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 Earth’s 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 PS4 features innovative combat mechanics and an original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through tight, visceral combat.
Matching recycled ideas with ingenious new ones has bred a challenger to one of gaming's greats. [July 2017, p.74]
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.
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.
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.
A challenging and fresh take on Sci-Fi. [Issue#188, p.84]
The Surge is a rather unfair experience. It tries to be a difficult product but ends up lying in flagrant errors.
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.
August 23, 2018
Deck13 publishes a brief trailer for The Surge 2. Watch video
June 18, 2018
The Surge 2 shows its first gameplay demo at E3. Watch video
February 7, 2018
Deck 13 and Focus Home Interactive announce The Surge 2, that will be released in 2019.
July 13, 2017
A demo for the futuristic action-RPG The Surge is coming next week. Read more
December 5, 2018
Insurgency: Sandstorm’s beta starts this weekend. Watch video