Metal Gear Survive

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Survival simulation in alien dimension has intense violence.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Explores concepts of community, survival. Some segments encourage teamwork. Occasionally addresses thorny themes of war, including moral relativism, child soldiering.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Player character's skin color, gender can be customized. He/she is largely silent, but helps other survivors whenever possible by carrying them to safety, providing essential supplies. Other characters display varying levels of compassion, trust, self-interest.  

Ease of Play

Steady learning curve stretches out over first dozen hours, slowly teaching players a variety of complex game systems, mechanics. Missions can be challenging, with long stretches without opportunity to save, no option to lower difficulty.


Third-person combat against soldiers transformed into alien monsters involves knives, guns, bows and arrows, explosives. Enemy bodies sometimes break into crystalline chunks. Realistic player character injuries include rivulets of blood running down screen.


Female avatars can be adorned in a bra-like top revealing deep cleavage.


Infrequent moderate language, including "s--t."


Microtransactions allow players to spend real-world money to gain advantages within the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Metal Gear Survive is an adventure game about surviving an alternate dimension filled with aliens and monsters. The hero does battle with humanoid creatures using knives, guns, explosives, traps, and a bow and arrow, sometimes causing them to break into crystalline chunks. Blood runs down the screen in vivid red rivulets when the player's character suffers a vital injury. The main character is customizable, with players able to edit gender, skin color, and facial features to better reflect themselves. This character is largely silent, but means to aid and assist other survivors. Conversations with non-player characters sometimes tackle tough issues to do with war and conflict, such as moral relativism and child soldiering. Parents should also note that in-game microtransactions encourage players to spend real money to gain play advantages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam M. February 23, 2018

Nothing you havent seen before nor needed to see. Only gets more and more boring. Makes you pay extra for extra save slots

A $40 mod. Dont support companies that charge you for basic functionality in a game thats suppoed to be complete enough for shelves. If you've played State... Continue reading
Adult Written byLogan K. February 27, 2018


The Metal Gear Solid series is often misunderstood by over concerned parents who don't want their kids to know that the world exists outside of the house.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJames472 February 24, 2018

Common Sense Media... What?

Common Sense Media’s review sound fairly tame. Enemys break into crystal chunks, blood is shown on your screen, sh*t, and mature topics. Ok, so it should be 14+... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLava4 November 22, 2020

Absolute bollocks

A greedy cash grab made by a greedy cynical person who has fired the greatest video game creator of all time and gone: “they’ll by anything with the metal gear... Continue reading

What's it about?

METAL GEAR SURVIVE is a spin-off of Konami's popular Metal Gear Solid series, and the first entry in the franchise not directed by founder Hideo Kojima. Play is based largely on systems and mechanics introduced in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but the story is much more otherworldly. Players create a custom avatar that's whisked away to an alternate, hellish dimension in which alien parasites take control of human hosts, transforming them into crystalline, zombie-like monsters. The hero's mission is to find and help other humans survive, collect data on this strange dimension, and eventually escape back to the hero's own world. The hero sets up and slowly grows a base camp community where the survivors gather and work, as players venture out on expeditions into the ruined wasteland around them, scavenging supplies, searching for data caches, and mapping the area. Players must monitor their character's hunger, thirst, and oxygen levels while exploring to keep from collapsing. As the game progresses, players use the supplies they collect to craft better gear, weapons, and base fortifications to defend against enemy assaults. Customizable online missions allow groups of players to band together to explore the wastes.

Is it any good?

While neither as character-driven nor as philosophical as a traditional game in this series, this survival sim gives players a chance to revisit some mechanics from the series' older games. Metal Gear Survive's greatest strengths are its combat and survival systems. Learning how to manage scarce resources, use your time in the field efficiently, and effectively combat enemy hordes takes time and is challenging, but never unfair. Plus, the tactics involved in protecting targets by strategically deploying barricades, traps, and other gadgets are compelling. Map exploration is perhaps a little more frustrating than it needs to be -- especially in areas obscured by a toxic dust cloud that makes it very easy to get lost -- but there's a definite sense of satisfaction that comes with discovering and revealing new locations and earning a hard-won wormhole transportation device (essentially a fast-travel location).

Long-time series fans are bound to be a little disappointed by Metal Gear Survive's refusal to move Metal Gear's intricate narrative forward in any serious way, but there are still some brief moments of reflection on the consequences and follies of military conflict -- aspects for which the franchise is well-known. A bigger issue is that the survival shtick eventually becomes a bit formulaic and repetitive. Hunting for food and purifying water grows wearisome after a while, and many mission objectives fall into just a handful of categories. Thanks to the large and diverse array of gradually earned weapons, gear, and gadgets, the combat remains fun and satisfying throughout, but the goals we're provided could vary a little more. Though fun in places, Metal Gear Survive is undeniably a minor entry in Konami's storied series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Are there any themes to do with war present in Metal Gear Survive that aren't typically found in combat-focused games?

  • Talk about the concept of survival. What are some of the social and physical needs of human survival that some of us living in a wealthier part of the world might take for granted?

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