METAL GEAR SURVIVE
Developer Konami Digital Entertainment Publisher Konami Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release 2018
Well, it’s a damn sight better than we were expecting. Built on the foundations of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, without Kojima’s direction, we’re fully prepared for co-op survival zombie shooter Metal Gear Survive to be a hollow cash-grab. But during the third wave of our base-defence efforts, up to our ears in mutant threat and gut-churningly low on shotgun shells, we realise we’re having fun. Controls recall MGSV’s online multiplayer, but the D-pad brings up various defensive items to help protect our wormhole generator. While combat is basic and clunky, it’s not without nuance. Ever-weirder enemies have weak spots: shooting Bombers’ bulbous heads isn’t as effective as knee-capping them, for example. It’s not exactly groundbreaking, and it’s not particularly polished either (a recent delay might help fix that). Yet it’s challenging, and a surprisingly good time. Perhaps there’s hope for the post-Kojima Konami yet.