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

Final predictions for Death Stranding?


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Moz La Punk

Member
May 15, 2018
571
The Netherlands
I expected the scores to be all over the place and was not dissapointed. While I gave a 9.5, I could easily see people give it like, for instance, a 7. I don't agree with it, of course, but I can see it. This game is not for everyone. And that's perfectly fine, of course.
 

Serene

Community Resettler
Member
Oct 25, 2017
40,062
Alex Navarro - “There is not a single aspect of this game that doesn’t feel intentional. When this game sucks, it feels like it is sucking for a reason. That does not make it good. That does not make it fun. But it feels like it was all designed to work together.”
 

Dark1x

Digital Foundry
Verified
Oct 26, 2017
3,183
I loved this game so much. What a breath of fresh air. It brought back that feeling of popping in a new Konami PS2 game back in the day, not knowing what to expect. It’s mysterious and engaging. This is definitely going on my list this year.

...and this comes from someone that doesn’t usually enjoy open world design. This solves so many of those issues.
 

J_ToSaveTheDay

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
4,007
USA
If the opening slog is a LITERAL and not an EXAGGERATED 10 hours, I don't think I'm ever going to get to the good stuff in this game, y'all.

That's a bit too long for me.
 

Loudninja

Member
Oct 27, 2017
11,474
PlayStation LifeStyle 9.5

Death Stranding is not a “fun” game, but it’s an important and meaningful experience that earns its payoff through every bit of frustration and slog. Its a look at life and death, connection and solitude; a game about building up what matters most and supporting each other selflessly. You’ll be bored at times and downright frustrated at others, but it comes with a great reward at the end that is made sweeter by the trials that precede it. It’s brilliantly unique in its design and implementation of online elements.
 

Arta

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,719
That Easy Allies review locked in a no purchase for me.

As far as the gameplay goes, BOTH the stealth and action are a crap shoot, with most of the game being tedious fetch quests. Yeah no thanks.

Story while whipping between aggressively vague and needlessly long winded and pandering, apparently ends up satisfying in the end (as the Filmcast would call it, a good sit). Thing is, I can watch all the cutscenes on Youtube for that.

Seems like the game is exactly what I thought it was from the start, an giant waste of time.
 

Vidpixel

Member
Oct 27, 2017
43
Is anyone else loving the vast array of differing opinions surrounding this game? It’s utterly fascinating.
 

PLASTICA-MAN

Member
Oct 26, 2017
10,008
Huh I just saw 48 critics posted in Metacritic then I refreshed the page then it became 47. Do some reviews get added then pulled there?

Edit: wth now 44.

Edit 2 : now 49.
 

Winstano

Editor-in-chief at nextgenbase.com
Verified
Oct 28, 2017
603
I loved this game so much. What a breath of fresh air. It brought back that feeling of popping in a new Konami PS2 game back in the day, not knowing what to expect. It’s mysterious and engaging. This is definitely going on my list this year.

...and this comes from someone that doesn’t usually enjoy open world design. This solves so many of those issues.
YES JOHN! :D Its wonderful, isn't it?

(here's my pale imitation of a DF vid btw: Death Stranding - Technical Comparison - Is the Base PS4 Worth It?!)
 

Moara

Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,549
Pretty mixed as expected. It was always gonna be the type of game that some people will fucking love and some will fucking hate. I'm still interested to see which direction I'll fall on, though I'm fine waiting for the PC version.
 

Goro Majima

Member
Oct 29, 2017
625
But they're so low they are averaging the meta far lower than most other games.

It's definitely divisive, or at least, for a select few it is.
So Horizon Zero Dawn is also divisive because it got a 5. And Control also because it got a 4. I can be here all day.

As I said, really low scores happen in all games.
 

Loudninja

Member
Oct 27, 2017
11,474
I loved this game so much. What a breath of fresh air. It brought back that feeling of popping in a new Konami PS2 game back in the day, not knowing what to expect. It’s mysterious and engaging. This is definitely going on my list this year.

...and this comes from someone that doesn’t usually enjoy open world design. This solves so many of those issues.
Nice!
 

Quinton

SOLDIER 1st Class
Moderator
Oct 25, 2017
9,525
The Research Triangle
So far it's going precisely as many of us in the spoiler thread felt like it might. I tend to roll my eyes sometimes when people dive into threads with "Not surprising." But that's truly how it is right now -- it's not surprising that this is a critically divisive video game.
 

Mohsenix

Member
Mar 31, 2018
151
Game sounds right up my alley. I'm all for a slow-paced games with relatively simple gameplay mechanics. Will definitely pick it up when I have the time.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,153
I loved this game so much. What a breath of fresh air. It brought back that feeling of popping in a new Konami PS2 game back in the day, not knowing what to expect. It’s mysterious and engaging. This is definitely going on my list this year.

...and this comes from someone that doesn’t usually enjoy open world design. This solves so many of those issues.
Can't wait to see for myself next week
 

DoubleTake

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Oct 25, 2017
3,718
Eurogamer suggests that Kojima has finally outdone MGS4...

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It's an odd universe, laden with symbolism: bridges, ropes, hands, babies, umbilical chords and the signifiers of death are everywhere. If it has an eerie power - and it definitely does - it is not thanks to the heavy-handed thematic treatment or the clumsy writing. Seldom has a game worked so hard to explain itself only to fail. The actors spend most of their time valiantly wading through a tar pit of exposition that somehow does little to advance your understanding or flesh out their strikingly designed characters. (In fact, this game is so obsessed with exposition that it continues through, and then past, the end credits. The entire hours-long final act of the game is so overblown, it's a scarcely believable display of hubris.)"

Yeah I'm not gonna sit through more long winded, "high brow" mumbo jumbo from Kojima if the gameplay surrounding it is tedious and unfun.
 

radicalsix

Member
Oct 27, 2017
27
I loved this game so much. What a breath of fresh air. It brought back that feeling of popping in a new Konami PS2 game back in the day, not knowing what to expect. It’s mysterious and engaging. This is definitely going on my list this year.

...and this comes from someone that doesn’t usually enjoy open world design. This solves so many of those issues.
Music to my ears.