SOMA is out (+ trailer)

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#1 Edited by AdequatelyPrepared (2522 posts) -

Hey all, you might remember me as that guy that got a bit excited about Soma a few months back.

Here I am to be a bit more excited. Soma is open for pre-orders on Steam, and releases one month from now.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/282140/

Worth noting that there is a tie-in prequel movie (called 'Depth' apparently) exploring what happens to the denizens of PATHOS before the events of the game. When that comes out, I have no clue (though there are clips from it in that ARG thread, isn't that just neat?)

Edit: Also, totally forgot, a new trailer did come out just some weeks ago (during E3). Seems to point towards a lot of great creepy and spooky sci-fi shenanigans, which is my kind of thing.

If Frictional can pull off the existential crisis kind of thing they are going for, this could be another excellent game of 2015 (as though we already didn't have enough).

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#2 Posted by DonutFever (4051 posts) -

Preordered, hope it doesn't look like street trash from hell on my laptop.

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#3 Posted by BeachThunder (15158 posts) -

I don't feel like I need to pre-purchase it right now, but I'm definitely excited. I've been following Frictional ever since Penumbra, and I can't wait to play SOMA. I will say though, PATHOS is a terrible thing to name a place...

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#4 Posted by gamer_152 (14772 posts) -

This seemed to fly up out of nowhere, I've not seen anything on Soma since the original trailer way back. I'm not a preorder guy and I'm a bit sceptical about that movie, but I'm really excited to see what Frictional have here. Even if this game is going to work almost solely off of the concepts Amnesia put down, it's going to be exciting.

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#5 Edited by glots (4365 posts) -

Ohey, this'll be out next week! Might grab a copy for PS4.

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#6 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (2522 posts) -

@glottery: I'm really digging the creature variety and general creep factor in that trailer. Looking forward to playing this.
Apparently the tie-in movie is to come out same day as the game. Where the people that are stating got this information from, I have no idea. It's an odd move for sure, releasing the movie a few days before game release may have made more sense (or maybe the film itself contains spoilers for the game, I don't know).

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#7 Posted by CornBREDX (7370 posts) -

@glottery: I'm really digging the creature variety and general creep factor in that trailer. Looking forward to playing this.

Apparently the tie-in movie is to come out same day as the game. Where the people that are stating got this information from, I have no idea. ...

Here's the IMDB page

It says the movie comes out Sept 22 2015. Same day as the game.

There are other fan sites, fan wiki sites, and various things around the net about it as well as a Gamespot article, but I'm not going to look for all that. If you really care for more info you can google it or whatever haha

I believe the movie will be released on Steam. I haven't really checked, though, beyond a fan wiki saying it will be released on Steam.

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#8 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (2522 posts) -

@cornbredx: Yeah, I guess my point is that most of those are secondary sources. Seeing as there's so many of them, I'm going to trust it. The clips in the ARG revealed pretty reasonable production values + acting ability, so it's probably something to look forward to.

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#9 Edited by CornBREDX (7370 posts) -

@adequatelyprepared: Ya, as far as I know the ARG videos were produced by the same people as the movie so it seems pretty cool to me.

I don't remember where but I feel like Frictional has announced the dates together (the movie and the game). It may be on one of the teaser trailers or something- I really can't remember now where I saw it. The only thing I can find recently (from Yesterday) was a post Thomas (one of the developers that posts blogs and stuff on their forums a lot) where he was asked if the movie would be released alongside SOMA on the 22nd. He said "No", but wasn't anymore specific in answering.

So, I don't know if it's not releasing on the 22nd, or if it is and he just means they are technically separate releases? I don't know what's up with it- they're being very coy about answering much about it over at Frictional.

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Ya, weird. Hopefully it's just all part of their plan. We'll see.

Edit: Later in the thread he goes on to deny a movie tie in to the game even exists. So, all I can tell is that he is being coy haha

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#10 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (2522 posts) -

Okay, so I finally started my pre-load, and the thing will be 20GB big (though download itself is just 9.5GB).
I know that basing the quality of a game around download size is a bit dumb, but considering the nature of the game, that is a pretty hefty amount of space it needs. I'm expecting either a lot of one-off assets, such as dialogue or textures/models, or just general high fidelity in the graphical department. Either way, it's something to be tentatively a bit excited about.

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#11 Posted by Atwa (1690 posts) -

Okay, so I finally started my pre-load, and the thing will be 20GB big (though download itself is just 9.5GB).

I know that basing the quality of a game around download size is a bit dumb, but considering the nature of the game, that is a pretty hefty amount of space it needs. I'm expecting either a lot of one-off assets, such as dialogue or textures/models, or just general high fidelity in the graphical department. Either way, it's something to be tentatively a bit excited about.

I mean Thomas Grip has said the game is much more involved with storytelling than any of their previous games. More active, with plenty of voice actors. So it makes sense. Definitely them upping production.

So god damn excited.

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#12 Posted by Dezztroy (1084 posts) -

I know it won't happen but I'd love for GBeast to do a let's play of this.

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#13 Posted by bybeach (6371 posts) -

I pre ordered this, which is something I don't do much of these days. Bad reasoning, but I will take a chance with the nominal 10% off.

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#14 Edited by BeachThunder (15158 posts) -

Reviews have started coming in:

  • IGN - 8.1/10
  • Destructoid - 9/10
  • The Jimquisition 8/10
  • GameSpot - 9/10
  • Rely on Horror - 9.5/10
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#15 Posted by BeachThunder (15158 posts) -

Game's out now on Steam and Gog!

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#16 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (2522 posts) -

Game's out now on Steam and Gog!

And Depth is MIA. We'll have to keep our eyes open for it.
Anyway, really digging what I have played so far. So far it seems as though Semken's consciousness at that moment in time was copied to the robot when he used the pilot's chair. The logs refer to a strange electromagnetic burst followed by Semken having some headaches. Semken-bot seems to only remember up until the moment of being in the pilot's chair as well, despite Semken having died via robot ambush. Why Simon wakes up in that pilot chair, along with why the hell the logs still make references to both Simon and Munshi using the machine in 2015 despite it now being in the 2100s is still a mystery.

We should probably make a story discussion thread at some point.

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#17 Posted by burgavo (1148 posts) -

Oh man, I totally forgot about this in all the metal gear excitement. Happy to see its getting positive reviews, I have stayed away from any media beyond the first couple of trailers and am looking forward to having the pants scared off me?, Amnesia was something special and I hope Frictional can deliver the same type of tension and nervousness that it did with that.

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#18 Posted by BeachThunder (15158 posts) -

What have I done...I just spent hours Gone Homing in the first location (i.e. messing around with physics inside someone's home...) I stopped after the frame rate hit 5 after shoving almost every item that I could into the oven >__>
Maybe I'll actually play the game for real tomorrow sometime...

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#19 Posted by ripelivejam (13205 posts) -

Yo man fuck the ocean

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#20 Posted by DavidMerrick (211 posts) -

Will this be hitting PSN today? I've yet to see it in the store.

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#21 Posted by ichthy (1369 posts) -

Well...I look forward to watching Patrick play this, because I'm too much of a wuss.

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#22 Posted by VierasTalo (1434 posts) -

Will this be hitting PSN today? I've yet to see it in the store.

I bought and downloaded it on PS4 eight hours ago so yeah, probably.

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#23 Edited by DavidMerrick (211 posts) -

The hell? I'll sign out and back into PSN to see what happens.

UPDATE: Had to go to the official SOMA site, find the link to the PS Store and download from there. Weird.

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#24 Edited by bybeach (6371 posts) -

I began playing it this morning, and before I quit to go to the dentist, it started to get interesting.

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#25 Edited by Mathey (1034 posts) -

Scoops is rolling out his playthrough on YouTube.

My reductive impressions based on the first hour he's posted: its like Amnesia, but with robots.

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#26 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1625 posts) -

Picked up the PS4 version since it has a PS+ discount. Hopefully I'll be able to play some this weekend.

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#27 Posted by Seikenfreak (1538 posts) -

So is this something to check out or no?

Basically, I want to know if it is garbage or not (it seems like it's good?) and which version to get (PS4 vs PC). I'd prefer to get it on PS4 unless it's a buggy poorly running mess or it looks horrible compared to the PC version, which tends to not be the case these days.

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#28 Edited by DavidMerrick (211 posts) -

It looks and plays fine on PS4. If you prefer games to run at 60fps you're out of luck, but I think a smooth 30fps looks more natural so this is fine for me.

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#30 Posted by Seikenfreak (1538 posts) -

Blah, bought it on PS4 and then immediately remembered the apparently bad download speeds. I'm not sure I've ever bought a big game off PSN before.

Could've downloaded it through Steam in like 5 mins. Bah whatever.

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#31 Posted by pompouspizza (1563 posts) -

I have played this for about 5 hours today and I'm really really enjoying it! I recommend playing with a good pair of headphones.

The game looks really good and has a fantastic atmosphere. I'm playing on Ps4 and it runs well for the most part but the initial load is far too long and there is some pretty bad hitching when the game saves.

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#32 Edited by Seikenfreak (1538 posts) -

So I think I've played Soma for a couple hours now. Picked it up for PS4 as I mentioned.

I've run into a spot where it has crashed twice back to back. Not at exactly the same moment but within a minute or two of each other.

Hoping I can get it to work or figure out what it is because the game is definitely moving along, gradually becoming more intriguing, visually striking, and creepy.

Edit: Eh yea. Error code CE-34878-0 on PS4. It's crashed about 8 times now, all of them either at a certain sentence during a dialogue sequence or in that specific room where the interaction happens. This sucks. Tried rebooting PS4, disabling network connection, and walking around interacting and exploring as much of the area before triggering the sequence..

Edit2: Yay! I was able to get through it by loading an older save.

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