Percentile Rank

The Surge 2 is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 115 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

68%

Critics Recommend

Based on 115 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Sep 23, 2019
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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Oct 9, 2019

You awake in a weird lab dressed in gowns and this is where you make your character. Face, hair color etc. You were the only survivor on a plane crash, after that, not much is revealed. The hospital is deserted except for the insane enemies. You'll have to fight your way through these guys. It took me more than a couple times to even get past the first part. No weapons in hand and no armor, you will rely on your fist.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Sep 23, 2019

...further refines what was already an excellent premise and makes it tighter, more varied and more addictive.

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Echo Boomer
Liked
Liked
Sep 29, 2019

The Surge 2 is a great sequel, expanding in almost eveyrthing the first one introduced, while maintaining itself too familiar to stand out on its own.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 23, 2019

Familiar isn’t always bad, and in the case of The Surge 2, familiar is just aggressively fine.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 23, 2019

If you missed the first Surge, but always meant to take a look, hop into this one instead. Think of it as a shortcut to a better game.

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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 23, 2019
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Digitally Downloaded
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 30, 2019

The Surge 2 is a refined, challenging, and rewarding Soulsborne that has its own identity and value beyond the alternative setting. It won't have the industry-wide reverberations that a FromSoftware title does, but for fans within the genre, this is next one they should play.

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Scored Reviews

Daily Mirror
Sep 27, 2019

Despite the level of challenge, The Surge 2 is always entertaining and fun to jump into. Mastery comes with persistence here, and while the lack of hand holding might have you replaying some parts a few times, the game never stops being thrilling.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a must-play for fans of the soulslike genre. With incredibly well-designed areas, excellent combat featuring a wider variety of enemies, and a story that proves itself worth being invested in by the end, it improves upon its predecessor in almost every area and is absolutely worth your time.

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Player.One
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a perfect example of a sequel done right, and in this case Deck13 hit it out of the park to deliver an enhanced action-packed experience with the coolest-feeling combat and a great difficulty curve to match. While not entirely flawless, the sum of all its parts is a game worth the price tag and play time, as The Surge 2 steps out of the shadows of Souls-likes and into its own as a standout action RPG, one of the best I've played this year.

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Windows Central
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is full of surprises, but not the ones you'd expect.

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GameSkinny
Sep 23, 2019

With more options, more weapons, and a much bigger environment to play with, The Surge improves on everything from its predecessor.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Despite some performance hiccups, The Surge 2 is a sequel done right.

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Gaming on PC
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2019

The Surge 2 stands tall as the kind of sequel that not only iterates on its predecessor, but also improves on nearly every aspect of it, while also adding welcome new features.

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RPGamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 6, 2019

The Surge 2 is like a juicy, metal-plated bone that gamers looking for a well-crafted yet brutal combat experience can really sink their teeth into: it will push them to their limits, hurt and punish in all the right ways, but offers that sweet, sweet payoff when you finally emerge victorious.

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Hu3br
Oct 27, 2019

The Surge 2 is still clunky, still has issues with boss fights and it still needs a bit more polish overall. Nevertheless, it poses interesting questions about power projection and how a city can fall into despair – and if it’s right or wrong to judge those affected by it.

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MonsterVine
Nov 7, 2019

The Surge 2 hosts some of the best combat and customization seen in the genre it inhabits. That alone makes it worth the admission price, even for those less inclined to more challenging video games. Slick, vicious, fun. Much like wrestling a greasy bear.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is an exceptional Soulslike, with top of it’s class combat, stellar level design and a crafting system that makes experimenting fun and simple.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 combines a rewarding combat system with a fantastic game world to craft one of the best games of 2019. Fans of Soulsborne games shouldn't hesitate to check this one out.

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Gamefa
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

The Surge 2 is one of the best games of this generation and one of the best action-RPGs ever made. Everything in this game is in the right place. addictive gameplay, deep combat system, amazing leveling up and upgrade system, many unique weapons and armors, high replay value and also challenging combat, made The Surge 2 a hardcore action RPG that after 75 hours of playing, i'm still so far away from put it down! If you love hardcore games like Dark Souls or want to play an amazing challenging action-RPG, then The Surge 2 is a "must-buy" for you, a "Hardcore Masterpiece".

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PlayStation Galaxy
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Some may find these types of gameplay a challenge but I find it cumbersome even with the realization I had earlier. Patience could get you so far but not far enough to probably finish the game. Moments of satisfaction are the things that I look forward to and coming up with tactics. Overall this game needs not only your patience but your ability to observe and to be bold enough to commit mistakes and still have fun.

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NoobFeed
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 26, 2019

The Surge 2 is about failure and success. Players are put into a dire situation and expected to survive, fighting against deadly humans and beasts that can easily tear through an adult human with ease. You will die, get pushed back, and expected to try again. This difficult journey through the quarantined city of Jericho can be vexing at times due to the lack of some modern conveniences but that makes success that much sweeter. Even with its shortcomings, The Surge 2 excels at providing a challenging science-fiction adventure overflowing with incredible boss fights.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Deck13 and Focus Home Interactive make The Surge better, stronger, and faster than it was with this sequel.

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Generación Xbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is as brutal as it is fun

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2019

If you're the kind of gamer who can overlook technical limitations and the occasional glitch or bug as long as the gameplay delivers a unique and fun experience, give The Surge 2 a try. Under its rugged presentation and simple plot the game has a wealth of razor sharp fun in store for you. Mindless fun, to be fair, but isn't that the best kind?

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3DNews
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 beats its predecessor in every aspect. One of the best souls-like games ever made.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 is that kind of game where you clearly notice all it's problems... but you can't stop enjoying anyway. Once you've started slicing and dicing to dress with the limbs of your enemies, you'll have to cut your own hands to put the controller down.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

The Surge 2 is challenging, but finds ways to continually reward the player, whether it's a new piece of armor, weapon, or a life-saving shortcut

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 is frantic, punishing and moderately performing, to the point of entering in the ranking of the best soulslike. The flaws are there, but this new adventure will know how to get you right.

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PowerUp!
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 keeps what was great about the first game and improves upon it many times over. It still has some issues but The Surge 2 is an incredibly enjoyable, hugely playable game

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GamePro
84 / 100
84 / 100
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 improves the gameplay of the predecessor with meaningful innovations, but has to accept compromises in graphics and bosses.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

Sequels aren't always a safe prospect to bet on, but The Surge 2 is one investment that Souls-like fans definitely won't be disappointed with. The game's visceral combat, robust RPG elements, and immersive exploration mechanics come together to create a second outing that's just as compelling, if not more so, than its predecessor.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
Sep 25, 2019

The Surge 2 has some marked improvements over its predecessor but doesn’t color too far outside the lines.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by John Learned, Contributor

Top Critic

Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 is a better game than its predecessor in many ways, and shouldn't be overlooked in a growing crowd of soulslikes. Pathfinding can still be a bit vague like its predecessor, but the dense environments are fun to explore and complement its weighty combat and robust gear upgrade system. Deck 13 polished what made the first Surge a decent B-tier game and doubled down on what it's good at, showing us how a good developer can learn and evolve from release to release.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 24, 2019

Deep, varied, and punchy combat make The Surge 2 worth the effort, even if you have to bear through its lifeless story.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

It may make some of the same mistakes as the first game, but The Surge 2 still manages to improve upon it in every way, to create a brutal but rewarding sequel

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Game Rant
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a better game than its predecessor, with improved exploration, satisfying customization, and tough-as-nails boss fights.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a definite improvement over the original game in pretty much every possible way. Combat is much faster and smoother, with an offense-oriented focus that makes it even more engaging, exploration is much more interesting thanks to the improved world design and the story will keep players moving from one dangerous district of Jericho City to the next in search of answers. The technical issues currently found in the game, unfortunately, do damage the experience a bit, and so does the fact that, despite the changes, The Surge 2 doesn't offer anything substantially different from the original game.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a much better, engaging, and rewarding experience than the first game. Dozens of quality of life improvements, more interesting environments and characters, and the addition of parrying makes The Surge 2 a must-play for anyone who even slightly enjoyed their time with the first game. However, the game holds itself back from being an excellent souls-like with some poor lighting in areas, intense difficulty spikes, and a final area that is just plain unfun.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 does enough to tweak the formula of the original to iron out some of the creases that plagued the original game, these improvements overshadowing the game's hit-or-miss writing and occasionally recycled content.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Perhaps most important, for the first time, I actually felt like I understood the Souls genre with The Surge 2. It's the first one that made me actually feel anything other than annoyed and confused and that I wanted to actually stick around to see the end of. It still has issues, and I'd love to see more enemy variety, but I can safely say that I'll be back for whatever Deck 13 has planned next.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 25, 2019

The Surge 2 is a very good Souls-like. The level design has really improved after the first episode, and the gameplay key features will procure good sensations to players addicted to challenges.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 2, 2019

The Surge 2 builds upon the formula from the first game in the series with some notable improvements. The Surge 2 is still a grind-heavy game, especially if you want to fully upgrade your gear, and acquire full/partial sets for their sweet bonuses. The game features a much stronger narrative, a well-designed character creator, and an exciting cast of NPCs to meet throughout your adventure.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 8, 2019

Deck 13 has taken everything that made the first game a solid Soulslike entry and has refined everything. The Surge 2 doesn't change the game but will provide an enjoyable time for those who enjoy the genre.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2018

The Surge 2 builds upon the unique ideas of its predecessor to create a more engaging, sprawling sequel. A few bumps in the road do little to impede a satisfying construct of combat and customization.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

If you want a sci-fi, difficult timing-based combat game with that unforgiving hardcore Dark Souls touch, you can't go wrong with The Surge 2.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

The Surge 2 rises above both its technical limitations and its predecessor to set itself apart in the action RPG genre. It could even be debated that it makes a case for being lumped in with its genre cohorts - a case that is strong indeed thanks to its innovation and willingness to change and improve upon the foundations set in the first game. While it flits in and out of being a smooth-sailing and sleekly presented package, it nevertheless provides a walloping good time and can't be faulted for its enjoyable combat and exploration, navigation issues aside.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 2, 2019

The Surge 2 is an extremely addictive and enjoyable game, thanks to its dynamic and fun combat. In terms of mechanics and gameplay, the game is a significant improvement over its predecessor. Unfortunately it ends up failing in the same aspects as the first game. All of this, coupled with various performance issues, eventually takes away some of the brilliance the title had to offer.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
GameGrin

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2019

The Surge 2 is a sequel done right. With fluid combat, creative level design, and solid performance you would be hard pressed to not enjoy this title.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 6, 2019

Deck13 addressed every single issue that held The Surge back in The Surge 2. It is not even necessary to have played the first, since the sequel has almost no connections to it outside of its gameplay mechanics and systems.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

All in all, The Surge 2 is a great game to pick up if you're looking for a more arcade-like take on the Dark Souls formula. It's a fun and engaging game with a solid combat system and enjoyable mechanics, and it's only dragged down by a mediocre story and lackluster environments. With the excellent improvements from The Surge to The Surge 2, the franchise is well on its way to standing tall in the Soulsborne genre. It's well worth playing if you're an aficionado of this genre and don't mind dying a few times.

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Saving Content
Sep 23, 2019

My time in Jericho City has been a combat fueled, cyberpunk nightmare come true. What we have here is a sequel that sticks to what it the series does well and expands on it. The bigger maps and hub like city have been an absolute joy to explore. The fighting is as visceral and engaging as ever. The boss battles are demanding and sometimes towering. The defeats will be devastating, the victories bitter sweet. The Surge has returned and it’s time to put on the exosuit, start the body modification, and figure out what happened to Jericho City.

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Bloody Disgusting
Sep 22, 2019

These are still pretty minor grievances because all The Surge 2 really needed to do to be an improvement was to be a bit more interesting, and it's definitely that. Refined combat, an intriguing and varied place to explore, and just more variety, in general, are huge contributors to The Surge 2's success as a hardcore action RPG and as a sequel. It's not ripping up any rulebooks or striking out with all that much fresh ambition, but it is a supremely confident followup to a bang average game.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a fantastic addition to the PS4 library and will please fans of challenging action-adventure games. It offers satisfying and rewarding gameplay in spades and will melt through your time like a hot knife through butter if you let it. I have no reservations in giving this golden child the Thumb Culture Gold Award. Well done!

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Sep 30, 2019

The Surge 2 fixes some of the faults of its predecessor, but some still remain. Despite that, DECK13's newest outing still remains enjoyable. If you're a fan of "soulslikes", you definitely won't choose wrong here.

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Thumbsticks
Oct 16, 2019

The Surge 2 is a satisfyingly challenging game with fluid, fast and intense combat that rewards players investment. It’s not going to change the minds of Soulsborne detractors, but it’s got enough smart, unique features and interesting evolutions of the genre’s systems to put it on the radar of its fans. It’s far from a FromSoftware level game, but it’s a worthy alternative with a lot to offer.

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Total Gaming Network
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is better than its predecessor in almost every regard. If you liked the first game, you're going to love this one.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 24, 2019

Deck 13 has produced a game that offers genre fans a lot to like.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
Sep 24, 2019

Deck13 has come a long way, welding together a solid, structurally sound Soulslike that adeptly showcases what makes this genre special.

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Spaziogames
7.9 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Thanks to a compelling combat system and a deep character customization, The Surge 2 is a better game than the previous one, but fails to stay close to the giants of the genre.

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Gamersky
7.9 / 10.0
Gamersky
棘皮动物的野望

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2019

Although The surge 2 is just another souls-like game, the special combat experience somewhat creates a unique feeling that we are playing as a human size Gundam, which is superb and impressive. Besides that, enemy's AI design and all the voice acting in the game is really frustrating.

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Cerealkillerz
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2019

The Surge 2 stays despite of a bunch of nice changes the only Souslike title that is only recommendable for hardcore fans. Neither the story, nor the boss fights are memorable and many weak design decisions everyone will encounter through their playthrough makes this title as arduous as The Surge.

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Nexus
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 doesn’t feel like a massive technological step forward from the original, but on the narrative and gameplay front, it exceeds or refines the experience. Jericho City is a joy to explore, the narrative is more complex, bosses more numerous, and the excellent combat and progression system still engaging.

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Impulsegamer
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Oct 6, 2019

For everything that The Surge 2 gets right, it unfortunately falls short in so many other areas. One major thing that I noticed when playing, and perhaps the most important factor at the end of the day, was that I simply wasn't enjoying my time with the game.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 is a good sequel that adds new content and further improves the gameplay, but fails to correct the defects of the first episode of the series.

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RPG Fan
76%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

76%
Oct 15, 2019

The Surge 2 is a decent Souls-like title that has solid gameplay but lacks much to call its own.

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IGN
7.6 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 checks many of the boxes for a successful sequel, but this sci-fi action RPG falls just short or recapturing the full dismembering joy of the original.

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Video Chums
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Although The Surge 2 is certainly a better game than its predecessor, it still has a long way to go to reach the highs of similar titles.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

While Deck13 still has some work to do, The Surge 2 is a massive step up from its predecessor in just about every respect. For the first time, I'm actually excited to see what the studio is working on next.

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IGN Middle East
7.5 / 10.0
IGN Middle East

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2019

The Surge 2 is a completely different experience from the first game, which saw changes for the better like new gameplay changes and RPG elements that added more fun to the overall experience, however the game still suffers from some problems that appeared clearly in the first game and sadly returned in this one.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2019

The Surge 2 has some really satisfying moments. It’s worth an investment based on the wealth of customisation options available, solid progression and genuinely fun combat. These innovations go some way to making up for the lack engrossing story or meaningful characters. However, the overriding sense is that the positive traits of Surge 2 often feel suffocated, mainly by a lack of visual and narrative investment in the world that surrounds its core mechanics.

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Press Start
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 successfully builds upon the original game in practically every way – offering a larger roster of bosses, more equipment to pillage, and a bigger, more organic open-world to explore. A few pacing issues and some issues with the visuals aside, The Surge 2 offers a greater variety of experiences over its predecessor and is easily Deck13's best.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is a solid game focused on combat – the fighting is superb, enjoyable and never becomes boring. The world is interesting, the technical aspect of the game was done competently (although there are some minor issues), and the level design, which was the most frustrating part of the previous game, was sorted out, too. About the biggest pitfall of the game is that it’s a notch too easy for some.

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Easy Allies
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019
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Pardis Game
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019

From Lords of the Fallen to The Surge 2, you can see how far Deck 13 has come. The result of all their hard work and the lessons they've learnt is evident in the game and makes it an enjoyable experience despite some of its shortcomings. If you're missing Dark Souls, The Surge 2 canquench your thirst. If not, don't expect it to change your mind

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

With The Surge 2, the franchise is finally hitting the upward swing that a non-From Software title deserves in the hardcore action-RPG/Hack-and-Slash genre. Here’s to more titles in the Surge universe …

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

The Surge 2 feels more like a heavy update for the original game with minor gameplay changes, new world and settings, and well-designed bosses. It still delivers an enjoyable hardcore experience, thanks to the balanced and smoothly working combat system, but you need to get along with a superficial story and dated graphics.

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Electric Bento
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2019

Aside from borrowing heavily from its inspirations, The Surge 2 is a great action-RPG that has enough going for it to set it apart from what came before it.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

Brutal combat and hard enemies - it is great choice for Souls fans, but not for casual players.

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Fextralife
7 / 10
Fextralife
Castielle

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 picks up where The Surge left off and inches forward in both quality and execution. If you are a fan of the previous title you will feel right at home, and I highly recommend it. Even though it has its flaws, it does enough to warrant a purchase if you enjoy Action RPGs, and is likely the best Action RPG (that isn't an expansion) until Elden Ring sometime next year.

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New Game Network
74 / 100
74 / 100
Sep 30, 2019

The Surge 2 still has the same great combat, satisfying exploration, and a mess of an inventory system that remains cumbersome to navigate. Many of the original game's problems are still here, but small quality of life improvements and a neat new setting make this outing just different enough to be worth a look.

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AusGamers
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Both offering just the right amount of time to pull off a kinetic combo of clanging metal and spark-filled destruction.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 offers the hard-earned pleasures of Souls-style combat, with less of genre's signature sting

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 30, 2019

Hugely satisfying combat and some smart world design carries a decent Souls-like that feels like a solid, if safe, alternative for genre fans. The Surge 2 is competent, with flashes of excellence, but loses some of its own identity in the shadows of its inspirations.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is better than original. Good story and interesting gameplay with reworked leveling system, the ability to replenish health during the battle and dozens of unique weapons give you many options to search for martial art and self-realization. But loading screens, lack of detailed maps and grind are disappointment. However, even so the game is worth to go through it at least once - especially if you like Dark Souls.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

If you loved the first game, even with all its flaws, you should still give the sequel a chance

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2019

If you liked the original or are into the Soulsborne sub-genre, The Surge 2 is a game worth buying, even if you may want to wait for them to knock off a few bucks.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 24, 2019

Despite some technical problems that ultimately sour the experience, The Surge 2 delivers a solid action-RPG adventure that's powered by its dystopian setting and unique combat system.

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Slant Magazine
Oct 2, 2019

For all of the work that Deck 13 has put into creating an intriguing city, the actual exploration is sometimes marred by technical issues.

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Stevivor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Despite some of the technical issues and difficulty scaling, The Surge 2 is a fun game that should satisfy those looking for a souls-like experience. The combat is rewarding, and the directional blocking system is definitely something I would love to see implemented into other action games.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 21, 2019

This sequel improves upon the original in a few ways but misses the mark elsewhere.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2019

In many ways, The Surge 2 does come off as a significant step-up from the 2017 original — Deck13 offering proof that they're listening to feedback and critique prior not only exists but has been implemented more importantly.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Deck13's futuristic limb removal simulator is a solid but generic entry into the Soulslike genre.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 builds on what made the original a sleeper hit, but it regrettably maintains some of the visual and design foibles that deserved to be improved on in a second outing.

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Screen Rant
Sep 24, 2019

The Surge 2 is a fun but demanding take on the Souls formula.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 30, 2019

In terms of structure, level layout, and moment-to-moment gameplay it earns its place among the better Souls-likes of the last few years.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 23, 2019

If you were to sit and nitpick each minor part, The Surge 2 wouldn’t hold up to the scrutiny. Yet if you play it as a whole, it’s a brutally beautiful romp in the mold of what we’ve come to expect from this type of game.

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Bazimag
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

Surge's main focus has always been on its combat aspect, and Surge 2 delivers on this promise too. However, other important elements have experienced a setback which means Surge 2, as an overall package, is not much of an evolution in comparison to the prior title. Graphics design is especially disappointing. If you enjoyed the original, it is more than likely that you will enjoy this one too, but keep your expectations on the same level too.

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GamesFinest
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 24, 2019

Altogether The Surge 2 is a successful sequel, which not only reinterprets the usual Souls mechanics, but has completely developed its own gameplay mechanics and puts them in the foreground. It plays faster and more fluently than its predecessor. The combat system is simply successful and is enormously fun with the wonderfully animated finish moves. Only the less impressive design of the bosses and thus also the boss fights lag behind those of the predecessor. The basic story of the game is very interesting and even has some social criticism traits. However, the plot quickly degenerates into a boring scavenger hunt. However, this doesn't harm the motivation to explore the interesting world, to find and level up Loot.

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But Why Tho?
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Despite it’s difficulty and what seems to be a never ending grind The Surge 2 is a good game. Some of its shortcomings can be overlooked such as access to a map which is in the wild and keeping track of your quests can be confusing at times. It’s challenges and intense action will keep you coming back for more. The need to adapt keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting.

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Darkstation
Sep 24, 2019

From its title screens to its combat mechanics, The Surge 2 copy/pastes a great deal from the two-year-old original and while it moves the franchise into a more open and populated world, I was hoping for a more dramatic evolutionary leap. Like its Soulsborne models and its predecessor, The Surge 2 is a challenging game, made more so by an inconsistent frame rate and sometimes imprecise combat controls.

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Gamer Guides
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 improves upon the first game in almost every way which is a huge testament to how far Deck 13 have come as a developer. If you disliked the first game and found no enjoyment anywhere, you’ll most likely find nothing for you here but if there were parts you enjoyed about the original, the Surge 2 improves upon it and makes the sci-fi Soulslike genre it’s own.

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Niche Gamer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

Perhaps some of the issues I have with the game will be patched or fixed some time down the road, but from where I stand now, there are simply better games in this genre to play.

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AbsoluteXbox
3.2 / 5.0
3.2 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2019

Overall The Surge 2 is a good Souls-like, nothing groundbreaking or genre breaking; just a solid challenging romp. I would definitely recommend this for people who enjoyed the original and even new people looking for a challenging single player experience.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 25, 2019

A disappointing sequel that offers few new ideas as either a Dark Souls clone or a follow-up to the original, with a less interesting setting and story.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 23, 2019

It can't hold a candle to a From Software joint, but The Surge 2 will satisfy those chomping at the bit for the next take on the genre.

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PC Invasion
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2019

The Surge 2 isn't a bad game, but it gets some pretty big things wrong. In the end, I had some fun with it, but the broken parrying, awful enemy placement, and bland level layouts made it more of a slog.

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Just Push Start
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2019

I could probably explain The Surge 2's shortcomings for another 10 paragraphs, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a fun game that makes a lot of mistakes. Considering there are over 80 weapons, though I only felt the need to use one, is disappointing, just like armor sets skills that are inferior to what you'd gain from using different pieces. Toss in a fairly random story about a cult, lackluster graphics, probably one of the hardest games to navigate I've ever played and it's easy to say The Surge 2 manages to build on the original but it isn't to the point where you should be rushing out to play it.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

The Surge 2 has great combat, but no areas stand out visually, a forgettable story, and the feeling that you've done all of this before makes Jericho City a place you'd want to visit, not live.

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Gaming LYF
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 is more of a side step, than a step up. The game's strong combat remains, with an improved variety of weapons and locations to explore, alongside some smart mechanical changes such as the drone. Unfortunately the game's frustrating difficulty spikes, infuriatingly punishing new block mechanic and extensive range of niggles and issues lead to an inconsistent experience overall. Big fans of the original will likely still enjoy The Surge 2, but others may want to look elsewhere.

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Daily Star
Oct 6, 2019

Surges of brilliance, but still rough around the edges

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TechRaptor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Surge 2 boasts a much better combat system than its predecessor. Unfortunately, everything else is mediocre to poor. The game shows improvement, but Deck13 still isn't there by a long way.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Oct 1, 2019

The Surge 2 looks gorgeous. As soon as the start menu screen loads and you choose New Game, you’re treated to a stunning cinematic cutscene that succeeds in its goal of amping you up for some immersive future fightin’ action/RPG.

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Game Revolution
Sep 23, 2019

Like its protagonist, The Surge 2 is built from disparate parts from other things, but unlike its protagonist, the game ends up being a boorish abomination that can’t properly combine the various elements that it has directly lifted from other sources. It’s not only one of the worst Souls-likes; it’s also an awful game above all else that should be sent straight to the scrap heap.

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