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Soma has a live-action mini-series, first episode out now

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Soma live-action

I liked Frictional Games' SOMA (opens in new tab) a fair amount, but it didn't live up to those early live-action teasers, which set my imagination racing (opens in new tab) a couple of years ago. (Also, hey, I was pretty off with my 'wild prediction', wasn't I?) Now, Frictional has returned to the realm of live-action with a new prequel miniseries, fleshing out the plot of their soggy, philosophical horror adventure.

The first is below, and contains "very minor spoilers", according to Frictional (opens in new tab). And yep, they are pretty minor. But I'd still recommend playing, and finishing, SOMA first, as the following video will rob the game of some of its surprise.

It's about Sci-Fi—sorry, *shudder*, 'Syfy'—TV movie quality, I reckon, although that robot is pretty convincing. Frictional is going to be releasing an episode a day between now and October 5, and as this one came out yesterday, we should expect another later today.

Andy called SOMA (opens in new tab) a "masterpiece of audio and visual design", "atmospheric, cerebral, and occasionally frustrating".

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.