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A watery grave: the melancholy underwater horror of Soma

Horror has always been intertwined with tragedy. But if tragedy stems from a fatal flaw, horror assumes that terrible things appear without reason or justification, to anyone unlucky enough to stumble upon or create them. Soma, the new game from Amnesia: The Dark Descent developer Frictional Games, takes this idea to frightening extremes. It's a deeply melancholy piece of horror, a survival game about what survival is actually worth.

Part of the pleasure of Soma is experiencing its narrative twists, but the game is based on a classic genre premise: an everyman protagonist is trapped alone in an abandoned location with a dark past, trying to find answers and escape. In this case, it's Simon Jarrett, once a bookstore manager and now a...

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