Review by Leeon Stevens
So how to start this? The Surge is a game that highly criticised due to its most basic features and not so easy to use HUD. The Surge has a lot of similarities to a few games which I believe the creators intended. I’ve had a bit of difficulty reviewing this game as The Surge has good features and bad. When its good its good, but when its bad it truly shows and
From the start of playing The Surge, I felt like a lot more could have been said. as the backstory was almost hidden in the sense you have to pay attention to every detail. Although I found the game had potential within. The storyline going from a man in a wheelchair to being able to take enemies on with an exo suit. Come on guys who wouldn’t enjoy a game where you get good combat animations similar to those of the legendary mortal kombat series and a crafting system that closely resembles F
This game does bring an eyebrow-raising graphical aspect to what could be described as Grimm within the cutscenes of the story you witness Johannes Bickle and Max Kübler imagination without saying too much, the intensity of the graphical images isn’t enough to make your stomach turn but it is enough to entice you into the game even further.
Deck 13 can claim credit to finding a good balance between the gore and action within the combat system to add flavour to your whole game experience. You are able to perform multiple series of attacks and finishers that leave your opponent immobilized.
The lack of a radar or minimap makes navigating to missions and other points of interest quite difficult. Personally, I found that made the game really frustrating. As soon as I realised that there’s nothing to show you direction without coming away from the battle, it made me realise that the surge isn’t a game you can jump into for 5 mins. In some cases that can be a good thing. The surge definitely has hours of decent gameplay but in this case, it is not due to the combat style being reliant on technique. The whole weapon schematic and crafting means you find yourself immersed in a lot of menus.
Whilst playing through the game I found a couple parts about the storyline quite quirky. In a future where people are forced to use the aid of rigs to enhance their skills for work. Many struggle in over crowded cities therefore leading to poverty and chaos. The story follows a man happy to have work who just so happens to be in a wheelchair. Quite ironic, a game with battle rigs starting with a disabled man. As the process goes wrong you find yourself blacking out due to the pain waking up in the wastelands your adventure begin.
Overall I don’t think you should let all the bad reviews this game has cloud your judgement of this good addition to Action and role-playing genres. Although aspects are similar to other games The Surge is a well put together game regardless of its faults.
Overall Score – 6/10