The Souls-like genre has pretty much embedded itself into the gaming world and there are multiple releases that can be easily pigeon-holed into this style. The Surge 2 clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the Dark Souls franchise but adds its own twist of a futuristic setting instead of the Gothic style of the aforementioned.
Two years after the release of the predecessor of The Surge 2 the game pretty much picks off where it left off. You are in a world that is being overrun with robots and humans are on the brink of extinction. Those remaining are augmented to within an inch of their lives and seemingly everyone you interact with is trying to kill you. A character creation screen is presented to you at the outset whereby you are now able to create an avatar that is male or female and thankfully a randomise button has been included to show you what can be done instantly.
There are six pre-made characters and classes you can pick from a Mining Wars Veteran, a Search & Rescue Officer and even a Corporate Middle Manager! There doesn’t appear to be any stat or ability benefits from selecting a class from what I can tell.
The game is based in Jericho City where a Nanite Swarm is causing havoc and the remaining population are trying to rebuild humanity. There are no cutscenes but the story is trickled through interactions through the NPC’s and their comments about what is going on. To say the story is on the light side is an understatement, this game is pretty much all about the combat and the adventuring around the city.