Metal Gear Survive Beta First Impressions
On our last episode of what is going on with the Metal Gear series we last posted about MG Survive back in September 16th of 2016 during The Tokyo Game Show. We were treated with some gameplay of the new adaptation which takes place between the events of Ground Zero and Phantom Pain where a few soldiers are sucked into a wormhole. This turns into a nightmare scenario where you now are pitted against some crystal Zombie creatures that remind me of the Crimson Heads of Resident Evil. So, this weekend we got to take our own look into the game and I am teamed up with MTPAPA in a hilarious quickplay.
“In a struggle to stay alive on this harsh terrain filled with deadly creatures, soldiers who were previously on Motherbase now must work cooperatively in order to survive. METAL GEAR SURVIVE continues the pedigree of METAL GEAR SOLID V’s highly praised gameplay design, with a unique blend of stealth and co-op play mechanics. Players can strategically manage massive threats with the help of four-player online cooperative play. New weaponry will also be introduced to combat charging creatures and lethal environments as well.”
I will admit that I was skeptical about this game at first because it is one of those games trying to keep the series alive with a quirky side story. But, one of my colleagues Meghann Gear Solid made a valid point that if the co-op is good it will be worth it. You start off by making either a male or female soldier and then there is some decent customization to make it the character you want even down to the voice. As you dive deeper you can upgrade your character with new armor and of course your stats. In all that is it worth it though?
Disclaimer: I forgot to hit my commentary button so please enjoy the video anyway.
I am still unsure of the game as a whole, but I have to admit this is a fun co-op game to be had. The only drawbacks I have is that finding parts to use was a bit tiresome and weird. I was trying to look for bottles in order to make a Molotov cocktail, but they probably kept it limited for the beta. I am curious how far I can scavage around before having to run back to the base in order to fortify it.
MTPAPA was right in saying this game feels a bit like Fortnite where you craft walls and other items in order to tackle the hordes. Now if this is the co-op I can only imagine what the single-player campaign is going to be like. In the co-op I did try to sneak around a bit to attack some of the crystal heads which worked and in Metal Gear fashion you make too much noise and the enemy will be alerted with the classic exclamation point.
It baffles me why in any kind of zombie game there is always a boomer or bloater or some big zombie that explodes. There is armored undead as well which is a bit of a pain, but I would recommend the Sledgehammer vs. the Battleaxe since the Sledgehammer as you seen in the video is way more effective with crowd control. Speaking of crowd control it took me a minute to figure out the extra grenade slot on the R1 button that I threw a lore crystal that made the zombies move away from me. That was pretty neat.
The only other problem is the fear factor is not there. There are situations where you would think a game like this would have more of a jump scare to it or some sort of nightmare tone. It is still too early to tell, but I would love to see a night mode with rain and these things moving around and trying to get at us glowing in the night. Being that this is Metal Gear, I do want a hunting dog to use against these monsters, but that is just me.
Even though it was a short time to play a few matches, Metal Gear Survive still was fun and I will admit the co-op was amusing and interesting. It is not that much unique other than using the Metal Gear engine, but what say you the gamers out there? Have you played the beta and what do you think so far? Please leave a comment below and be sure to check back and we might do a review of this game. – Beast Out –
Metal Gear Survive will be released on February 20th, 2018 and you can make a pre-order on Play-Asia.com which helps us out here.