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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: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 15, 2017
    90
    The Surge is the most badass game I’ve played all year, and a must-play title for any masochistic gamer who enjoys getting their ass handed to them regularly. Although the presentation and enemy variety are somewhat lacking, and technical issues occur occasionally, none of these issues come even close to putting a hamper on this thoroughly enjoyable experience. Play. This. Game.
  2. May 16, 2017
    80
    While Lords of the Fallen and The Surge may have Dark Souls roots, the more I progressed in The Surge, the more I started to see Deck 13 shining. The shadows are falling away, The Surge is miles better than Lords of the Fallen, and some trademark mechanics are starting to creep into the light. Deck 13 has polished and primed The Surge, and it now feels like it's time to stop comparing it to others and let it be noticed for what it is. Calling anything a Dark Souls clone at this point is purely lazy and an insult to the many smaller ways in which they're no way alike.
  3. 80
    The Surge’s unique spin on combat and customization coupled with some tried and true gameplay mechanics from the Souls series coalesce nicely for what feels like a familiar experience in an entirely new setting.
  4. May 24, 2017
    80
    Although not long by Dark Souls’ standards, The Surge’s sci-fi setting is a refreshing change from its contemporaries, and the developers have made their mark on the genre. The combat system is unique, and very rewarding. It might fly below most people's radar due to the slew of quality games in 2017, but don't overlook The Surge. It will surprise a lot of people.
  5. May 16, 2017
    75
    The Surge offers an innovative combat and crafting system but it suffers ups and downs on its difficulty and also has a poor script. Even so the result is a worthy action RPG that will live on as an alternative to the Souls Saga.
  6. May 23, 2017
    70
    The Surge delivers an intriguing sci-fi world with dark themes and should satisfy any genre fans looking for something to play now that the Dark Souls series has ended. Just don’t pick up The Surge expecting a game that is as polished as From Software’s flagship franchise.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 18, 2017
    40
    A sloppy sci fi swing for the Dark Souls crowd which sadly misses. [July 2017, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. May 19, 2019
    9
    I have played this game maybe 10 hrs and I Never write reviews. (I wrote one for 2 free tacos like 3 yrs ago..lol) I have played DS1 DS3 andI have played this game maybe 10 hrs and I Never write reviews. (I wrote one for 2 free tacos like 3 yrs ago..lol) I have played DS1 DS3 and beatin the 1st one. They were both hard AF. (Not that that is a bad thing to have in a game.)I thoroughly enjoyed playing both DS. But it took 4 ever to beat. I suck. The surge is easily 8.25/10 Must Play 4 Xbox users. Expand
  2. May 27, 2017
    8
    I can't recommend Surge enough for anyone who is a fan of Souls-Borne games. I have been spreading praise of this game like wildfire to any ofI can't recommend Surge enough for anyone who is a fan of Souls-Borne games. I have been spreading praise of this game like wildfire to any of my friends who enjoy From Software's titles. Deck13 Interactive's previous title, Lords of the Fallen, was a decent DS clone, but felt as though it was trying too hard to mimic Souls, instead of trying to be one in it's own. This is where The Surge shines. Giving us a tech wasteland filled with augmented humans who have been zombified, as well as monstrous machines that want to turn the player into scrap. Combat is fast and fluid with different weapons and armor styles to compliment the style the player choses to take. These are fairly limited as the game only offers two styles: Slow, high damage tank. Or a nimble, medium-frenzy damage dealing lynx. The combat is where the game shines, and dare I say trumps the likes of Dark Souls. Individual body parts are able to be targeted with the lock on feature that is present. This allows the player to assess the enemy. and manually target unarmored body parts for extra damage. There is incentive to target armored body parts as well, which leads to the most interesting part of The Surge's mechanics, the loot system. You see, instead of enemies randomly dropping armor or weapons, and instead of purchasing them, you have to earn your loot off the enemy by using the "cut" mechanic. If an enemy is holding a new weapon that you want to use, you take it. Target the body part that is holding the prize and hack away, if enough damage is dealt to the body part, and when the finisher prompt appears, the execution will remove the body part entirely, leaving the player to it's spoils. When this was introduced, I couldn't help but be impressed by it, as it added a new layer to the combat that makes it even more exciting, and has the necessary tools to make your life a little easier, which you definitely will need.

    This game is hard. Each area seems to have more and more enemies at the helm waiting to ambush, or gank the player to death. Like Souls, it's important to time your attacks and not just mash away at the attack buttons and hope for success. Boss battles shine as well, and offer us the classic pattern memorization, trial and error gameplay that make these games so popular. Every boss you take down leaves you with the sense of triumph that few games can emulate. There is no difficulty option, so if you keep getting mashed to death by the first boss, it's time to git gud. It's not all bad though, as the community for this game is growing rapidly and there are plenty of tips and tricks to help those who need it. Is it the hardest Souls-Borne game? No. I still think that belongs to Bloodborne, but don't expect a cake walk. Expect a barbwire and broken glass walk akin to the original Dark Souls. If you've played From's games in the past, and get over the minor tweaks to combat, I doubt you'll have much trouble.

    Ultimately The Surge offers us something special, and a very pleasant surprise to say the least. If you're aching for From's next title and looking something to fill the void, this is that filler that's able to stand on it's own merits and will definitely attract a cult following, if not several sequels. Either way it's a fantastic game that will keep you dying and happy for weeks to come.
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  3. May 16, 2017
    8
    This is a pretty fun game if you're a fan of hardcore action RPG's. The key is to look past the whole "but its not dark souls" mentality. No,This is a pretty fun game if you're a fan of hardcore action RPG's. The key is to look past the whole "but its not dark souls" mentality. No, it isn't as good as the souls series, but it is still a very well made game. Addictive combat (the new limb targeting system is pretty neat), pretty good loot system, and an interesting sci-fi setting make it an above average game in my opinion. The game is lacking in a deep narrative story, and level/enemy variety, but the good things about this game far outweigh the bad. If you are a fan of this genre, approach it with an open mind and you will find yourself with an overall very enjoyable play through. Expand
  4. May 16, 2017
    7
    The Surge
    Robot Souls
    The Surge is a souls like rpg all about the grind Here you play as either a technician who’s agile and quick or a
    The Surge
    Robot Souls
    The Surge is a souls like rpg all about the grind
    Here you play as either a technician who’s agile and quick or a brute who does more damage but is slower,
    Each have their own advantages and disadvantages of course, I chose to play as a brute.
    I was surprised how much I initially enjoyed this game…
    This game is definitely challenging but not quite at the level of the souls game or nioh…
    The maps are fairly self-contained and compact here…
    This makes it very easy to memorize enemy locations when it comes to the grinding and crafting portion of the game
    the combat with regular enemies is pretty decent and feels fair.. at least when its one on one…
    you can lock onto them and target specific body parts to attempt to saw off certain gear…
    Sometimes you’ll get new gear like weapons…
    but mostly you’ll just get parts along with other scraps to craft armor from schematics you find in the world…
    there’s really no true loot system here…
    The scraps are essentially your souls..
    And like in the soul’s game if you die you have to go recollect them...
    But you are able to bank them in your medbay which is where you go to heal, level up, install new implants for added perks like consumable health, craft new weapons and armor, upgrade them, and refill your consumables…
    Leveling up just requires scraps while crafting and upgrading requires scraps as well as random items you have to pick off of enemies based on luck of course…
    and also like the souls games, going to this room respawns every enemy you’ve killed which is a gift and a curse..
    A gift because you can grind...
    worlds are small and bosses are brutal…
    youre definitely going to grind for levels and upgrades...
    a curse because once you do finally make it to a boss theyre all in your way trying do some damage to you before you even get there…
    But before we get to the bosses..
    There is definitely some cheapness going on outside of them…
    Things don’t really start getting cheap until the 2nd section of the game… here you get a drone friend which is nice… though to use them you have to fill up your energy bar a bit, but by time that happens you’ve usually already killed the enemy.. So it’s pretty useless…
    but this is where enemies start using ranged gun type weapons that you can’t do anything about but take the damage and push forward...
    And there are no health pickups here... youre relient on your implants to replenish your health except for the extremely rare refill stations... and by rare I mean like 1 in a map…
    But still it was fun to push forward, grind, find alternate paths, unlock shortcuts like demons souls so when you do die you can skip giant sections of the map to get right back to where you died
    These cheap moments were annoying and unfair... but I still didn’t mind them.. At least not as much as the boss battles…
    The bosses here aren’t hard by themselves...
    Theyre pretty simple and easy to figure out...
    the difficulty comes in the games design both level and combat…
    For starters.. Enemy attacks go right through solid objects... there is no hiding behind beams…
    That aside, This combat system was not designed for the boss battles... at least not with both classes in mind…
    the 2nd boss in the game is where I stopped…
    And I did so not because it was a tough boss…
    I knew its patterns, I knew how to defeat it...
    the problem was, as a brute... maybe this is just a brute problem…
    But as a brute the problem was the timing of this bosses attacks…
    Enemeis will telegraph their attacks..
    Give you some time to get out of the way
    But you’re locked into animations here...
    You’re able to dodge in combat, but only when you’re not attacking…
    And this boss demands quick hits and dodging...
    And this just isn’t possible to do efficiently as a brute…
    don’t get me wrong, I’d definitely get lucky and have a flawless first stage of this battle… but the 2nd stage when you have to attack it from underneath is when things really start to get unfair because your character doesn’t get out of animation fast enough for you to have time to dodge the near insta kill slam this enemies does when you’re underneath..
    Cause theres bad hit detection
    Both from enemies as id randomly lose damage during fights without being touched, and from you as your attacks will do nothing at times especially to bosses…
    Based off of what I saw though, The Surge is still a good game…
    its addictive in the way the souls games are… But at moments it falls into the category of unfair more than it does challenging and that sours the addictive and great moments that are here too I give The Surge a 7/10
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  5. May 17, 2017
    2
    Otra copia del sistema de juego de la saga Souls pero vacío en cuanto a historia. Da la sensación de que le falta algo continuamente.Otra copia del sistema de juego de la saga Souls pero vacío en cuanto a historia. Da la sensación de que le falta algo continuamente. Escenarios muertos, vacío y lleno de glitches. Aburrido y repetitivo a partes iguales. Expand
  6. May 19, 2019
    0
    Plutôt dommage, car le jeu est assez joli et propose un mode 60 sur la X : c'est bien fluide ! et le jeu est tout en français avec un doublagePlutôt dommage, car le jeu est assez joli et propose un mode 60 sur la X : c'est bien fluide ! et le jeu est tout en français avec un doublage correct. Mais on déchante rapidement... puisqu'il ne s'agit que d'un avatar des Dark Soûls et compagnie, les jeux qui te soûlent à mort même quand t'as pas bu. En fait, pas besoin de boire : avec cette grosse merde, t'es soûlé direct !

    Donc on ne peut donner qu'un coup à la fois, esquiver une fois : au-delà, on est déjà fatigué... si on prend un coup, la vie descend comme à la foire, chaque ennemi peut te buter la gueule tranquillement et on rencontre assez vite des ennemis beaucoup plus costauds ! genre, tape-leur dessus 15 ou 20 fois... ça peut durer longtemps à ce train-là !

    Et certains sont invulnérables sauf à des parties du corps désignées... et vu que le ciblage est complèment à la masse, ça ne promet... que de la merde ! oui The Surge est une purge à jouer, une sorte de lavement masochiste.

    Et ce n'est pas tout, on erre comme un pauvre hère dans cet environnement bordélique sans aucune carte. Pour se soigner, faut faire des allers-retours à la station médicale. Si on se rappelle où elle est et si on est pas mort avant.

    De toute façon, on est pas maso, on ne vas pas se faire chier avec un jeu-étron pareil. On a pas que ça à faire.
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  7. May 17, 2017
    0
    Terrible game, does nothing new, full of bugs and glitches, only 5 boring and easy bosses, the environment is always the same, no creativity,Terrible game, does nothing new, full of bugs and glitches, only 5 boring and easy bosses, the environment is always the same, no creativity, 90% of the game mechanics are copied from Souls, shameless thieves. Don't waste your time on this garbage game. Expand

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