The Surge (Xbox One Review)

Jari Välimäki

About Deck 13

Deck13 Interactive is one of Germany’s leading Next-Gen developers with studios
based in Frankfurt and Hamburg. Deck13’s award winning portfolio contains top-titles
like Next-Gen multiplatform hit Lords of the Fallen, which sold more than 1 million
units. The team consisting of 50 people is currently developing the AAA-multiplatform
title The Surge which utilizes their home made FLEDGE-Engine.
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Overview / Intro

You are freshly hired exo-technician Warren, and you begin the game on the first day of employment at CREO,
a mysterious research and development complex that, prior to your arrival, has suffered a catastrophic event.

Equipped with your industrial exo-skeleton, you must fight, loot, and equip to survive
environments overrun by machines and employees gone haywire.

The Surge is an action RPG set in a world ravaged by war and global warming.

The game offers a hardcore experience, with a focus on challenging, visceral melee combat.
It features fresh fighting, looting and crafting mechanics, alongside a unique character progression system.

Fitted with your exo-suit and cybernetic implants, harness super-human strength to survive the CREO complex,
a mega-corporation that set out to save the world, but ended up tearing it apart.

Enhance your exo-suit with near-endless combinations of armor and weapons, each with
their own move sets as you slice your way through steel and flesh to loot, craft, and improve
your rig.

Salvage weapons and modular armour, by using the dynamic targeting system
to attack and dismember limbs individually.

From lighting rigs to heavy lifters, security
armor to advanced, secretive technology – mix and match equipment to suit your
playstyle and overcome the adversarial and environmental challenges that plague the malfunctioning complex.

Take on huge, industrial bosses in a complex gone mad and discover the truth about CREO.


With above Intro been said, prepare to die and alot (well if you are me) : Until you familiarize yourself with the controls and the style the game posesses.

By that I mean keeping an eye on your stamina to dodge, duck and swoop past incoming attacks.

But thankfully the game is not entirely merciless when you die, but gives you an set amount of time
to get back to the point where you died and the chance to collect the items you’ve dropped.

There is quite alot of grinding involved into levelling up and
having your gear at such a level that you don’t die instantly from encounters with more ruthless enemies ahead.
And by grinding I mean levelling all the way up your items to the max of level 5 weapons and power core level 80.

There is alot to discover on the map as you venture forth and take down the enemies that stand in your way progressing in story,
You will notice shortcuts leading back to the Safe Operations center from around the map, so exploring is definetly worth it.

There is a very unique melee system in this game that gives you the option to dismember an enemy by targeting specific parts / limbs,
and as an reward besides the tech scrap you gain (used for upgrades) you get to pick up the dismembered part after performing a finishing move.

This dismembered part that can be an leg or arm, head or bodypart.. which can then be brought back to the safety of the Operations center
where you can use these parts to either upgrade or craft new parts for yourself after finding the necessary blueprints to do so.
Completing a rig set is rewarded with a bonus boost so finding a matching set is encouraged stats wise.

But it can be challenging to find the optimal rig for your own style of play, you choose the Lynx rig you’ll be somewhat faster but weaker.
You can go for the heavy rig Rhino.. and you’ll be a bit slower but more powerful in combat.

So this is where balancing your core-power is very important.

Core-power is split between implants and armors. It’s possible to mix and match all of these equippables – some
more than others, if you want – to create a ‘build’ that matches your style of play.

For example, if you want more health injections, you can equip two of the corresponding
implants. You can see how power is distributed among your equipment, and how that affects your statistics in game.

Final thoughts

I have to say I really enjoyed the combat in The Surge and the challenge the game throws at you.. as someone who has not spent a ton of time on games of similar type,
It’s a good fun experience with some smooth combat and story, that I can recommend to people who have a bit of patience and don’t mind being chopped up
by enemies here and there.

This game does require grinding, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.. because those finishing moves you do to the enemies are sweet!

The only downside I’ve noticed in the game, is that the camera in tight spots as alleys and such can be a bit frustrating..


Review code supplied by Publisher.


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