The Surge is a science-fiction (sci-fi) role-playing action video game developed by Deck13 Interactive, creators behind titles such as Lord of the Fallen, and published by Focus Home Interactive for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was initially released on 16 May 2017. The Surge is known by most people as the spiritual successor to Deck13 Interactive’s previous game, Lords of the Fallen, because of the all the similarities in gameplay mechanics and world design, but is in itself based on the elements of the Souls series of role-playing video games.
The Surge takes place in a dystopian world of the future. The synopsis follows that mankind has now exhausted all their natural resources and energy, and because of that the world is now in social disorder and people are affected by environmental diseases. The developers have stated that they are attempting to create a symbolistic meaning here: that in the future the clash between technology and the environment or the forces of nature will cause destruction to arrive and bring forth a decadent era for humanity. Now it is up to the player in the game to survive in this hostile world using whatever means are at their disposal.
Players are put in what is a futuristic exoskeleton suit called the “exo-suit”, and this suit serves as the primary holster for weapons, attacks, and defenses. For many players, this is reminiscent of the “nanosuit” in the Crysis series. In these exosuits, players will explore and discover a variety of locations, mostly industrial. Throughout these locations are cyborg robot enemies, zombified people and occasional bosses that must be battled, upon which players will receive experience points. After collecting a set number of experience points, different numbers of upgrades for the suit and the weapons can be bought and unlocked.
Aside from the main campaign storyline, there are also side missions that can be received from NPCs (non-playable characters) and completed to gain more experience points and suit upgrades early on, in preparation for upcoming difficult fights. The world of The Surge is expansive, giving the player a lot of exploration and open-world options.
The Surge implements detailed graphics and improved gameplay mechanics like never before. The entire world of The Surge is filled with tiny details that really flesh out the story and give the player a sense of hopelessness and despair in the dystopian setting. A new dismemberment feature has been added. In this feature, enemies will lose their arms or other extremities based on where they have been hit and how hard, and this is executed in a bullet timing. This realistic and bloody mechanic is to remind players of the horrors of the world of The Surge, and it works perfectly on so many levels. Gameplay mechanics are on point better than ever and coupled with the crisp graphics and vibrant color schemes, The Surge provides players with a sense of realism and authentic immersion. Who dares enter The Surge?