Scary games tend to terrify their audiences using jump scares most often. Some titles choose to go down a different route and, while some of those same cheap thrills exist, they decide to make you really think about what’s going on. In Soma, in between being chased down by weird diver-looking underwater monsters or giant fish, your forced to make some difficult choices that will not only have your sweating bullets, but having to think hard about who you really are and whether your perception of yourself is really true.
Soma was made by the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, so expectations for a scary experience were high going into the game. The jump scares don’t happen nearly so often with Soma, but the true terror lies in the choices that you make and their implications. I was so totally sucked in to Soma that I had to keep playing to see what happened next. Not in a long tim have I been as equalled enthralled and disturbed by a narrative in a game as with Soma which makes it an easy pick for my number 8 game in my top 10 games of the year.