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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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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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