Metal Gear Survive Video Games Online Released Yesterday
Metal Gear Survive video games online were released yesterday, on February 20th, following the closure of its open beta. The game centers on a group of soldiers, belonging to the group Militaires Sans Frontières. It takes place after Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. As per the story, part of Mother Base was swallowed up by a science-fiction following its destruction. As such, the protagonists of the game land in another dimension. In which they’ll need to gather resources to embark upon their return journey.
The video games online are less wacky than its predecessors, and instead takes up a realistic, gritty tone in which the goals are, of course, to survive and hopefully thrive. To be specific, players must survive in two ways during the game: by fighting Wanderers–zombies with crystal-like heads–who attack the heroes in waves; and by gathering resources when they’re not being ambushed by the undead.
The game’s beta was opened up recently as well. It revealed that, during the game, you’ll also protect your generator as you gather resources. That’s how you spend the to between waves of zombies, which essentially means that long portions of the game will be spent waiting–much like a horror movie. And much like a horror movie, these periods of waiting, whether long or short, will cause intense stress and tension for the nervous players.
When the zombies do arrive, the players can choose from different strategies to fight back against them. These are determined in part by the developments they’ll construct. Such as chain link fences, and the weapons they’ll use, including melee weapons and bullets.
Quests are given out by NPCs and delivered out in missions, which mostly focus on protecting the generator. However, there are also missions based on elements of stlth (as in the main series). So players can explore the open world.
Of particular interest is The Dust, an unmapped zone that you cannot enter if you’re not equipped with an oxygen tank. Rare materials are available in the wasteland, as are rare recipes for crafting, and you must eat jackal meet if you want to survive. Reviewers explained that the fact of being lost in the area made it more exciting than the other zones in the game.
Single- and multiplayer modes are available. Multiplayer is a co-op tower-defense mode, where four players can accomplish missions together. Journalists expect that the single-player mode will feature the main story of the game.
In this sense, the survival video games online are quite different from other entries in the series. These distinctions are particularly accentuated by the fact that series creator Hideo Kojima had a messy exit from developer Konami. Rumors even state that there is still tension between him and the company. Indeed, this is the first Metal Gear game where he hasn’t led the development.
Fittingly, the game is free of loot boxes, although microtransactions are available; these resemble the ones seen in Metal Gear 5: The Phantom Pain.
A new trailer was released upon launch, showing enemies that hadn’t been seen before release. It also displays the gameplay mechanics. Konami has also released a roadmap of upcoming plans for the game.
Pros and cons of the game
So far, early reviewers have enjoyed the game. In particular, they enjoyed the combat system, which works well and serves its purpose. In the beginning, there is a lot of focus on melee combat, before eventually, you gain the ability to craft your own weapons.
The control scheme will give players a good way of mapping their equipment onto the admittedly limited amount of buttons. So that cycling through their whole arsenal–including both primary and secondary weapons, craftable barriers, and incendiary devices. It is relatively easy and simple, even to new players of the series. This rapid cycling feature seems that the tower-defense mode of multiplayer co-op. It will be less of a struggle than it would be otherwise.
Despite the positives, reviewers are a bit disappointed by the fact that it doesn’t tie into the main series of games. Yuji Korekado, a producer of the game, even went on the record saying that he regrets anyone being confused because they thought this was one of the main entries in the franchise.
They’re also disappointed in the game as its own entity. It’s less exciting than Left 4 Dead games (which are also based on fighting hordes of zombies), and lacks the humor of Dead Rising; Fortnite also offers a better experience in terms of strategy and skill. They also explain that the environments themselves aren’t very interesting.