Square Enix has dropped a new trailer for their upcoming survival game Left Alive. One that left me feeling very ambivalent about the upcoming title. The trailer above shows off the environment of the game, a war-torn city that has been caught in the crossfire of two opposing armies. With veteran developers like Yoji Shinkawa (character designer from Metal Gear Solid series) and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer: Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam 00), the game looks visually beautiful. The issue my mind seems to have with the upcoming title is that it just seems like it should be apart of the Metal Gear Solid world as opposed to the Front Mission universe which is where this story is said to take place.
The game is described as a survival shooter and has you running around a world very reminiscent of the ones Snake could be seen traversing through regularly. The tone and environment make me feel as if the main characters might turn a corner and run into Snake running a separate mission in the city. The playstyle even seems heavily similar if the last part of the TGS 2017 announcement trailer is anything to go by – which is minimal I admit.
The only thing that struck me as slightly different about this game is the chance to traverse through three different storylines and perspectives as the invasion in war-torn Novo Slava takes place. The chance to write a captivating story that weaves these three characters either together or against each other is there, and Square Enix tends to produce heartfelt RPG’s that tug at our souls. With the ability to pick how you engage in your fights, whether that be frantic gun fights or stealth-based action, I’m sure action won’t be lacking for us gamers either.
That said, with a whole collection of Metal Gear games clogging up my gaming catalog I can’t help but feel a blandness to the upcoming title. Not to say that it couldn’t be game of the year material, as we haven’t had a chance to even see a demo of sorts on the upcoming title. However, I was just hoping for something more, as opposed to more of the same out of Square Enix.
The title is slated to release February 28,2019 and will be on Steam and the PS4. Don’t let my lackluster approval of the game shy you away from trying it though or keeping it on your radar. It’s just not on my most anticipated titles coming list, and won’t be anytime soon.