Although Hideo Kojima quit Konami, the company didn’t want to put an end to the Metal Gear series. Instead, they are moving on without its creator, and they decided to go into a completely different direction. Metal Gear Survive leaves stealth as the core of the game and introduces zombies and online co-op. It might seem unusual at first, but we thought there is some potential to the idea. Unfortunately, then we got to play the game.
A Metal Gear Like No Other
The story of Survive continues where Ground Zeroes ended. Despite that, even Konami doesn’t call this a sequel but a spin-off. Anyway, a wormhole swallows the Mother Base and the ones that survived find themselves in a land that reminds a lot of The Phantom Pain landscape. That is because that is the case. However, you won’t play as Snake. Instead, you will create a character that doesn’t have to be a hero but will need to do his best to survive in the world filled with zombie-like creatures.
For the sake of this review, let’s try to look at Metal Gear Survive as it is not a part of this series. When you think of it, the elements of a successful formula are all there – the survival concept where you are collecting resources, making weapons and building camps whether in the single-player mode or together with up to three other players. It doesn’t try to copy the atmosphere from other MGS releases and successfully avoids comparison with the games Kojima created.
So, What Went Wrong?
A lot of things went wrong. For starters, you will have to go through a tutorial that can drag for hours. The developers tried to explain the mechanics of the game in detail. The problem is that we didn’t notice anything innovative in Metal Gear Survive and we already know this concept from dozens of other games. Besides, it’s nothing too complicated – you need to survive by securing food and water. Harvesting resources help you build the fortress and improve your defenses and crafting weapons enable you to deal more significant damage to zombie bastards. In fact, growing your base might be the most interesting portion of the game. You have a bunch of options, and you can see it turn into a real fortress after a while.
As for the combat, it will be interesting for a while. However, everything is too ordinary, and I can’t think of one aspect to single out. The controls are reasonably responsive, and the servers are not having any issues when you are playing with other gamers.
Four-Player Team on the Same Mission
The latest entry in the Metal Gear franchise is most exciting when you play with up to three other players online. You are all a part of the same squad, and your task is to deal with oncoming waves of zombies. Your goal is to protect your base and prevent the enemy from reaching it. You will need to explore the map and stay alive as you collect resources and upgrade your defenses. The online co-op mode combines tactics, strategy, and teamwork, and is by far the best part of the game.