You might’ve noticed the nightmare fish hovering ominously over these very words, its frighteningly Freddy Krueger-esque face turned to the side in a clear attempt at deception. Don’t be fooled into believing that it’s too preoccupied by the light bulb on its head to notice you. Fishy Krueger is only waiting on you to give it a chance to strike and make eye-kababs with its teeth-knives.
You’re probably wondering what you can do, if anything, to protect yourself against this deep sea demon. I’d be happy to tell you all about that, if this story was all about you, you narcissist. But we’re here to chat about a uniquely unsettling and woefully underrated horror game from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Amnesia is widely considered to be one of the “scariest games ever made,” and its surprise success is what made it possible for Frictional Games to reach even higher with its most recent title, SOMA. Like its predecessor, SOMA is a first-person horror game that prioritizes storytelling and evasion over confrontation, which it uses to entice players to explore a more fully realized world. It’s in the myriad small improvements it introduces to the mechanics it inherited from Amnesia, and the more cerebral nature of its terror, in which it begins to reveal itself.
If you’ve ever been tempted to drop $12 on Humble Monthly, do so by September 2 and your subscription will come with immediate access to the sci-fi horror game SOMA. That’s in addition to about a half dozen other titles valued at about $125, a store-wide 10% discount and the awesome opportunity to help those in need, as 5% of each month’s proceeds are given to charity.