Let me preface this review with an important message: I didn’t play The Surge. It has been sitting in my teetering tower of backlogged games for ages now and I just never found the time to get around to it. But when review code for The Surge 2 dropped into my inbox, I couldn’t say no to some challenging combat in a sci-fi environment. So this review won’t be talking about what The Surge 2 does better than The Surge 2. Instead, it’ll be about what The Surge 2 does right, and what it does wrong.
Its become a bit of a joke around the Internet that game reviewers often cite Dark Souls in their work. Anything remotely challenging is compared to Dark Souls, and any vaguely similar game design elements are, too. But in the case of Ashen it’s a very fair comparison. In many ways Ashen is Dark Souls Lite, a game that takes what people love about Dark Souls and finds ways to pare it back into a streamlined package. Somehow, Ashen still manages to be its own thing, too.
The very first thing you see when you lift off the lid of Dark Souls: The Board Game is a piece of black paper that simply states, “you died.” It’s a message that has been seen thousands upon thousands of times by Dark Souls player. This may be the most faithful adaption of a video game to the board game medium ever if its managed to get this detail right. It’s a promising start, so can the rest of the game match it?
Before Dark Souls III arrives you can snag a free copy of the first game. All you have to go and do is sign up to the Golden Joysticks store using your Steam ID or Email address and you’ll be sent a Steam code for the game by the end […]