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Death Stranding - Made For Walking (Jimpressions)

Jim Sterling: "It's wonderful that Hideo Kojima gets to do whatever he wants to do. It's equally wonderful that I can do whatever I want to do, and what I did was stop playing his game.

Death Stranding is a hassle. A slow, monotonous, fiddly, irritating hassle. It's pure indulgence, every whimsical fancy that crossed the studio's minds has been tossed in without regard for the player's time or the gameplay experience.

But hey, it has ladders!"

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darthv727d ago

Well at least we know Jim's take. I wonder what Angry Joe thinks?

MasterCornholio7d ago

I'm guessing he's going to have Other Joe dress up as a mail man.

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LOGICWINS7d ago

Angry Joe....the movie reviewer?

King_Noctis7d ago

He seems to reviews more movie than games right now. Make sense, as movies are shorter.

LOGICWINS7d ago

@King_Noctis Glad someone recognized the sarcasm

Petebloodyonion6d ago

I lost faith in Angry Joe a long time ago...
He's now about pleasing his fan base more than bringing honest reviews like he used to.
I fully expect him to be on page with the perfect 10 and see him drooling in front of major studio that fans love
As an example, he also gave MGS5 a perfect score bringing all the high points of other reviews.

He gave Overwatch game of the year while giving the same year a major deception to PSVR EVE Valkyrie because it was full price AAA game that only features multiplayer games and has loot boxes. (Overwatch?)

He gave Uncharted4 a perfect score but Joe is usually hard on sequels (He calls it tough love) so the reason why this game didn't get the tough love treatment that RDR2, COD, GEARS, MK, INjustice, etc.. got? Well, he didn't play an Uncharted game before.

Spurg6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

I'm glad more and more people are seeing pass angry Joe's bull reviews. He is a businessman and knows what ticks his audience.
I'm sure with death Stranding though he will be on the fence. Because everyone is one the fence and if it didn't have Kojima's name on it it would have been considered a mediocre game.

Veneno6d ago

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!!!

Joe gave Uncharted 4 a 9/10.

You can hate all you want but when you get your facts wrong you look like a total fool.

Cmoney0076d ago

I started to lose faith in him after:

A. He decided to start feeling bad for asking Major Nelson about an always-online connection on the Xbox Box One. This happened at E3 a few years ago.

B. He never did a review of Resident Evil 6.

C. His rant against Nintendo was ridiculous.

Petebloodyonion6d ago

@Venono
I'm sorry you're right he gave a 9 out of 10 for Uncharted 4
My whole argumentation is completely destroyed by that 1 point :)
shame on me, you have exposed me, you are the better man...

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Ratchet756d ago

Jim"death stranding made for walking" and god knows you could do with a little walking in your life.
Lmao

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Spurg7d ago

This will be most gamers view on the game

sander97026d ago (Edited 6d ago )

Jim represents the biggest bubble-boys of the gaming community, not even close to the majority.

Sgt_Slaughter6d ago

Glad you self appointed yourself the chairman of gamers' opinions

rdgneoz36d ago

You get a bike and the ability to build / see other people's bridges/generators part way through the first zone. I only move slow if I'm trying to take a ton of deliveries (200 weight on bike and max on character) at once...

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CaptainHenry9167d ago (Edited 7d ago )

He compared this to Red Dead Redemption 2. Sounds like he didn't like that game either. Did he just give this game a 7? That's pretty high especially the way he talked about the game. Just say this game is not for everybody just like Red Dead Redemption 2.

meganick7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

I think the 7 thing was a callback to his Breath of the Wild score.
I don’t think he’s actually giving this a 7 or any score. He doesn’t give scores anymore.

Atom6667d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Haha, he doesn't do review scores after the Zelda fiasco - the most famous 7/10 review we'll ever see.

That's why he throws out 7/10 now.

King_Noctis7d ago

Red Dead Redemption 2 is for everyone. It is an open world action game.

CaptainHenry9167d ago (Edited 7d ago )

I'm going to be honest. Red Dead Redemption 2 felt like a chore and it got boring at times. But that's my opinion. The game still got a 10. I don't think it's for everyone

Chexs19906d ago

The story was amazing, and the gunplay was really good. The graphics, atmosphere, etc. was incredible.

But as to the common gameplay mechanics, and the 10 year old outdated movement mechanics, those were just kinda pathetically boring and/or detrimental to the experience.

rainslacker6d ago

You're right. It's about as casual as it gets. Just aim, and shoot. It even does the aiming part for you.

Petebloodyonion6d ago

He gave Gears5 a 2 out of 10 saying it's a great game but since he's biased against MS well it's the best score it can get. lol

ShadowWolf7126d ago (Edited 6d ago )

Quite the contrary. He liked RDR2, but was critical of all the self-indulgent micromanaging mechanics for the sake of "realism". With Death Stranding, however, he feels it doesn't have the elements that allowed the stronger parts of RDR2 to overcome that annoyance.

The 7/10 is a callback to his BotW review in which he gave it a 7 (For him that's a score for a game that's good but flawed) but rabid fanboys acted as if he called the game bad. So now, whenever he dislikes a game, he jokes about it being a "7/10".

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telekineticmantis7d ago

And jumping, and driving, and shooting, and stealth, and building roads, and jelping other players.

william_cade7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

If he mentioned that he wouldn't be able to minimize it.

zumlauf146d ago

funny. he does mention all of that. Congrats! you commented on a headline and not the content. You get N4G member of the year award.

william_cade6d ago

@zum I was responding to a comment with an "if" clause and I have watched the video and the title was minimized to be derogatory. Congrats you did the same, which you are accusing.

DaDrunkenJester7d ago

He mentions that, but 90% of it is walking or driving along a road... still the objective is delivering.

Hardiman7d ago

Don't forget terrifying because BT encounters are pretty chilling! I actually fought off an attack and got away. I can't believe I did it!

telekineticmantis6d ago

Exactly I thought the first 10 hours were supposed to be boring, before the end of Chapter 2 my heart was already racing because I can't see those BT's but the damn windmill keeps telling me it's right next to me, Fighting Mules, and performing Death Defying Traversal trying not to fall down a Mountain lol. Now I'm starting to get some of the cool tech the game has.

Hardiman6d ago

@telekineticmantis right on. I'm really enjoying myself! If these first hours are supposed to be boring I imagine when it opens up I'm in for a treat!

DaDrunkenJester6d ago

You mean you spammed the square button? Oooo chilling.

Hardiman6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

Hey DrukenJester you must be a joy to be around!

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Fishy Fingers7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

7/10 was a surprise. "Its boring.. and when its not boring it's f*** irritating"

The more you watch/read the more you think how the f*** did this get so much hype and positive reviews? Cos Kojima... so "art".

darthv727d ago

Would have been funny if he said "I cant recommend this... 10 out of 10"

(you know because of the perfect scores given by those who had complaints in their reviews)

Kribwalker7d ago

i was more surprised with PS Lifestyle giving it a 9.5 and calling it a frustrating and boring game then jim giving this one a 7.

SyntheticForm7d ago

It seems that there's joy to be found in the world of Death Stranding, but it gets in the way of itself. That's the sentiment I've picked up from so many reviewers.

There's good stuff, but there's more boring and irritating stuff which sort of explains the high numbers accompanying reviews that sound mostly negative.

Rude-ro7d ago

Because it is a game.
Just how some find the yearly shooter boring, it’s an opinion from someone.
May not be your taste... but last I checked, gaming is not limited to, nor would it not exist but for games that take risks and experiment.
Trash a solid, well built game.. on release... next to the yearly shoot em up game that is in need of serious patching like cod.. of which fully depends on micro transactions, the soon to be season pass... and drip fed content.... with all around positive reviews... tells you exactly what is wrong with not only the gaming media.. but also the so called gamers.

I’m two hours in... and I have not had a gaming experience like this since the ps1 days.. reminded.. by the same person that brought us the praying mantis boss fight.. or wandering around a scary mansion with zombies that are everywhere with the cheesiest of acting and door loading screens.. or the first time I walked into silent hill...
It may not be for everyone.. but it has its place in gaming history.

Hardiman7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Right on and I too am about 5 hours in and I'm having a blast! There's so much to do and see and the BY's are really terrifying!

ShadowWolf7126d ago

It's not an actual 7. Jim doesn't do scores anymore.

It's a reference to when he did give scores, gave BotW a 7/10 (which on his site is listed as a good-but-flawed game score) and the fanboys freaked out on him for giving it such a bad score, sent him death threats, and DDoS'd his website for days over it. So now, a lot of times if he thinks a game is bad, he'll jokingly toss out a 7/10.

SegaGamer6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

I don't understand how so many people haven't noticed that Jim Sterling was joking when he said 7/10.

To put it clearly for those that don't understand, he didn't like it, and if he was paid by somebody like IGN to review the game, he would have given it lower rating than they did.

I'm glad he doesn't do number reviews, I much prefer to actually listen or read what the reviewer says about a game. Reviews with a numbered rating are just point scoring for fanboys.

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