Metal Gear Survive is an action-adventure survival game where you collect resources to build and manage your base of operations. You're trapped in the middle of a zombie invasion, where you can choose to either sneak around or fight off waves of enemies.
Pro Base-building is great for those who like to micromanage small details
As you collect resources like metals and wood from around the open world, you'll return to your base where you can improve the structures to better protect you from the zombie invasion. Building more walls and tougher enclosures will be your main focus to help make sure you have a place to escape from the harsh environments filled with zombies everywhere else. If you're diligent about collecting materials, you can build some sturdy additions to your home base to help you have a safe place to return to. It's a solid feature that makes resource collecting feel worthwhile with a payoff, especially if you like keeping track of small details.
Pro Smooth graphics
The Fox Engine used for Metal Gear Survive looks great, with human faces and models that look believable, and great textures for environments. Characters are fine to look at during cutscenes, almost true-to-life in how realistic they seem at times. Even though the open world itself is pretty empty, it's realistic enough with smooth surfaces for the ground and bodies of water. For the most part, everything is pleasing to the eye and you might not notice anything all that jarring or out of place.
Con Extra save slots locked behind real money purchases
It's frustrating that you can only have one save file for free. If you want to make a new save slot for another playthrough, you'll have to fork over $9.99 USD first. Gating such an integral game mechanic behind a microtransaction is unnecessary.
Con Phoned-in story presentation
Cutscenes are really boring, lacking the inventiveness that the Metal Gear series is known for. There isn't much flavor to the cutscenes or voice acting to keep you invested in the story. Important segments will show slides of dialog with the character's picture while their voice actors drone on as they oversupply you with information about operations. Everything has a staleness about it that feels dated and passionless.
Con Combat is bland and boring
Whether you're fighting with a spear or a bow and arrow, combat is incredibly bland, with the same repeating animations over and over. Battles with spears are the worst offenders, since your character will do the same 1-2-3 motion over and over again. Combat lacks weight and realism and will probably get on your nerves after a while from how uninspired it feels.
Con Hunger, thirst, and stamina reminders are a pain
As you run around the world, you'll have to manage your hunger, thirst, and stamina, with constant reminders from the game when you need to watch out for these three things. Your AI companion is in charge of telling you when you need to eat food, drink water, or slow down to conserve your stamina. Her robotic voice is monotone and uninteresting, growing annoying after listening to it over and over again. It'll more than likely drag on you after a while, possibly killing your enjoyment with the game.
Con Fights against zombies are easily exploitable
At first, you'll notice that zombies do quite a lot of damage to you, but there are a few simple ways to deal with them that cheapens the entire game. Hitting enemies while you're on higher ground from them keeps you from taking any damage whatsoever, making these battles trivial. You'll be free to whack away at them with your spear while they just run into the cliff or bridge or whatever you find yourself standing on. You can also build a gated fence when you don't have any higher ground to stand on, and the zombies will, for the most part, keep running into the gate while you hit them through the wall. These are such boring workarounds, but they're sadly the best ways to deal with enemies and avoid damage altogether.
Con Bare-bones, tacked-on multiplayer
The multiplayer is basically the same horde mode against countless zombies, except you get to play with other people. Nothing feels new or exciting here, other than how easy it is to obtain resources here compared to the tedium of single-player mode. Other than that, it's the same gameplay with the added frustrations from the terrible matchmaking system and long load times, forcing you to wait for minutes at a time to play a single match.