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The Surge

2 weeks ago

The Surge goes west in cowboy expansion

It’s nice to see difficult robot slicer The Surge get dafter with each expansion. The sci-fi Soulslike previously went for a Walk in the Park to chop robot limbs off animatronic bunnies in a malfunctioning theme park. Now, its next expansion, The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented, is visiting the basement laboratory of a mad doctor who has themed his entire facility after the…

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8 months ago

The Surge 2 continues the sci-fi Soulslike in 2019

A sequel is on the way for The Surge, Deck13's so-so sci-fi Souslike from 2017. The Surge 2 is its name, and broadly trying to expand and improve the open-world action-RPG is its game. The first laid solid, if unremarkable, foundations of cutting robots and mechs to pieces so hopefully a sequel can build upon those nicely. Our Adam is at the event where publishers…

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10 months ago

The Surge’s malfunctioning theme park DLC is out now

I mean that the theme park is malfunctioning, not the expansion pack itself. You’re not going to get killed by a bit of rogue DLC, ha ha. Oh no, wait, you are. The Surge is a hard game, wobbly in parts but redemptive in others. As an unabashed soulslike, it did exploring and shortcuts very well but combat less so. Most of the environments were…

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11 months ago

The Surge is getting some creepy theme park DLC

Sci-fi robojaunt The Surge was a bit of a shonky soulslike but it got a couple of things perfect: a liberal sprinkling of clever shortcuts and a dogged refusal to add fast travel. Less impressive were the environments themselves. Factories and junkyards and labs that felt too plain for the daft zombie mechsuit world they were housed within. Well, it's getting a much more colourful…

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1 year ago

Lick a soulslike: The Surge demo is now out

A demo is now out for The Surge [official site], the new Dark Souls-inspired sci-fi action-RPG from the studio behind Lords of the Fallen. Our boy Brendan declared it a "serviceable" action game, one he had fun with for a bit but ultimately didn't feel compelled to finish. Which sounds like a game that might be a lark to poke in a demo.

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Feature: "Dark Souls Shortcuts: The Game"

The Surge review

Oh, I see. Just as I’ve written an article complaining that no game has learned from Dark Souls’ level design, The Surge [official site] comes out, a Soulsy sci-fi action game which is, on the face of it, about a cataclysmic accident in a robot factory, but which is actually about opening that door over there and finding out you’re back in your favourite corridor.…

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Feature: Somebody needs to explain Dragon Balls to me

Steam Charts: Alan’s Wake

The Mac Dad will make you jump jump, for, as always, these are the ten games with the most accumulated sales on Steam over the past week. It's an odd old chart this week: the mainstays continue to stay, but random discounts remix things quite a bit.

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The Surge out today from Lords of the Fallen devs

"The Surge has hacked off a couple of limbs from Dark Souls, but it's using them to build something a little different rather than leaning its entire weight on them," Adam said when he played a preview version earlier this year. If that piqued your interest, hey: The Surge [official site] is out today. Our boy Brendan is beating robots to death to build weapons…

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2 years ago

Oily Souls: The Surge launch announced for May 16th

Shamelessly Souls-y action-RPG The Surge [official site] will launch on May 16th, publishers Focus Home Interactive announced today. Our Adam recently played a preview chunk and quite enjoyed it, happily lopping limbs off robots to craft bigger limbswords. Sadly, while it does let you lop off a bot's chainsaw arm to craft your own chainarm, I don't believe it reaches ridiculous levels of e.g. ripping…

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Feature: Mostly armless

The Surge brings limb-theft to the Dark Souls party

“It's sci-fi Dark Souls”, said everyone who had anything to say about The Surge [official site]. I was at a preview event for the publisher Focus and, as happens at these things, journalists would gather in groups and discuss what they'd seen. I wasn't playing The Surge until the end of the first day and lots of people had already seen it. “It's sci-fi Dark…

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Lords Of The Fallen Devs Show Off The Surge

German studio Deck13 are mostly known for adventure games like Jack Keane but they've gone a bit biff-bow in recent years, most recently with Lords of the Fallen, a pretty bleh Dark Souls-inspired action-RPG. Well, they'll be biffing again next year with The Surge [official site], a sci-fi hack 'n' slash action-RPG which they're showing off now in a new 15-minute gameplay trailer. Observe:

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