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The Surge Is Like Bloodborne with Robots and Power Armor

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You know, I find the term “Souls-like” to be overused. It’s a handy descriptor for the style of game where hitboxes matter and every pulse-pounding encounter could easily wind up in controller smashing defeat. However, it’s become commonly used to refer to any game that is just hard. Hell, people call Darkest DungeonSouls-like,” and that game’s a turn-based RPG. People just slap it on like a badge of honor, proudly declaring that they are indeed HXC and that this game proves them as such. It’s unfortunate for people like me, who prefer the mechanics of Dark Souls over the perception of having “gotten gud.”

So when I say that a game is like Dark Souls, it’s because the game actually plays like Dark Souls: variable builds, obtuse menus, tight combat, bullshit traps, little notes telling you to praise the sun. You know, Dark Souls stuff. In that respect, Deck 13’s new game The Surge is “like Dark Souls.” I’m a tad bit uncomfortable putting that in writing though because from the looks of things, it’s closer to Bloodborne. I’d much rather call it a “Borne-like.” It’s a bit confusing, since Bloodborne is also Souls-like. So it’s not entirely incorrect that everyone is calling The Surge a Souls-like game, just inaccurate.

If this all sounds confusing, don’t worry; I made a video explaining myself. You can watch it here:

Cool, understand? All right, let’s get a bit deeper into The Surge.

As I stated in the video that you totally just watched, I got to talk to some of the team of Deck 13 about their upcoming title. Though the game is still far from out of development, they had a lot to say about their vision for The Surge.

Right off the bat, for a game that’s about hacking apart robotic power armors with laser axes, the aesthetic was more grunge than sci-fi. That’s because Deck 13 wanted to go for more “real” than high sci-fi. Taking the world of today, they asked themselves where they could realistically see technology, business, and the future of our species heading. This isn’t a future hundreds of years away, but the world we might be leaving our grandchildren.

It wasn’t aliens or nuclear war that ended the world. We kind of just use it up. Centuries of abuse and growing corporate control have left the earth just a shitty place to be. So humanity takes to space, hiring contract workers to go back down to the planet and tidy it up for everyone. It’s a very grounded, stark foundation for the story. It might seem like kind of a humdrum way for the world to end, with zero bang and all whisper. Don’t worry… the bang comes when the game opens and the robots go mad.

Waking up after some kind of event knocked you out, you find that those helpful construction droids and power suits don’t seem very interested in helping mankind anymore. In fact, they are far more comfortable using those tools to rip your delicate fleshy bits from your metallic powered frame. They didn’t say this yet, but some insight I got from the behind closed doors gameplay demo was all the other people are dead. Their frames, in more of auto-pilot, take control. All of the humanoid figures are limp and unresponsive, and the powered exoskeletons behave in various odd ways. Some are immediately outright aggressive, while others are just banging their heads into walls. There’s definitely more of the violent robots than the passive ones, but there’s some interesting story to be uncovered here.

This is where some hefty speculation comes in. I theorize that this is going to be something along the lines of SOMA, where the robots are experiencing some kind of emerging intelligence. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are dead the whole time and are actually playing as your robotic exoskeleton. All speculation here, but that’s what I like about The Surge. It’s presenting an interesting world that I just want to know more about.

Shelving the speculation, I got another hint as to a gameplay mechanic during the demo. Similar to Lords of the Fallen, you stack up an EXP multiplier for killing enemies without healing at a checkpoint. It’s a cool mechanic to see carried over, as it was one of the better innovations that game made. The demo itself was kind of short, and I’m sure you already watched the video, so nothing more to report there.

The Surge is releasing in 2017 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One; and you can be certain I will be reviewing it. Until then, check back in for more information as it develops. This is one that Souls fans won’t wanna miss.

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Exclusive: Wolfmen of Mars Debut New Group Brass Hearse and Here’s a New Song

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A couple of months ago, we told you about Brass Hearse, a new group that features the members of Boston rock/synth group Wolfmen of Mars. Essentially the same style but now with vocals, Brass Hearse will immediately stand out to fans of John Carpenter but those who listen closer will pick up on elements of The Cure and even some Type O Negative. If you’ve been looking for some goth-y electronic rock with splashes of industrial thrown in hither and yon, I have a feeling you’re going to dig the hell out of Brass Hearse!

Previously, Wolfmen of Mars’ Luke told us, “It’s Wolfmen of Mars with vocals, but very much its own thing. A bit darker, a little bit more new wave. It’s a hard album to describe. Ron Rochondo from Ice Dragon wrote all the vocals and they fit the music perfectly. I can’t wait to share the tunes with you!

Well, today is the day that we get to share a taste of the new tunes with all of you! Below is the premiere of the track “Rain Grey, Dark Sky”, which swirls and pumps in a controlled frenzy, the verse containing itself only to open wide during the chorus, the sonorous vocals suddenly crying out like a ghastly specter.

Brass Hearse’s debut album will be available on vinyl and as a digital download on December 1 from Burning Witches Records. Meanwhile, you can download “Ran Grey, Dark Sky” via Bandcamp.

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance

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Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Synopsis:
Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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The Walking Dead Ratings Drop to Six-Year Low

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Well, this isn’t good.

Turns out that AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” has hit a ratings low with the release of it’s newest episode “The Big Scary U”. A rating drop the likes of which the series hasn’t seen since the dog days of season 2.

Personally, season 2 was when I ditched the series and never looked back. I’ve heard a lot over the years that the series improved greatly moving on from the disastrousrious second season, but I’m all good.

I have shows like “Stranger Things” (review), “Mindhunter”(review), and “AHS: Cult” (review) to keep me company.

For full breakdown on the recent rating drop with a bunch of stats involving demographics and whatnot, you can check out Deadline‘s article on the matter.

Everyone else I guess can just keep moving on with their lives.

Do you still watch “The Walking Dead”? Should I give the series another shot? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

The Walking Dead Season 8 is currently airing on AMC.

Season 8 synopsis:

Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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