Amnesi: The Dark Descent was a hit for the Friction Games, and is largely responsible for reigniting interest in pure horror of video games. The studio followed it with a sci-fi horror title called SOMA which went criminal underplayed, but now there is no excuse not to try the well-received game.
Currently, horror fans can get SOMA for free by visiting GOG.com. The game is available as a free download to anyone who has a GOG account, so anyone who wants a DRM-free copy of SOMA can only log in or sign up on the GOG website. The catch is that players only have until December 30 to claim their free copy of SOMA although the rest of the GOG's winter sale will last until January 3rd.
Hopefully, this campaign will convince more people to give SOMA an attempt. As mentioned earlier, the game went underplayed and flew under the radar compared to its predecessor Amnesia which was a bit of a gaming phenomenon thanks to such as PewDiePie and other YouTubers. But SOMA is considered by some to be a stronger and more rounded experience than Amnesi so it is definitely worth seeing.
In SOMA players investigate an underwater research facility that only happens to house some rather grotesque creatures. Like Amnesi it focuses on avoiding the monsters rather than fighting them in the same way as in most other games, but where the two titles are different, their approach to horror. Amnesi leans heavily on jumping singing, while SOMA is more of a psychological horror gaming experience, using more time-saving than throwing things on the screen.
This approach seems to have had less mainstream appeal than Amnesia 's jump scares, but as mentioned earlier, some argue SOMA is a versatile superior experience, and we call it one of the best modern horror games. Horror players who have not yet tried SOMA just have to decide for themselves after claiming their free copy from GOG.
SOMA is out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.