Is Metal Gear Survive’s matchmaking broken?

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If like us, you’ve become rather addicted to the wave-based defense building multiplayer mode of Salvage, then you may also be as frustrated as us too. It’s pretty clear that there is something wrong with Metal Gear Survive’s matchmaking.

Unless you have a ready-made team of four, then you are at the mercy of sitting in a lobby for up to 5 minutes as the game attempts to pair you with other players. In the beginning this wasn’t too much hassle, because despite the waiting time, we always got a game. Not any more.

After wading through easy and normal mode, Greg and myself needed a new challenge and hard mode not only gives us that challenge, but also rewards with the best loot – trouble is, we can’t beat the levels with just the two of us. The cost in materials and the juggling of enemies eventually overwhelms us, but with matchmaking taking so long and usually coming up blank with pairing us with other players, what is left to do? Surely the community hasn’t given up on the game already?

Thankfully, we have found the solution – Xbox’s Looking for Group feature. Accessed quickly through the blade, I was able to post a message to the board and specify who we were looking for, what we planned to do and a start time, within minutes I had two messages replying to my advert. I read their comments – which were perfect – and easily invited them into our party and the game. Problem solved. Thanks Xbox!

I've been gaming for longer than I care to remember and spent four years writing for another XCN website leading a 10 strong team. Now I'm in charge of TiX alongside Dave Moran – I hope you enjoy what we do!

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