When you die in The Surge, you drop all of your tech scrap, experience points earned from killing enemies and consuming rare scrap from your inventory. Your tech scrap lies on the ground near the spot where you died, and you've only got so much time to recover it before it disappears for good.
This guide will give you tips and strategies to return swiftly yet safely to your valuable tech scrap.
How to Recover Tech Scrap: Death and Time Limits
You're bound to die in The Surge. As a matter of fact, the game's difficulty practically guarantees you'll die often, several times in each area until you've learned its pathways and enemy positions. When you do inevitably meet your end and drop your tech scrap, you need to keep two dangers in mind before rushing off to reclaim what you lose.
First and most importantly, dying a second time before you've recovered it erases your tech scrap forever, replacing it with the scrap you were carrying before your most recent death. This system should be familiar to you if you've played any of FromSoftware's "SoulsBorne" (Demon's Souls, Dark Souls trilogy, and Bloodborne) games.
Secondly, new information appears on the righthand side of the screen once you revive in a medical bay: the amount of scrap you dropped, how far away you are from your scrap, and a timer. The timer begins ticking down immediately. When it expires, your tech scrap vanishes, robbing you of any chance to reclaim it. You might feel tempted to rush through enemies in order to get back to where you died as quickly as possible. Resist that temptation. The more recklessly you play, the more likely you are to make a mistake and die a second time.
How to Recover Tech Scrap: Increasing the Timer
There's an advantage to retracing your footsteps to where you died slowly rather than carefully. Every enemy you kill adds seconds to the timer. You'll get more or less time based on how you kill them. Targeted armored areas earns less time than targeted unarmored areas, for instance. Kill enemies in your path by targeting areas of their bodies not protected by armor. Until you recover your tech scrap, your goal should be to kill enemies quickly rather than targeting their armor to harvest parts.
Don't get cocky, though. Going up against stronger enemies, especially ones that have given you trouble in the past, raises the odds that you'll die en route to your scrapheap. When in doubt, run around them. Most enemies won't follow you for long, and you'll save time by running that you would have wasted by fighting.
Looking for more strategies? Our guides to The Surge include dozens of tips as well as tactics for defeating bosses such as The Firebug.