Why Metal Gear Survive makes sense.

Ask anyone about the Metal Gear franchise, they’ll probably bring up stealth gameplay, cinematic cutscenes, and a plethora of social and political commentary. Hideo Kojima’s brainchild has built up an impressive reputation, but many believe that to be under threat now.

With Konami and Kojima having a huge falling out, many believe that Konami will take it out on the franchise, with both a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater pachinko game for Japanese markets, and the next installment of the franchise, Metal Gear Survive. It’s a Metal Gear game…with zombies.


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Kojima’s method of story telling, combined with the survival horror nature of zombies? That doesn’t seem to mesh well…does it?

Before anyone writes this off as a cash grab, remember that there was another video game that was a combination of stealth and survival horror, and had compelling storytelling that’s ripe for roundtable discussions, just like Metal Gear.


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In “The Last of Us,” a man named Joel, who has lost a lot in the aftermath of a cordyceps outbreak that turns people into monsters, is tasked with transporting a girl named Ellie to a rebel camp that is working on a cure for the outbreak. The story as many twists and turns and HEART-STABBING moments.

The main game itself focuses on surviving against anything that tries to kill you, but with limited resources (requiring 4 blade components and 4 adhesive components to make 1 shiv,) stealth is an important tool for survival.

Anyone that’s played a Metal Gear game knows that that’s Kojima’s method of writing in a nutshell. There’s plenty of twists that throw players for a loop and keeps them guessing, while being intricate enough to fuel hour-long debates about themes in the games.

It’s never good to judge a book by its cover. No matter how ridiculous it may seem, it might make more sense in the long run.