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Sci-fi horror 'SOMA' now has an easier mode to give a different experience

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SOMA [Steam, GOG], the sci-fi horror from Frictional Games now has a special 'Safe Mode' for those of you after an easier experience.

In this new mode, you cannot die, making the encounters with the various creatures less deadly, since they won't attack you. It still has all the same atmosphere, but if you've had trouble dealing with the creatures then this update might be for you.

There's still plenty to be afraid of, but now you can experience this sci-fi horror without the frustration of dying.

You can read more about the "Safe Mode" on their official blog.

About the game:

SOMA is a sci-fi horror game from Frictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is an unsettling story about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human.

The radio is dead, food is running out, and the machines have started to think they are people. Underwater facility PATHOS-II has suffered an intolerable isolation and we’re going to have to make some tough decisions. What can be done? What makes sense? What is left to fight for?

Will this update bring you back, or did you have no trouble with it? 

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Eike 4 December 2017 at 9:44 am UTC
SOMA is absolutely worth playing!
If you didn't get it yet... Get it!
Zlopez 4 December 2017 at 9:47 am UTC
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I played Amnesia, is this something similar?
Samsai 4 December 2017 at 9:53 am UTC
ZlopezI played Amnesia, is this something similar?
Similar mechanics; no fighting, only hiding and running away. The resource management has been taken away (no sanity, no lantern fuel, no tinderboxes, simplified inventory and no inventory puzzles). The SOMA monsters are fairly tame compared to Amnesia. I'd say it focuses more on the story and the philosophical aspects of your predicament.
Ehvis 4 December 2017 at 10:09 am UTC
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The biggest trouble so far is actually freeing up some time to play it.
Eike 4 December 2017 at 10:15 am UTC
ZlopezI played Amnesia, is this something similar?

Yes, but...
SOMA was less exciting in the horror department for some people, but it has some breathtaking moments to an extend Amnesia did not for me (though I loved it!) and the end is way better.
Ardje 4 December 2017 at 10:27 am UTC
ZlopezI played Amnesia, is this something similar?
If you want real disgusting fps horror, I advice you to also take a look at the penumbra series.
It's the same sick mindset, but you also get to kill scarcely.
Soma is less sickening, because it lacks the sick mindset. Amnesia and penumbra sometimes made me nauseous as the story was sickening. (Look at the description of torture methods in Amnesia and then realize, this used to be normal practice).
Zlopez 4 December 2017 at 10:56 am UTC
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Ardje
ZlopezI played Amnesia, is this something similar?
If you want real disgusting fps horror, I advice you to also take a look at the penumbra series.
It's the same sick mindset, but you also get to kill scarcely.
Soma is less sickening, because it lacks the sick mindset. Amnesia and penumbra sometimes made me nauseous as the story was sickening. (Look at the description of torture methods in Amnesia and then realize, this used to be normal practice).

I played penumbra some time ago and it was very good.
miro 4 December 2017 at 11:30 am UTC
SOMA is really something special, honestly I'd appreciate some harder mode or something, that would bring something new/interesting to play it again, since it has no sequel
meggerman 4 December 2017 at 12:47 pm UTC
Such a great game hampered by grinding your way past monsters. Il have to return to this, one of the only games i resorted to using a guide. Worth a purchase even if your just into graphics whoring.
EndeavourAccuracy 4 December 2017 at 6:35 pm UTC
liamdaweWill this update bring you back, or did you have no trouble with it?

I am happy to read this news. I'll definitely start playing it again soon. Back in July 2016 I paid quite a bit of money to get this game but gave up after ~1 hr; I have "1.2 hrs on record". The reason was that having to run away from the baddies and still constantly die was infuriating. It pissed me off - so much. Again, good news.
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