After several years of development the latest game from Hideo Kojima is nearly here, with Death Stranding set to launch next week. However, the review embargo for the game lifted today, and dozens of critics have chimed in with their thoughts on the game. So, is it any good? We’ll answer that for you in this post.
There are currently over 80 reviews published for the game as of this writing, which is certainly enough to get an idea of the game’s quality. The game’s average is currently 86% on GameRankings and 84% on Metacritic, which signifies generally favorable reviews. However, despite the reviews being positive overall, there are still some stark contrasts from even some of the biggest gaming sites.
For example: while GameSpot gave the game a glowing 9/10 review, what is perhaps the biggest gaming website in IGN gave the game just a 6.8. While GameSpot praised the game’s story and overall ambition, IGN felt that the gameplay fails to be all that engaging over the course of the lengthy campaign. It seems that most people agree that the game is truly ambitious and unlike most games on the market, though it doesn’t always stick the landing in terms of gameplay.
For those unfamiliar with the game, the following is a synopsis from Amazon:
“Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the disconnected remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a journey to reconnect the shattered world one step at a time. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and humanity on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam to journey across the ravaged continent and save mankind from impending annihilation. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? An unprecedented gameplay experience holds these answers and more.”
Death Stranding is set to launch for PS4 on November 8th, though a PC version is in development and will release in mid 2020.