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  • Summary: Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases.

    As the intelligence of technology incrementally
    Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must 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 Earths citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology, our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human civilization.

    The Surge features innovative combat mechanics and an original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through tight, visceral combat.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Games Master UK
    Jun 22, 2017
    90
    Matching recycled ideas with ingenious new ones has bred a challenger to one of gaming's greats. [July 2017, p.74]
  2. May 15, 2017
    80
    Like Lords of the Fallen, The Surge is another rock-solid souls-a-like, losing a little of its predecessor’s strong storytelling and atmosphere, but gaining from the change from fantasy to sci-fi and the ingenious mech smashing and harvesting upgrade system. It’s not quite on the same level as the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne or Nioh, but that’s more down to the lore and art style than the brilliant gameplay. If you like the sound of a gritty dystopian take on Dark Souls, The Surge is an easy game to recommend.
  3. May 24, 2017
    80
    The Surge is a whirlwind of action-RPG fun with a fast and frantic melee-focused combat system, addictive loot systems and an immersive sci-fi horror atmosphere.
  4. May 15, 2017
    70
    Clearly imitating the Dark Souls’ combat system and resources management, The Surge can give more action to the “masocore” crowd. The plot is not especially deep and enemies not so charming, but the high difficulty and a nice look can satisfy the fans that are searching for something to get angry for after the end of Miyazaki’s series.
  5. games(TM)
    Jun 23, 2017
    70
    A challenging and fresh take on Sci-Fi. [Issue#188, p.84]
  6. May 15, 2017
    70
    The Surge is a rather unfair experience. It tries to be a difficult product but ends up lying in flagrant errors.
  7. May 15, 2017
    50
    The Surge had potential, but its excellent combat systems are baked into a game that can’t do them justice. The repetitive and drab environments are a huge hindrance, and when combined with a confusing network of corridors, hallways, and ledges, it’s easy to become frustrated, misled, and lost. You may find some fun experimenting with your attack options and the smooth framerate on the PS4 Pro does help to make that a better experience, but expecting anything more than that will only set yourself up for disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 56
  2. Negative: 18 out of 56
  1. Mar 3, 2018
    10
    Fantastic, under-appreciated game - sci-fi Dark Souls inspired! Great new game mechanisms for upgrading and loot. I originally had to take aFantastic, under-appreciated game - sci-fi Dark Souls inspired! Great new game mechanisms for upgrading and loot. I originally had to take a break near the end of the game due to travel, and it was too hard to get back in when I returned. However, I finally did (Feb 2018), and I ended up enjoying the game even more. I went on to NG+ and my third Platinum (the others being Bloodborne and Nier) . Next up is the DLC and really looking forward to 'the Surge 2'. Expand
  2. May 16, 2017
    9
    The Surge is a very fun and enjoyable action RPG. The only problem is that since so many people have played Dark Souls which is better thanThe Surge is a very fun and enjoyable action RPG. The only problem is that since so many people have played Dark Souls which is better than this game, they hate it simply because it isn't Dark Souls. The combat is enjoyable and unique and the sci-fi setting is a welcome breath of fresh air. There are no technical problems with this game whatsoever, it runs smoothly and never crashes. That's a rarity these days and has to be applauded. Don't listen to all those people who hate this game simply because it isn't dark souls, play it, it's worth your time and money. Expand
  3. May 18, 2017
    8
    New game from Deck13. Great gameplay. Great graphic. Crafting crafting crafting - i love it. Game looks like movie Elisium with Matt Damon.New game from Deck13. Great gameplay. Great graphic. Crafting crafting crafting - i love it. Game looks like movie Elisium with Matt Damon. Finish moves are very smooth and bloody. Don't compare to the Dark Souls or Bloodborne - two diferent games. This is sci-fi tactical slasher :) with crafting mode. Go and spend your money - this is good game with lot of fun :) Expand
  4. May 17, 2017
    6
    - clunky combat
    - fked up and even worse than in DS2 hitboxes
    - everyone 2 shots you in _any_ armor, sometimes even 1 shot, lol -
    - clunky combat
    - fked up and even worse than in DS2 hitboxes
    - everyone 2 shots you in _any_ armor, sometimes even 1 shot, lol
    - unpredictable robot bosses due to a bad design, clunkyness just making these fights harder than they should be
    - bad enemy placement
    - looooong levels, longer then they should be
    - boring and repetitive "music"
    Overall: ugly DS rip-off from EU
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  5. Feb 1, 2018
    5
    To think that I have to rate this game 5/10, which is even lower than the rate I giving to Lord of Fallen (6/10), Deck13, what have you doneTo think that I have to rate this game 5/10, which is even lower than the rate I giving to Lord of Fallen (6/10), Deck13, what have you done ?. 20 hours in the game to the final boss, I got mix feeling among satisfaction, frustration and tiredness, not sure which is more than others. While in this genre we have great games like DarkSouls 3, Bloodborne and Nioh, I can't help but to rate The Surge low. Let see why

    Pro :
    - Stunning visual effect, great graphic. it is best in this genre.
    - Intuitive body-parted cutting system.
    - Satisfied combat. Awesome execution animation.

    Cons
    - Level designs are too complicated. Many times I was frustrated because I got lost and died. I have to read walkthrough to know where I have to go next.
    - Too much fighting in the tight area. Actually, it is like 90% of the game will forced you to fight in tight space, if not hazard environment.
    - Short of Boss fights, only 5 for main game. The others game in this genre have around 15+. Moreover, Bosses in this game are not creatively designed. None are memorable.
    - Repetitive gameplay. You gonna do the same and the same. Dodge, Attack, Dodge, Attack ... No matter enemies. Blocking is not reliable, drain too much stamina. No parry system. Jump up or duck are useless ( I am surprised they added that though) . Only Dodge works, only way.
    - Story is empty. Nothing here. Worst game story ever. I still enjoyed the story in Lords of Fallen, but this game, meh. Main character keep asking what going on here to every NPC, and get NOTHING, why bother.
    - BGM is bad. espectially in the save hub, we have to listen to this crappy song everytime. At least they should have more songs and allow us to change .
    - No Multiplayer

    In sum, The Surge is still lack of many aspects to become a good game. Sadly, it has potential. Core power system is also creative one but in the end people will use mostly +hp and hp max. It should have been executed better. Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Nioh are obviously better game by sheer margin. I recommend people to buy The Surge after you already play those games first and urge for more soullike. However, buy it on hard sale only, or not bother at all.
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  6. Apr 27, 2019
    4
    I seriously struggled to get any enjoyment out of The Surge, and that's saying something because I got it for free on PS+. The game feels likeI seriously struggled to get any enjoyment out of The Surge, and that's saying something because I got it for free on PS+. The game feels like nothing more than a futuristic attempt at a dark souls clone. The problem is souls style games live and die on their atmosphere and tight control scheme and The Surge has neither. The controls are especially problematic and on numerous occasions I found myself attempting to dash away from attacks only to have a delay get me hit, and those hits are an especially huge problem when one shots and stun lock kills are extremely commonplace, attacks are poorly telegraphed and often end up obscured by the bulk of your own character model.

    All in all it's just a shallow experience, I'm sure someone with more patience for the genre could extract some measure of fun from The Surge, but I'm not that person. I'd rather just go play Dark Souls or any one of it's ever increasing number of clones that get the controls right.
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  7. Dec 2, 2019
    0
    "how about we copy dark souls but make it worse in every single way?" is what I imagine the pitch of this game was

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