Death Stranding is the most Kojima game Hideo Kojima has ever made. if a Kojima game had a baby with another Kojima game out would slide death stranding. No one has ever made this kind of game before and no one could, That’s what makes it special.
The Metal Gear Creator is a maverick in an industry bloated with originality, and never has this been more obvious than while playing Dead Stranded, which is not just wonderfully well-realized but one of the PS4’s best games, and very possibly Kojima’s magnum opus.
The nucleus of “Death Stranding” is a slow-burning story that brews classic sci-fi with old weird fiction on top of foundational ideas.
Similar to Metal Gear Solid the story of this game is a complicated multi-layered narrative that will make you feel lost but never loses you and pays back your patience with mine shattering revelations and remarkable interweaving of personal intimate moments with an exploration of life’s biggest questions. And the vehicle to all of this is Kojima’s signature style of storytelling which evokes his past work but also evolves it.
In the game, you play Sam Porter bridges brought to life by Norman Reedus, a reticent loner who ironically finds himself with a task of reconnecting in the United cities of America which is on the brink of extinction following the Death Stranding. An explosion that has transformed the world in an inexplicably drastic manner and connected the realms of life and death.
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As a rule video game riding generally doesn’t weigh up to its entertainment counterparts this rule does not apply to death stranding through which is exceptional in this regard.
The game is also stacked with first-rate actors and actresses from top to bottom the performances are excellent. Marrying the characters and performances is the cinematic quality of the game.
Kojima is in love with cinema and this passion shines through with virtually every aspect of the game, to couple this is a cornucopia of inventive and well-executed cutscenes.
Despite this, I was never less than completely enthralled when you’re not intently watching cutscenes or listening to the dialogue Death Stranding boils down to a pretty simple action exploration game.
There’s so many more things I want to say about Death Stranding, its labyrinth the story, it’s inspired art direction, it’s the exceptional soundtrack, and how it all runs well while looking incredible on a basical PS4.
I could talk forever and then some about “Death Stranding” but ultimately all you need to know is that despite some very minor shortcomings, it’s one of the best games of 2019.
I give Death Stranding 5 out of 5 stars