Percentile Rank

Death Stranding is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 140 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 140 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Echo Boomer
Mind-blown
Mind-blown
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is the culmination of years worth of hype, misteries and expectation, in a genre-transcending game. An emotional and provocative interactive experience presented in a way that is only possible in a videogame.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 1, 2019

Hideo Kojma's first post-Metal Gear game is a messy, indulgent vanity project - but also a true original.

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Unboxholics
Worth your time
Worth your time
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is not a game, it's an experience.

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Player2.net.au
D
D
Nov 1, 2019

Many expect things of Hideo Kojima, but it takes a degree of self-confidence to deliver something else instead. He left Konami because he wasn’t allowed to take the time and spend the money to make the game he wanted, so it is depressing to see Death Stranding make so many mistakes that appear on some level to be dictated by what people expect.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2019

Having been smitten by the core world-building gameplay of Death Stranding, I am stunned to realize that many of the game’s strongest, most appealing gameplay ideas (specifically the world-building and cooperation) are tossed aside in the final acts, in favor of a much more linear, scripted, cutscene-ridden experience. The freedom and sense of ownership I enjoyed while creating this world are dashed in favor of explaining and wrapping up a story that never had much going for it to begin with.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2019

It’s hard not to like Sam Bridges, who faces all of Death Stranding’s bizarreness with a welcome everyman’s weariness, encapsulated in in Norman Reedus’ characteristic growl.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is definitely a game that stands out from the crowd, but on balance, I’m not sure it stands out for good reasons.

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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2019
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Video Chums
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 12, 2019

Whether you see Death Stranding as an enjoyable artistic masterpiece full of commentary about contemporary society or a frustrating mess complete with self-indulgent schlock, you're 100% correct.

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Scored Reviews

Game Revolution
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s smart, it’s well-produced, and it just feels good to play.

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TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is like nothing I have ever played; beautiful, heart racing, heart breaking, frustrating, epic, stunning, and utterly nuts. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I went to the toilet an awful lot. Death Stranding isn't just my Game of the Year, it's a contender for Game of the Generation too.

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Push Square
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Following years of mysterious anticipation, Death Stranding delivers on all fronts. An accomplished, fascinating set of gameplay mechanics allow you to make deliveries the way you want to, while social features let the game live on once you've put the controller down. It may become slightly tiresome as you hit the halfway mark, but the phenomenal narrative is on hand to pick things back up again and its outstanding visuals are the cherry on top. Death Stranding doesn't raise the bar for any particular genre, it creates an entirely new one.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 1, 2019

Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.

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EGM
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

In the end, Death Stranding's biggest mystery isn't any of the elements we've had teased in three-plus years of trailers—it's what people are going to think of it. Even from a man known for making love-them-or-hate-them projects, this may end up being one of the most divisive games ever created. For me, it was an experience that I can truly say was unlike any other I remember. And, if nothing else, Death Stranding makes me respect Hideo Kojima for convincing Sony to invest millions into a game that's about a man delivering packages to holograms.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is unlike anything else out there right now. It's huge, innovative and utterly unashamed in what it wants to be. Kojima Productions is heavy-handed in its implementation of modern political themes, but they tie into the narrative and involve the player in ways that feel compelling.

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Gameplanet
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

While Death Stranding will surely be the most divisive game of this generation, there is no arguing that it offers new ideas on pushing the medium forward and shows that games don't always typically have to be "fun". The story is beautifully presented and is surprisingly restrained and focused for a Kojima title. All of the actors put on amazing performances and while its gameplay will be too slow for many, those willing to peel back the layers will discover a thoughtfully designed experience that will leave you ruminating for weeks after finishing.

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Atomix
100 / 100
100 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is the birth of a new genre. Death Stranding is a master piece that can only be generated by a mind like the one that Hideo Kojima has.

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Digital Chumps
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2019

Death Stranding reinvents how video game design can work. It takes you through an experience you didn't expect, doesn't hold back with its design intentions and execution, and takes the gamer through a journey like no other. This is a masterpiece that only Kojima could pull off.

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Gamersky
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a game about connection, and it connects not only every character of the game but also every gamer together. It's a masterpiece with great philosophy thoughts and combines great storytelling with innovative gameplay.

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Digitally Downloaded
Nov 1, 2019

As a “game” Death Stranding doesn’t do much. But as a work of art, Death Stranding is something mesmerising, intelligent, and powerful, and we never see genuine art within the big budget, blockbuster space. That alone makes it a rare treat to play, and I rather like this new-look, independent Kojima.

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BaziCenter
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 15, 2019

Hideo Kojima’s latest creation might not be his best ever, although some may argue, but it is definitely his most unique work yet. Death Stranding requires time to show you what it has to offer, and no matter if you love them or hate them, you’ll see many other developers use them in the next generation of video games.

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PSX Extreme
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2019

After 50 hours with this game, my biggest complaint is that I wanted more. A lot more.

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Cubed3
10 / 10
10 / 10
Dec 16, 2019

This is a contemplative odyssey that is ultimately a story about the triumph of the human spirit in spite of entropy.

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Screen Rant
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is dizzying, unshakable in its belief it is doing something worthwhile, and it's one of the most important games of this decade.

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Glitched Africa
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Not everyone will love Death Stranding and I won’t blame you. The game is not for everyone. Some episodes take over two dozen hours to complete and the rinse and repeat delivering mechanics could be an issue for some. However, it always rewards you in some way or another. Be it with its gorgeous and detailed world that is a joy to explore or the fantastic story that unfolds as you discover everything this ambitious game has to offer. There is simply nothing else like it and to be able to dive into it all is a magnificent experience one which will define this generation of gaming.

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Daily Star
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is the most unique big-budget game I’ve ever played, a socially-minded injection of inventive ideas into a genre that has long survived by being lazy and brutish. This ambitious formula-flipper is brimming with empathy and carefully courts cinematic influences, an ensemble cast and a world of eye-watering scale, delivering a sticky gameplay loop to tie it all together and create a console generation-defining experience.

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Remote Play
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

“Death Stranding is utter brilliance. Part cinema, part social commentary, and part madness-- it is a one of a kind masterpiece.”

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GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a story of rebuilding America by connecting people far and wide. Stealth, exploration, combat, and inventory management are all necessary in order to succeed. With a fantastic cast, incredible set pieces, an engaging story, and Kojima's brand of incredibly enjoyable crazy, you won't want to put your controller down.

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IGN Italy
9.8 / 10.0
IGN Italy

Top Critic

9.8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a one of a kind experience that will stick with you for years to come.

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Areajugones
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is one the best games to be found in PS4. Kojima-san delivers an open world in which we have to represent a bridge between the narrative of the game and other players in order to keep moving forward as part of a world that needs us. The game introduces characters that keep on evolving until we reach an ending for the ages through a story told like very few would be able to. Death Stranding knows how to toy with our emotions, and it manages to arise anguish, tension, solitude, sorrow, joy and provides a conclusion that completely stuns us. The end is only the beginning.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

Death Stranding is the most original game I've played in this generation. And it is to be appreciated that there are still creators who decide to skip the established conventions and have the courage to go a step further and present such different and personal proposals, such as Death Stranding. Kojima returns to the world of videogames with a surprising, emotional, original title. With an impeccable technical finish, a great script and a staging that will take a long time to forget. Kojima again exceeds expectations.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is not a “fun” game, but it’s an important and meaningful experience that earns its payoff through every bit of frustration and slog.

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PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is certainly one of the best titles I've had the pleasure of playing in this generation and the seed responsible for creating a whole new subgenre that will undoubtedly bear beautiful fruit in the future. Hideo Kojima has excelled himself by giving us not only an exceptional story, but a vast world that is constantly changing because of the actions of the players. It is certainly not a game that will please everyone, but I can guarantee that those who get carried away by its proposal, plot and mechanics will have an unforgettable experience. Tomorrow is in your hands!

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Hideo Kojima has fully weaponized the walking simulator, writing a love letter to the delivery service workers of our shipping and handling world. Death Stranding is about ending isolation, and does it so gracefully that I can't imagine it being done better than it's done here.

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SomHráč.sk
95%
95%
Nov 1, 2019

Hideo Kojima once again proves that he belongs among the best video game designers right now. Thankfully, Death Stranding's trailers didn't show everything and the game still has plenty of amazing and unforgettable surprises hidden in its sleeve.

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Explosion Network
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

Death Stranding is a unique, weird and unprecedented game that I can’t get out of my head. It’s a testament to new ideas and the rare freedom Kojima Productions was bequeathed from Sony and I hope they continue to support new ideas, no matter how crazy a game about delivering packages may sound on paper.

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GotGame
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

Death Stranding may not be a perfect game, but it’s still a work of art, and we definitely appreciate it. There is so much to say about the game, but we encourage you to play the game and find out for yourself.

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JVL
19 / 20
JVL

Top Critic

19 / 20
Nov 1, 2019

Sublime in form and substance, Death Stranding is one of the greatest games of this generation.

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Next Gen Base
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a weird game. It won’t be for everyone, but if you can find something to like in the relatively slow start, you’ll love it by the end. Typically Kojima for better and for worse, it’s a story about reconnecting people through the eyes of a bystander that becomes much more than that. Technically and visually outstanding, it’s going to be up there on my Game of the Year list for sure. A weird, but wonderful game.

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Cheat Code Central
4.7 / 5.0
4.7 / 5.0
Nov 11, 2019

Death Stranding will not be for everybody. It seems meticulously engineered for a pretty specific kind of nerd. My wife, for example, loves this game, and when she loves a game, she dumps hundreds of hours into it. Me? I merely like this game

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Geek Culture
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

A true masterpiece by Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is an experience unlike any other, and you must try it to believe it.

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PushStartPlay
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2020

This could very well be your Game of the Year, and with a game as “connected” and polarising as Death Stranding, it will no doubt keep us talking, theorising and speculating for years to come, and that is truly something spectacular.

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Spaziogames
9.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Stefania Tahva Sperandio

Top Critic

9.4 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding screams Hideo Kojima in every single detail. If you are looking for a journey and an experience, something that you will hold dear for quite sometime, this is the game you have been waiting for. It may lack some variety in the quest design, but the asynchronous multiplayer and the depth of the storytelling are captivating.

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COGconnected
93 / 100
93 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is an outstanding title that ended up blowing away the expectations I wasn’t even aware of. For an auteur like Hideo Kojima, that sounds like an unequivocal success.

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Hobby Consolas
93 / 100
93 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is Kojima´s most personal game. A complex and emotional work of art, which is not adequate for everyone because of the slow pace and the unusual gameplay. But once you get it, it´s something you will never forget.

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Nexus
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

It's hard to pin down exactly what makes Death Stranding work in my mind, but a masterful presentation, stunning open world, and captivating characters contribute to one of this generation’s most unforgettable games, for better or worse.

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Worth Playing
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a remarkable experience. Full stop. It's the first game I've played where everything from the story to the gameplay work together as a truly cohesive product.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

This is one of the rare times I wish Hideo Kojima had created a lengthy film or a series instead of a video game. At least then people might not approach it with trepidation or with derision. You know how it goes: "Oh, it's a video game. There's no way it can be that good."

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is an ambitious game, filled with so many different mechanics and ideas that almost always work well together. The story and acting is fantastic, and its visuals are a thing of beauty, not to mention the powerful soundtrack.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Hideo Kojima's first post-Konami game is deeply weird and a tad scattershot, but rarely less than compelling and absolutely unforgettable

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

In Death Stranding complex themes of life and death, love and loneliness are mixed with a slow meditative and at the same time intense gameplay, where climbing the mountain slopes surrounded by enemies causes incredible experiences. The story of Sam Porter's journey is the most emotional, incredible and powerful we've seen in the last few years. And of course, the amazing acting of Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen and other cult actors will not leave anyone indifferent.

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M3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

A journey that affects the entire emotional spectrum and that makes us reflect far beyond the final texts. But above all, an experience that once again confirms Hideo Kojima's position as one of the foremost and most multifaceted artists in this industry.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

A precious experience that deserves a place of right among the most significant titles of our generation.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2019

If you’re looking to play the purest modern video game about fetch quests and filling up bars, yes. If you’re looking for a unique gameplay experience and great acting, also yes.

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Slant Magazine
Nov 18, 2019

The most powerful statement the game winds up making is that work is worthwhile, even at the bitter end.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
GRYOnline.pl

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

I have found the same joy and emotions in Death Stranding that I have experienced years ago after finishing MGS3. If you are willing to visit Kojima-land with all its flaws, Death Stranding will become a truly compelling experience that will push you out of your comfort zone and stay with you for a long time.

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Jump Dash Roll
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Death Stranding is a game about connections, common understandings and hope. It's also a game where the earth can swallow you up and you can be attacked by a giant tar monster. It manages to do both of those things whilst maintaining a consistent story and tone on its way to being one of the most compelling games of the generation.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is definitely an acquired taste, and its slow pacing and deliberate gameplay might not be for everyone, but its mechanical depth, its desolately beautiful and haunting world, and its confident and stylistic storytelling nonetheless make for a continental trek worth experiencing.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is dense, complex, and powerful, steadfast in its belief in the power of love and hope when faced with overwhelming adversity.

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Zoomg
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2019

Death Stranding is somehow an arbitrary game. Hideo Kojima's latest game has a gameplay that some will love and some, won't. But even with this in mind, no one can deny the great story and audio design of this game and in general, those looking for a different game will most likely find Death Stranding an enjoyable game.

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INDIANTVCZ
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is technically well crafted game. Hideo Kojima surpassed himself in terms of writing and game loop. The game offers an excellent narrative story that really makes a deep sense. Furthermore, you will get an unprecedented cast, an exceptional soundtrack and above all, the game brings its own vision. Perhaps it does not establish a brand new genre. But it is a great game with style for which gamers love Kojima Productions so much.

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Spiel Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a distorted vision of the open-world genre, pulled apart by its individual threads, deconstructed, and sewn back together in the image of its director, Hideo Kojima. It’s an astonishing, compelling and provocative experience, even if it isn’t always as exciting to play as it is to think about.

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Nerdburglars
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a game with a fantastic and uniquely interesting story. Backed with a strong cast of experienced actors, the game manages to tell the story flawlessly. The gameplay doesn’t quite live up to the same level. The delivery aspects are fun and in its own, tells a story. It just gets quite repetitive over time and leaves you wanting a bit more diversity to the delivery missions. Overall, Death Stranding should be seen as a very successful first project for Kojima productions and is hopefully a sign of many more to come.

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GideonsGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

I can't understate how big of an issue the lack of challenge is, it impacts a lot of the game. Yet that is the only real issue I have with Death Stranding. It is dang near perfectly executed in its design. It's gorgeous, well written and cinematic, the music is stellar, the world is immersive and the gameplay is phenomenal.

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Flickering Myth
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Death Stranding once again sees Hideo Kojima pushing the boundaries of what video games can be, and the result is a breathtaking and uncompromising – if at times willfully baffling – experience.

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Sirus Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2019

Death Stranding is a beautiful game and one hell of an experience. That being said, this isn’t your average action-adventure game. It’s a game that boldly breaks the norm of video games by having tedious fetch quests that would be the death of any other game. And yet, Death Stranding somehow makes all of its mechanics work.

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GamesFinest
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 29, 2019

Death Stranding manages to establish a whole new kind of action adventure and is unique down to the last detail. The gameplay is driven primarily by the complete player networking, so that "Death Stranding" allows a whole host of exciting interaction possibilities. The story itself is as gripping as it is bizarre and dares to address serious social issues. Also from a technical point of view "Death Stranding" shines in absolute perfection and leaves no reason for complaints. If you can and want to get involved with "Death Stranding", you will experience a game of a special kind, that courageously goes its own way.

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Darkstation
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a Kojima game through and through and all of the idiosyncrasies, intricacies, and eccentricities that defined his work through the years are well intact.

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33bits
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 3, 2019

Death Stranding is a brave proposal of Hideo Kojima that shakes the foundations of the triple A games with an author's title, where the Japanese creative has had a carte blanche to capture all the creative elements he has wanted and more, and especially giving it a very human touch when sharing with the player his own experiences and his fear of loneliness. Audiovisually impeccable, the game is not without problems, although it is not uncommon to minimize them if we get gripped by the true essence of the title: CONNECT

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DASHGAMER.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2019

Does it wrap everything up nicely, plot wise? No, it doesn’t. That’s what leaves me befuddled on why the title is so good. Does it deserve an accolade and be recognised amongst the best presented in 2019? Hell yes. It most certainly deserves to be in the same conversation as anything labeled “Game of the Year”, and I for one will argue for it. It’s different, It’s unique, it’s incredible. Death Stranding is one of the best, and unmissable video games of this generation.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Long awaited launch of Kojima's project is here. With unique story and fine gameplay.

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GamePro
89 / 100
89 / 100
Nov 1, 2019

An idiosyncratic but outstanding game that provides entertainment with fresh ideas, a crazy story, and star power.

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The Games Machine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a good game, as well as the most ambitious work born from the mind of Hideo Kojima. It's not perfect, but successfully captures the player in a dark and fragmented world, so it's really worth fighting for.

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Worth Playing
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2019

Death Stranding is not for everyone. This isn't the first game that asks players to push through and grind. Ask anyone who's played Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. But that game asks you to fight through chaos and fury. Death Stranding asks you to embrace the process of work and the journey, trusting that you'll feel rewarded at the end. For my part, I did. If you think of a Kojima game as an event, then you should know what you're signing up for. That's the best way to enjoy it. If not, you'll be in the middle of a beautiful landscape, wondering what the hell you're doing out there, maybe even a little stranded.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

8.7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Kojima has done it again. Death Stranding presents an exciting story full of plot twists that are truly amazing. The game has one of the most interesting exploration systems we've ever seen and its way of connecting the community is very interesting. It wont leave anybody indiferent.

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Oyungezer Online
8.5 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online
Ömer Akdağ

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

I haven't witnessed such creative mechanics, such a deep and meaningful scenario and high quality visuals for a long time. There are some underlying issues but I can easily say this: Kojima delivered again!

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Despite having a well-designed and quite addictive gameplay loop, a great story with a powerful ending, Death Stranding falls shorts in key areas. With a long and lethargic pacing, players will turn away, and then, it's lack of difficulty will surely seal the deal to leave this adventure for later.

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Rely On Horror
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Hideo Kojima unleashes Death Stranding, a high-concept science fiction/horror hybrid set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a supernatural cataclysm.

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Bazimag
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

This is Hideo Kojima running wild with his ideas and it is magnificent if flawed in some places. Not many creators try to make something this different in the world of big-budget games, so the fact that something like this actually exists must be celebrated even if we don’t like some of its weirder design choices.

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Gamers Heroes
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 11, 2019

Death Stranding's core gameplay mechanics will not appeal to everyone. What I found to be dull and monotonous at times, others will find relaxing and rewarding. It's rare for a game with such a big push, such a huge marketing presence, to be so niche in its design. However, if you have the patience to trudge through this long journey, you won't be disappointed.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Death Stranding isn't for everyone, but if you are looking for a neat experimental exploration of the fetch quest, you'll enjoy it. If you are looking for something more traditional, though, you should probably look elsewhere.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
82 / 100
82 / 100
Oct 31, 2019

Death Stranding is a game that focuses on the journey rather than the goal. If you are looking for a different and unique adventure, should try Death Stranding.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is not the overly-strange inaccessible walled garden the marketing has made it out to be. It's weird, don't get me wrong! But anyone with a surface-level understanding of surrealism in art should be able to acclimate to what is essentially a playable Hollywood production.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is equal parts amazing and exasperating.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is filled with things that must be seen, a sprawling, genre-spanning sci-fi adventure from a developer like no other. It's tackier clumps of writing and stunt casting seem overwrought, but its direction and its stars shine brightest

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Guardian
Nov 1, 2019

With gameplay that denies instant gratification, Hideo Kojima's unashamedly political game is this year's most interesting blockbuster game by far

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Kojima and his team have crafted something that truly feels unique, for better or worse. It is hard to compare it to anything else, but that doesn’t always mean it was fun. Not everyone will adore this game, but I guarantee no one will ever be able to forget it either.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Standing proves itself as a unique, palpable new IP, filled with rich storytelling both in narrative and gameplay. The beginning of the game suffers from long gaps of time intended for learning the ropes, but the ship rights itself once it finally turns the corner. Despite that with a handful of missteps, a deep, potent message of coming together rings through every aspect of Death Stranding that dazzles the game as a whole. If you give it the time, Death Stranding will offer you something most games never do.

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Daily Mirror
Nov 14, 2019

Death Stranding is undoubtedly the game of the year, in that it’s the game we needed at this moment. In these uncertain times, it can be reassuring to see how one man can make a difference, and how society can find itself in communication. There are arguably scarier threats than BTs in today’s world - so be a dear and leave a ladder.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is first of all a game which, tries, experiments, and full of ideas. Playing the role of the lonely Sam Porter Bridges, the player is connected with everyone else thanks to a clever system of collaboration, which works really well thanks to a thoughtful game design. But to enjoy the long run through what seems to be the most beautiful Iceland landscape, you will have to go through a thick, complex and most of all tedious story, which seems to never know when to stop, or being simply limpid.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Death Stranding has its fair share of gameplay issues but also boasts more heart and a willingness to take chances than any other game in years.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Hideo Kojima has long been a visionary auteur, his feted career stands as proof. With no walls to contain him, he has given birth to Death Stranding. It's an experience that will be remembered for a long time, from its early hype to the untethered lunacy of its narrative. It's an art installation of a game that filled me with rage as often as it did joy. It is sweeping in both lustre and purpose, though it wears a few warts on the pleasant, bare bones of a game about deliveries that has no right to be as memorable as it somehow is.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 20, 2019

Overall, ‘Death Stranding’ is a good game but not quite something that I’d really recommend. Yet, at the same time, ‘Death Stranding’ is still an incredibly unique game and worth having a go at if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019
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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Death Stranding might be the most unique AAA game of the generation, with an addictive core gameplay loop that manages to combine a new concept with tried-and-true design philosophies, and a story that - while messy - has a sweet emotional core that's likely to stick with players long after the credits roll.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Death Stranding is undoubtedly one of the most unique experiences of this generation, and maybe one of the most unique video games of all time. The story is Intriguing and well Written and because of Presence of amazing actors like Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus, the Cinematics feel like a Great Movie. You will actually fell that you've Accomplished something in the end. This is the feeling I've been missing for a long time. Unfortunately gameplay doesn't live up to the expectation and there is a lot lacking in gameplay. Also there is no variety in side quests so the game may gets repetative. Still, Death Stranding is one of the best games of this year and if you are a fan of Hideo Kojima games or in love with amazing stories, Death Stranding is a game you should absolutely play.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Death Stranding is gorgeous, somber and intriguing, underpinned by a motif of human connection despite largely revolving around fetch quests and traversal

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Fanbyte
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a breathtaking experience only marred by some unnecessary combat and a story that is often more complex than it should be.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2019

Though it won't be for everyone, Death Stranding is an unconventional yet satisfying game with top-tier storytelling, wonderful acting, and a fantastic, off-the-wall story.

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Fun Factor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2020

It's hard to avoid the cliché "This game is not for everyone" when reviewing Death Stranding. It's equally hard to recommend it to anyone who doesn't like to walk a lot in video games. Even so, if you're open to new experiences in AAA games, you might be surprised, as long as you don't expect good writing and short cutscenes. Finishing the game after about 40 hours, I can say that it was mostly a solid experience with engaging, polished gameplay, excellent sountrack and stunning visuals.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

Is it a new genre of games? Perhaps, but it definitely succeeds in presenting polished and novel, even revolutionary, ideas even if the overall experience can drag on and feel monotonous at times due to uneven story and set-piece pacing.

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IGN Middle East
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Kojima's new open-world adventure delivers heavily on story, crafting a journey that is impeccably directed, with a story that will stay with you for a while. However, the game leaves a lot to desired when it comes to its gameplay and that's where it falters the most.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding's attention to the real may make it difficult to enjoy, but it is undeniably an experience that will both scourge and soothe the heart.

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NoobFeed
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 13, 2019

Even after completing Death Stranding twice I've been conflicted about how I feel about this title. On one hand, the narrative, presentation, lore, and soundtrack are outstanding. On the other hand, the game's core gameplay teetered between tiresome and exceptional. Death Stranding's world-building featured an incredible landscape teeming with interesting lore but surrounding that is a delivery simulator.

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Jack of All Controllers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2019

Death Stranding is a game that has a lot of moving parts, and most of the time, those parts create a machine that runs pretty well. Even though the grimy in-game product placement and heavy-handed writing can cause things to grind and come to a halt, its innovative gameplay mixed with its unique online elements are what really keep the machine running.

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Luis Alamilla
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019
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Just Push Start
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Nov 10, 2019

Death Stranding is largely just, for better or worse, more Kojima. So, if you’re a fan of everything he does, odds are you’ll find enough to get through it and likely be happy, whereas if you questioned some of his choices or simply hate the trailers, I’d bet on you not liking this experience.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 1, 2019

A work of unbridled ambition and imagination but also a pretentious, contrived, and frequently quite dull gameplay experience – Death Stranding is peak Hideo Kojima.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+

Top Critic

Nov 1, 2019

Kojima's mysterious would be epic has its moments but can't carry the weight of expectation.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

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

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USgamer
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding might be Kojima's boldest game to date. It may also be his most tedious. Either way, its originality outweighs its sometimes exhausting structure and poor pacing... but only just. Maybe not a game I would recommend to everyone, but certainly one of the most interesting games of 2019.

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The Angry Joe Show
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 19, 2019
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Daily Dot
Nov 1, 2019

Despite all the time I felt Death Stranding was actively wasting, as if confronting me to walk away in annoyance, I still respect its message.

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Digital Trends
Nov 30, 2019

It won’t change the minds of Kojima detractors who think he should just make movies, but the game’s thoughtful social components showcase why he still plays such a vital role in the games industry.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is a cerebral experience that isn't fun.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

An intriguing plot, an interesting universe, an outstanding performance by amazing actors and an incredible soundtrack can't hide the fact that Death Stranding has repetitive missions, unexciting open world with a lot of samey elements and disappointing boss fights. It could've been so much more if some parts of the game didn't feel so rushed, but if you are here for the story — you are in for a ride.

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TrueGaming
7 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

This is Death Stranding, a long series of what feels like a long series of essential side missions which is rather disappointing because it truly brought us an exceptional cinematic experience and a high grade production value

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Cerealkillerz
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Death Stranding wants to be a lot of things, but not really a video game. A good gaming experience or a story that makes an real impact are the things that you'll miss the most in this ridiculously long journey that you have to take. Even Fans of the previous works of Hideo Kojima will have a hard time to win something out of this title.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 15, 2019

Death Stranding is one of the strangest and most unique games I’ve ever played. While its story’s pacing and theming are all over the place, its characters, world, atmosphere, and fascinatingly dull gameplay make Death Stranding an experience that you will likely either love or hate. Either way, I’m glad it exists.

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Too Much Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 2, 2019

Death Stranding is creative director Hideo Kojima’s flawed but fascinating subversion of big budget expectations. It represents not simply an escape from the increasingly suffocating influence of his former masters at Konami, but an escape from the cardboard box of Metal Gear’s narrative and gameplay conventions.

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IGN
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding delivers a fascinating world of supernatural sci-fi, but its gameplay struggles to support its weight.

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New Game Network
65 / 100
65 / 100
Nov 17, 2019

Death Stranding is less like a masterwork from a newly liberated veteran, and feels more like a debut effort of an imaginative and yet still unrefined game creator. Its convoluted story is propped up by a solid cast, and the very dull gameplay is just helped along by the well implemented multiplayer. It will only really appeal to fans of a very specific game subgenre, or those who enjoy unbridled narratives.

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VG247
Nov 1, 2019

If you do manage to hold out, you will be rewarded with flashes of brilliance, it’s just that those flashes are buried as deep as the core story is buried in the endless dialogue.

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Digital Spy
Nov 8, 2019

It pains us to say this, but Death Stranding is more like an elaborate sim for being a one-man Amazon Prime delivery service for the whole of America. Despite the beautiful graphics, masterful soundtrack, solid voice acting and fun combat, it's not enough to counterbalance how much of a chore lugging around boxes is.

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AusGamers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

In the end, all I can really say is this: handle Death Stranding with care.

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Niche Gamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2019

In a way, I respect Kojima for coming out with something he had to know a ton of people wouldn’t like. At the end of the day, though, I just wanted to have fun playing video games, and slogging through snow for a half an hour just to deliver a jar of bugs to someone isn’t my idea of entertainment.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

Death Stranding is an ambitious game, but it’s also one that’s self-indulgent and overwrought. With better pacing and the excising of some of its less flattering content and features, Death Stranding could have been something special

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Bloody Disgusting
Nov 14, 2019

Death Stranding is as thoughtful and meditative as it is a slog and convoluted. It is a different take on gaming that most of us gamers are not used to. It is a Hideo Kojima title where in-game actions provide a sense of emotional joy for players. Death Stranding, for all its depth and struggle, is a beautiful step forward for video games, and a potential taste of what the future may bring.

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TheReviewGeek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2019

Hideo Kojima reminds me a lot of George R.R. Martin and George Lucas. With a bit of restraint, these men have managed to achieve greatness in their respective fields. Without that overarching influence to keep them on the straight and narrow, and with free reign to conjure up something wholly self-published and original, these artists have struggled to reign themselves in and rekindle that early career magic, producing lacklustre and ever-so-slightly egotistical pieces of fiction. Death Stranding then, is Hideo Kojima following in that same vein.

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Gamerheadquarters
5.2 / 10.0
5.2 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Death Stranding was an awful, tedious experience that felt like a never ending nightmare where going out to get an actual part time job delivering packages would have been more rewarding.

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GBAtemp
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Death Stranding deserves credit for daring to be so unique, but the price of experimentation is often failure. It can sometimes achieve moments of tranquil beauty, but is usually such a frustrating slog that it's hard to appreciate the quieter moments.

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GameSkinny
Jan 31, 2020

Death Stranding is an interesting look at what makes a game a game, and not much else.

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Cultured Vultures
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Death Stranding is a beautiful and unique game that deserves praise for trying something a bit different. However, your enjoyment of it really will hinge on your tolerance for the game's core delivery gameplay of “move item from A to B” and Kojima's episode-length cutscenes.

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Giant Bomb
Nov 6, 2019

Kojima's first post-Konami project is a bizarre, self-indulgent mess that never quite manages to tie its myriad pieces together.

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Game Rant
Nov 15, 2019

Death Stranding is a boring chore of a game that takes the worst aspects of open world games and combines them with a nonsensical plot.

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Star News
Nov 6, 2019

Inventory management, encumbrance limits, ridiculous story, fetch quests galore, and never-ending cutscenes. The absolute inverse of everything I want in a game.

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VGChartz
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 12, 2019

If leaden pacing, meddlesome gameplay, and turgid storytelling is Kojima’s way for us to “build bridges” with one another, I’d rather have the wall be ten feet higher.

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Stevivor
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Even if Death Stranding’s narrative was good — and it’s not — a game needs to have actual gameplay. What you find within is abysmal; frustrating, tedious and beyond repair, it is to be avoided at all costs.

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PowerUp!
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Death Stranding is not entertaining. As such, it fails as a video game, it fails as a narrative and it fails overall.

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FourFaceButtons
3 / 10
3 / 10
Nov 19, 2019
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