 16, 2015
    I parted with Soma with the same feeling that came over me while I was watching “Matrix”, “Interstellar” or “Inception”. Once again someone came up with something no one thought of before and took me for an amazing ride into the unknown. [12/2015, p.40]
  29. Sep 30, 2015
    SOMA may not be the horror game I was hoping for, but what I got was still a very enjoyable experience.
  30. Sep 29, 2015
    With an outstanding story coupled with awesome graphics, Frictionnal Game's last project has it all to make you shake with fear. But SOMA is much more than this because the story is truly believable. The only drawback is the gameplay we found a bit light for such a game.
  31. Sep 22, 2015
    As an immersive and anxious experience that also manages to be just as beautiful as it is terrifying, SOMA is in a class all its own.
  32. Sep 22, 2015
    SOMA is one of the most complex, balanced and well-designed independent horror games out there. The creators of Amnesia have crafted a game that will satisfy fans of the genre and should bring in some new players. 12 hours spent in the underwater facility PATHOS-II were great and I wish I could relive it in someone else's skin.
  33. Sep 21, 2015
    Ultimately, SOMA provides a unique tale of sci-fi horror that is unlike any of its contemporaries.
  34. Sep 21, 2015
    Soma’s impressively realized underwater ordeal challenges even the coldest robot-slayers to consider a world where making such snap moral decisions is anything but automatic.
  35. Oct 8, 2015
    An unforgettable, incredibly depressing adventure, and the finest work by Frictional Games so far.
  36. Sep 21, 2015
    Fractional Games didn't reinvent the wheel this time, but they created a compelling universe, a great story and a engaging horror adventure. If you enjoy first-person, stealth-based horror games, you shouldn't miss this one.
  37. 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.
  38. Nov 18, 2015
    Great narrative experiences don't come around often, and while SOMA lacks the gameplay oomph to keep you glued to the screen, it handily accomplishes what it sets out to do: freak you out.
  39. Edge Magazine
    Nov 7, 2015
    Consistently astonishing. [Dec 2015, p.110]
  40. Oct 27, 2015
    A sci-fi horror game that doesn't really scare as much as Amnesia, but it's way more inspired when it comes to background and storyline. It strays far from the usual stylemes of the genre, and even if it falls short in some elements, it remains a great game, full of tension and terrific locations.
  41. Oct 26, 2015
    Despite its shortcomings, this game does something other games in the genre struggle to do. SOMA gives us an interesting setting to explore, terrifying, unforgettable moments, and a deep thought-provoking plot that asks its players philosophical questions that linger long after the credits roll.
  42. Oct 25, 2015
    An unhappy marriage of horror and narrative exploration, but - by the end of the satisfying story - you'll be glad you stuck it out. [Issue#166, p.97]
  43. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 22, 2015
    A sea bottom thriller in a post-apocalyptic world will surprise with the strength of its ideas, insight and nerve-wracking thrilling passages. [Issue#257]
  44. Oct 14, 2015
    Soma combines elements of BioShock, Telltale's The Walking Dead and our worst nightmares into one phenomenal horror experience. Technically speaking, the game is not great, and the horror can sometimes be predictable. But if you can live with that, you will be stuck to your screen for at least ten hours.
  45. Oct 14, 2015
    What it may lack in gameplay elements, it more than makes up with a deep philosophical story that will make the player think as deeply as few games have ever managed before.
  46. Oct 7, 2015
    Made by the creators of Amnesia and Penumbra, SOMA is yet another great psychological horror experience with a unique setting and atmosphere. Although not as scary as its predecessors, the immersive story and surroundings will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  47. Oct 5, 2015
    Though there are slow places, some spots where you’re just kind of searching around looking to figure out how to make the plot advance, as the game progresses, as the story unfolds, it’s a bold and fascinating thing to experience.
  48. Sep 29, 2015
    Classic horror fiction, well written and full of atmosphere, although it's not scary like other horror-games and there is some downtime too.
  49. Sep 28, 2015
    Frictional Games has a psychological thriller on their hands with SOMA, a game which prompts questions about humanity amidst the chaos that lurks within PATHOS-II.
  50. Sep 25, 2015
    Soma tells an affective tale and carries the horror genre a few steps forward. Had Frictional shown the courage to shake off tradition entirely, it could have carried it further still.
  51. Sep 24, 2015
    As the title suggests, SOMA wears its sci-fi influences proudly on its sleeve.
  52. 80
    If loads of jump scares or action are your thing, SOMA might disappoint. It takes its time, is even a little self indulgent, but more than anything it wants you to actually think about what's going on. If you are going to come for this one come for the excellent writing, voice acting and atmosphere.
  53. Sep 22, 2015
    A fascinating underwater world and a deep story exploring human fate. But if you are looking for pure horror, this is not for you.
  54. Sep 22, 2015
    The guys at Frictional Games tried something really hard, in telling a story that reflects good old science fiction. The result ultimately works: don't expect a "sci-fi Amnesia", no jump scares here, but a completely different experience.
  55. 80
    While SOMA may be lacking in the fear department, it more than makes up for it in existentialist unease.
  56. Sep 21, 2015
    A masterpiece of audio and visual design, SOMA is atmospheric, cerebral, and occasionally frustrating.
  57. Sep 21, 2015
    SOMA is not the best interactive horror in history. It is, however, a moving and engaging story about the importance of consciousness and essence of humanity. SOMA can scare, but it seems that creating terror was not a priority for Frictional Games.
  58. 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.
  59. Sep 22, 2015
    SOMA had the tools to come together to be something special, but like some of the AIs and machines in the game, it’s not quite a complete product, but still quite enjoyable nonetheless.
  60. Sep 22, 2015
    If Soma doesn’t get under your skin with its cramped corridors, dark ocean passages, and telepathic freaks, it will stay in your head because of its fascinating narrative experiments with the human brain.
  61. Games Master UK
    Nov 3, 2015
    Slow to start with, but ultimately a rewardingly dark and unsettling exercise in conceptual horror. [Nov 2015, p.71]
  62. Sep 20, 2015
    Dark and complex, but lacks innovation and may be too frustrating for some players. A nice horror game that could have been even better with a few touches.
  63. Oct 6, 2015
    In the end, SOMA does not quite share the scare factor of Amnesia, but it does exceed it from a storytelling standpoint, as well as nailing that same attention to detail that creates a tense atmosphere filled with both beauty and horror. A definite purchase for the Halloween season.
  64. 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.
  65. Sep 22, 2015
    When Soma is able to stretch its legs and be the horror game fans have been waiting for these past five years, it delivers in giant terror-inducing waves. Sadly, some inconsistent pacing and clunky mechanics weigh it down, leaving us with a good game rather than a great one.
  66. Nov 4, 2015
    Frictional Games are an ambitious bunch who hopefully continue to learn lessons about storytelling and when to leave behind the crutch of a past success. Their strong suit may have been in horror at some point, but sometimes moving forward means leaving something behind. In the case of SOMA, they've traversed far into the future without leaving the past where it lies.
  67. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 11, 2015
    The only thing SOMA does well is monsters. If Frictional took a lesson from Alien: Isolation and let them roam the entire map, the game would’ve had a chance to shine. Alas, every encounter is totally predictable, so they fail to sufficiently spice SOMA’s totally bland and predictable story. [Issue#203, p.77]
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  1. Dec 9, 2015
    Buy it if you can handle the constant anxiety behind some of the best speculative sci-fi in games right now.
  2. Dec 8, 2015
    The sneaking sequences do serve a greater purpose. Beyond dutifully breaking up the dense, challenging story and filling in the space between its most powerful moments, the stealth portions are another way for Soma to subtly expose its themes.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1291 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 22, 2015
    in game content is so amazing: sounds, texts, tons of readable-interactive items, realistic structers... i explore everything on my way and itin game content is so amazing: sounds, texts, tons of readable-interactive items, realistic structers... i explore everything on my way and it really makes me go deeper and deeper in this game. atmospher is putting yourself to a prison. fear of unknown is a constant feeling. whole concept feels otherworldy, you lose your sanity step by step... not only with your game character but also with your own self. this is a game of psychological horror, not a shallow one with simple, reflexive jumpscares... and thats why it is the true horror. it messes with your way of thinking. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2019
    Paradoxically, SOMA is a unique example when monsters aren't needed in the horror game, they just interfere and annoy. SOMA the mostParadoxically, SOMA is a unique example when monsters aren't needed in the horror game, they just interfere and annoy. SOMA the most plot-oriented horror game of whole horror genre. Full Review »
  3. Nov 12, 2015
    I thought this game would be scary. Everyone raved about it like they raved about Amnesia, which I tried and found boring. Then I tried thisI thought this game would be scary. Everyone raved about it like they raved about Amnesia, which I tried and found boring. Then I tried this hoping it would be scary, but all I do is play hide and seek. That's all these style of games amount to. A lot of running and hiding and counting to 10. Full Review »