Hi guys! Today I will talk about The Surge. As always, the review will have four parts, firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).
Table of Contents
First, let’s talk about the story of The Surge. I am going to be honest with you guys. I didn’t get much of the story of this game at all.
I think the problem was that you learned most of the story through voice recordings that you found throughout the game and while you were listening to the voice recording you were forced to fight with enemies most of the time so it wasn’t easy to focus on what you hear while trying not to die.
Because of that, you might not hear some parts of the story that were important to understand some later parts of the story and so you get confused and can’t understand much of what’s happening.
Personally, I gave up trying to understand the story because of this and just played the game for the challenge of it.
The basic thing you need to know about the story is that you wear some exoskeleton and fight bad guys with exoskeletons like you that after an accident they became zombie-like and lost control of their exoskeletons.
Now for the game mechanics. The Surge brings something new to the table. As you fight enemies you choose to focus on a part of their bodies, for example, the arm and if you bring their health low enough you will be able to perform an execution combo that will kill them and cut of the body part that you chose to focus. Then you will get the gear that was attached to that body part and you will be able to use it yourself. That happens with every part of your gear.
Basically, you collect the gear that you use from your enemies. That is a very interesting concept and the way it is executed forcing you to choose which gear you want from the enemy you are fighting.
You can also upgrade your gear with tech scraps, which are the currency of the game and you get them while killing enemies and you can also find them throughout the game as items pick up.
Now let’s talk about the difficulty of the game. First of all, you can’t change the difficulty. The game has a default difficulty and if its too hard for you then your only choice is to get better.
Personally, I didn’t find the games’ base difficulty to be that hard to manage. When you finish the game, you will unlock new game plus which increases the game’s difficulty.
I didn’t play the game a second time with new game plus because I didn’t feel the need to play the game from the start. For me, one playthrough was enough.
As for the enemies you will face, there are a lot of different types of enemies, so you won’t get bored fighting the same enemies over and over again. There are also tons of items that you can use to fight those enemies and you will surely get to experiment with a lot of builds.
Beside the gear that you use to fight enemies, meaning the weapons and armor, there are also implants that you can equip to your character to give him different stats and abilities. There are a lot of different implants in the game and they severely affect the way you play the game, so choose wisely.
One thing that you should watch out for in this game is the level design. The game uses a level design similar to souls like games, meaning that you have to find the medstations which are your rest point and the place you can upgrade/change gear and when you die you return to the medstation you last visited.
Also, you unlock shortcuts throughout the game that you can use to get back to the medstation faster from an area that normally it would take a lot of time to return to from the medstation through a normal route.
The Surge looks good, but the problem for me is that you play 95% of the game in closed places, so you see the same kinds of environments everywhere. The game has a realistic excuse for this, because of the story, but it still gets boring to look at the environment around you. There is nothing visually pleasing about it.
As for the customization, the game has minimal customization, meaning you can change the color of the clothes that you wear, but there aren’t many colors to choose from.
The Surge is a good experience for those that like challenging, and Hack ‘n’ Slash games, but I wouldn’t recommend paying the full price for it. Wait till it goes on sale. The combat is good with some things that you haven’t seen in other games, and as for the story, for me, they did a poor job in the way they told the story(I explain this further in the gameplay section for those of you that went straight to final thoughts). The visuals are good but nothing special.
General Rating: 8.2
That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you liked the game leave a comment down below and tell me what you liked the most about this game. See ya in the next article.
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