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Review: 'Death Stranding' Is the Weirdest Game I've Ever Played | Time

Time: "And yet Death Stranding is also a game where Mads Mikkelsen pursued me relentlessly through the afterlife, where one of its principal villains seems to know that they’re in a video game, where directors Guillermo Del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn make up the supporting cast, and a stillborn baby in a jar is both a piece of equipment that lets you avoid ghosts and the emotional core of the story. I’ve never played anything like Death Stranding, and I doubt I ever will again. That alone is worth the $60 price tag."

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telekineticmantis11d ago

This game is a breath of Fresh air.

CrimsonWing6911d ago

I was trying to figure out how it could be a “breath of fresh air” from hearing that in reviews, but now having played it I totally get it.

I’m only on Episode 2, but if it stays like it is I could absolutely seeing this be a personal contender for Game of the Year for me.

telekineticmantis11d ago

Same here, it's as much a Walking Simulator as Mario is a Jumping Simulator.

bluefox75510d ago

It's awesome so far, like on another level, I completely don't understand the negativity, I think it has more to do with the game's message and metaphors than it does the quality of the game.

UltraNova10d ago

I'm on chapter 3....damn I'm in love and it will only get better...Kojima I salute you.

darthv7210d ago

I was watching Johnny's first thoughts about it last night. It is a rather intriguing game.
https://youtu.be/78Ula6xqaU...

waverider10d ago

Thats the problem with Death Stranding, its not easy to explain the experience!!!

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Muzikguy10d ago

I can't wait to play it! Monday 😬

HaVoK30810d ago

How? Weird for the sake of being weird? A game where the budget clearly went to c-list actors? Which apparently left little to find actual gameplay? Fresh indeed.

Z50110d ago

How would more money devoted to gameplay change the gameplay?

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sinspirit9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Really?? So being different is only for the "sake of it" instead of trying to explore new avenues and provide creativity to the stale format? This is the same ridiculous view that the IGN reviewer had(who reviews yearly sports franchises and not story-based adventure games). You could tell he only played the popular options for open-world games like Fallout, Skyrim, and GTA.

The budget had no limit. There was no compromise for the gameplay. This is what the game is. The gameplay is actually really good but you wouldn't know. If only the completion of objectives, having to kill X and Y, or fast-paced anything is what is required to hold your attention then quit even talking about it. This is an adventure story based game. It's about the adventure, the obstacles in your way, preparing your journey, the unexpected, and the story. You don't need tick boxes and combat sessions every minute to have fun. Either try it with an open mind or accept it's not your game. It doesn't have to be your type of game to be considered good either. So, quit trying to insult it for what it does extremely well.

Artemidorus10d ago

Certainly is for a walking simulation.

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2pacalypsenow11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Everybody claims they want a new fresh idea, until they get one.

ClayRules201211d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Exactly. I just finished playing Modern Warfare (which was very enjoyable) but I’m ready for something fresh and new, which is Death Stranding, later tonight. I’m gonna soak in the world, the gameplay, and the long cutscenes with a smile on my face.

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Rude-ro10d ago

No.. Shilled gaming media, live services money, and fankids hate gaming.

Big money, wants your money and connected online.

Games like this draw people in.. and they want it tamed.
Can not buy that season pass or predatory marketing to by in game cosmetics for $20 if you are having a great time in a game not concerned with it.

CDbiggen11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Look. I just want to play it and enjoy typical Kojima brand cringe that I always feel uncomfortable playing around friends and family (xD Die-Hard Man).
It's a sense of familiarity. I know what I'm getting with a Kojima game.

No-internet11d ago

Weirdest game ever played?

Now I definitely need to experience that....

ClayRules201211d ago

Me too. I’ll be playing later tonight. I can’t freaking wait =)

PhilSpinter11d ago

You're in for a treat, I'm only on chapter 2 and it's incredible;)

Rude-ro10d ago

I logged in at launch to get a taste...
that first hour alone,.. has been a long time since I have been fully intrigued.

Yes, long cut scenes.
Yes, graphically the best game to exist.
Yes, you deliver packages.. but that core and take on gaming is actually very cool and grounding in this mind blowing story/game.

MasterCornholio11d ago

I don't know if it can top Touch my Katamari.

ziggurcat10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Or that other one where you’re that worm thing that you basically stretch, eat things and poop it out.

ClayRules201210d ago (Edited 10d ago )

@PhilSpinter

That’s wonderful to hear. Thanks for sharing. I’m even more excited now =)

S2Killinit11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Weird is good.

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