Review: The Surge – The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion (DLC)

Review: The Surge - The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion (DLC)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: The Surge – The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion
Format: PSN (1.1 MB)
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Deck13 Interactive
Original MSRP: $9.99 (US), €9.99 (EU), £7.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI:
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:
Review: The Surge (PS4)

The Good, The Bad, and The Augmented is a funny name for the latest expansion for The Surge. Can this strange DLC pull me back into the game, will it even fit into the harsh world that I enjoyed all that time ago?

In an early part of the game, there is a door that leads to an abandoned Quality Assurance lab. In this area, Dr. Rischboter had built some deadly test chambers full of menacing threat and some cool new weapons, armor, and implants. They just have to be ripped from the deadly enemies first.

Gameplay:
Let’s start with The Good shall we. In a crazy Westworld inspired training area with broken and decaying sets, runaway trains, and destructible cacti, there is the tried-and-tested linear path to a troublesome boss.

Some tokens can be found along the way, giving another chance at the boss without losing anything gained beforehand. There is also the quick drop-off just before facing the boss that lands you back at the starting area should you wish to be a coward and cash everything in, meaning, you also have to start from scratch and go through from the beginning all over again.

Review: The Surge - The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion (DLC)

Now for The Bad. Shortcut doors stay locked until the episode has been completed once. The Supervisor quickly annoyed the hell out of me and the novelty wore off very quickly.

The rewards for completing each episode doesn’t seem all that appealing. Throw in the silly modifiers and it just makes the experience frustrating. Plus, losing all of the scavenged tech and not being able to go back to the point of death to retrieve it just makes this expansion even more annoying.

Painfully slow pressure switches and roasting hot floodlights just bother me after a short time. It just doesn’t feel all that special. Instead, it’s just more of the same with a different coat of paint.

Well, I’m left with The Augmented. In the main campaign, part of the fun is carefully hacking away at the massive diabolical machines, taking off a leg here, or an arm there. In the DLC you’re faced with a dull and tedious person to kill.

Hardcore fans of the game will enjoy grabbing the new Trophies and having another reason to venture into the action-RPG even if the new area isn’t all that exciting. I hoped for some tricky new enemies or just a huge boss but it quickly feels like just more of the same.

Review: The Surge - The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion (DLC)

Visuals:
The Good, The Bad, and The Augmented looks okay. It never reaches the awe and decaying splendor of the main game but some might like the new theme, which has already become old for me.

The entire facade feels forced. The illusion of a broken down training area that for some reason has been set in the wild west is quite dull and is nothing new. The blistering heat from the spotlights, meant to replicate a burning hot desert sun, wears very thin.

Audio:
This expansion adds The Supervisor, a voice talking to you throughout your wild west journey. It reminds me of Borderlands 2 where you would hear scathing remarks and funny comments about various things from the one and only Handsome Jack.

But, in this game, it becomes annoying after the first episode. Stop telling me to get a move on when I’m waiting for the slowest gate in the world to open!

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Review: The Surge - The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented Expansion (DLC)

Conclusion:
The Good, The Bad, and The Augmented is too little, too late. It has been ages since the game was released and I’ve moved on to new things. Heck, I had to teach myself the controls again, it had been that long.

I wouldn’t mind the long gap if the content felt worthy of my time but sadly this does not. There are no big and terrifying bosses, there aren’t even any new enemies, just the same old people with a few new weapons and implants.

The modifiers add a reason to play the new content again but the rewards seem futile and silly. The only thing this expansion managed to do was to get me to venture back into the main campaign again and remember how great that was.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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