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Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)

Final predictions for Death Stranding?


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Saint-14

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Nov 2, 2017
13,413
I’ve said it before but 10/10 doesn’t mean the game is perfect, in fact there is no perfect game and you can find flaws in anything, it just means the flaws it had didn’t detract away from the overall experience, and the same goes for the low scores no matter how harsh they are as long as that’s what the reviewer feels.
 

astro

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Oct 25, 2017
21,771
I’ve said it before but 10/10 doesn’t mean the game is perfect, in fact there is no perfect game and you can find flaws in anything, it just means the flaws it had didn’t detract away from the overall experience, and the same goes for the low scores no matter how harsh they are as long as that’s what the reviewer feels.
To add though, it is also perfectly ok to be critical of specific reviews, if you can articulate why reasonably. However, simply stating "all low reviews are dumb" or "this shouldn't get 10s" is just mindless.
 

Saint-14

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Nov 2, 2017
13,413
To add though, it is also perfectly ok to be critical of specific reviews, if you can articulate why reasonably. However, simply stating "all low reviews are dumb" or "this shouldn't get 10s" is just mindless.
Sure, disagreeing is fine as long as one is not being obnoxious about it, you can even find reviews with false info/not understanding mechanics which is not wrong to call out.
 

TheGummyBear

Member
Jan 6, 2018
1,030
United Kingdom
Quoting myself:

"It gets ridiculous in a way that I have never seen before even in the MGS series"

Ive played most MGS games, I loved MGS 4 ... I know about Kojima.
But this right here is too much for me. It crossed the line between charming to outright bad.
Apologies, I had just woken up from a bad night's sleep (I live in one of the flood stricken areas of the UK and there was loud sirens and train blaring their safety horns all night), and was outright slap happy from sleep deprivation when I responded to you.

If it's anything, I do find Death Stranding a much harder plot to follow than MGS. But given the quick turnaround from Silent Hills, I chalk that to Kojima just not letting himself have the time to come up with a fitting story to fit around the mechanical ideas he had for DS.
 

BaNDaMaN

Member
Nov 1, 2019
57
20+ hours in. Just started episode 4.
Easy 9/10.
Yes, combat and stealth are shallow.
But that's okay, the game is not about that. For me, the game is about watching this hostile and barren world come alive and tamed by the actions of other players and myself. Roads, shelters, generators all these things that make your life so much easier, and then you realize people are using your stuff and you're making things easier for them.
I've spent the last 14 hours doing side quests and building roads. And thanks to the side quests you unlock more things that make your life easier. And the game feels great to play too, nothing I wrote above would matter if that wasn't the case.
I can see people not liking the game. But it's so much more than a walking simulator or fetch quest: the game.
Also, going into this game expecting deep combat or action in the regular sense is a mistake, I think.
I actually like weird crap like this. I think I'll pick this one up.
 

Andalusia

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Sep 26, 2019
265
9/10 from Slant

https://www.slantmagazine.com/games/review-death-stranding-is-a-surreal-elegy-to-the-work-that-binds-a-broken-america/

Honestly I don't think a lot of people expected that given the intense hatred for Kojima one of their editors/writers has and the fact people said they threw a "tantrum" about not getting a review copy and said it Sony getting back at them because they reviewed Days Gone with a low score. Regardless of the score, the review reads really impartial so fair play to them for that, a lot people assume the worst in them and it this case they rose above it.
 

Snakeeee

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Jan 20, 2019
2,619
9/10 from Slant

https://www.slantmagazine.com/games/review-death-stranding-is-a-surreal-elegy-to-the-work-that-binds-a-broken-america/

Honestly I don't think a lot of people expected that given the intense hatred for Kojima one of their editors/writers has and the fact people said they threw a "tantrum" about not getting a review copy and said it Sony getting back at them because they reviewed Days Gone with a low score. Regardless of the score, the review reads really impartial so fair play to them for that, a lot people assume the worst in them and it this case they rose above it.
Holy shit, didnt expect that at all.

Props to them.
 

Duncan

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Oct 25, 2017
4,290
Spent the last hour and a half driving cargo around of about six standard orders that will surely bring me upgrades only to run into this fucking rock after hours and hours of being conditioned to get out of every one of them. I hate this game.

Any solutions are welcome and I thought the sticky gun would do the trick but of course, it wouldn't because the game decided to give me a migraine instead. I put it in a postbox so HAVE AT IT.

 

Andalusia

Member
Sep 26, 2019
265
Spent the last hour and a half driving cargo around of about six standard orders that will surely bring me upgrades only to run into this fucking rock after hours and hours of being conditioned to get out of every one of them. I hate this game.

Any solutions welcome and I thought the sticky gun would do the trick but of course it wouldn't because the game decided to give me a migraine instead.

Wrong thread mate!

I'll help anyway though. If I'm not mistaken about the location it looks like you're near the distribution center for south knot. If that's the case then I'd suggest running back on foot getting another truck and parking near this one and moving all your cargo to the new truck. If you/others have built the roads in and around this area it should be pretty easy. Wouldn't get too taxing regardless. You might even be in luck and someone might have left a truck even closer that the distro center, scan and check.
 

Duncan

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Oct 25, 2017
4,290
Wrong thread mate!

I'll help anyway though. If I'm not mistaken about the location it looks like you're near the distribution center for south knot. If that's the case then I'd suggest running back on foot getting another truck and parking near this one and moving all your cargo to the new truck. If you/others have built the roads in and around this area it should be pretty easy. Wouldn't get too taxing regardless. You might even be in luck and someone might have left a truck even closer that the distro center, scan and check.
There are about 50 items inside that truck. Over 6 orders. This took a very VERY long time to arrange. I'm so broken right now.
 

Andalusia

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Sep 26, 2019
265
There are about 50 items inside that truck. Over 6 orders. This took a very VERY long time to arrange. I'm so broken right now.
Yikes! Something similar happened to me but I it was 2 orders and 20 pieces of cargo and a bench of materials. I was in luck since someone left a truck nearby so I only had to run for about 2 minutes and drive the truck next to the suck truck and move the cargo across. You do know you don't have to move it manually? Just park the 2nd truck nearby, hold square on the 1st stuck truck and in the cargo inventory menu that pops up you'll be able to easily move everything over to the 2nd truck, it'll appear in the same window.
 

Duncan

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,290
I think I'm just gonna turn this game off for today. Because I'm just too miserable over what just happened. For my own physical well-being.
 

Pariah

Member
Oct 29, 2017
2,052
There's a moral lesson about greed right there. Though I know that won't be of much help now; Andalusia's advice should work like a spell, otherwise try to go back with a few floating carriers and put all the cargo on them.

Personally, I don't trust in trucks at all for rougher terrains. What happened to you is a clear statement of why "brute-forcing" or approaching every situation in the game with the same solution (as suggested here by others) is simply not optimal.
 

Zeel

Member
Oct 27, 2017
444
There are about 50 items inside that truck. Over 6 orders. This took a very VERY long time to arrange. I'm so broken right now.
Just pick up another truck and drive close to that one, open cargo menu and transfer all the stuff from truck 1 to truck 2 in one go, done. It should take your 10 minutes tops to get another truck, drive back and transfer everything.
 

Kaguya

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Jun 19, 2018
2,926
Spent the last hour and a half driving cargo around of about six standard orders that will surely bring me upgrades only to run into this fucking rock after hours and hours of being conditioned to get out of every one of them. I hate this game.

Any solutions are welcome and I thought the sticky gun would do the trick but of course, it wouldn't because the game decided to give me a migraine instead. I put it in a postbox so HAVE AT IT.

Bring another car to unload everything on lol, driving in this game is one of the worst I ran into this gen.
 

residentgrigo

Member
Oct 30, 2019
515
Germany
Yahtzee Croshaw reviewed it as one of the last gaming outlets. Sound like a 7/10, I think.

He called out the sexism, a rarety for him and cried out for Silent Hills. The rest is the usual Kojima understands gaming but he doesn´t understand movies/books.
 

mazi

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Oct 27, 2017
28,016
dropped to 82/83 on meta/open after this review:

GameSpew (6/10):
I have to give credit to Hideo Kojima for trying to make something different. For me it didn’t pay off, but I did feel there were moments of brilliance here and there. Death Stranding is an ambitious game, but it’s also one that’s self-indulgent and overwrought. With better pacing and the excising of some of its less flattering content and features, Death Stranding could have been something special. As it is, however, it’s just a slog that ultimately turns around and spits in your face.
 

JayBabay

Member
Oct 25, 2017
367
California
I know MetaCritic user reviews don’t mean anything, but sometimes when the critical reception isn’t super high, the user reviews often highly recommend it. I didn’t look into it to avoid spoilers, but it’s possible it got review bombed, or in general people really were soured on their experience.

This only happened because a friend asked me to play COD and I told him I don’t feel like playing anything but this, it’s got me hooked, and suggested he try it. He rebutted with user reviews being low and thinking that might reflect his thoughts.
 
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FlintSpace

Member
Oct 28, 2017
2,161
What a ride that was, and not in a good way.

Chp 1-3 ( 7/10)
Chp 4-8 (9.5/10)
Chp 9 to end (wtf 5/10)

I guess that ends my dilemma over whether reviewers should finish a game before publishing it. They should. End parts were extremely boring.
82 or maybe 80MC sounds about right.
 

Hadok

Member
Feb 14, 2018
3,233
Spent the last hour and a half driving cargo around of about six standard orders that will surely bring me upgrades only to run into this fucking rock after hours and hours of being conditioned to get out of every one of them. I hate this game.

Any solutions are welcome and I thought the sticky gun would do the trick but of course, it wouldn't because the game decided to give me a migraine instead. I put it in a postbox so HAVE AT IT.

This is weird..why don't youJust jump with the truck?it should work.