What is it?
Metal Gear Survive follows a foot soldier’s journey into an alternate dimension filled with zombie-like creatures. It takes place directly after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (the prologue taster to MGS V) and treads its own path, separate from the epic journey of Big Boss. Create your own character and attempt to survive this treacherous waste land.
It’s the first Metal Gear title to be produced after the series’ legendary director, Hideo Kojima, parted ways with its publisher a few years ago.
Is it any good?
I’m sorry to say it, but Metal Gear Survive tarnishes the Metal Gear brand. Konami had plenty of options when it came to continuing the series and instead of making a quick buck by re-releasing the last four games on newer hardware (which I would have loved), or even taking the time to pick up where MGS V left off, players are given a bland avatar and thrust into a world that forces you to regularly replenish your character’s hunger, stamina and oxygen levels.
Nearly every minute of gameplay has its hand at your neck, slowly tightening the grip until you either learn to deal with it, or quit. I don’t like being tapped on the shoulder constantly to feed my player, nor do I want to worry about finding a specific item to cleanse dirty water to prevent me from getting sick. When Survive isn’t pestering you to complete mundane tasks, it’s trying to entertain you with a story that lacks any real meaning or engagement.
I’m not interested in building a base, collecting resources and fighting off a generic, bumbling, red-horned zombie lookalike. It’s using the same game mechanics and graphics engine that Metal Gear Solid V used, but don’t be fooled into thinking it contains the same quality gameplay and characters, because it doesn’t. There are glimpses of greatness whilst fortifying defences and keeping hordes of zombie-like creatures at bay, but they are few and far between.
If Konami want to continue the franchise, then they should focus on the titular character and dive into timelines that the series hasn’t seen before. Better yet, stop trying to replicate Kojima’s work and remaster the old games. It’s nothing new, but it’s a start to keeping the fanbase happy.
Anything bad to report?
Deploying a set of nagging survival mechanics that force you to babysit your character isn’t fun. Its story is dull, the characters are almost throw away and the main campaign doesn’t even include co-op. The only multiplayer that currently exists focuses entirely on defending areas from waves of enemies, that’s it.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that you need to spend £8 on a new save slot and have to connect to the internet just to play the single-player portion of the game.
Should you buy it?
If you’re into survival games, then you might like it, but if you’re looking for a quality Metal Gear game that builds on the strengths of the series, steer clear of this.