The latest entry in the Metal Gear series is a survival game at its core. It’s a definite shift from previous iterations; here’s how to have the best possible experience.

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Metal Gear Survive is the first game to bear the series name since the controversial departure of Hideo Kojima. However, the game is noncanonical and does not advance the main Metal Gear Solid story line; it takes place in between the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. You take on the role of the Captain (you can customize your character) on a rescue mission into a mysterious wormhole that swallowed soldiers and Mother Base debris after an enemy XOF unit destroyed the military platform towards the end of Ground Zeroes.

That’s not all, though. Your lucky destination (in another dimension) is a hostile world called Dite (pronounced dee-tay), home to hordes of zombie-like creatures called Wanderers. An unknown life-form infected these once-human victims and turned them into ravaging and deadly monsters, complete with glowing red crystalline structures growing out of the back of their necks. Your character is also infected by this life-form, which adds some urgency to your mission.

Your main mission is to recover data on the Kuban Energy (more on that in a bit) from the Charon Corps, the original military group sent into Dite, who mysteriously disappeared. You are also tasked with rescuing any…