Back when I first learned about The Surge, a new action RPG by Focus Home Interactive, I was really intrigued by its premise and the slight similarity to the Souls series. The trailers following the reveal have been pretty impressive thus far, but I couldn’t help but be a little sceptical. Well no more.
The game’s latest trailer focusses on its real draw, the combat, and it looks absolutely brilliant.
In the last trailer, the developer showcased one of the game’s core mechanics, that being dismembering your enemies in order to loot upgrades to improve your own suit. It’s an interesting mechanic, and it should add a whole new level of difficulty to certain encounters, but what if you want to pound some faces just because? That’s where the new trailer comes in.
As you’ll notice from the footage, while The Surge‘s combat does incorporate elements seen in the Souls series (and countless others, actually) like perfectly-timed evasions, it adds its own spin on things.
“Positioning and speed are vital, so make use of your exo-enhanced dodges, blocks, ducks and jumps to avoid attacks while managing stamina, ensuring you’re always in the right place to strike the limb you want, or to avoid a potentially damning blow. The rules of combat apply to both you, and your enemy: get hit in an unarmored limb, and you’ll go down faster. Take advantage of the enemy’s weaknesses while balancing your own, and you’ll walk away with his strengths.”
“But you’re not alone,” explains the video’s description. “Throughout your journey, you’ll be assisted by your industrial drone, with abilities once used for CREO’s industrial needs now manipulated into a fighting machine. Shield yourself, or Burn, knock down, pull, and blast enemies at your will as you continue to fight in melee.”
The Surge is set for release on 16 May for PC, PS4, and XBO.