Percentile Rank

The Surge is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 128 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 128 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
May 15, 2017
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
May 16, 2017

A solid Soulslike that stops a few steps short of greatness.

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GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
May 15, 2017

All in all, The Surge is still a good game with great level and enemy designs. Sure, it tends to be repetitive and unspectacular for its setting but it doesn´t change, how well it´s executed. I´m still amazed by the different areas I encountered during my playtime and how amazing they were designed. The Surge might have problems when it comes to combat and gameplay, especially if you like to play your Souls-likes fast and aggressive but I enjoyed other features, like the limb cutting, way too much to hate The Surge for that.

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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
May 15, 2017

The Surge is a refreshing take on the *Souls formula, it joins Nioh in that regard and forges its own path towards something quite unique and extremely interesting -- it's a definite must-own game for *Souls fans and could entice new players with its gritty sci-fi setting.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
May 15, 2017

It's difficult to summon many negative things to say about The Surge. It checks all the boxes of a successful Souls-like.

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Killa Penguin
Unscored
Unscored
May 21, 2017

The Surge is a game that appeared to borrow the difficult combat from such games while departing from that formula, hence my interest in it, and while it eventually falls into lockstep with other such titles by doing the same basic things Souls games end up doing, there are enough interesting wrinkles and gameplay improvements here to make it worth a playthrough or two.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 25, 2017

The Surge is shonky, inferior and more than a little derivative. But if you fancy a shortcut-filled robotic challenge, it's not all bad. Just be ready to get deprogrammed.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
May 28, 2017

Ultimately, one’s enjoyment of The Surge can be largely predicted based upon enjoyment of similar titles. With a fresh take on some old formulas and an aesthetic that moves away from the grim fantasy players are used to, there is no doubt than fans of the genre should give it a shot. That said, it won’t be a revelation to any who have remained disinterested thus far.

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Cultured Vultures
Unscored
Unscored
May 14, 2017

It is a punishingly difficult game, but failure rarely feels unfair. It is certainly not one to be overlooked, especially if, like me, you are looking for your latest Dark Souls or Bloodborne fix.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
May 29, 2017

When a dude in power armour stabs you dead for the sixth time, it doesn't invoke feelings of despair - or any feelings at all.

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VG247
Unscored
VG247

Top Critic

Unscored
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a game of many triumphs, but it's also one that will cause you more frustration than any other Souls-like.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpace
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

As you break into the second act of The Surge, the difficulty spikes but that’s expected. The first boss and the run up to it is just a taste of what’s to come. You have to learn new patterns, how to defeat new enemies, and that means you’re going to die some more. But the beauty of The Surge is that when you die you don’t ever feel like it’s the game being cheap on you. You know it’s something you did or didn’t do, and you’re eager to get back and try again. That’s what Lords of the Fallen was missing, and what The Surge gets just right. When combined with the crafting, gear, and intrigue of the story, The Surge comes into its own as not “just another Souls-like”. This is a great Action RPG and one of the best of the year so far in an already crowded 2017. If you like difficult Action RPGs, The Surge is your next addiction.

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The Outerhaven Productions
May 15, 2017

After putting in over 40+ hours into The Surge, I'm happy to admit that this game was a pleasant surprise. I fully expected this to be a failed attempt to capitalize on the Soulsborne series, like some many others. Instead, I played a game with an interesting story, tons of hidden content, a cast crafting system and more than enough combat to keep me swinging away. Deck 13 Interactive should be applauded for what they've managed to pull off and more importantly, it will help to remove the blemish that is Lords of the Fallen.

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Gaming on PC
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

The Surge is an excellent action RPG that will provide countless hours of entertainment for fans of the genre and newcomers alike. Deck 13’s latest creation deserves recognition, as the developers were able to learn from their past mistakes and use the experience gained with Lords of the Fallen to release a title that can stand proudly among the classics.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge has been able to exploit the essentials of this genre: A highly additive combat system, great setting and an outstanding level design. It may not be a huge innovation, but Deck13 has created a great game within the action RPG genre.

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Short Pause Gaming
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jun 5, 2017

The Surge is an impressive package overall. Souls fans, or players seeking out a challenging endeavor, will likely be pleased with what Deck13 has brought to the table here. This game builds a strong case for itself as a worthy entry in the brutally challenging third-person action sub-genre popularized by Dark Souls and the like. Although the story isn't quite as memorable as I would have hoped, I came away feeling this game was more about the journey than the destination. Even if the story was great, the addictive gameplay would still be the thing bringing me back for more. With a fun combat loop, huge and dangerous areas to explore that are filled with secrets and precious loot to uncover, and some adrenaline pumping boss fights, The Surge is more than worthy of your time (and patience).

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 15, 2017

If you’ve fought your way through Nioh and are looking for yet another quality action-RPG to deliver that Souls fix, look no further. The Surge is a finely-tuned machine that fans of the genre won’t want to miss.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 16, 2017

The Surge is without a doubt one of the best Souls-like titles to be released. Deck 13 has certainly proven that they have listened to the feedback from their previous game, and has crafted an epic sci-fi action RPG. While boss encounters are vastly unique, the journey to their location is the highlight in The Surge. Even so, The Surge still puts up quite a challenge, but rewards players that equip gear and implants that match their play style.

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KnowTechie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2017

The Surge takes a little bit to sink the hooks in you, but once it does, you'll have a very hard time putting it down.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 15, 2017

The Surge is the most badass game I've played all year, and a must-play title for any masochistic gamer who enjoys getting their ass handed to them regularly. Although the presentation and enemy variety are somewhat lacking, and technical issues occur occasionally, none of these issues come even close to putting a hamper on this thoroughly enjoyable experience. Play. This. Game.

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Thumb Culture
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 14, 2017

Steve takes a trip into this mechanical RPG by Deck 13 and Focus Home Interactive and comes out changed

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 16, 2017

Deck13 did their homework with The Surge. When compared to Lords of the Fallen, the developer's previous title, this new action-RPG has greater technical quality and is more polished. The game still has some inspiration on games from the SoulsBorne franchise, but it's good to see that the developer has found its own identity, bringing new mechanics that refresh the model created by FromSoftware. Combat is tactical, based not only on beating an enemy, but also on choosing which body part should be hit, being possible to remove pieces of armor that later can be added to your own arsenal. This is an action-RPG with a focus on the action part. The RPG aspects are a little bit simplified, but still detailed and deep enough to offer a personalized experience to the players and their character. Despite still having a generic protagonist and NPCs that you don't really care about, as well as places that can be a real maze to memorize, The Surge is a great game with high difficulty that should be on the radar for players who like real challenges and a sci-fi theme.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

When I first caught wind of The Surge a year or so ago I was immediately intrigued; after all Deck13 are the minds behind the success Souls-like pseudo-clone, Lords of the Fallen. Returning to the difficult twisted-dungeon crawling action-RPG genre, Deck13 brings us The Surge, a title steeped in high science fiction and it works. While I am a huge sucker for GrimDark fantasy of the Dark Souls games, the High Fantasy of Lords of the Fallen , the Cthulhu-esque setting of Bloodborne, or the Edo Period-esque world of Nioh, taking that same type of gameplay and placing it in a hard science fiction setting had my eyes alight with a ravening desire to play. After what seems to be an eternity, The Surge has released and goes to show that From Software and Team Ninja are not the only two that can do a punishingly good action-RPG.

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WellPlayed
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Despite a stylish dystopian setting, the narrative within it flounders a bit, but the brilliantly brutal melee combat and interesting mechanics shine through in this excellent hardcore hack and slash RPG

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Gamefa
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
May 29, 2017

"OH My God! Why i can't let this game go and give it up!"... These were my words after finishing The Surge: Complete Edition, 4 times in a row and i loved to play it more! The Surge: Complete Edition is one of the best and deepest Action RPGs that has ever made and it is a must-buy game for hardcore gamers and souls fans.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge has great gameplay and wonderful levels to get lost in as you run around throwing limbs about and destroying robots.

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Respawning
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Whilst it is clear that The Surge is not a perfect Soulsborne adaptation, it introduces enough new features to be a stand out addition to the hardcore action RPG genre that made me feel accomplished at times and utter despair at others.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

The Surge is a fun and engaging action-RPG for those wanting punishment in a brightly colored futuristic environment. It changes up the formula used by other titles in its genre and for the better. Variety is the spice of life, and that spice is peppered throughout The Surge, from its varied weapons or the many severed limbs and heads of your enemies. Deck 13 has crafted a memorable and engaging title that makes me wish that they never stop doing what they are good at, hardcore, controller smashing games that allows the player to feel accomplished at every enemy that falls to their feet.

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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

I would also say that mecha or sci-fi fans will love this game as much as I do for even at the first couple of hours of game time — I had already immersed with the game. It was hard for me to let go of my controller, the action was getting to me and it set my carnage on rampage.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

While it may not be entirely original, its fresh setting, smart level design, and limb-targeting mechanics manage to make authentically new ideas in a genre growing with imitators.

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GameNationSA
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

When the people of Earth, destroy its environment and atmosphere while suffering from overpopulation and greed a company called CREO takes it upon itself to help restore the world and it’s people to its former self. You play as Warren, paralysed volunteer for CREO, you begin the game without any background as to why you are paralysed yet you are convinced CREO is where you belong.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge may be inspired by games like Bloodborne or Dark Souls, but it doesn't rely too much on their mechanics and it is truly greater for it. It shows that the title can stand on its own two feet, and I can see it becoming a truly successful franchise that could potentially fill the ever-devouring hole that Dark Souls has left in most of us. Or for those of you who haven't played any games like this and are looking to pick this up, this game is for you too. The combat feels and plays great, and the change in setting is what the genre really needed.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 16, 2017

Bugs and a weak narrative aside, The Surge is a much more confident take on the emerging Soul-like gameplay style. It takes the known tropes of being challenging and having progression dependent on learning attack patterns while adjusting your play style to accommodate, but it also has some fresh ideas that not only make perfect sense, but could shape future games. It's nice to see a developer give a gameplay style a second shot and Deck13 have almost nailed it here.

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pressakey.com
Jun 22, 2017

The Surge überzeugt mit unverbrauchtem und dystopischem Setting und bleibt trotz sich wiederholendem Design atmosphärisch stark. Das Kampfsystem macht Spaß und verlangt nach Perfektion, und an den Finishing-Moves kann man sich kaum sattsehen – ein gewisses Faible für das hohe Level an Gewalt vorausgesetzt. Für The Surge muss man jedoch kein Souls-Veteran sein. Am Ende reichen Lust und Mut, sich einer echten Herausforderung zu stellen. Wer sich allerdings nur für die Story interessiert oder einfach nur ein gemütliches Action-RPG im Sci-Fi-Szenario erwartet, der lässt tatsächlich besser die Finger davon.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

If this genre of games inspired by the Souls series is going to continue, it is important that future titles in it can build upon what has already been established and try to do something new with it. That is why I am so happy The Surge is able to do so. Even if it falters in a few areas, the game's limb targeting and Core Power mechanics coupled with its unique world create a fun experience that even people like me, who aren't mega-fans of the Souls series, can enjoy.

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Total Gaming Network
May 22, 2017

Deck13 really stepped up their development game since Lords of the Fallen. They have managed to address most of the complaints consumers had about that game, namely the slow combat mechanics, and delivered an enjoyable experience through and through.

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Crash Landed
Jun 6, 2017

The Surge feels like the kind of game many within the genre have been awaiting, bridging the gap between a more feature-filled roleplaying title and a stalwart Soulsborne style game, taking inspiration from both genres to form a uniquely new niche creation. Whilst the storytelling is a little lacking - this is something fans have become accustomed to within the genre - what may be a dealbreaker for some is the poor level design within The Surge, offering a cluster of corridors that could well be clones of one another - a step back from what some gamers are accustomed to. But The Surge more than makes up for it within its gameplay, offering new, innovative combat mechanics with a limb targeting system and gory finishers with a crafting and upgrade system that will constantly keep you engaged even having already completed it. Whether you're a hardcore Souls aficionado wanting more or someone wishing to see what the genre may involve, then The Surge offers gamers the perfect chance to dip their toes and see what all the fuss is about.

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GameSkinny
May 15, 2017

Between severing body parts for upgrades and makeshift hydraulic weapons, The Surge offers a satisfying (if grindy) take on extremely difficult action RPGs.

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PC Aficionado
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2017

The Surge is an impressive title from Deck 13 and Focus Home Interactive. The context provided by the story, solid visuals, and gameplay advancements are exciting for how this new kind of ARPG will progress into the future. However, slight mishaps in the graphical department with a lack of separation and an occasional lack of mystery hold The Surge back from being truly excellent.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
May 15, 2017

Every bit as infuriating, enjoyable and insanely gratifying as an action RPG of this type should be, The Surge is great fun, thanks in no small part to its unique limb-cutting loot system and some tight combat mechanics.

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Telegraph
May 26, 2017

Even with its issues, the game shines.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 15, 2017

The Surge's unique spin on combat and customization coupled with some tried and true gameplay mechanics from the Souls series coalesce nicely for what feels like a familiar experience in an entirely new setting.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge successfully builds on its inspirations and finds its own voice

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Daily Mirror
May 19, 2017

The Surge offers players hours of thrilling exploration combined with combat mechanics which encourages you to be cautious and consistent when entering a fight. If technology is going to do this to us in the future, I might have to grab the typewriter from the attic.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

A Souls-like game with its own identity, The Surge deserves merit for its combat and sci-fi setting.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 23, 2017

The Surge is a whirlwind of action-RPG fun with a fast and frantic melee-focused combat system, addictive loot systems and an immersive sci-fi horror atmosphere.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 19, 2017

The Surge is a pure adrenaline fueled action RPG that doesn't take a moment to rest and keeps the player engaged throughout their journey. It is packed with a deep experience and customization system but unfortunately lacks in enemy and environment variety that stops it from reaching the height of the Dark Souls series.

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TrustedReviews
May 9, 2017

Like Lords of the Fallen, The Surge is another rock-solid souls-a-like, losing a little of its predecessor's strong storytelling and atmosphere, but gaining from the change from fantasy to sci-fi and the ingenious mech smashing and harvesting upgrade system. It's not quite on the same level as the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne or Nioh, but that's more down to the lore and art style than the brilliant gameplay. If you like the sound of a gritty dystopian take on Dark Souls, The Surge is an easy game to recommend.

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Hu3br
May 15, 2017

Engaging upgrade system and a few interesting twists in its combat, such as limb targeting, makes The Surge more than a “Souls”-like carbon copy. Deck13 deserve all the praise.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Deck13 has built on the successes and mistakes of Lords of the Fallen and has created something that is able to not only stand toe-to-toe with the Souls franchise but is also capable of standing on its own with its unique identity. The new and different systems The Surge has introduced makes it an enjoyable and different experience for both newcomers to the genre and those who have already played Souls-like games previously. Deck13 has done a great job at combining the familiar and the new to create a unique vision that's both fun and challenging.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge isn't interested in creating variation in its gameplay mechanics, or exploring more diverse settings or ideas, or creating compelling characters. It washes over you, but it's a refined wash, and the foundation for a great game to come. The Surge is a good thing, and I'm glad it exists as another answer to the Souls-esque games coming out – its dull, but refined sci-fi action makes the game feel like a first step, if only a step, in the right direction.

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TheXboxHub
May 14, 2017

The Surge is a game that can be mentioned in the same breath as Dark Souls, something which is high praise indeed.

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TrueAchievements
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a game that is worth your time and there's a lot to love. The setting is perfect and matches the tone of the game and its story very well. That story is hidden behind optional content but it's worthwhile if you give it the attention it deserves. Combat feels awesome with five different weapon types that all play differently and enemy designs that make each opponent fair but very dangerous.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge makes good use of its detailed sci-fi setting and provides an engaging experience throughout the 30 to 40-hour campaign, mostly thanks to its widely customizable inventory and wickedly fun combat system. It may struggle to keep the action moving and tell a strong story amid the chaos of battle, and its weapon progression plateaued early, but it offers some interesting ideas and delivers a solid new take on a familiar genre.

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Hobby Consolas
79 / 100
Hobby Consolas
Hobbyconsolas.com

Top Critic

79 / 100
May 19, 2017

An interesting addition to the souls-linke genre. It doesn't reach the greatness of the big ones, but the combat system and, especially, the dismemberments, make it a pretty fun experience.

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a remarkably solid action-RPG that uses its premise to wedge a number of interesting design quirks into a familiar formula. Not terribly deep, but a wrench-swinging, robot-pulverizing good time nonetheless.

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Atomix
78 / 100
78 / 100
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a very good surprise because it is more than just a futuristic Dark Souls clon, it's a challenging and fun action RPG with interesting variations on its combat system and a satisfying campaign.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife
Castielle

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 15, 2017

Between Lords of the Fallen and now The Surge, it has become increasingly clear that Deck 13 has both the talent and know-how to make a fantastic RPG, but for some reason keeps falling just short of a homerun. While The Surge is a good game, and definitely one of the best currently available in it's genre, things like lack of character creation, no multiplayer or any multiplayer interaction of any kind, and very little in terms of unique elements that only their game possesses are holding them back from being at the top of their class. The gaming industry has raised the standard of Action RPGs since Lords of the Fallen, and although Deck 13 has raised theirs as well, The Surge is likely to struggle in a market with games like: Nioh, Nier: Automata, Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn and Witcher 3. If you don't already own those games, it will be harder to justify the 59.99 price tag for this game, especially when you can get any of those above for much less. If, however, you have already played those games, then The Surge is the next step in your RPG journey.

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SomHráč.sk
75%
75%
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a well-made hardcore RPG, but sadly, creators weren't able to avoid some mistakes. It could haved been even better, however, if you're looking for something harder than most of the current videogames, this is your choice.

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RPG Fan
75%
75%
May 31, 2017

The Surge is a far better game than Deck13's first effort, but there's still room for improvement.

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The Games Machine
7.5 / 10.0
The Games Machine
Marco Tassani

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge is not Dark Souls little brother, nor it wants to be. It's definitely a souls-like, but with its own personality, some nice level design ideas, and a storyline that won't disappoint you.

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Old Man Mordaith
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 29, 2017

The Surge is an action based sci-fi that follows the story of Warren, a protagonist who dreams of being able to walk again by signing up to work for the suspiciously altruistic company CREO. After a rather upsetting process, Warren awakens being hauled to an uncertain fate by a robot that really thinks he is garbage. Fortunately, his newly acquired exoskeleton rig has given him the ability to walk again, and as he stumbles through his first steps, we too join him in stumbling through the game.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

A good Souls-like with an entertaining battle system, interesting crafting elements, but no original soul.

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Entertainment Buddha
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 16, 2017

The Surge is brutal, but in a good way, if you're a fan of the Souls formula for kicking your ass but making you enjoy it, then you will more than likely enjoy Deck13's sci-fi spin on it.

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Nexus
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

Fast-paced combat, limb-specific attacks, easy to understand crafting, and flexible levelling is what sets The Surge apart from its peers and, at times, puts it ahead of the Souls series. The bulk of the gameplay, and indeed much of the narrative pacing, is lifted straight from Lords of the Fallen and should be familiar to fans of the genre.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The promising story, reminiscent of every damn 70s sci-fi movie and one which drew me in almost immediately, really does take a backseat until the latter half of the game.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge, although an enjoyable experience, really fails to capitalise on the world it is set in. It's a step in the right direction for Deck13, but it's a baby step.

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Fenix Bazaar
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

If you’re looking for the brutality of a Dark Souls in a sci-fi setting, then The Surge is probably up your alley.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 16, 2017

There is no digging through your inventory for that extra elixir or bomb; if you can't figure out an enemy's pattern or weakness, you are dead.

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NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge won't be greatest game of this year, but you can consider buying it even at full price, if you are a fan of sci-fi and soulslike games. There are few problems which sometimes can be annoying, nonetheless - the game is fun to play.

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PowerUp!
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2017

If you’re jonesing for something to take the edge of your Souls additiction then The Surge will definitely do the job

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2017

Deck 13 serves up a fun alternative to Dark Souls in the Surge, featuring the same type of deliberate combat and punishing difficulty in a more sci-fi package. It's a bit short and could use more diversity in its foes and environs. If you're looking for a different take on the Souls-like genre, however, this one's worth taking a stab, hack, slice or bludgeoning blow at.

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GameCrate
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

The Surge is a satisfying sci-fi RPG that pleasantly surprises in more ways than it disappoints. Fans of Dark Souls-style titles will find a lot to like here and the unique combat system keeps it from feeling like a rip-off. It's just a shame that the narrative and world building isn't stronger.

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Quillstreak
73%
73%
May 15, 2017

Deck 13 improve on Lords of the Fallen with a sci-fi Souls game in a gorgeous universe, but it still falls short at a couple of hurdles before it can be considered a worthwhile experience for fans of this emergent genre.

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Game Volt
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

The Surge Offered us a phenomenal experience, but unfortunately the game sparkles while it's suffering content issues whether lack of activities that could attach you much longer to the game spending hours of playing it because as soon as you finish this game you will forget completely about it and you will have no beautiful memories about it sadly

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Real Game Media
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

Ultimately, I feel that Deck13 Interactive has established themselves, showing a willingness to adapt and experiment with the gameplay and genre present in Lords of the Fallen. However, it isn't just a shift of setting but rather an expansion of the gameplay mechanics that help to set The Surge apart. It's a decently realized world that feels legitimately fun to play. With that in mind, it's also clear that certain aspects are still being held back, especially in regards to the pacing, story and soundtrack. It's a shame really, as it's a combination that keeps The Surge back from being a special game, into merely a good one.

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IGN Middle East
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
May 29, 2017

The Surge has tried to rely on quality more than quantity, there are only 5 main zones for roaming and 5 leaders and events can be completed in less than 8 hours if the user avoids the majority of the confrontations and only run around the environment around him, in contrast the game offers a variety and changes in the design of weapons and enemies and their abilities - away from the leaders - but unfortunately each part suffers from a gap that contributed in one way or another to reduce the fun of events, whether the design of the same battles or leaders that did not bring anything new or the story, which could not keep it raised for a long time .

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 1, 2017

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge offers an interesting world to explore, and a few new tricks that set it apart from the competition, but often falls short of its inspiration due to wonky combat and uninspired enemy designs.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge is great, and I say that with only a single qualifier - It's standing in a genre built by games that did more than great. Which isn't exactly fair to hold against this game, but if you've ended the age of fire, woke from the nightmare and torn through Japan, The Surge is going to scratch, if not satisfy that itch.

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

But The Surge feels like a success, and one that we'll probably end up dying several hundred more times in.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

I really enjoyed spending the 25 odd hours playing The Surge, even with it all its shortcoming and flaws. It just bothers me that I have this nagging feeling that it could’ve been a true masterpiece if it just lived up to its potential.

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We Got This Covered
May 15, 2017

It may seem reductive calling The Surge a sci-fi Dark Souls clone, but the truth is, it doesn't really try to be much more than that.

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Game Rant
May 22, 2017

The Surge is a Dark Souls-style game with sci-fi trappings and a unique combat system that is held back by repetitive gameplay and frustrating controls.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 23, 2017

Deck 13 took what they learnt from working on Lords of the Fallen and added their own ideas to allow The Surge to be more than a pure Dark Souls clone.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 23, 2017

I'm pretty mixed when it comes to The Surge. It does some things right while dropping the ball elsewhere. The high price point is also a downside. If you really need something to scratch that Dark Souls itch, The Surge should fill that need. Still, I'd recommend and sale or price drop.

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Voxel Voice
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Overall though, The Surge is a worthy addition to the genre, and definitely showcases how Deck13 listened to the criticism on Lords of the Fallen.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge is technically strong, has good ideas and fascinating environments, but also a lot of flaws, especially when it comes to important elements for the soulslike genre, like level design and character's customization/improvement.

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Slant Magazine
May 15, 2017

In our present-day world, its prediction of a violent worker-versus-worker future feels hauntingly plausible.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2017

Though it might not be particularly remarkable or memorable as a whole, the science fiction future setting is a nice departure from the dark fantasy that pervades hardcore action RPGs, and there are some new ideas in combat and advancement that differentiate The Surge from its peers.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 26, 2017

The Surge is a good action-RPG and a real Dark Souls-like, so the game is clearly not open for everyone. It offers interesting systems, but we still regret a lack of diversity in everything (weapons, enemies, environments...).

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

The Surge is a nice addition to the genre. The combat feels great even when the story and mechanics start to sputter out. The claustrophobic nature of the level design adds to the tension, and it feels good to have a game in this genre that isn't chock full of gothic horror themes. It brings new ideas to the familiar mechanics and executes on them well.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge is an admirable riff on the Souls formula, with its novel setting and new mechanics making its mechanical and narrative blemishes easier to swallow.

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USgamer
May 15, 2017

The Surge gives a lousy first impression with it bland sci-fi setting and grab bag of obvious influences. Given time, though, there's an unrefined gem in here for those willing to put up with its quirks. If this is Deck 13's next step to building something truly great, it's solid, if flawed one.

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Goomba Stomp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

A valiant attempt at the 'Dark Souls' formula, but ultimately fails to be anything but references to better games.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a rather unfair experience. It tries to be a difficult product but ends up lying in flagrant errors.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 30, 2017

Deck13 has improved their offering since Lords of the Fallen but this action-adventure RPG still fails to dazzle. It works well, but nothing more.

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DVS Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2017

I would say The Surge is a fun, yet challenging single player game.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 30, 2017

Although The Surge feels like a SCI-FI Dark Souls clone, it has enough heart and credibility to be considered as an original and stand-alone game. The combat system is really fresh and entertaining and game’s world is huge and beautiful. In terms of narration, The Surge really fails to reach the heights of Dark Souls series, but nevertheless it is a deep, challenging and fun SCI-FI Action RPG.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 16, 2017

An even better Dark Souls clone than Lords Of The Fallen, but there are too few unique ideas and the difficulty often undermines the rest of the gameplay.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

The Surge is all about tough fights. Battles are the main reason why you should try it, and maybe beat it to the end. But sometimes game becomes ridiculously hard just for the sake of being ridiculously hard, which is more annoying than fun.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 17, 2017

The Surge is an entertaining twist on the Dark Souls formula that strikes a tenuous balance between iteration and invention.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a flawed but ultimately enjoyable action RPG. While it can be incredibly frustrating at times, the fantastic combat and body part targeting system does enough to overshadow the bad parts.

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Zoomg
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

The most important achievement for Deck 13 with The Surge is that you can't accuse them of copying games like Dark Souls. The game has some problems specially in story telling but as a whole, The Surge is an enjoyable experience.

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Oyungezer Online
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 21, 2017

If The Surge could have backed it's combat mechanics with good world building and story, it could have been one of the best games of this year.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2017

Unlike Deck13's predecessor, The Surge has personality of its own and introduces lots of new tricks, even if a couple of them are pointless. At its worst, the environments are samey, and the lack of variety of enemies are real noticeable flaws in what could have been a cult classic. The shockingly few boss fights are also a disappointment; since robots and cyborgs are so limitless in possibility for design, it is almost heart-breaking that The Surge is so restrained with what it does have. In spite of its shortcomings, this does come recommended from a user who has been intimate with these kinds of games since Demon's Souls. It gets a lot of things right, and does stand out, thanks to its atmosphere, lack of hand holding and, of course, the brutal action.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

A promising entry into the budding “Souls” genre that delivers excellent combat and far too much repetition in the enemies and environments

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Everyeye.it
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The idea of soulslike ready to approach dystopian science fiction was not only intriguing, but potentially winning. The incipit of The Surge clearly shows a great potential: despite some flows in the combat and growth systems, the game still manages to capture the player, awaken his curiosity. Unfortunately, too much of this potential is lost, due to a bad level design, poorly inspired environments, and a distressing lack of contents.

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Video Chums
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge is one of those games that shows a lot of promise but the experience itself just doesn't live up to its potential.

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Geeks Under Grace
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

Though it lacks the polish of some of its contemporaries, The Surge is a fun Dark Souls-like game with a different setting and some enjoyable new gameplay mechanics.

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Digital Chumps
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2017

The Surge is an action-RPG in which you wield an exoskeleton to face off against a world of robots with combat similar to Dark Souls. While having little storyline or innovation, The Surge can still be a fun journey through a dystopian Earth. The difficulty certainly ramps up quickly, and the graphics and story are nothing to talk about, but if you're looking for a challenge then the Surge could be the next stop.

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Gaming Tree House
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

An action-rpg that hits hard, but rings hollow.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge is a mix of interesting ideas and hiccups in execution. While there's no doubt that it will resonate with a specific, hardcore audience, it's missing just enough to alienate a generalized audience. Its combat is challenging, but not perfect; its story starts with a compelling hook but falls flat shortly after. There are echoes of something special running throughout The Surge, but it never escapes its own shadow.

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EGM
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

The Surge's engaging risk/reward combat system and obsession with gear will compel you to want to fight your way through a cataclysmic sci-fi hell. But the repetitive enemy types, uninspired visual design, and unfortunate lack of polish leaves the game feeling soulless.

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GameWatcher
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Like Deck13's previous game Lords of the Fallen, The Surge is defiantly inspired by the Dark Souls series and wears its influence on its sleeve. It gets the general formula right, especially regarding difficulty and combat, and then it adds new ideas to make things feel fresh. The futuristic sci-fi world is a welcome change from dark fantasy, and the limb-targeting function makes combat more exciting, more visceral, and allows access to better gear. Clever.

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Rectify Gaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge excels in combat but lacks in story

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge is occasionally electrifying, but combat issues and cheap enemies dampen enjoyment levels.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

The Surge started off great. The combat was fun, the story seemed interesting, and the crafting was enjoyable that is until I got a dozen or so hours into it where everything went from being doable to insanely hard, grindy, and uninspiring.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
May 16, 2017

The Surge is a good attempt to shift Souls mechanics into a world of a technological future, but a general secondariness, samely levels, problems with combat and boring enemies leave a touch of disappointment. In addition, the developers have not added multiplayer modes, which can be considered to be an obvious omission. However, to the credit of Deck 13, the game does not cause irritation, allowing you to spend time waiting for new additions to Nioh or a next project from Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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PC Gamer
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 16, 2017

The Surge isn't the same as Dark Souls but comparison's inevitable. Like that cyborg whose torso I severed, it struggles to stand on its own.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 16, 2017

For all its mechanical competency, The Surge feels as mechanical as its enemies through most of the experience. No where near enough was done with the science fiction theme, and after catching my attention with an intriguing set up, the game then lost me with a generally dull plot that it was never quite able to claw back.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge is a game you'll play for its innovative targeting system and fun combat. If you're still mourning the end of the Dark Souls series and are yearning for more punishing, action-heavy games, this should help to alleviate some of that pain.

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Pardis Game
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

"The Surge" is basically "Lords of the Fallen" with a different sci fi look. It's got a nice rpg system and environmenta with depth and high playability. But its biggest problem is that it's just a copy cat of eveything Souls did, and not a good one. It's impossibly hard and the combat is not to the high standard of Souls. So across the many great games released this year,I don't recommend  "The Surge" unless you enjoyed "Lords of the Fallen" and the experience it brought

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Paste Magazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

The Surge also has an admirable interest in real-life and a rare anger that manifests in excellent scenes of violence. But as well as being racked with contradictions (not to be mistaken with nuances) its length and the genre conventions into which it so heavily leans dramatically undermine what could have been a potent satire.

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Gamerheadquarters
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

The Surge is a Dark Souls like game that features difficult and cumbersome gameplay while presenting an interesting potential story.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 27, 2019

The Surge had potential, but its excellent combat systems are baked into a game that can't do them justice. The repetitive and drab environments are a huge hindrance, and when combined with a confusing network of corridors, hallways, and ledges, it's easy to become frustrated, misled, and lost. You may find some fun experimenting with your attack options and the smooth framerate on the PS4 Pro does help to make that a better experience, but expecting anything more than that will only set yourself up for disappointment.

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PC Invasion
5 / 10
5 / 10
May 19, 2017

The Surge has a lot of nice ideas, but most of them are stomped on by conflicting with the game design. Not a bad Souls-like, but not one that's particularly easy to recommend either.

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Player.One
May 15, 2017

There will be some who enjoy The Surge. Sadly, I was not one of them.

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