Story - 65%
Graphics - 82%
Audio - 67%
Gameplay - 69%
Replayability - 60%
The Surge 2 follows up from the first game with the same dystopian future setting, Welcome to Jericho City.
The game happens after the events of The Surge but this time around you have more options to start with. You can choose your gender of the main character and you can also choose between different backstories/character roles that the main character has. The story starts off after an airplane accident, weeks after you awake to find yourself in a place much different than before. The City is overrun by a deadly nanite-based disease and machine are rampant. You are needed to turn the tide and find out what happened.
The Surge 2 definitely builds from what was broken in the first game or what could’ve been improve on. I still do not think the game is completely where it should be, but it is a big step in the right direction. The gameplay is very action RPG orientated with a difficulty mix of a Dark Souls like. The camera movement and character movement speeds seemed to be out of sync but some adjustment in the setting can fix that. At times the pace of the game felt a bit off and you kind of feel very lost in the beginning of the game. There was also no encouragement in the beginning to make you want to progress and continue which can make a lot of people play for a while and then leave the game to gather dust in the library.
The game looks good enough and didn’t see much glitches to complain about or anything hindering my play. The sound is ok but also nothing outstanding. I feel it is sad when a game has so much promise but then is very weak on the delivery end. I really want to finish this game but at the same time it feels like a lot of effort to play every time. At the same time, I’m not a Dark Souls fan so take my effort to try and play this with a pinch of salt.
I liked how they improved the combat side where you can target specific body sections of the enemy and then also have the ability to dismember that body part. For instance, if you cut off and enemy’s arm which they were holding a weapon, that weapon will drop for you to pick up. I thought this was a brilliant aspect. The Exo Rig was cool with the first game and now they improved it more. Tune, Customize and Modify your Exo-Rig to fit your style and find the right balance for combat.
The Surge 2 improves form the first game but I still feel that it is lacking something to draw you in and make you want to play more.
Reviewed on: PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 24 September 2019
Review Copy: Yes
Likes: Some cool improvements and like the target dismemberment
Dislikes: Nothing drawing you in