The Surge was originally released in 2017 to some so-so reviews from various media outlets. I myself reviewed it around that time as well, but had a much different experience. I absolutely enjoyed the game and found it to be very challenging with a very deep RPG system that allowed you to really play the game how you wanted to play it based on your play style. There were tons of equipment to unlock and build which allowed you to really mix and match any way you saw fit. The game reminded me a lot of Dark Souls or Bloodborne, based on its difficulty and the way the game progressed. Those who were fans of the game will be happy to note that The Surge 2 is already out and includes everything you loved about the first game, and more.
The Surge 2 presents a harsh, sci-fi, dystopian world to explore and survive. Create your own character and decide how to approach the hardcore melee combat, putting your reactions and RPG character-building skills to the test. Deep character progression and customization lets you decide how to equip yourself and handle enemies – with many additions over the original game, including challenging but rewarding directional parries and companion drones with dozens of uses. Limb-targeting and executions return new and improved, so get ready to target, loot, and equip everything you see on your enemies.
The Surge 2 starts out like any other game. There’s a cut scene that sets up the story so you get the gist of what’s going on and what to expect. I will say though while this is a sequel and does have somewhat to do with the previous game, you are playing as an entirely new character it seems that had nothing to do with the original game’s story line.
Gameplay for The Surge 2 is very similar to the original game but with quite a few improvements and added features. You can now create your own character from scratch instead of having one handed to you. The customization is fairly deep, though you can only choose a male character. You can’t create a female one. Combat seems largely the same, from what I remember of the first game, aside from the fact that you now have access to a drone that can help you out in a pinch as well as attack enemies at a distance. There also seems to be a new parry system in place which adds some depth to the already impressive combat.
Of note, you will die. A lot. The video above was just one of many deaths before I even figured out how to kill the first mini boss.
Graphically, the game looks as gorgeous as ever. The first game looked good and The Surge 2 is more of the same. The starting area in the game is pretty cramped though as you’ll see in the video, but once you get outside and into the city, things really start to open up.
Aside from that, a lot of The Surge is just playing and really learning the moves. There’s a lot of trial and error and if you don’t know the move set, you’re going to struggle. My recommendation would be to really get accustomed to the controls and as soon as you get your first rig, learn how to parry the enemy’s attacks. Not only that, dodging helps a lot as well as just running away for a bit to catch your breath. Always go back to a heal station to bank all your scraps and if you die, don’t forget to go back and pick up the scraps you dropped. Also go for limbs in which you need gear. Cutting them off will most likely yield a part you need.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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