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Death Stranding (2019) is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your actions. This unusual aspect is amplify through its unique physics-based controls that make even a simple task like walking up a hill, challenging. It's a game that looks like an action adventure but hides within it a study of loneliness and landscapes.

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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Death Stranding 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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This is a Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Role-Play and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game. While you can see the effects of other players on the environment, such as a ladder on a cliff, you never come face-to-face with or interact with any other players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 60 hours to complete. The regular version will likely take somewhere in the region of 40-60 hours to beat. The Director's cut edition adds several features that can speed up the pace of the game and make certain sections more straightforward, slightly reducing the time to beat. on both versions, play sessions can run easily over an hour.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This game contains infrequent depictions of violence towards vulnerable human-like characters. The most notable example of violence is seen during a cutscene in which a human baby is shot and killed. In the scene, a man holding a baby in his arms is shot. When he turns around and falls to the floor, it is revealed that the baby has also been killed. The baby’s dead body then falls onto the floor as a pool of blood builds up around it. In a later scene the baby’s dead body can be seen with an open bullet wound visible on its torso. It is also possible to attack and kill non-adversaries that pose no threat. The game also contains frequent use of strong language ('f*ck'). This game also includes sequences of suicide, including when characters choose to end their own lives rather than be killed by enemies. These sequences are graphic and feature sight of blood and realistic reactions. There is also a scene of euthanasia in which a character ends the life of a person who is on life-support, and said to be brain dead, by placing a pillow over their face.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Restricted (R 18+) for Strong Themes and Violence; also with Moderate Language and Mild Nudity and Sex.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Death Stranding usually costs £34.99.
 

DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR'S CUT

Steam Store PC £34.99

Death Stranding

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iOS

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Traversal (Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Role-Play and Stealth)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Hideo Kojima EN (@Hideo_Kojima_EN)


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