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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: 23 out of 73
  2. Negative: 24 out of 73
  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. Dec 27, 2018
    9
    First point to all non-believers in the Souls-Like sub-genre, yes it is now a genre... the constituent parts of which are 1) 'If' you die, youFirst point to all non-believers in the Souls-Like sub-genre, yes it is now a genre... the constituent parts of which are 1) 'If' you die, you lose your accumulated xp-proxy 2) You have one chance to re-obtain lost xp-proxy but if you die before you do its gone for good 3) 'Deliberate' (& predominantly) melee combat 4) level design that incorporates multiple short-cuts that the player is able to unlock during play (& remain unlocked thereafter). The reason I start with the above (& I may well have missed certain aspects of the genre but those 4 basically cover it) is that I keep seeing comments both on here and other gaming sites, where clearly triggered people state (when referencing Nioh, The Surge or any of the other games that make up this burgeoning sub-genre) 'Its nothing like Dark Souls!'.

    Well if, like me... you are a fan of the 'Souls-like' (I think this name has now officially overtaken 'Soulsborne' as the go to term to describe it) The Surge is a great little variant on the classic that is Dark Souls (well Demon's Souls if we are being totally accurate). Having been a huge fan of this type of game since Demon's Souls, I was always a bit hesitant to try any of the Souls-likes not made by From Software... so I just played through Demon's, the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne over and over again in a continuous cycle. I guess that I just assumed no one other than Miyazaki and his crew could produce a 'fix' that would satisfy my craving. I had read the reviews of D13's previous effort LotF and the negativity just reinforced my assumption.

    It took Nioh to convince me that my preconceived notion that ONLY From could hit my sweet-spot with this game type was incorrect... and since then both LotF and now The Surge have further enforced my initial error in judgement.

    To give you some context as things currently stand I would personally give Bloodborne a 10, Dark Souls 3 a 9.5, Demon's Souls & Dark Souls a 9.25, Dark Souls 2 SotfS & Nioh a 9 and Lords of the Fallen an 8. For me the Surge is definitely better than LotF but I can Metacritic only allows us to score whole numbers and I therefore score it an 9 (I would actually give it an 8.75).

    The graphics and aesthetic are more than decent, very Blomkamp as other's have pointed out.

    The sound effects are great, adding real impact to the melee action, while that b****y song they insist on playing in the med-bay is infuriating.

    The combat is great! FAR better than the combat in LotF. It is also far more Dark Souls in its combat than Nioh, but with its own intricacies. So far in the genre I would be unable to split Bloodborne and Nioh as having the best combat gameplay (for differing reasons but they are both just so satisfying). The Surge's combat is also very good though, with the addition of choosing a specific body part to target and then the additional choices of 'what' to do with the accumulated 'power'. You can either remove the targeted body-part (& receive schematics for crafting to boot) or depending on the implants your build is using, you can use the 'power' accumulated to heal (rather than using one of your actual heals), to boost stamina or to charge one of your drone's abilities. All of which can be swapped between within the heat of the action, it definitely adds to the thought processes.

    Difficulty is a decent balance. The average enemy you face will seem a tougher prospect than the average enemy opposing you in the other games of the genre but the game is shorter, so shouldn't take any player as long to complete. There is also only 5 bosses which is probably the games biggest negative, though there are some mini-bosses dotted around the environments.

    Level design is great too. The Surge's level's are the closest in quality to From Software's ingenious designs. It is this one aspect that I found Nioh struggled with. The Surge has one Med-bay (bonfire-proxy) pre area, with a multitude of unlock-able shortcuts around the level that help your later area runs as you unlock them.

    Yes the game is shorter than any of From Software's games, and shorter than Nioh too but it will challenge you due to the difficulty in each enemy encounter. There is also enough there in the trophy list to keep you playing into the NG+ and maybe further.

    All in all, really happy with the purchase, far better than I thought it was going to be having read a lot of the opinions out there. A little-known gem of a game, looking forward to playing the DLC next and then taking on The Surge 2 in 2019.
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  3. Nov 8, 2021
    8
    Космический соулс лайк, который основан на гринде конечностей врагов, чтобы собрать 10 одинаковых рук и сделать из них супер руку врага иКосмический соулс лайк, который основан на гринде конечностей врагов, чтобы собрать 10 одинаковых рук и сделать из них супер руку врага и пойти ей всех херячить=) Вы при это киборг и у вас ещё есть торс, вторая рука, ноги, голова.

    После унылых солсов и великолепного бладборна, это как глоток свежего воздуха, потому если вы нормально относитесь к соулсам, то вам точно понравится более целенаправленное избиение мобов до босса. Ведь вам теперь не просто надо убить мобов, а "НЕ УБИТЬ ПОКА НЕ ОТРУБИЛ ВОН ТУ НОГУ", что добавляет челенджа, крутого челенджа.

    Сюжета тут как соулс лайке кстати. Кот плакал.
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  4. Mar 26, 2020
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am disappointed it was Very good until Cerberus boss i try like 50 times, is this a game to sell to be like i play in ultra hard mode???So many hour on waste is not fun anymore i will not buy the surge 2 now im done great game but very unsatisfied if you cant beat it and waste your hours... Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2021
    5
    Another Soulsborne veteran giving a Soulslike a go.
    The Surge is an OK attempt at a Soulslike in a futuristic setting.
    Very similar
    Another Soulsborne veteran giving a Soulslike a go.
    The Surge is an OK attempt at a Soulslike in a futuristic setting.
    Very similar progression, similar combat, sort of similar openwork.
    I've racked up 19 hours and have hit a road block being the 3rd boss.
    This is where the AA'ness of this title shines through by showing that it is in fact a sub-par Dark Souls clone developed by a team who doesn't quite know the "Souls" formula as well as they think they do.
    Poor controls and a shoddy camera echoed by my fellow internet users where ever you look to see how to beat "Big Sister" online. Of course there are your usual "git gud" comments but they are far outweighed by genuine issues gamers raise with the encounter.
    I enjoyed 18 of my 19 hours, once I got the hang of it, but the reality is its just not polished very well and there is a good reason it has such a low player base and completion rate.
    5/5 for a good effort
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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. Sep 24, 2018
    0
    Worst souls-like ever, sometimes camera lock on bosses, sometimes not. Every locations looks the same

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