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The Surge (PS4)
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- A brand new RPG set in a dystopian future by the makers of Lords of the Fallen
- Tight, visceral combat mechanics where every move counts
- A unique and exciting dismemberment and upgrade system
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Hardware Platform: PlayStation4
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 labour, 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.
From the manufacturer
The Surge is an action RPG set in a world ravaged by war and global warming. The game offers a hardcore experience, with a focus on challenging, visceral melee combat. It features fresh fighting, looting and crafting mechanics, alongside a unique character progression system. Fitted with your exo-suit and cybernetic implants, harness super-human strength to survive the CREO complex, a mega-corporation that set out to save the world. Enhance your exo-suit with near-endless combinations of armor and weapons, each with their own move sets as you slice your way through steel and flesh to loot, craft, and improve your rig. Salvage weapons and modular armour, by using the dynamic targeting system to attack and dismember limbs individually. From lighting rigs to heavy lifters, security armor to advanced, secretive technology - mix and match equipment to suit your playstyle and overcome the adversarial and environmental challenges that plague the malfunctioning complex. Take on huge, industrial bosses in a complex gone mad and discover the truth about CREO.
COMBAT & TARGETING
Combat is challenging and unforgiving. You’ll need to carefully study your enemies, rather than blindly rushing and wildly swinging your weapon without focus. Study their attack patterns and weaknesses, then strike hard and fast – even the weakest of enemies can be deadly! Thanks to the dynamic targeting system, you can aim at your opponents’ specific limbs to dismember them, in order to loot or craft the attached equipment. Go for the easy kill by hitting unarmored limbs, or attempt to claim a piece of equipment from the enemy by targeting a specific area. Balancing your need to survive against your desire for new equipment is key to moving through the CREO complex.
EXO-RIGS & IMPLANTS
As an employee of CREO, you are fitted with an exo-suit intended for industrial work inside the CREO complex. This base rig can be enhanced with light, medium, or heavy attachments, allowing you to specialize into your chosen playstyle. Granted super-human strength, you are able to wield huge weapons and inflict massive damage onto your enemies, as well as survive dangerous environmental hazards such as toxic spills. Alongside the exo-rig, you are fitted with a cognitive interface between your brain and the exo-suit, powering implants looted from enemies and the game world. Your exo-suit has a limited power output, so it’ll be up to you to balance the benefits and downsides of each implant against the power requirements of your exo-suit upgrades and equipment.
The further you delve into CREO and the longer you survive, the more tech scrap (XP) you’ll gain from defeating enemies and bosses. Die, and the metal scrap farmed to that point will be dropped where you fall. You will have to fight your way back to regain it, or lose it forever. In operations, you can use that tech scrap to either upgrade your exo-rig and increase its power-output (level), allowing you to use more and stronger implants, or use the scrap as base material to craft and upgrade armor and weapons. You will also naturally increase your efficiency with the various weapon types by using them in combat. Over time, it will improve your affinity with them, consequently increasing the amount of damage you inflict and letting you take on far more fearsome enemies and bosses.
LOOTING & CRAFTING
Explore CREO’s many varied environments, both inside and out, and use your implants to target specific enemy ligaments to gain crafting resources. Use these to improve your equipment, upgrading your weapons and armor throughout CREO’s scattered safe-rooms. Specialize to meet your needs - from heavy armor attached to your exo-rig to staves, axes, and heavy-lifting equipment, use CREO’s cutting-edge industrial technology against the threats that lay ahead. Crafting materials are widespread at CREO, but accessing them is dangerous… and necessary!
THE CREO COMPLEX
CREO’s complex is huge and filled with secrets, intrigue, and threats warped by a catastrophic event. Although many of its inhabitants were not originally designed for combat, each area houses dangerous combatants that once worked in these environments. Armed with lethal industrial equipment, you must risk everything to explore, loot, and craft to survive. Explore vast mechanical areas, delve into toxic underground passages, and climb to the sleek executive levels to discover exactly what happened at CREO through audio messages, dialogues from survivors, and environmental storytelling.
Top customer reviews
So after giving the game a huge amount of time here's what I have to say Firstly before purchasing there are a few things you have to know. The first and perhaps most important is that this is a title in which you will die, a hell of a lot. If you don't like that in a game bypass this title now. Secondly if you're a fan of this type of game and love a Sci-Fi post apocalypic future then this title is all the candy that you can eat and then some.
Yes the camera can be a little clunky in places but that beginning animation where you get set up for your suit is not only gruesome but oddly satisfying letting you know just how much you're going to have to go through.
I was hooked.
I loved a lot of the game, the way that the enemies upped in difficulty, how even the smallest foe could kill you and the way that you had to strategise for each combat prior to taking part, working out how to deal with multiple foes and their strengths and weaknesses. However my biggest gripe was if you found certain fights way to hard, the best you could do was up your power (which only gave you access to more "chip" slots and access to doorways and you have to settle for basic gear and couldn't upgrade it if you found fighting the bosses too hard to begin with.
Its damn frustraing and whilst a good many gamers will give up with their lack of progress it was a game that I did have a lot of fun with all in. Yes it took me a lot of time to get past that initial baddy but the high I got when I finally kicked his ass was immense. All round a solid game and whilst its going to be a marmite title for a good few gamers, I happened to love it. Magic
That said, it's not without flaws, I found the melee focused combat good if not quite as tightly polished as DS. Whereas the plot is obfuscated within the environment and item descriptions in DS it is almost non-existent in The Surge. And the industrial distopian environments presented fall prey to becoming very samey over time.
If you're looking for a decent souls-like to scratch your itch and you can look past the flaws here, you'll be rewarded with a pretty entertaining little game. If any of it's shortcomings are make or break things for you however, I'd give it a pass.
I always liked the idea of these tougher melee-based games, but I tried Dark Souls and The Fallen, the latter made by the same developers, and got nowhere. Prefer sci-fi to fantasy, so knew I would inevitably end up buying The Surge...and prepared myself for yet more frustrating disappointment.
For me, The Surge seems to be far more playable. I've managed to defeat the first two bosses within approximately a week's gaming, While it most definitely can be a frustrating game to play, with a lot of grinding XP to level gear and your exo-skeleton's level, the payoff is the sense of achievement when you do manage to finally make a boss kill, or access a new area or simply get past a new type of exo-opponent.
Once I more fully understood the execution / harvesting mechanic, and realised you don't simply have to destroy the opposition, but try and do it with enough finesse to be able to collect the parts you need, the fighting became even more enjoyable. The executions and some kills feature slow-mo, which is great at first, but thankfully the developers realised this could become tedious later, so have given the option for these only to occur when you get some new kit or never.
For those with an HDR TV, The Surge supports HDR. I've got it on several games, though I can honestly say I never really see the difference, so have ended up disabling it. Maybe it's just my TV.
There are several exo-skeletons in the game and it's not simply a case of getting the next level up, then the next etc. There's the usual armour / mobility trade-off sets, but also utility sets, like one which allows you to walk on toxic waste without taking damage. I like this mechanic a lot, too, as it drives you to want to get each set to unlock the gear set bonus.
For me, it's been a worthwhile buy.
Most recent customer reviews
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