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Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
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  1. Oct 8, 2019
    90
    The Surge 2 is like a juicy, metal-plated bone that gamers looking for a well-crafted yet brutal combat experience can really sink their teeth into: it will push them to their limits, hurt and punish in all the right ways, but offers that sweet, sweet payoff when you finally emerge victorious.
  2. Sep 27, 2019
    85
    Deck13 included a number of new weapon and armor types, all of which can be upgraded extensively, again putting heavy weight on the act of grinding, which is a bit excessive, but thankfully it ends up being fun. If you like the idea of cobbling together armor sets earned by felling difficult foes, give The Surge 2 a try. You may get a bit lost in the world at times, but every encounter is fun and well thought out. The bosses in particular are nicely designed, exotic in look, and push you to play with brutal precision.
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    85
    This “Sci Fi Souls” has really grown into a beast of its own. The exploration is rewarding, the combat hectic and the progression system has a lot of possibilities going on. It may not be the most majestic take on the genre, and there are issues with the performance on base systems, but The Surge 2 is a strong new entry in this so-hard-yet-so-satisfying niche of games.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    85
    This a very good fight-focused action-adventure. It has some flaws in terms of storytelling as well as visually, but makes up for that with an excellent level design, exploration and motivating character development.
  5. Sep 23, 2019
    85
    The Surge 2 is a solid proof that Deck 13 learns from their mistakes and that with every next game they level up their performance significantly.
  6. Sep 23, 2019
    85
    The Surge 2 is that kind of game where you clearly notice all it's problems... but you can't stop enjoying anyway. Once you've started slicing and dicing to dress with the limbs of your enemies, you'll have to cut your own hands to put the controller down.
  7. Sep 23, 2019
    85
    The Surge 2 is still a fun improvement over the original that will win more people over with its tight and well-designed environments and combat.
  8. Sep 24, 2019
    84
    Even the twisty and open game world surpasses the rather boring CREO terrain of its predecessor by far.
  9. Sep 25, 2019
    81
    The Surge 2 offers more and better than seen in the first chapter, polishing certain rough edges but keeping certain errors of its predecessor. Its combat system reaches the saga to a new exponent of possibilities and its futuristic setting brings a different vision to the genre.
  10. Sep 25, 2019
    81
    The Surge 2 has some marked improvements over its predecessor but doesn’t color too far outside the lines. It takes a formula that works well and continues using it in satisfying ways, just not in fresh or surprising ones. Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a hell of a lot of fun, and once it sinks its hooks into you it’s tough to pull away. The Surge 2 is absolutely a compelling entry into the souls-like genre, yet I can’t help but feel it’s missing an extra spark of creativity to make it a true game-changer.
  11. Dec 4, 2019
    80
    All in all, The Surge 2 is a great game to pick up if you're looking for a more arcade-like take on the Dark Souls formula. It's a fun and engaging game with a solid combat system and enjoyable mechanics, and it's only dragged down by a mediocre story and lackluster environments. With the excellent improvements from The Surge to The Surge 2, the franchise is well on its way to standing tall in the Soulsborne genre. It's well worth playing if you're an aficionado of this genre and don't mind dying a few times.
  12. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a sequel done right. With fluid combat, creative level design, and solid performance you would be hard pressed to not enjoy this title.
  13. Oct 9, 2019
    80
    Without a doubt, The Surge 2 builds upon the structure of what came before. Making already fun combat systems even more enjoyable is not an easy task, but Deck13 achieved it. The dedication to building Jericho City into a viable arena for death and exploration comes across in its intricate paths and hidden bits. But I do think just a bit more time and polish could have not only made the game a bit prettier but also resulted in a handful of additional bosses that really put players through the ringer. But The Surge 2 still rewards those looking for a hardcore game in a new setting. And who knows where a third game might go.
  14. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a better game than its predecessor in many ways, and shouldn’t be overlooked in a growing crowd of soulslikes. Pathfinding can still be a bit vague like its predecessor, but the dense environments are fun to explore and complement its weighty combat and robust gear upgrade system. Deck 13 polished what made the first Surge a decent B-tier game and doubled down on what it's good at, showing us how a good developer can learn and evolve from release to release.
  15. Sep 30, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a thrilling ride from beginning to end. The foes are a joy to battle, the maps are built to invite and reward exploration, and the story offers just enough intrigue to keep the player hooked until the final battle. It’s wonderful to see developers taking a hard look at the successes and failures of their previous effort and ensuring that the sequel surpasses it in every way.
  16. Sep 27, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 rises above both its technical limitations and its predecessor to set itself apart in the action RPG genre. It could even be debated that it makes a case for being lumped in with its genre cohorts - a case that is strong indeed thanks to its innovation and willingness to change and improve upon the foundations set in the first game. While it flits in and out of being a smooth-sailing and sleekly presented package, it nevertheless provides a walloping good time and can't be faulted for its enjoyable combat and exploration, navigation issues aside.
  17. 80
    Perhaps most important, for the first time, I actually felt like I understood the Souls genre with The Surge 2. It’s the first one that made me actually feel anything other than annoyed and confused and that I wanted to actually stick around to see the end of. It still has issues, and I’d love to see more enemy variety, but I can safely say that I’ll be back for whatever Deck 13 has planned next.
  18. Sep 25, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is essentially the first game, but better, with more content and a gameplay that's still enjoyable if you like Souls-Like games. On the other hand, the visuals are quite dated, the camera isn't perfect and the story adds no value whatsoever.
  19. Sep 25, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a very good Souls-like. The level design has really improved after the first episode, and the gameplay key features will procure good sensations to players addicted to challenges.
  20. Sep 25, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 improves on every aspects of the previous game. It’s more nervous, more intense, more varied. It’s consolidating on the very solid base of the first The Surge, and does it well.
  21. Sep 24, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 does enough to tweak the formula of the original to iron out some of the creases that plagued the original game, these improvements overshadowing the game's hit-or-miss writing and occasionally recycled content.
  22. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a refinement – rather than reimagining – of the Souls-like genre. It offers wonderfully compelling, meaty combat and a robust character-levelling system which will keep fans of the genre entertained for hours. But there’s little here that’ll entice newbies to the series.
  23. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    The Surge 2 is a step forward in every aspect, that helps define the franchise. It’s better than its predecessor and a very solid options for those who enjoy that Souls feeling.
  24. 80
    The Surge 2 is a much better, engaging, and rewarding experience than the first game. Dozens of quality of life improvements, more interesting environments and characters, and the addition of parrying makes The Surge 2 a must-play for anyone who even slightly enjoyed their time with the first game. However, the game holds itself back from being an excellent souls-like with some poor lighting in areas, intense difficulty spikes, and a final area that is just plain unfun.
  25. Sep 24, 2019
    79
    Thanks to a compelling combat system and a deep character customization, The Surge 2 is a better game than the previous one, but fails to stay close to the giants of the genre.
  26. Sep 23, 2019
    77
    The Surge 2 is a good sequel that adds new content and further improves the gameplay, but fails to correct the defects of the first episode of the series.
  27. Oct 16, 2019
    76
    The Surge 2 is a decent Souls-like title that has solid gameplay but lacks much to call its own.
  28. Sep 23, 2019
    76
    The Surge 2 checks many of the boxes for a successful sequel, but this sci-fi action RPG falls just short or recapturing the full dismembering joy of the original.
  29. Oct 10, 2019
    75
    It's a short RPG, but for what it's worth it's a very fun one, with great combat mechanics, excellent take on the Souls genre and very good performance on PS4 Pro. Too bad the story is kind of flat.
  30. Sep 24, 2019
    75
    The Surge 2 improves some of the elements of the first episode but apparently worsen others. However, the soulslike formula still works and there are plenty of enemies to fight.
  31. Sep 24, 2019
    75
    The Surge 2 is a solid game focused on combat - the fighting is superb, enjoyable and never becomes boring. The world is interesting, the technical aspect of the game was done competently (although there are some minor issues), and the level design, which was the most frustrating part of the previous game, was sorted out, too. About the biggest pitfall of the game is that it's a notch too easy for some.
  32. 75
    The Surge 2 successfully builds upon the original game in practically every way – offering a larger roster of bosses, more equipment to pillage, and a bigger, more organic open-world to explore. A few pacing issues and some issues with the visuals aside, The Surge 2 offers a greater variety of experiences over its predecessor and is easily Deck13’s best.
  33. Sep 23, 2019
    75
    While Deck13 still has some work to do, The Surge 2 is a massive step up from its predecessor in just about every respect.
  34. Oct 1, 2019
    74
    The Surge 2 still has the same great combat, satisfying exploration, and a mess of an inventory system that remains cumbersome to navigate. Many of the original game's problems are still here, but small quality of life improvements and a neat new setting make this outing just different enough to be worth a look.
  35. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 22, 2019
    70
    The core combat loop delivers a unique and very satisfying soulsborne, and the push to an open world is a win. But technical problems and a lack of enemy variety hold The Surge 2 back from greatness . [Issue#168, p.80]
  36. Sep 26, 2019
    70
    Deck13’s futuristic limb removal simulator is a solid but generic entry into the Soulslike genre.
  37. 70
    I enjoyed playing through The Surge 2 more than I did the original. The changes to the combat are for the better, the gentler introduction is appreciated and the variety in equipment and environments is excellent. Unfortunately at release it is marred with technical issues which I'm sure will be patched out, but shows it was rushed out a little too soon.
  38. 70
    Despite some technical problems that ultimately sour the experience, The Surge 2 delivers a solid action-RPG adventure that's powered by its dystopian setting and unique combat system.
  39. Sep 24, 2019
    70
    The Surge 2 won't be winning any awards for originality for either its gameplay or story, but it still offers a fun experience for gamers who desire a challenging experience in the vein of the Souls series.
  40. Sep 23, 2019
    70
    The work done by the development studio is not sluggish or lazy, but it proves to be quite patchy and not very refined, therefore unable to aspire to higher peaks. If you loved the last episode, even with all its flaws, you still give your direct sequel a chance: you'll find yourself wandering in a world where it might be worth tasting the taste of iron and death.
  41. Sep 23, 2019
    70
    It’s definitely bigger, and there’s certainly more, but there’s still a lack of polish around the edges that stops it from being definitively better.
  42. Sep 24, 2019
    68
    The still brilliant fighting system and the structure of Jericho City make The Surge 2 a nice soul-like and definitely a better game than the original. However, the game is a disappointment in terms of story and variation in environments and enemies.
  43. Oct 8, 2019
    65
    The Surge 2 follows the SoulsBorne formula to a T, but forgets to add some fresh ingredients of its own to the mix. The lack of original ideas is mirrored in the game's lacklustre technical execution.
  44. Sep 26, 2019
    65
    With a smoother fighting system and plenty of secrets to discover, this second part does that a little bit better. Yet The Surge 2 lacks an innovative approach. The end result is therefore entertaining, but also predictable.
  45. Oct 6, 2019
    60
    Surge 2 improves upon the predecessors ‘Dark Souls but sci-fi’ vibe with a much more interesting world and social commentary. But the series still feels a little rough around the edges when it comes to communicating with the player. Menus are awkward to navigate, and upgrades and systems can be a little hard to comprehend. Despite this, the combat is still great fun, and exploring Jericho City is an intoxicating blend of excitement and trepidation.
  46. Oct 2, 2019
    60
    For all of the work that Deck 13 has put into creating an intriguing city, the actual exploration is sometimes marred by technical issues.
  47. Sep 25, 2019
    60
    A disappointing sequel that offers few new ideas as either a Dark Souls clone or a follow-up to the original, with a less interesting setting and story.
  48. Sep 23, 2019
    60
    The Surge 2 is brimming with minor gameplay and technical issues that threaten to spoil the broth on a constant basis, but the game’s combat system and varied locations do just enough to push them to the back of your mind. When the going gets tough, the experience shines with a genius take on health regeneration and brutal, gory takedowns that are just as satisfying to perform as it is to whittle an enemy into submission. It can’t hold a candle to a From Software joint, but The Surge 2 will satisfy those chomping at the bit for the next take on the genre.
  49. Sep 23, 2019
    30
    An unfortunately hollow universe is troublesome but ultimately a low-priority concern in the grand scheme of The Surge 2’s more pressing matters. Its multiple failings are almost bewildering because of how closely it copies much of its identity from its spiritual predecessors. But those similarities to much better games just point out how little imagination The Surge 2 has and how inadequately it has attempted to implement those popular mechanics.
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  1. Sep 24, 2019
    The Surge 2 represents Deck 13's strongest crack at a Soulslike yet, and it's really damn good. They nailed it this time...Fast, aggressive, challenging, and wildly entertaining, not even some shockingly bad texture glitches can hold back the sheer amount of fun I've had dismembering my way through Jericho City. The Surge 2 is, simply put, a brilliantly good time.
  2. Sep 23, 2019
    I’m already sold on the Surge 2’s combat, with a final verdict hinging on how the increasingly intriguing narrative unfolds, and how much more enemy and boss variety I encounter. Jericho City is filled with side quests and odd characters, some more interesting than others, but I’m yet to see how it all comes together to provide the Surge 2 with the same character some of its more interesting visuals and story mysteries hint at.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 180
  1. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Very, very good combat system and satisfying "finisher" mechanic. Also like the cyber world as a change to all those medieval fantasy games inVery, very good combat system and satisfying "finisher" mechanic. Also like the cyber world as a change to all those medieval fantasy games in the soulslike genre. Having a blast! Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2019
    4
    So I got myself this game right away, because I was looking forward to the improvements that I expected from them.
    However, I got utterly
    So I got myself this game right away, because I was looking forward to the improvements that I expected from them.
    However, I got utterly disappointed.

    The game suffers from exactly the same issues as the first game.
    They have improved only minor things, such as there now being a character editor and adding some pointless moves for weapons, that you will never use, because there is a single best move for everything.
    The game itself is just really not good at all.

    The same bad lighting.
    The same poor level design. By that I don't complain about the looping, just the overall layout, playability and believability of the levels is extremely poor.
    The same way too easy combat. It's still possible to just jumpattack everything to death. No skill involved whatsoever. Also I can stack my stats way too easy.
    The same pointless limb targetting, that is more of a chore than a fun addition. I swear this system is just a poor excuse to make the player grind and artificially stretch this game with 10 hours of actual content to 20 hours. It sounds good on paper, but in reality it's just annoying.

    This time they also managed to poorly optimize the game. While the first one worked flawlessly for me, this one has some unexplainable stutters all the time, really making an average experience feeling even worse.

    Also, again, the game is super short and they are asking the same price as for other 100h+ games. That is just not acceptable. Why can't the devs set a price that actually reflects the value of their product?

    I don't even want to bother giving this thing detailed points, so in short:

    The game itself is maybe a 6, but with the technical issues and the poor price-performance it's a 4 at best.

    Though that is just objectively speaking, since I personally derived no fun from the game, because it was just way too easy to cheese things, even if I didn't try to, while most of the moves in the game are utterly pointless to perform. So for me the whole things was a big fat 0. The 4 is basically for people that don't play too seriously.
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  3. Sep 30, 2019
    0
    Horrible. How did it manage to be WORSE than the first game, which was bad, but not this bad! Extremely boring and grindy, avoid at all costs.