Set in a dystopian tr-future, The Surge is an action RPG that demands as much skill and persistence as you can muster. Focusing on merciless close quarters melee combat, you’ll need to explore an industrial complex and overcome tough foes to uncover the truth.
The Surge comes to us from Deck13 Interactive, the same people behind 2014’s Lords of the Fallen. Our character finds himself in the middle of a grim speculative future arriving for his first day at work with CREO – a technology company promising a solution to the problems caused by global warming. Upon arriving you are fitted with a standard issue exo-suit, which augments human strength and endurance, and also serves as the base for character progression in The Surge.
Combat is where hardcore action RPGs live or die, and The Surge differs enough from its contemporaries in the genre to stand out. You can lock your focus onto enemies, letting you move relative to their position for easier dodging and positioning. As well as targeting enemies generally, you can choose to target specific body parts – this becomes hugely important as you progress through the game. Enemies are generally wearing similar exo-suits to yours, along with armour, and you can choose to strike unarmoured body parts to do more damage. While this seems like the obvious best choice, it’s not quite so simple