The Surge 2 – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of The Surge 2
Following on from 2017 rather impressive display of The Surge, Focus Home Interactive are back with the sequel. The big question, Have they built on from the originals solid foundation?
For the Story I have to say it is even more complex and convoluted. You play an unnamed protagonist who has crash landed outside of Jericho City, finding yourself in a medical wing of a prison to the memories of a girl called Athena who is asking for help and to be saved from the evil Eli.
Whilst having the ability of a more customizable character if anything that holds the game back from really giving the player a character to care about and follow. They tried to fix The Surge’s storyline by adding more NPCs to the main story but they just made everything a cluster and the story started to get pulled in more directions than necessary and the game storyline suffered as a result.
Overall the gameplay follows the standard Souls-like meta, you need to collect tech scraps (Souls) with this you can upgrade your suit and your skills.
Even though this game is set in a more Sci-fi setting than most Souls-like i.e Sekiro. The combat is still comfortably set in melee, whilst some argue that it is a waste of a sci-fi setting having melee as the main combat style. Melee really adds to the tactical side of battles and especially Boss battles.
Along the way you find The Surge 2s version on Bonfires in the shape of medbays, these become more important and rare as you delve deeper into Jericho City. Whilst you will need to back track to enter locked of areas, Jericho City with its big Main walls still had the feeling of a linear map. Whilst being linear is not a bad thing, the ability to explore and especially in this sort of game is in my opinion quite important.
Along with the waves of enemies that are all over Jericho City giving the character very little time to heal and in essence to think. Most enemies have a set attack pattern once you have that down pat, you can very quickly push through most enemies.
To help you along the way you get tech implants that gives the player more options and abilities to survive longer, hit harder, etc. This unfortunately costs more power, the better the implant is the more power it takes from your suit. Fortunately you are able to have multiple loadouts which you can switch between on the fly.
Going back to melee combat, the new combat system allows a player to aim for certain limbs on an enemy to attack. This is also allows for very satisfying meaty dismemberment. Whilst gruesome being able to dismember enemies gives you the only opportunity to pick up the enemies weapons.
This feature really comes into its own when you fight against the bosses. The first boss you face is really done as a tutorial, showing the player how to find weaknesses and using the aim to hit the unprotected head.
Throughout the game you will notice especially if you played the first game, that the overall graphic quality is lower than the original. This is a shame as The Surge really showed what was possible graphics wise even with an overall small download size.
Where the game has improved is in the audio the addition of dismemberment crunches really gives weight to the characters swings and the music really fits the overall atmosphere.
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.
Review code supplied by Koch Media