Following the announcement of Konami’s next installment to the Metal Gear franchise, Metal Gear Survive, many fans have gone online to show their overwhelming dislike of the upcoming game. Upon looking up the gameplay trailers for the game, many of the available videos have an overwhelming number of dislikes, with many commentators claiming that MG Survive is the nail in the coffin for the series.
Metal Gear Survive takes a significant leap away from the traditional Metal Gear gameplay by incorporating a survival element similar to Day Z into the game. The premise follows the events in Metal Gear Solid V, after Mother Base is being sieged. A giant wormhole appears and sucks up the base with the remaining MSF forces and sends off to a wasteland full of zombie like crystal humanoids. The gameplay incorporates elements similar to Metal Gear Solid 5, but this time you’re struggling to survive what is essentially a massive zombie horde. The 15 minute gameplay trailer from TGS 2016 showed off the gameplay and what to expect from the game. Treating wounds, gathering and crafting, as well as stealth are all incorporated into the game, with team management and online co-op being a feature being promised into the game. From what I have seen, the game has a lot of potential to be a solid survival platform, especially with the mechanics being introduced into Metal Gear Survive. Base defense and the extensive use of “wormhole” technology really give this game the extensive survival combat feel, but at this point is it even a Metal Gear game anymore?
The biggest issue with the creation of Survive is how far off it strays from the original Metal Gear Solid series. From the gameplay trailer, Metal Gear Survive looks to be an potentially impressive survival game on its own, but the issue lies that it branded as a Metal Gear game. If this game were anything but a Metal Gear branded game, it would have been a lovely addition to the survival game genre. However the story that follows Metal Gear Survive completely differ from the typical political espionage/conspiracy that the Metal Gear series was built upon, so the whole implementation of zombies and wormholes feels completely out of place for the series. Unfortunately, due to Konami’s rocky relationship with Kojima, who recently departed from the company and left behind the Metal Gear series, many fans of the series find this game to be a simple cash grab for the series. That is why many nay sayers to the new title feel that this is Konami’s way of effectively killing off the Metal Gear franchise through a complete 180 of the genre.
As a deep fan of both the Metal Gear series and survival games, I find this new title to be worth a play, especially considering the potentially fun gameplay mechanics being offered in Survive. What do you think? Are you going to try this game out?