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– by Campbell Clark

Metal Gear Solid has been one of the most enduring and popular game franchises since its first appearance on the original Playstation. At the time it, was definitely a cut above most games in terms of cinematic storytelling in a game. The tactical stealth shooter has gone through many iterations over the course of the years as technology has developed in the console and PC gaming market. Most of the games have followed the same tactical stealth design that the very first game had, but the newest game due to be released this year is heading down a different path.

Metal Gear Survive has been criticised already by fans of the franchise for moving away from its core roots and also the fact that series creator Hideo Kojima has left and will not be involved at all in this most recent game (Or any future games for that matter).

This game promises to involve building equipment to use in survival wave-based gameplay in single player mode, whilst it also has co-op gameplay options also. For those interested in try before they buy, or those that haven’t already dismissed the game for being different, there is an open beta coming for both PS4 and Xbox One, though no PC beta has yet been announced. The beta will allow players to try out the online co-op part of the game rather than the single-player content. As is normal with games of this sort, it’s likely a chance for the game developers Konami to test out how the game will perform when released online. The beta will be available from January 18 through 21. Will this sway fans over to the new gameplay mechanics or will they remain thirsty for some stealth action?

For those who do try the beta, Konami has said they will earn some rewards which can be used within the main game in the form of cosmetic items such as a Metal Gear Rex accessory and a Fox Hound nameplate.

Konami has also released a new trailer for the game which you can find below, which concentrates on the single player aspect of the game. The footage shows players building bases and fighting off Zombie hordes, very different fare from what the franchise is known for.

What do you think of Metal Gear Survive so far from the trailer, will you be trying out the beta or purchasing the game when it launches on February 20 for PC, Xbox One and PS4? Or are you one of the fans unhappy with the change of direction in this series? Let us know in the usual place.

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SOURCE: Konami