Death Stranding

51 critics

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Kat BaileyNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding might be Kojima's boldest game to date. It may also be his most tedious. Either way, its originality outweighs its sometimes exhausting structure and poor pacing... but only just. Maybe not a game I would recommend to everyone, but certainly one of the most interesting games of 2019.
Matthew KatoNov 01, 2019
Try as it might, Death Stranding’s story doesn’t shore up its faults. It’s the normal Kojima mix of twists-and-turns, tropes, and overbearing themes, but at least I like that it explores real-world topics like the theory of multiple dimensions and key events in the history of the planet’s biodiversity. Like Sam himself, I often wasn’t sure why I kept going in Death Stranding. Maybe there was a little bit of pride in another task checked off the list, another job done. Unfortunately, this added up to little reward in the end.
Kyle HansonNov 01, 2019
If you can work through its frustrating parts and look past its plot failings, there’s something wonderful here, but many will come away disappointed if their expectations aren’t in check.
Adam BeckNov 01, 2019
The music is arguably the best part of Death Stranding, and the visuals, while fluctuating in quality depending on the area, have some of the best-looking character models seen in any game. If Death Stranding wasn’t so padded out it could have been something special; instead, we’re left with a repetitive letdown that’s far more enjoyable to watch than play.
Benjamin MaltbieNov 11, 2019
I merely like this game, and probably wouldn’t invest a bunch of time into it were it not for work. Of course, there will be people who won’t like the game at all; it will feel like a chore to them. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to determine whether or not Death Stranding is a game for you. I recommend experiencing it in some way, though, be it through a stream or a borrowed copy, because I think it will be talked about for years to come.
Ken McKownNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is a weird game that I could not stop thinking about while reviewing it. It has plenty of sluggishness to it. Sometimes I never wanted to play it again, but once that back half hit I was enthralled. There were times I couldn’t wait to play it. I spent over 50 hours in this game and eventually I want to spend more. Kojima and his team have crafted something that truly feels unique, for better or worse. It is hard to compare it to anything else, but that doesn’t always mean it was fun. Not everyone will adore this game, but I guarantee no one will ever be able to forget it either.
Liam CroftNov 01, 2019
Following years of mysterious anticipation, Death Stranding delivers on all fronts. An accomplished, fascinating set of gameplay mechanics allow you to make deliveries the way you want to, while social features let the game live on once you've put the controller down. It may become slightly tiresome as you hit the halfway mark, but the phenomenal narrative is on hand to pick things back up again and its outstanding visuals are the cherry on top. Death Stranding doesn’t raise the bar for any particular genre, it creates an entirely new one.
Mollie L PattersonNov 01, 2019
In the end, Death Stranding’s biggest mystery isn’t any of the elements we’ve had teased in three-plus years of trailers—it’s what people are going to think of it. Even from a man known for making love-them-or-hate-them projects, this may end up being one of the most divisive games ever created. For me, it was an experience that I can truly say was unlike any other I remember. And, if nothing else, Death Stranding makes me respect Hideo Kojima for convincing Sony to invest millions into a game that’s about a man delivering packages to holograms.
Chris CarterNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is not the overly-strange inaccessible walled garden the marketing has made it out to be. It's weird, don't get me wrong! But anyone with a surface-level understanding of surrealism in art should be able to acclimate to what is essentially a playable Hollywood production.
Kallie PlaggeNov 01, 2019
It's positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It's a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it's also one we really need right now.
Alex NavarroNov 06, 2019
But the whole of the game never achieves that balance. There's a deep thread of insecurity that runs through it, one that manifests in its unwillingness to commit all the way to the arduousness of its main character's task, that's too willing to break that quietness with mediocre action, and that never trusts the player to understand even its most basic ideas without hitting them over the head with them. There is a weirdo, avant spirit to Death Stranding that I do admire, but that spirit fails to carry the game anywhere worthwhile.
Alec SandarNov 11, 2019
Aiming for hyper-realism in gameplay as much as you do in the visual style is risky. Pairing it with a complicated sci-fi story is even more so, but Death Stranding does it in a manner that only Kojima could pull off. Throughout the game, the traditional values of the Metal Gear series will shine through, but they are enveloped in something new and groundbreaking. If we got the message correctly, this video game aims to immerse the player in a cinematic, hyper-realistic gaming experience, but it also seems to attempt to blur the boundaries between the movie and a video game.
Josh WiseNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is filled with things that must be seen, a sprawling, genre-spanning sci-fi adventure from a developer like no other. It's tackier clumps of writing and stunt casting seem overwrought, but its direction and its stars shine brightest
Jason FaulknerNov 01, 2019
It’s always struck me as weird that people look down on games as some “lesser” form of entertainment than books, TV, or movies. Death Stranding stands defiantly in the face of that attitude, and I’d put its story against anything that’s come out in the last decade. Sam’s journey is a true epic that spans the whole country, and it inspires the hell out of me.
Andreas SalmenNov 01, 2019
Everything about Death Stranding feels organically interwoven, which makes the experience all the more impressive and enriching. That also means that not all parts of it are excellent. The delivery gameplay is good and occasionally great, but given its pacing and setup, it doesn't always serve the game well, especially given the low difficulty level. Setting aside those minor gripes, Death Stranding is a new and brave direction for a game, and it pays off in many ways. This may not be for everyone, but everyone should try it out if they have the chance.
Paul SullivanNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is an outstanding title that ended up blowing away the expectations I wasn’t even aware of. For an auteur like Hideo Kojima, that sounds like an unequivocal success.
Brittany VincentNov 01, 2019
This masterful journey reminded me exactly what gaming is capable of during a period in my life where I’ve become frustrated and jaded by my role within the industry and the way many things have evolved for the worse over the years. Unfortunately, something like this will only come around once every few years. Here’s hoping another death stranding event doesn’t occur between now and when I can take in Hideo Kojima’s next opus.
Tristan OgilvieNov 01, 2019
There is a fascinating, fleshed-out world of supernatural science fiction to enjoy across its sprawling and spectacular map, so it’s a real shame that it’s all been saddled on a gameplay backbone that struggles to adequately support its weight over the full course of the journey. It’s fitting that Kojima Productions’ latest is so preoccupied with social media inspired praise, because in some ways I did ‘Like’ Death Stranding. I just didn’t ever love it.
Chandler WoodNov 01, 2019
It’s brilliantly unique in its design and implementation of online elements. Even if it’s got a few places where it stumbles, Death Stranding firmly holds down R2 and L2 to regain its balance and deliver an unmatched experience.
David MorganNov 01, 2019
Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.
Leon HurleyNov 01, 2019
Kojima’s mysterious would be epic has its moments but can’t carry the weight of expectation.
Chris WhiteNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is an ambitious game, filled with so many different mechanics and ideas that almost always work well together. The story and acting is fantastic, and its visuals are a thing of beauty, not to mention the powerful soundtrack.
David JenkinsNov 01, 2019
A work of unbridled ambition and imagination but also a pretentious, contrived, and frequently quite dull gameplay experience – Death Stranding is peak Hideo Kojima.
TuffcubNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding is like nothing I have ever played; beautiful, heart racing, heart breaking, frustrating, epic, stunning, and utterly nuts. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I went to the toilet an awful lot. Death Stranding isn't just my Game of the Year, it's a contender for Game of the Generation too.
Sam BishopNov 01, 2019
With the focus on delivery and cargo at its core, Death Stranding certainly won't be for everyone, especially at the beginning, but there's so much more here than being a delivery boy. It offers a mind-bending narrative the likes of which you won't find anywhere else, and one that constantly rewards you and makes you think long after you've put it down to do something else. Kojima fan or not, this is certainly a game to remember.
Timothy NunesNov 01, 2019
Death Standing proves itself as a unique, palpable new IP, filled with rich storytelling both in narrative and gameplay. The beginning of the game suffers from long gaps of time intended for learning the ropes, but the ship rights itself once it finally turns the corner. Despite that with a handful of missteps, a deep, potent message of coming together rings through every aspect of Death Stranding that dazzles the game as a whole. If you give it the time, Death Stranding will offer you something most games never do.
Joel CoutureNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding’s attention to the real may make it difficult to enjoy, but it is undeniably an experience that will both scourge and soothe the heart.
Steve WrightNov 01, 2019
If this is the type of project that Kojima insists to make, I suggest he move from games to TV shows or feature films. Being weird for the sake of weirdness isn’t enough — while Kojima hopes to hit the same level of work as David Lynch or Sam Lake (if we want to keep it in the same industry) he falls very short. Even if Death Stranding’s narrative was good — and it’s not — a game needs to have actual gameplay. What you find within is abysmal; frustrating, tedious and beyond repair, it is to be avoided at all costs.
Billy AtmanNov 01, 2019
While Death Stranding will surely be the most divisive game of this generation, there is no arguing that it offers new ideas on pushing the medium forward and shows that games don't always typically have to be "fun". The story is beautifully presented and is surprisingly restrained and focused for a Kojima title. All of the actors put on amazing performances and while its gameplay will be too slow for many, those willing to peel back the layers will discover a thoughtfully designed experience that will leave you ruminating for weeks after finishing.
GrizzNov 01, 2019
It's such a shame, too. The production values here are off the scale – both visually and aurally, Death Stranding is an almost flawless tour de force. That said, all the ethereal music and hyper-realistic Reedus arse in the world cannot deliver if the total consignment doesn't also bundle in tightly-packed gameplay lashed with a strong yarn. In the end, all I can really say is this: handle Death Stranding with care.
Brodie GibbonsNov 01, 2019
Hideo Kojima has long been a visionary auteur, his feted career stands as proof. With no walls to contain him, he has given birth to Death Stranding. It's an experience that will be remembered for a long time, from its early hype to the untethered lunacy of its narrative. It's an art installation of a game that filled me with rage as often as it did joy. It is sweeping in both lustre and purpose, though it wears a few warts on the pleasant, bare bones of a game about deliveries that has no right to be as memorable as it somehow is.
Juan LinaresNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding es una de las mejores obras del catálogo de PlayStation 4. Kojima nos ofrece un mundo abierto en el que tenemos que conectar, donde ser el puente entre la narrativa y otros jugadores para avanzar en un mundo que nos necesita. El juego presenta unos personajes y una narrativa que evolucionan de un claro menos a más para cerrar con un final antológico en una historia contada como pocos saben. Death Stranding sabe transmitir muy bien sensaciones, pues a lo largo del juego sentimos angustia, tensión, soledad, pena, alegría y un final que nos deja 'rotos' en el buen sentido de la palabra. El final solo es el principio.
Luis SánchezNov 01, 2019
Uno de sus aspectos más interesantes sobre Death Stranding es que, a pesar de que Kojima había dicho que la atmósfera del juego nos iba a transmitir un sentimiento de soledad, la verdad es que nos pasó todo lo contrario. Esto gracias al sistema de conexión con otros jugadores, ya que la sensación con la que terminamos esta experiencia es de esperanza y alegría, en especial, después de ver que nuestro nuevo jugador favorito nos apoyó durante toda la aventura, aunque sea de forma indirecta.
DefaOct 28, 2019
Death Stranding es algo que se venía cocinando desde hace mucho tiempo y que a pesar de que a algunos nos parecía un proyecto sin pies ni cabeza que su autor tampoco entendía, se terminó convirtiendo en probablemente el juego más maduro y mejor aterrizado de la carrera de Kojima. Death Stranding probablemente no sea un producto para todos, pero para quienes sí es, es una experiencia inolvidable que creo, sí pasa a ser lo más destacado que haya jugado este año, incluso sobre gigantes del tamaño de Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, por ejemplo.
Francisco Alberto SerranoNov 01, 2019
Si le das una importancia relativa al hecho de que hay juegos abiertos con mejor ritmo, mejores mecánicas o más elementos para mantener el interés, y pones el foco en las muchas virtudes que atesora Death Stranding, disfrutarás de una gran experiencia, una obra desde el corazón que emocionará a muchos y dejará un recuerdo imborrable en ese futuro que está en nuestras manos.
Jorge CanoNov 01, 2019
Hideo Kojima se ha sacado de la manga uno de los juegos más sorprendentes y únicos de los últimos tiempos, una superproducción de autor brillante en lo narrativo y única en lo jugable, que va a generar mucha controversia con su peculiar propuesta.
Alejandro PascualNov 01, 2019
Tiene aspectos a mejorar, claro, pues la estructura de misiones es simple, apoyándose en los textos, mientras que los momentos de acción (que los tiene) no son tan redondos como el resto, porque no es un juego de acción. Kojima construye un mundo distinto, pues sus inspiraciones también lo son, demostrando que es un autor más interesado en transmitir ideas en el videojuego, que construir una experiencia ya conocida y explorada.
David MartínezNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding es el juego más personal de Hideo Kojima, una obra de arte compleja y emocional, que sin embargo no será del gusto de todos los públicos por su gameplay más experimental. Una experiencia única con un arranque lento y un final explosivo.
Jörg LuiblNov 01, 2019
„Death Stranding ist ein Meisterwerk. Hideo Kojima inszeniert ein denkwürdiges Abenteuer, über das man noch in vielen Jahren sprechen wird. ”
Florian VelterNov 01, 2019
Hideo Kojima a le don. De diviser. De susciter la curiosité et l’admiration autant que le rejet et l’agacement. Parce qu’il revendique, parfois jusqu’à l’extrême, ce statut d’auteur auquel le jeu vidéo est si peu habitué, parce qu’il refuse de déroger à sa vision très personnelle du média, qui n’est pas exempte de quelques écueils, le créateur de Metal Gear fait aujourd’hui partie de ces figures qui polarisent les joueurs, bien au-delà de la qualité de ses productions.
Thomas PillonNov 01, 2019
Avant d'être le premier jeu de Kojima Productions, une oeuvre baroque au possible ou même un objet de débats éternels sur la personne de son créateur, Death Stranding est d'abord un jeu bourré d'idées, souvent judicieuses. En nous plaçant dans les bottes usées d'un porteur solitaire chargé de relier entre eux les survivants d'un monde en perdition, Hideo Kojima nous invite à explorer un monde dense, riche de découvertes et de situations sans cesse renouvelées, qui dévoile toute sa portée passée une première partie très sage.
Maximilien CagnardNov 01, 2019
De révélation en révélation, jusqu’au bout, le dernier quart prend aux tripes d’une façon brillante qui fait du tout une excellente surprise. L’OVNI Death Stranding est arrivé, nous a bien eu et, pour ça, on est prêt à fermer (un peu) les yeux sur ce qu’il aurait pu faire d’encore mieux.
PanthaaNov 01, 2019
Death Stranding est une invitation au voyage dont on ressort marqué par une expérience aussi maline qu'atypique. L'univers du jeu, que l'on prend plaisir à découvrir en solitaire et, plus tard, avec d'autres joueurs, offre un terrain escarpé aux panoramas saisissants. On l'affronte, on le parcourt, on le dompte, en progressant à notre rythme, planifiant des routes que d'autres emprunteront. Pour cette audace et ce concept, Death Stranding prouve que tout n'a pas encore été fait. Et si, en plus, le récit y est passionnant et incroyablement bien incarné par des acteurs à la prestance remarquable... Pourquoi s'en priver ? Un chef d'oeuvre, tout simplement...
Stefania SperandioNov 01, 2019
Sono videogiochi unici come Death Stranding, senza dubbio, a far crescere la considerazione globale che il mondo ha verso questo mezzo di comunicazione. E sono videogiochi come Death Stranding, di questo siamo ancora più sicuri, a rimanere impressi indelebilmente nell’animo e nella memoria di chi lascia loro aperta la porta.
Alessandro BruniNov 01, 2019
L’aspetto più straordinario dell’opera è proprio la sua capacità di scatenare una presa di coscienza inattesa e sorprendente, che emerge quando ci si rende conto dell’importanza dei legami stretti lungo il viaggio, di quanto sia stato importante condividere il cammino con i corrieri di tutto il mondo. Il messaggio che Hideo Kojima vuole lasciarci nel cuore è che noi homo ludens, uniti, possiamo cambiare il mondo. Sarà pure la romantica farneticazione di un pazzo visionario, ma tanto basta per rendere Death Stranding una pietra miliare del medium. Un’esperienza preziosa, che merita un posto di diritto tra i titoli più significativi della nostra generazione.
Emanuele GregoriNov 01, 2019
Questo lo affermiamo consapevoli che, esattamente come in quella occasione, tanti potrebbero gettare la spugna. Se farete parte di quei pochi interessati anche ad altro che al veloce tornaconto, troverete in Death Stranding uno specifico equilibrio e quel profetico e reiterato "non siamo pronti" si tramuterà automaticamente in entusiasmo costante. È d'altronde tutta una questione di tempo investito e di sensazioni generate, così come il tempo risulta tematica cardine del gioco, resa parte integrante della storia e del gameplay tramite la cronopioggia.
Danilo DellafranaNov 01, 2019
With the focus on delivery and cargo at its core, Death Stranding certainly won't be for everyone, especially at the beginning, but there's so much more here than being a delivery boy. It offers a mind-bending narrative the likes of which you won't find anywhere else, and one that constantly rewards you and makes you think long after you've put it down to do something else. Kojima fan or not, this is certainly a game to remember.
Никита КазимировNov 08, 2019
Кодзима явно уже взвел курок, готовясь выстрелить в финале. Но лишь после полного прохождения и изучения всех записей в игре, дополненного фанатскими теориями и разборами, станет понятно, куда он попал — в сердца игроков или себе в голову.
Luuc ten VeldeOct 31, 2019
De game neemt daarvoor ruim de tijd in de eerste uren en hetzelfde geldt voor de verschillende gameplay-elementen. Die worden stukje bij beetje toegevoegd, net als de multiplayer-aspecten, waardoor het vooral in het begin lijkt alsof er geen variatie te vinden is. Gelukkig is niets minder waar. Death Stranding is een modern meesterwerk dat je moet spelen als je ook maar enigszins interesse hebt in Kojima, stealth, thrillers en/of mysteries.
Maciej PawlikowskiNov 01, 2019
To gra, którą Hideo Kojima chciał stworzyć, i wygląda na to, że przelał swój (nie)zdrowo pokręcony charakter na wiele linijek komputerowego kodu. I dobrze się stało, bo Death Stranding to jeden z najpiękniejszych i jednocześnie jeden z najbardziej przerażających światów, jakie odwiedziłem w grach.
Sector.skNov 01, 2019
Hra je jedinečná v mnohých aspektoch, či už v spomínanom príbehu, pri ktorom budete veľakrát nechápavo krútiť hlavou, no taktiež v hrateľnosti. Možno je to pre niekoho len simulátor chodenia, no keby aj, je rozhodne najprepracovanejší, s akým sme sa stretli. Zdolávanie veľkých vzdialeností si skutočne vyžaduje taktizovanie a zvažovanie rôznych vplyvov, či už ide o typ krajiny, stavbu prostredia, alebo aj počasie. Rozhodne to ale nie je titul pre každého, tak ako všetky hry od Kojimu.


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