Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Death Stranding 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
Set in North America with just pockets of civilisation surviving, you play Sam Bridges, a courier delivering essential resources to the various towns and outposts remaining in an attempt to restore some level of communication and normalcy to the world. You brave the hostile, time-warping enemies, bandits and highwaymen while navigating and caring for an unborn child you carry in a strange, womb-like capsule.
Each item you carry adds weight and size to your load, making it more difficult to traverse the hilly, rocky terrain without falling over and potentially losing lots of progress. Enemies are often invisible, sometimes you need to fight them, but other times you need to carefully sneak past them. You can build bridges and roads to help you traverse the terrain, but these do little to change the grindingly slow task of making deliveries on foot.
The result is a stunningly unique game, with a huge, sprawling map, and moody visuals. These are put to work not as a context for warfare or combat like other games, but as a space in which you must traverse, survive and come to terms with. The challenging mechanics, weighty story and unique visuals differentiate it from similar games such as Red Dead Redemption 2.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Restricted (R 18+) for Strong Themes and Violence; also with Moderate Language and Mild Nudity and Sex.
16+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR'S CUT
Death Stranding Digital Deluxe Edition
Death Stranding Director's Cut
Death Stranding Director's Cut Digital Deluxe Edition
There are two versions of the game; the regular edition is available on PC and PS4, while the Director's cut is exclusive to PS5. It has an extra level and contains features that quicken the pace and make some sections more straightforward.
Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Genres: Traversal (Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Role-Play and Stealth)
Accessibility: 28 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
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