New Player Help for The Surge can be found here. Tips on how to get started and beginning concepts will be listed here once more information is known.
New Player Help Information
At the start of this game, you will have a chance to become a Heavy Operator or a Field Technician, this will affect your starting gear. Check our Gear Set page for gear bonus. If you take the Rhino (Heavy Operator) gear set to start with, you will be given the blueprints for the Rhino Arm and Leg pieces, and the same for the Lynx (Field Technician) set, but almost all of the enemies in the first zone are wearing Lynx, so it's simple to build a full set of Lynx very quickly. If you want the ability to have armor variety earlier, take the Rhino option and then defeat enemies to get Lynx. The enemies in the first zone that are wearing Rhino are very dangerous in comparison to the other enemies in the area, so minimizing the amount that you have to fight them early on might be helpful.
When fighting humanoid enemies, remember that if you sever the enemy's right arm using a Finishing Move after doing sufficient damage to the arm, you may acquire its weapon. You will also get Tungsten fragments from severing right arms, and you can get armor leg/torso, etc scraps from severing the other parts. You can take the Tungsten and armor scraps back to Operations and break them down in the Gear Assembler for use in creating new equipment from discovered blueprints, and also for use in upgrading your existing weapons and armor pieces.
If you die you will drop all of your Tech Scrap, but you are given a little over two minutes to go back and get it - this does not sound like much, especially considering that you will have to fight all of the enemies that you fought to get to where you died, but for every enemy you kill you will be awarded another 30 seconds of time - this makes it easier to get back to where you died in time, but be careful! If you die again, you will lose everything that was in the first "drop", and only be left with the scrap that was in the second drop. When you die, you do NOT lose anything other than the loose Tech Scrap that you were carrying - all of your implants, weapons, armor scrap, and "scrap metal" caches will still be retained in your inventory - you will find plenty of loose Tech Scrap while playing, so do not be worried about losing a few thousand scrap early on, you will get it back soon enough. :-)
Helpful Tips & Tricks
Dash Attack is the most useful ability to apply damage to enemies especially during Boss Fights. Simply evade after the enemy attacks but when it recovers to unleash its next attack, charge in with a dash and quickly apply damage. Shoft away from it and then dash in to attack again when it is safe to do so. Rinse and repeat to quickly destroy foes and to receive minimal damage.
Evade goes without saying is the most important to avoid receiving damage. It is advisable however to execute evade more than once every single time to put more distance between you and the enemy. This is crucial especially during Boss Fights as they are generally huge and each attack have high damage and covers great distances. So generally evading much further away then run and dash to apply damage on enemy in order to receive minimal damage and apply maximum damage on enemy.
Block is best to not use often because majority of the attacks from enemies are unblockable and the player will often still suffer damage especially duing Boss Fights. Block is however only useful if you can predict enemies' movements before they attack or you can manage to always time a perfect block for a counter-attack in order to avoid damage but apply hit points on the enemy. (Like in the Souls games, it is generally not recommended to block attacks but it is your game, you will have to decide yourself what suits you best)
Running away is probably the most cowardy thing to do. But it is however the wisest way to win a fight. Come back later if you feel like you have ran out of medi-injectors or when the enemy is too tough. It may even be that your armour and weapon isn't good enough so don't be araid to retreat, upgrade then return for vengeance and show them who's boss.
Operations are places where you can refill health bar and all your injectables, upgrade gear, upgrade core power, swap implants, change rigs and also to talk with the pretty holographic lady (need information whether she is hot). It is obviously the best place to be in the game where you don't have to worry about enemies but also the worst because the damn song about just kept playing non-stop. It is advisable however to not visit operations too often as it resets your scrap multiplier and respawns all enemies. So visit operations only when it's really necessary, be confident, have courage and fight on.
The Falling Attack Exploit
Feeling impatient riding the elevator? Daring for shortcuts? Falling from ANY height does no damage whatsoever if you attack while in the air. Very very useful. Just make sure you are actually landing on something solid.
Note: This appears to kills you if you land on an area where you're not supposed to be yet. As of Patch Update 53172 (P4) / 33503 (SVN), this has been patched out.