Summary: As divisive as it is intriguing, Death Stranding is the sort of game some will loath, but the vast majority have enjoyed Kojima's latest epic. Using strange new mechanics and introducing a world of his own creation, the polarizing director has made another title critics won't ever forget.
A Unique Vision
Mysterious and unique in every facet.
A star-studded cast mostly delivers.
A Slow Crawl
Patience is mandatory as the game can drag for the first many hours.
Top Critic Average
Can I recommend Death Stranding? Not really.
I enjoyed discovering the world in Death Stranding and although the gameplay didn’t seem ‘special’ at first, it ended up being much more complex than I initially thought. Sadly, the story does take a while to pick up, however, as soon as my confusion got untangled it became more enjoyable for me. My favourite thing about this game is the stunning environmental and character graphics which made it a joy for me to traverse through the areas, even if I was mostly simply delivering cargo. That being said, Death Stranding is an entertaining game, with an interesting premise, which I recommend to anyone who is looking for something more unique to experience.
Slow, weird, and indulgent, but a true original, and a journey that will linger in your mind long after it's over.
Death Stranding delivers a fascinating world of supernatural sci-fi, but its gameplay struggles to support its weight.
Hideo Kojma's first post-Metal Gear game is a messy, indulgent vanity project - but also a true original.
The coronavirus has made its themes more relevant than ever and while there are many odd decisions, in terms of plot and game design, the overall experience remains strangely engrossing.
Kojima's mysterious would be epic has its moments but can't carry the weight of expectation.
A work of unbridled ambition and imagination but also a pretentious, contrived, and frequently quite dull gameplay experience – Death Stranding is peak Hideo Kojima.
The pillars of gameplay, combat, and story all bear the mark of creator Hideo Kojima, but none of them stand out or carry the experience