Death Stranding Director's Cut Reviews

Death Stranding Director's Cut is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Sep 23, 2021

But there's no denying Death Stranding: Director's Cut's technical achievements. It's incredibly immersive, putting every new capability built into the PlayStation 5 to the test and coming out triumphant. If you were disappointed by Death Stranding's unwieldy gameplay the first time around, the Director's Cut isn't going to win you over. But if Kojima's storytelling won you over, this will be a worthwhile upgrade.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2022

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut is better than Death Stranding. Beyond that, there’s not really a lot I can say about it. If you didn’t like Death Stranding, you’ll find this game a little bit more tolerable. If you did like Death Stranding, you’ll enjoy this upgraded version; Or you won’t. Seeing as the point of Death Stranding was to struggle, maybe a less frustrating version of the game isn’t what fans want.

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GameGrin
Top Critic
5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2022

An absolutely enjoyable experience gameplay-wise, but a definitely skippable story; you're better off playing Death Stranding like a walking simulator and completing each area as you're introduced to it, rather than rushing to an unfulfilling story conclusion.

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GameCentral
Top Critic
6 / 10
Sep 28, 2021

It's hard to believe this is Hideo Kojima's preferred version of the game, considering it side lines so much of the core gameplay and adds little else of any substance.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut is another opportunity to try one of the really interesting titles of the previous generation, even if it is only because of how controversial it is.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2021

Kojima’s unique and captivating journey across America on PS5 feels like it achieves what it couldn’t on PS4, due to excellent DualSense enhancement and meaningful updates.

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TrueGaming
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2021

Death Stranding's "director's version" offers some additions to the game that will be well received by their original admiration, but it will offer nothing to those who didn't like the principle of the game in the first place.

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IGN
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

Death Stranding Director's Cut is more accessible than the original, but feels like a compromised version of the director's vision.

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4 / 5.0
Apr 24, 2022

When I was first asked what mark I’d give Death Stranding out of five, I said I would give it a question mark. It’s certainly not conventionally “fun”, at least not for the first several hours. It depends on how much the player is willing to embrace Kojima’s artistic vision and absorb themselves in it. Death Stranding simultaneously tedious and exciting, profound and inane, terrifying and laughable. Like the spectral beings that inhabit this post-apocalyptic America, it’s often shapeless and hard to comprehend. One thing is for sure though: it’s like no game you’ve ever played before. In a world full of pandering pablum and endlessly milked franchises, it’s extraordinary for a big-budget game to be so daringly different. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut doesn’t just re-invent the wheel, it re-invents the whole cart, and that’s why the definitive edition of Hideo Kojima’s opus is well worth playing.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2022

Let me be clear: if you didn’t like Death Stranding when it first came out, then this Director’s Cut will do basically nothing to fix any of the game’s issues for you. It is still obtuse at times, a bit too long, a bit too confusing for some. However, if you were a fan of the original launch, then there’s just enough new content here to justify the upgrade. It sure gave me the perfect excuse to start a fresh save and enjoy these brand new additions.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2021

Death Stranding: Director's Cut guarantees an even more epic adventure in a definitive version that offers new gameplay features and takes full advantage of PS5, especially for those embarking on the experience for the first time. If you've already finished the campaign on PS4, I don't recommend purchasing the upgrade. If you didn't finish the story and will continue in this version, I suggest starting from the beginning to take advantage of everything the director's version has to offer in the form it should be presented.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

Death Stranding Director's Cut proves to be a considerable upgrade that streamlines the experience and adds new content, albeit a bit on the short side.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

Death Stranding: Directors Cut adds a lot of new content that greatly enhances the base game. For those who have never played Death Stranding, the Directors Cut will provide a version of the game that is far more exciting and enjoyable than the original. For returning players, you may not find enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase. The firing range, racetrack and new mission will give you some moments of fun but unless you plan on playing the game from the start, the new content will not occupy your time for long.

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Sep 23, 2021

If you played the original and feel ‘done’ with it, there may not be enough big tweaks to bring you back for another go. But the upgrade price point is good and it’ll definitely appeal to those gamers who missed out on playing the original and now fancy jumping in on PS5

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8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

This is a re-release of the original game with bits and pieces of new content and some extra polish. The game’s overall quality speaks for itself now more than ever and those who will experience it for the first time should gladly come on in.

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80 / 100
Sep 23, 2021

Death Stranding: Director's Cut on PlayStation 5 is without a doubt the best way to get the most out of the title. If you haven't played it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to give the game a try. Unfortunately, its add-on content doesn't shine as bright as it should, and much of it could have been offered through free updates.

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Saudi Gamer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Sep 23, 2021

An enhanced version of a polarizing game, one with a unique gameplay mechanic that can become monotonous and an intriguing story that falls apart at the end. This release doesn't change much, but it makes a stunning game look even more beautiful, and adds some appreciated tools and variety to help you on your journey

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8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

The most polarizing AAA game of 2019 receives a fresh coat of paint, elevating it beyond its 8th generation confines.

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4 / 5.0
Oct 5, 2021

When playing the original version of Death Stranding, I would have described it as lethargic with some horror elements when dealing the monsters.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2021

Some of Death Stranding Director's Cut's new additions are a little disappointing, but the experience's core mechanics remain intact. Though it is an inessential purchase, those who enjoyed the original game and want to dive in again will find plenty to like here.

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