True story: The main reason why I never played Dark Souls was because I just could not handle that overwhelmingly crushing atmosphere that the game was visualised in. Dark Gothic castles, dank dungeons and a sense of misery as the last embers of light slowly began to fade out from the world made for a game that was just too depressing for my personal tastes.
The Surge on the other hand? If there was one game that took plenty of inspiration from Dark Souls and still managed to look neat, it was this underrated hack ‘n slasher. Set in a far-off future where technology was the magic of tomorrow, developer Deck13’s cult classic had a neat system of limb-targeting that helped fights delve deep into a territory usually reserved for an invincible black knight boasting about how spontaneous amputation is nothing more than a mere scratch.
That system is back and looking better than ever in The Surge 2. More carnage! More cybernetics! A symphony of violence according to its latest trailer, which you can see whenever I feel like it. Fortunately for you, I feel like it right meow, thanks to the inclusion of Sharon Van Etten’s cover of ‘The End of the World’:
The Surge 2 brings back The Surge’s acclaimed combat system, allowing you to target and weaken enemy armor points so you can take the equipment for yourself, or aim for a weak spot and finish the fights quickly. Each fight becomes a desperate risk-versus-reward decision, and you must utilize all the tools in your arsenal to survive, including a customizable combat drone, game-changing implants, a new directional parrying system and many more…
Discover the mysteries of Jericho City and the sources of the nanomachine plague alongside Athena, a young girl linked to your past, and escape the gripping chaos of Jericho City.
The Surge 2 will be out…pretty soon actually! Just a week to go, until the September 24 launch on PC, PS4 and ye olde Xbox One.
Last Updated: September 17, 2019