October 11, 2013 - Strange occurrences have disrupted the routines of the PATHOS-2 research facility. The radio is silent. Behavioral anomalies of the machines are increasingly dangerous, if not...malevolent. The facility is devolving into chaos. No weapons, and the only escape is practically unthinkable.

From Frictional Games, creators of the groundbreaking Amnesia and Penumbra series, SOMA is an aberrant tale of scientific inquiry and survival; an entropic exploration of synapse and circuit that wades through the delusions of human consciousness.

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VERSION 1.4 UPDATE

In addition to a few bug fixes the 1.4 update introduces a few new major features to the game, particularly two new game modes. These new game modes have been fully integrated into the default game mode selection menu so there is no need to download external mods or patches in order to play them. Getting this working was undoubtedly one of the biggest hurdles I faced making this mod and I couldn't be happier in how it pulled off!

For those who are just interested in jumping in and trying out the new modes, I've also included an option to skip the intro when starting a new game and instead begin in the pilot seat at site Upsilon.

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HARDCORE MODE

The first of the new game modes is Hardcore mode. In hardcore, all the usual hard mode changes are present with the added feature that manual and automatic saving is disabled. The only way to save your progress in this mode is to seek out and use a WAU flower (the WAU growths that you can fist to restore your health). This has been a long requested feature for SOMA and I'm pleased to say that it is fully functional and integrated into the game. Remember, using a WAU flower can alert nearby enemies of your presence!

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INSANITY MODE

Like hardcore mode, insanity mode disables automatic saving but still allows you to save and exit the game. Should you die however, the game will end corrupting all your save files and returning you to the main menu. I don't expect anyone to be able to beat this and mainly added it for fun. If anyone does happen to do it however and can provide video evidence as proof, I'll buy you a game off your wishlist!

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THE FUTURE

Mavs Hard Mode has now reached the point where I feel that there is no more that I can do to add too it and is balanced enough to provide a serious but fair challenge for even the most experienced SOMA players. From this point on the only updates will likely be bugfixes and minor patches. With the release of Amnesia Rebirth I intend to switch my focus towards custom stories so if you enjoyed my mod keep an eye out for my future projects! As always I hope you enjoy Mavs Hard Mode, please don't hesitate to report any bugs or leave suggestions!

-Mav

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triple_agent
triple_agent

Possible spoiler alert.

IMO, the premise of 'SOMA' is equivalent that of the quantum cat in popular science. The point is, you cannot know until you open the box, 'butcher the mystery'; but until then, the cat is both dead and alive, both at once, theoretically speaking - according to a leading way of interpretation. Perhaps, the parallel dimensions, interfering successfully until you divide them by actually standing in between the way of communication, in order to satiate your want of certainty: to pinpoint the state of things for your current dimension only. To gain ontological warranty. Philosophy in 'SOMA' is a quantum superposition problem.

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ShellDown
ShellDown

Good game but bad engine. You need to have the latest processor, a large amount of RAM and the latest graphic card on the market to running this ****. Crysis 3 run well on E8400 with 4 gb of RAM.
30 fps with on i5!!! Frame drop, freezing...
The engine sucks.
Not reccomended.

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EbonKnight
EbonKnight

Basically the best horror game ever, next to Undying. It is amazing just how phenomenal everything in this game is, but mostly story, of course. 11/10.

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KevinHorvath
KevinHorvath

I haven't been so scared from a chase in a while. Glad to see Frictional Games come out with another lovely game. Definitely in my top five.

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boredgunner
boredgunner

I thought Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent were without a doubt the top two best horror games ever made, yet somehow SOMA tops them in pretty much every regard. It's a spectacle, maybe even a once in a lifetime game sadly, and it's what makes horror a worthwhile genre. Tell your friends about this game!

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Ogdred
Ogdred

I agree that SOMA is a great game . but Amnesia(TTD) scared me like no other game ever could.

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ImaGenius40
ImaGenius40

What a game! Masterpiece, definitely my favorite game now!

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Guest
Guest

this game was a masterpiece

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gogolino
gogolino

ARGHHH, WHAT A RIDE!!! THANKS FRICTIONAL GAME FOR THIS HELL OF A GAME!!! I FREAKIN' LOVE IT!!!

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