After months of bizarre trailers, seemingly endless news coverage, several celebrity cameos and everyone being confused as to what Death Stranding is actually all about; we finally have outlets releasing their reviews and thoughts on Hideo Kojima's latest game. It's a bit of a mixed bag, with mediocre to good scores from some, and high praise from others.

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IGN: 6.9/10 "Death Stranding is a bit like a frosted piece of glass; no matter how polished it may be, it’s still pretty dull. You really need to work incredibly hard to enjoy any of it, because so much of Death Stranding feels convoluted and requires far more effort than it has any right to."

GamesRadar: 3.5/5 "There is an okay experience here, filled with a scrapbooking hokum of afterlife mythology and pseudoscience, with a cast of likeable if bluntly literal characters but it’s a game that, ironically, is easily lost in its lengthy delivery."

VG247: 3/5 "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. And as profound as it wants to be, this is still a game in which you can equip and unequip your penis so you can piss out Red Bull."

Gamespot: 9/10 " It's a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it's also one we really need right now."

Eurogamer: Recommended "Hideo Kojima's first post-Metal Gear game is a messy, indulgent vanity project - but also a true original."

GameInformer: 7/10 "The real issue is that Death Stranding’s gameplay really is as simple as it appears to be, and the elements around it – the story, combat, and lacklustre mission objectives – aren’t satisfying enough to anchor the title and get players invested."

Metacritic: Metascore 84/100

Death Stranding launches on PlayStation 4 on November 8th. It's the first major project from Hideo Kojima since his tumultuous exit from Konami following the release of Metal Gear Solid V, which by all accounts was released unfinished. Konami retained ownership of Kojima's beloved stealth series, so far only putting out a mediocre survival spin-off under the brand. Kojima meanwhile has set up his own production studio, and Death Stranding is published by Sony Interactive Entertainment — though it will also be getting a PC release with 505 Games.

Check out our Best PS4 Stealth Games Available in 2019 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
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Teh_Paralyzer
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Teh_Paralyzer
Posted on 01 November 19 at 19:38
What I expected. Some people are eating it up and some people are just not getting what they expected.

Kojima can do good but people expect him to make 11/10's when that's just asking too much from anybody.
Square1ne_
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Square1ne_
Posted on 01 November 19 at 19:50
I'm honestly still looking forward to this, despite the negative reviews in some cases about the 'grind'. The story makes more sense now that I've read the reviews too, so looking forward to seeing how that all pans out when this comes out next week.
daemont101
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daemont101
Posted on 01 November 19 at 20:11
Mixed reviews sound about right when it comes to Kojimalaugh I was never the biggest fan of metal gear solid, but I did love his Silent Hill games, so let’s see where this falls for me.
SolaceCreed
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SolaceCreed
Posted on 01 November 19 at 20:32
It's always the same for a new IP. People don't know what to make of it. Just hope it isn't terrible.
Postmortimus
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Postmortimus
Posted on 01 November 19 at 20:49
daemont101 said:
Mixed reviews sound about right when it comes to Kojimalaugh I was never the biggest fan of metal gear solid, but I did love his Silent Hill games, so let’s see where this falls for me.
Kojima never made any Silent Hill games. PT was the closest he got to making one. Unfortunately.
GAMERJET
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GAMERJET
Posted on 01 November 19 at 21:40
I'm this interested in this game. I know it won't be enjoyed by everyone, but that's OK. Not every game can be enjoyed by everyone.

A great example. GT Pro Series for the Wii. I loved and had a blast playing it solo and with friends. It was universally panned, but I still sank dozens of hours into it.
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daemont101
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daemont101
Posted on 02 November 19 at 03:08
Postmortimus said:
daemont101 said:
Mixed reviews sound about right when it comes to Kojimalaugh I was never the biggest fan of metal gear solid, but I did love his Silent Hill games, so let’s see where this falls for me.
Kojima never made any Silent Hill games. PT was the closest he got to making one. Unfortunately.
I swore he at least had some creative direction on silent hill in the past shock maybe I’m just going crazy. And PT would’ve been perfect.
SolaceCreed
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SolaceCreed
Posted on 02 November 19 at 06:01
daemont101 said:
Postmortimus said:
daemont101 said:
Mixed reviews sound about right when it comes to Kojimalaugh I was never the biggest fan of metal gear solid, but I did love his Silent Hill games, so let’s see where this falls for me.
Kojima never made any Silent Hill games. PT was the closest he got to making one. Unfortunately.
I swore he at least had some creative direction on silent hill in the past shock maybe I’m just going crazy. And PT would’ve been perfect.
He was an advisor to Silent Hill 2, I believe, but had no actual input. So uncredited as it was imagined up by Sato.
daemont101
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daemont101
Posted on 02 November 19 at 06:51
SolaceCreed said:
daemont101 said:
Postmortimus said:
daemont101 said:
Mixed reviews sound about right when it comes to Kojimalaugh I was never the biggest fan of metal gear solid, but I did love his Silent Hill games, so let’s see where this falls for me.
Kojima never made any Silent Hill games. PT was the closest he got to making one. Unfortunately.
I swore he at least had some creative direction on silent hill in the past shock maybe I’m just going crazy. And PT would’ve been perfect.
He was an advisor to Silent Hill 2, I believe, but had no actual input. So uncredited as it was imagined up by Sato.
I guess you do learn something new everyday
NxtDutch
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NxtDutch
Posted on 03 November 19 at 20:30
Well, while I am looking forward to this game. I do believe that Hideo Kojima is vastly overrated as a story teller. I just can not understand the hype behind this guy.
Xbox is ruining gaming. They have made record profits with no games. Shifting focus on adding more & more subscriptions, with a lack of content.
Leigrez
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Leigrez
Posted on 05 November 19 at 02:01, Edited on 05 November 19 at 02:02 by Leigrez
NxtDutch said:
Well, while I am looking forward to this game. I do believe that Hideo Kojima is vastly overrated as a story teller. I just can not understand the hype behind this guy.
He's the Terrence Malick of gaming. You either appreciate what he does, or you don't. He leaves so much up to interpretation and he doesn't dumb down anything. If you don't get it, too bad. He makes the games he wants to see, and to me I appreciate that more than somebody who spoon feeds everything to an audience.

I am thoroughly looking forward to this game and I personally can't wait to see what I get from it overall.
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IceBlazeWinters
Posted on 06 November 19 at 16:53
don't believe a word any of these stupid ass game critics say, all of them have been caught multiple times pushing a political leftist agenda.

play the game yourself if you want an opinion. red box and video stores exist for a reason, as does a library.
SolaceCreed
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SolaceCreed
Posted on 07 November 19 at 07:37
IceBlazeWinters said:
don't believe a word any of these stupid ass game critics say, all of them have been caught multiple times pushing a political leftist agenda.

play the game yourself if you want an opinion. red box and video stores exist for a reason, as does a library.
facepalm If you read Kojima's comments, the game is actually left-leaning.
Negduke
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Negduke
Posted on 09 November 19 at 07:11
Played it for a few hours. Wouldn't say I am enjoying it but it is definitely an experience and I probably will stick with it. It's one of those where you really have to play it for yourself.
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