Metal Gear Survive » Platform PS4 • Xbox One • PC 1-Player Action (4-Player Online) » Style K Between life and death onami fired Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima in 2015, and the high-profile falling out left most fans sympathetic to the ousted director. The company fanned the flames when it announced the series would continue without Kojima in the form of Metal Gear Survive – a zombie-themed departure from Metal Gear’s traditional tactical espionage. This context may color how Metal Gear Survive is perceived among fans, but the drama isn’t part of the game itself. In fact, I had fun during my hands-on time with this spin-off entry, though it still has a lot to prove. Metal Gear Survive’s biggest strength is how it is built on the rock-solid game-play foundation of Metal Gear Solid V. Despite never playing Metal Gear Survive before, my familiarity with The Phantom Pain allowed me to jump in with ease. Firing weapons and moving around the battlefield function as expected; whether I was setting off C4 or cruising around in a Walker Gear, the basic mechanics work well and feel comfortable. As familiar as the controls may be, the action is nothing like your typical previews » Publisher Konami Konami 2018 » Developer » Release Metal Gear title. I played a cooperative multiplayer mode in which four play-ers work together to defend a genera-tor against waves of zombie attackers. This process involves setting traps and enhancing defenses around a base; cool options like spinning blades, oil slicks, and barricades let you funnel the attack-ers to specific points and take them out in style. These obstacles are best used during preparatory phases; once the zombies started flooding in, I stuck to my primary weapons – especially my heavy sword.