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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: 23 out of 57
  2. Negative: 18 out of 57
  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. Oct 16, 2019
    10
    Criminally underrated game. It's really too bad how cancerous the community on this site has become. This game is perfect for fans of theCriminally underrated game. It's really too bad how cancerous the community on this site has become. This game is perfect for fans of the genre. Hardcore action RPG game with lots of spectacular hidden mechanics, lore, real estate and gear to uncover. Not a game for everyone but those who appreciate the genre will love it. Helps if you have experience with dark souls. If not check out a primer on the combat mechanucs. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2017
    9
    So this game is a little similar to Dark Souls, but Dark Souls didn't coin stamina based hack and slash games. If you're gonna go into thisSo this game is a little similar to Dark Souls, but Dark Souls didn't coin stamina based hack and slash games. If you're gonna go into this game, let alone rate/review it, I feel you need to go into it from an unbiased point of view; an open mind per say. Depending on your play style, combat can be a challenge to relatively simple; with a variety of different weapons you can switch among on the spot, whether you enjoy swinging a big hunk of metal around, or the quick style of poke in get out. It has so much to offer for however you want to play.
    Sure some enemies are difficult, and you may die to them several times, but that's how it is with so many games. You encounter a new enemy and you take your time fighting it; studying it's moves and what its weaknesses are. If you just rush right in expecting to beat it easily, then you have the wrong mind set. As with any game, your first time playing is going to be slower and more methodical because you're getting used to how it plays. Once you've mastered enemies' moves and weaknesses, then it becomes a bit easier on future playthroughs.
    Of course, this game isn't perfect; the one major case for me was that I got shot with a large projectile and it went through geometry it shouldn't have; and that was only once. Other than that, any time I felt cheated, I reevaluated how I went about certain encounters. Multiple enemies, try bringing them out one at a time; one enemy can two hit you to death; try again with different equipment and/or be more careful about how to fight them. No graphical glitches or anything like that, but even then, not every game is always gonna be perfect.
    If you're looking for a game that plays like Dark Souls/Bloodborne, then don't play this game; but if you're willing to go into this with unbiased eyes and give it a genuine try because you're interested in it, then get it and play it for all it's worth.

    So from a majority of the lower ratings that I've seen, so many people are hard comparing this to Dark Souls. You've probably also done the same with Lords of the Fallen and Nioh. The problem is, these games are nothing like Dark Souls, so of course you're going to be disappointed when playing them. In my opinion, you have to look at the game(s) as a standalone rather than comparing.
    WARNING, below this I call out multiple reviews for giving poor reasons as to why they gave a low rating, and I counter their reasons with my own logic, facts, and experiences.

    -"I can't recall what the places or characters were called while I can recite every single zone and character from DS1 that I haven't played in over 8 months."
    -Vilquar
    That's such a poor comparison because you've most likely clocked in hours to days of gameplay in DS1, where this game you probably stopped playing after the first playthough.

    -"In this game, you've got a timer to get your **** back that can be very slightly refilled by killing targets, which is most likely just going to get you killed again, given the frankly heinous amount of damage enemies deal."
    -OberiousLocke
    Or you could just take the time to figure out the best way to defeat the enemies in your path so that they don't kill you so quickly. Also, as I've heard ENB say about Dark Souls (paraphrasing): don't worry about losing your souls, you can always get more. Plenty of times, on the way to recover your scraps in The Surge, you'll have collected the same amount you lost, doubling your scrap count. So there's no reason to rush to your death.

    -"Bosses with unclear mechanics and an exceptional amount of trial and error to finally beat them."
    -Caliburn89
    Are you just not invested in playing the game then? Out of the other games you play that take trial and error, how long does it take to figure out the bosses weakness, and then follow through on actually beating them? I'm not sure how you examine boss fights, but for me, the weaknesses were pretty straight forward, it just took time to get into a groove and then beat them. Any game that has good difficulty and is a challenge is going to take time to examine and beat. If you want bosses that lay out their weaknesses right in front of your face and are a breeze to defeat, then you're in the wrong place.

    -"...barely any armor sets and weapons. i had to delete this game half way through due to how boring it was..."
    -elitepredetor99
    I'm sorry, do you even know the mechanics of the game and how you get armor sets and weapons? I crafted all the armor sets and pretty sure got all the weapons; there is so much variety. As for "halfway through", how do you know you uninstalled halfway through if you didn't even finish the game? Also why are you rating/reviewing the game if you didn't finish? Wouldn't that mean your opinion is impartial since you don't know what "half" of the game still had in store?
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  4. May 16, 2017
    6
    Combat is ok by itself. Though in comparison with similar games it has some major flaws and is below average. Regrettably, the combat isCombat is ok by itself. Though in comparison with similar games it has some major flaws and is below average. Regrettably, the combat is already the best thing about this game.

    The rest of the content, activities and other game elements are best described in as few words as possible as 'thin' and 'just barely enough to not be bad'.

    After the novelty of the combat wears off, the game offers very little in terms of motivation to finish it or even to play it again.
    Worse, the flaws in the combat and the supporting systems become glaringly obvious after a couple of hours, destroying even the last bit of incentive to play.

    Ultimately, this game is ok to buy right now if your really enjoy 3rd person action combat but don't care about anything else (i.e. story, plot, characters, level design, balancing, other activities than combat...)
    If you have standards, but still want something new to play with, buy this once it's on sale.
    For anyone new to the genre, this is definitely not worth full price, probably not even worth getting on a sale.

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  5. Aug 4, 2017
    5
    A very good installation in terms of optimization, visuals and controls - as well as content - sort of.

    But ... i found it to be quite
    A very good installation in terms of optimization, visuals and controls - as well as content - sort of.

    But ... i found it to be quite boring after too short a while.

    The positives:
    - great optimization - runs amazingly well on low end computers
    - great customization/options
    - clear UI with most informations readily on screen
    - very good combat mechanics with enemies signaling attacks in a mostly fair way
    - good death mechanic with real punishment
    - excellent salvage mechanics

    the negatives:
    - it felt VERY repetitive - not only because the game is a huge trial and error run - but also because a lot of enemies require very similar tactics ... and the enemies are not exactly spaced much. So i felt like fighting like 10 identical dudes with 2 handed hammers one after another in very similar environments - which of course - became rather dull quickly.
    - grinding - yes, there is a lot of grinding involved that is not the best kind of grinding....
    - unimaginative upgrade system - and the upgrades offer no real feedback in terms of increased power (usually they just remove a little more health from the enemy per hit)
    - very little variance in visuals - but maybe it is cause i did not get THAT far in the game. I would have loved to see more enclosed or even fully enclosed exo-skeletons, armor parts with more utility gadgets
    - no ranged weapon (aside from a drone pea-shooter) .. yes, that was a great disappointment for me. So the game does not allow sneaking or sniping - nor real tactical movement. If you want to get from A to B ... and there is an enemy in between - you pretty much have to melee it.
    - no character customization ... i do like to pick gender and looks of a character. But if that is not offered - i am usually happy if the character is at least somewhat exciting. (and i do not mean in a heroic way, but maybe he should not look like a 90s janitor on pain meds and acute depression)

    My conclusion:

    Technically good - and those that enjoy the melee are well served. There is not much variation though... ( pull, dodge, hit, dodge, dodge, hit - repeat)

    If you want a little more free will and possibly a greater focus on story - this is not for you.

    For me personally - it is average ... but not more.
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  6. May 9, 2019
    4
    If you like running into recycled enemies of the same exact type every 10 meters while you run into recycled textures every 20 meters, thenIf you like running into recycled enemies of the same exact type every 10 meters while you run into recycled textures every 20 meters, then the Surge is for you. If you also like every enemy to follow the same exact principle, then go ahead and buy this... gem. You have 5 whole bosses to look forward to. Who all suck. Armour and levels don't matter, but they exist for some reason. You'll get two-shot by most enemies whatever you wear though, so choose your **** looking yellow suit with pointless stats over the **** looking blue one if you want. It literally makes no difference. There is literally no reason beyond wanting to play a worse version of a type of game to choose this over the Souls franchise, Salt and Sanctuary, Ashen, Nioh etc. This is THE worst 'Soulslike' by far. Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2018
    0
    A boring, grinding chore of a game. Gameplay mechanics are slow and clunky. Dead enemies respawn in areas you've already cleared, so beA boring, grinding chore of a game. Gameplay mechanics are slow and clunky. Dead enemies respawn in areas you've already cleared, so be prepared to kill the exact same enemies over and over and over again. It was so awful that I refunded it. Expand

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