Death Stranding is a fascinating action-open world game, exclusive to PS4. Created by the developers behind the Metal Gear franchise, Kojima Productions. It takes place in the United States during the aftermath of Death Stranding, which caused destructive creatures from a realm between life and death to begin roaming the Earth. Players take the role of Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead), a courier tasked with delivering supplies to the fractured and isolated colonies that remain and reconnecting them via a wireless communications network.
Death Stranding can be considered as ridiculously long and fairly repetitive but does excel in providing a captivating experience for players on Bridges’ journey. The game features quite lengthy cutscenes throughout, adding a cinematic aspect to the game, especially with the addition of some well-known actors, that keep the game interesting. These actors include Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Rogue One), Léa Seydoux (Spectre) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape Of Water).
Death Stranding has interesting mechanics with outstanding landscapes of Earth in general and stunning mountains, as seen above. This is all created with perfect graphics, excellent in 4K resolution to add to the game’s immersive atmosphere.
The story is as mentioned before, slow-paced and repetitive, and follows the life of Sam Bridges who delivers supplies to the falling civilisation. Bridges lacks a good and intriguing character arc that then fails to fully entice the player. A lot of the game is confusing due to a lack of storytelling that can be easily interpreted by the player.
Despite this, Death Stranding is oddly captivating and the gameplay has a sense of satisfaction, creating a strange but enjoyable experience. Death Stranding is quite unique and is one for those who are in for the long haul with at least 50 hours to play through comfortably.
Death Stranding provides a unique single-player experience with a cinematic feel that immerses the player. However, the game is longer than it needs to be with repetitive, slow-paced moments and lengthy cutscenes which aren’t necessary.