The Surge – First 20 Minutes of Gameplay and Impressions | PS4

I’m just going to start this off by saying I really enjoy Deck 13’s latest game, The Surge. The Surge is an action packed RPG not unlike Bloodborne. The main protagonist will have to battle against enemies who are better equipped than he is, though with each successful win, you’ll gain more and more gear that will make the playing field more equal. Death awaits you around each corner and dying will cause you to lose everything you’ve gained unless you go back and claim what is yours or bank your earnings.

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.

Key Features

  • Tight, visceral hardcore action RPG combat with make-shift industrial weapons
  • A unique dismemberment and upgrade system utilizing cybernetic implants
  • Fight in a dystopian world full of mystery and learn about the events surrounding The Surge
  • Battle an array of huge industrial bosses
  • Craft, upgrade, and build new weapons with loot and blueprints

What I really like about The Surge is the combat system and overall gameplay itself. The games moves pretty quickly and the combat system keeps things moving along nicely. Like Bloodborne, there is a certain risk with keeping all the tech scraps you’ve accumulated on you because if you die, it gets dropped. You’ll be respawned with none of it and you’ll have to go back to where you were to pick it all back up. If it’s somewhere close, it’s not a big deal but if it was further along in the level, it can be a real pain. If you die without picking it back up again, it’s gone.

To alleviate this problem, it’s best to return to the operations center ever now and again and bank your tech scraps so you won’t lose them.

Aside from the gameplay, the graphics are quite good in The Surge and very detailed. There are lots of secret locations to discover and little things here and there to figure out. So far, I’m having a really good time with the game at the beginning but we’ll see if that changes any the further I get.

The Surge is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC!


Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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