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  • Summary: Set in a dystopian future as Earth approaches the end of its long life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities need to work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementallySet in a dystopian future as Earth approaches the end of its long life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities need to work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been made redundant, forcing Earth's people to flee to the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a grim vision of the future, one in which the evolution of our technology, our society and our relationship with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human condition. The Surge features innovative combat mechanics and an original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through tight, visceral combat. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. May 15, 2017
    85
    The Surge is a metallic Souls-like with his own identity. It’s not perfect, but it worth the price.
  2. May 15, 2017
    80
    The frustrating boss fights and the mediocre plot are blemishes on what is, by and large, a much better game than I ever would have expected. When I reviewed Lords of the Fallen in 2014, I said it was "a surprising show of skill and hopefully a sign of much brighter things to come." By building on its more obvious inspirations with a more unique vision, Deck13 has fulfilled even more of that initial promise with The Surge.
  3. May 18, 2017
    80
    The Surge is a surprise, utilizing its near future sci-fi setting to create a unique world that is a wonder to explore and uncover. Though its story fails to take off, the awesome combat and engaging crafting and upgrade system are more than enough to make the game stand out amidst the increasing gaming landscape.
  4. May 16, 2017
    75
    Despite what you may think, The Surge is not a Dark Souls little brother, nor does it want to be. Sometimes the AI can be disappointing (or too difficult to beat), but it has its own personality, a good industrial level design, and a pretty deep narrative.
  5. May 23, 2017
    70
    Deck 13 took what they learnt from working on Lords of the Fallen and added their own ideas to allow The Surge to be more than a pure Dark Souls clone. The combat is fantastic, engaging, and features a neat limb target system, and the skill progression is refreshingly open to experimentation, but the overall experience is sadly hampered by the lack of enemy variety and a monotonous sci-fi location, which has so much potential wasted with the current industrial environment. Even with those faults, The Surge is a better game than Lords of the Fallen, and one that I can recommend to fans of the popularised action RPG subgenre, because there is a good, fun experience to be had with The Surge, and some of its unique ideas bring solid additions to From Software’s concrete formula.
  6. May 23, 2017
    65
    Deck 13 have vastly improved upon their formula, and hopefully, this is a sign of great things to come. But for now, The Surge falls short of being anything more than a serviceable title that sticks to what it knows.
  7. May 19, 2017
    50
    The Surge does a lot of things well, and has some pleasant and unique twists on the usual conventions of this relatively young genre. The problem is that it gets a lot of the basics and balance painfully wrong, resulting in an experience that’s a little dull, repeatedly infuriating, and frustrated by poor design decisions. It doesn’t do enough wrong to make it an outright bad game, but it’s one that should be approached with caution even by ardent fans of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 70
  2. Negative: 21 out of 70
  1. May 16, 2017
    10
    First off, the intro is worth at least $10. Without spoiling it, you start the game confused because you're a handicapped dude, not someFirst off, the intro is worth at least $10. Without spoiling it, you start the game confused because you're a handicapped dude, not some superhero. Then you're treated to a scene that can only be described as the wolverine creation scene on steroids. The intro was very immersive.

    Runs wel on max settings (3570K RX480 average system) the mechanics are cool, the fighting is cool, unlike just about every console port action rpg released in the last 10 years it doesn't hold your hand.

    The game isn't perfect, but it's a load of fun and i'm giving it 10/10 simply because it's so refreshing to have a dev respect their audience, it's not dumbed down to thesame level as witcher 3, batman games or just about every other action rpg console port, in this the AI actually puts up a fight, unlike the witcher 3 or batman you CAN and WILL die if you screw up.

    just about every other action RPG you can chew on your mouse, roll your face over your keyboard and your guy will beat the enemy with all kinds of crazy moves, you don't make those moves, you aren't playing, games play themselves these days.

    This one, you play, just for that it's brilliant, devs don't do that anymore, they think we want cutscenes and games that play themselves.

    So thank you guys for making a game and not a movie with some minor interactions.

    Screw you batman, witcher 3, mass effect andromeda, if i want to watch a movie, i'll take my wife to the movies. The surge beats all 3 of you because it lets ME play.
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  2. Apr 21, 2021
    10
    Excellent... Amazing...
    Awesome... MasterPiece...
    ❤️Thank You Deck 13❤️
  3. Aug 11, 2017
    9
    Incredible game, and strangely underrated. I almost didn't buy it because of the reviews, but I'm glad I listened to my instincts (sci-fi DarkIncredible game, and strangely underrated. I almost didn't buy it because of the reviews, but I'm glad I listened to my instincts (sci-fi Dark Souls? yes please!). I just finished it after 31 hours of play (I play slow and methodically). Combat is insanely fun and rich - I spent hours grinding for tech scrap to level up and had a blast the whole time.

    The game is good in ways it doesn't even need to be - audiologs, NPCs, all with really good voice acting - and the story is appropriately interesting and grim. It also has fantastic level design. There's only one checkpoint per area and as you progress you open up new shortcuts to get back to it.

    I really hope this sells enough to warrant a sequel, because this is one of the best games I've played in years. Can't wait to dive into NG+.
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  4. May 31, 2017
    6
    Firstly it's inevitable to compare The Surge to the Souls and Bloodborne because it borrows so heavily. While the combat is well done, theFirstly it's inevitable to compare The Surge to the Souls and Bloodborne because it borrows so heavily. While the combat is well done, the graphics are very well done and it boasts a smooth frame rate it is missing certain things and there are certain design decisions that make this game more of an exercise in frustration and a feeling of cheap deaths that make it one that should only be purchased on a deep sale.

    it's a shame that the story is buried under such frustrating design decisions. There is no attempt to explain your respawning after death; no "homeward bone" to use to return to save point, requiring the installation of an implant to be able to see enemy health, extremely poor environmental cues for finding your way in a level. And then there are the deaths that simply feel cheap. As a Souls Like if you will, this game is far inferior to Nioh, another game that borrows heavily from the Souls series.
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  5. May 16, 2017
    6
    Don't really know what to say. The combat was okay felt a bit arcadey, the level designs are trash and the enemy/boss variety is pretty bad.Don't really know what to say. The combat was okay felt a bit arcadey, the level designs are trash and the enemy/boss variety is pretty bad. Its just a very generic mediocre game. Expand
  6. Apr 12, 2020
    4
    ISt afora kao dark souls samo nekako meni totalno nezanimljiva iskreno. NEma mape to je jako smaracki borba je onako leveli su mejzovi jeboteISt afora kao dark souls samo nekako meni totalno nezanimljiva iskreno. NEma mape to je jako smaracki borba je onako leveli su mejzovi jebote naporni faozn. Stv nema nista da privuce cak sta vise jako je naporno i dosadno. Nzm ja ne bih igrao ovo nikad vise. Kad sam ja odustao na pola igrice sve ti jano. 4 puta sam crkao jer padnem dok napadam lika jer su im leveli debilni fazon. Expand
  7. May 17, 2017
    0
    cant lie this is one of the most boring games i have ever played, it is so repetitive with barely any armor sets and weapons. i had to deletecant lie this is one of the most boring games i have ever played, it is so repetitive with barely any armor sets and weapons. i had to delete this game half way through due to how boring it was lmao, definitely one of the worst games i have ever played, cant remember the last time i deleted a game due to how boring it was. Expand

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