Gamescon News: The Surge
I love this time of year where we have a whole summer of new release announcement and games to preview at these special events. Thanks to my colleague Meg Ludens showed me a Pre-Alpha Demo of The Surge which is a “Hardcore Action RPG with a focus on Tactical Melee Combat” and that is a word for word from the video. I dig that it starts off with Hardcore Action RPG, but is it really? Let’s take a look at the demo!
Hold up, are you telling me that I can target specific limbs on an enemy to make my gear better or just target that area just to end the fight? I swear it is like the game developers know me and this is where games become unique by taking those little steps to add a new spin to something that we may have seen before. I mean that video was brutal showing a decapitation and then obtaining a new helmet from it.
Fitted with an advanced CREO exo-suit, balancing your core power against your implants and exo-suit upgrades will allow you to specialize in a huge variety of combat styles, thanks to the almost limitless combinations of addons and dozens of make-shift weapons salvaged from the industrial complex. Finely tune your gear to match your playstyle, and to best suit the challenge ahead. The Metroidvanian levels open up as your core power increases, allowing you to over-charge doors previously too strong for your suit to damage and opening new pathways for you to explore. The CREO facility is vast, and if you want to find and craft the best equipment and weapons, you will need to search every area for secrets and hidden items.
The Surge is scheduled for a 2017 release and so far the website is not showing off much information. It is all about collecting scrap and blueprints to upgrade your exo-suit. As in any game, you will get major upgrades that you will obtain by defeating bosses. I always see myself running into a boss room ready to beat the hell out of said boss just to obtain more power! It is a classic incentive to any game that drives you to whoop those bosses behind back to the 8-bit era. Soon enough we shall see more information as we see what it takes to meld man to machine or you can play Deus Ex in the meantime while you wait for The Surge. Stay frosty gamers!
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