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A new trailer for The Surge takes an up-close look at combat

The Surge trailer released a couple of weeks ago demonstrated the finer points of its "Target, Loot, and Equip" system—in other words, how to chop off a guy's arms and then use them yourself. Today's trailer is a little more straightforward than that: It's called "Combat," and it's about—you guessed it—combat. 

There's more to fighting in The Surge than just clocking guys with the heaviest thing you can find. Proper use of angle and power "to target and dismember specific limbs" is an important part of the game. Combat is skilled-based, but "looting upgrades for your exo-suit is key to progression," publisher Focus Home Interactive said. 

"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."

The sci-fi Souls-like The Surge is scheduled for release on May 16. Check out more cyber-smashing action in this 15-minute gameplay trailer, or take a more in-depth look at what it's all about in our March preview

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.