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The Metal Gear Survive Trailer Surprisingly Shows Some Promise

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Even though Hideo Kojima is no longer with Konami, the company is still trying to keep his brainchild Metal Gear Solid alive with Metal Gear Survive, and judging from the gameplay trailer, Konami might actually have something going for them. Is it a Metal Gear something? Well, no, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

So, IGN recently released a five-minute gameplay trailer for Metal Gear Survive, and it looks ok. If we just take a minute and try to ignore all the reprehensible stuff Konami has done in the past, you just might see that with this game, the company is giving it the old college try.

Metal Gear Survive borrows a lot from Metal Gear Solid V‘s gameplay, especially when it comes to stealth, and tries to add in new mechanics, such as Dead Rising-esque combat to deal with multiple zombies when stealth is no longer an option. The game also adds in Fortnite-esque building and resource gathering, which is apparently designed to encourage out-of-the-box thinking. Cornered near a cliff thanks to an oncoming swarm of zombies? Set down a frictionless pad and let them slide to their doom while you hang off the edge. Want to reach a building’s roof quickly? Summon a tower with a ladder. It’s all stuff that’s been done before (in Fortnite), but copying what works in other games isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as what’s copied is utilized well.

While Metal Gear Survive uses the tired zombie trope, the trailer hints at a story that revolves around the mystery of the origin of the zombies, as well as the dying, parallel world they inhabit. In one scene, a recently deceased soldier transforms into a zombie with no seeming cause. One second he’s a motionless corpse, the next he’s got a glowing crystal where his brain should be and is trying to claw at an NPC — and I’m genuinely curious how and why that happens. Maybe it’s a good hook, or maybe I’m just not burnt out on zombie games like some others.

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If I’m being honest here, I think the reason why many people take umbrage with the game is it uses the Metal Gear name and has nothing to do with the franchise. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance at least featured characters from previous games and had a plot that, while not as convoluted as other Metal Gear games, is definitely the kind of story we’ve come to expect from the series. While Metal Gear Survive definitely borrows some gameplay mechanics from the Metal Gear franchise, it could probably stand on its own two legs if Konami had developed the game as an original IP.

Some might argue that Konami slapped on the Metal Gear title to Metal Gear Survive because the company is banking on the name to sell a game that actually sucks. I argue that, given the gameplay, Konami wants to prove it can still make good Metal Gear games without Kojima, even if they are Metal Gear in name only. I’m a forgiving man and am willing to give the company a second chance. Metal Gear Survive has a beta scheduled for January 18th, which will be an excellent opportunity to see if the the gameplay lives up to the trailer.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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