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Metal Gear Survive
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The words "Will Not" are omitted in the title. Don't let it fool you. The Metal Gear franchise has died after Kojima's departure until a remake of the first game was announced in 2019. As a small reminder, this game wants you to pay real money for save slots.
Genre: Action
Adventure
Survival
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4AGW
Xbox OneAGW
Release Date: NA: February 20, 2018
JP: February 21, 2018
EU/AU: February 22, 2018
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Franchise: Metal Gear
Previous Game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Metal Gear Survive is a 2018 "spin-off" of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain developed and published by Konami.

Gameplay

The game is a third-person action "stealth" game where you have to defend an area from zombies.

Why It Sucks

  1. The game is a cash grab on both survival horror, Gacha crafting games, and the Metal Gear franchise, lacking the quirkiness that the franchise is well known for and the survival horror elements don't mesh at all with the stealth mechanics.
  2. Many assets are recycled from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The open world itself is not only recycled from Phantom Pain but it is also quite empty as well.
  3. Constant internet connection is required or else the game will be unplayable.
  4. The story feels a bit rushed, especially since it is mostly told through flat exposition on a Codec-style screen with static character portraits.
    • Some of the writing is laughable, such as the nurse thinking she can cure the zombies... who are all missing their heads.
  5. The big bad monster looks like a giant metallic turd with Mr. Potato Head arms.
  6. One of the final plot points is that the big bad monster can't be defeated because it does not know how to die, so it needs someone to go and tell it. Yes, death apparently works like Santa Claus in this universe and only comes along if you believe in it.
  7. You don't even get to the "survive" part until after you sit through (while interesting, but kinda boring) cutscenes for the unrelated story.
  8. Uses outdated Peer-to-Peer connection.
  9. The buildings and equipment don't work properly.
  10. The combat boils down to just putting up a fence and stabbing the zombies through the fence with little to no variety.
  11. The multiplayer is an obvious afterthought and its waiting area is empty and dull.
  12. Lack of enemy variety. Adding insult to injury is that it is one of the most overused enemy types in gaming: zombies.
  13. The AI for the zombies is very dumb; whenever the zombies see a fence they start attacking it nonstop completely oblivious to the fact that they could just walk around the fence. In fact, even if a zombie somehow gets to the other side of the fence it'll occasionally ignore the player and keep attacking the fence.
  14. The graphics, despite including lens flare, are below standards for 2018 and would fit better on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 despite running on their Fox Engine, which is unacceptable since this is basically a mod of Metal Gear Solid V.
    • To add insult to injury, related with above, both Metal Gear Solid V games were cross-gen (PS3 and Xbox 360 alongside PS4, Xbox One, and PC), yet Metal Gear Survive looks and runs worse than both Metal Gear Solid V games.
    • The game looks and runs better on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, but it's still mediocre.
  15. Even the game's cover is generic (the series is well known for its minimalist styles in game covers).
  16. Heavy amount of microtransactions and loot boxes. Even basic game functions like extra money for weapon loadouts, storage and even extra save slots are locked behind microtransactions.
  17. Horrible Xbox One port, which has mediocre performance and graphics that look like one of the system's launch titles.
  18. The player character's thirst and hunger bar deplete quickly, forcing you to constantly hunt for food and water which is tedious and annoying.
  19. For some reason, crouching takes stamina.
  20. The drone reminding you of your objectives is very annoying and repeats the same line over and over again.
  21. You cannot drink water immediately after getting it. Instead, you have to go through several missions just to purify it and make it drinkable.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The controls in this game are decent.
  2. The main concept is very cool.
  3. It isn't canon to the Metal Gear continuity.
  4. The Melee weapons are a very cool feature.
  5. The character customization system is decent.
  6. The Co-op mode is very fun.

Trivia

  • After naming your character, there's a cutscene showing their name on a clipboard with a list of mercenaries. It's a clever easter-egg, likely from a rogue Konami employee, praising Hideo Kojima and insulting some of Survive's key staff:
    • The first name on the list is "Vengeful Mosquito" (likely the employee self-inserting as a MGSV mercenary)
    • The second and third soldier have surnames starting with M and G (Metal Gear), both are listed as K.I.A. (killed in action).
    • The first letters of the surnames of the 4th to the 14th (excluding 7th) soldier spell out "KJPFOREVER" (Kojima Productions Forever).
    • The last two soldiers, both marked A.W.O.L. (absent without official leave), are named Bastard Yota and Cunning Yuji (director Yota Tsutsumizaki and producer Yuji Korekado, both Metal Gear veterans who stayed on with Konami after Kojima was fired).

Reception

Metal Gear Survive received largely negative response from Metal Gear fans following its announcement, in part due to the controversies surrounding Kojima's departure from Konami. The announcement trailer to this game tried too hard to be epic but failed at it. Complaints focused on the game's genre and theme (being branded as "generic" as it revolved around fighting zombie-like enemies through co-op and multiplayer), recycled assets from Metal Gear Solid V, microtransactions, constant internet connection requirement and the departure from the general feel of previous Metal Gear games. The game's beta and other previews drew mixed responses from critics. Upon release, the game received "mixed or average" reviews from critics, according to Metacritic.

Konami very conveniently "forgot" to activate servers until launch day so that review copies were unusable. This prevented early reviews that could potentially inform early buyers about the sheer amount of micro-transaction abuse mentioned above.

Angry Joe gave the game a 2/10 and his Epic Fail seal for being a chore to play and bait-and-switching players. He said it would have been maybe a 3 for "some fun tension-filled bits on the base defense parts, which is kind of always fun no matter what game it is" but it drops to a 2 for the "insulting business practices this company has been pulling".

On GameFAQs, the game has scores of 1.39/5 for the Microsoft Windows version, 2.42/5 for the PlayStation 4 version, and 2.24/5 for the Xbox One version.

The game has been reported to have sold terribly, which most gamers are seeing as a victory given that Survive was an obvious cash-grab and a sign of how low Konami's reputation has dropped.

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Comments


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ThunderKat

26 months ago
Score 6
Oh hey, the comments section is back!
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Danetheheroofworlds

26 months ago
Score 3
Yay! We can talk again!
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ThisIsMorgan2

26 months ago
Score 8
This game is not made out of metal, its made of DIRT
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Danetheheroofworlds

26 months ago
Score 2
This is just a scam disguised as a game. It feels more like a digital ATM to transfer money from the players to the developers.
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ThunderKat

25 months ago
Score 3
Wouldn't that mean the Metal Gear series has been "dragged through the dirt", so to speak?
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Pinky Malinky

25 months ago
Score 1
Metal Gay
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Caulipower

25 months ago
Score 2
Nice.
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EricSonic

24 months ago
Score 3
or Metal Ear.
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Pinky Malinky

23 months ago
Score 2
or Metal E
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Mr. Tenno

21 months ago
Score 2
10 bucks for a FUCKIN' save slot!??! I want to buy a sealed copy and make sure it stays sealed!!!
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Vauban

20 months ago
Score 3
Metal Fail, it's fitting for me, even better with Glass Tool A##hole for myself as well.
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Stephenfisher2001

20 months ago
Score 2
Metal Gear Unsurvive ;)
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Maxkatzur

18 months ago
Score 1
No redeeming qualities of any kind whatsoever for this cash grab.
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What.jpeg

18 months ago
Score 1
This is what i call "just poke some zombies instead of torning people's minds in half using some balloons"
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JDM4678

17 months ago
Score 2
Metal gear:now with zombies with red crystals on their head!
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HunterZolomon

16 months ago
Score 1
This shouldn’t have had that metal gear name in it. Damage is already done.
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EnnardTrap1987

16 months ago
Score 1

No redeeming qualities?

Damn...
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Superpan21

12 months ago
Score 0
This game was doomed from the start.
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TearingMeDown94

14 months ago
Score 1

I had fun with this game, In many ways, Smashed Case til there was nothing left then smash the Disc until there were 30 pieces and assembled it with glue and "hung" it on the wall with 5 nails from an nailgun.

It's "hanging" next to the following games on my wall:Ride To Hell Retribution, Quake IV, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Lost World, and Postal III
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Botbuster

14 months ago
Score 1
Metal Gear Will Not Survive.
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Botbuster

14 months ago
Score 1
What I said is based on the caption for the picture.
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Skyrish10

13 months ago
Score 1
Konami played us a like damn fiddle!!!!
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MeMeGuYWasLost

13 months ago
Score 0
Metal gear dead
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KermisHemel

13 months ago
Score 2
Saving Costs Money. Soon it will cost money to get past the title screen.
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SkyBlueYoshi

12 months ago
Score 1
Oh look another generic zombie killer game
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EnnardTrap1987

6 months ago
Score 2

To make matters worse, Konami chose to make this piece of shit of a game, over Metal Gear Rising 2..

I’m still in pain, thinking about that..
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DarkMatterMan4500

6 months ago
Score 1
This makes Call Of Duty Ghosts look like an award-winning masterpiece.
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LeroyManTheFirst

4 months ago
Score 0
Is this true?, if it is, I’m gonna boycott them.
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Sofaking we todd it

3 months ago
Score 1
I don't see anything on the internet about Kojima being involved with a remake of the first Metal Gear game.
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Superpan21

2 months ago
Score 0
Where did Hideo Kojima announce the remake of the first game?
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ThePCGamer

one month ago
Score 0
This game is basically how to nearly kill the Metal Gear franchise
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Fortdicted

one month ago
Score 0
Congrats, Metal Gear Survive, you almost killed the Metal Gear franchise!
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MRYEETFLAM

27 days ago
Score 0
oh no
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TerWebz

9 days ago
Score 0
The micro-transactions make EA look like child's play

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