Death Stranding

th0masp

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I admit I simply ended up watching a playthrough to get my fix. So that means about a year before I have forgotten most of it enough to perhaps give the game another try.

One thing about these Kojima games - and for me they have all shared that since MGS2 (made first contact back then) - the controls are always so convoluted that once you've put the game down for a bit the idea of having to find your stride again in it seems quite daunting.

I don't have that with other games. Or should I say: 'normal' games? :)
 

Relentless Power

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So, I’m back on par in terms of considering purchasing this game today. But I’d appreciate your feedback on your overall experience, and I gather it is kind of a ‘walking simulator’, but I’m learning that I’m gravitating towards a different genre of games now, (See my post about Doom Eternal being sort of a letdown In “What game are you playing.”)

After reading some reviews, They’re really impressive about this game after six months on the market. Altogether, if you wouldn’t mind elaborating on the overall strengths/weaknesses of this game, and what kind of combat if any?

Also, if anyone else has feedback, aside from what’s in this thread already, feel free to elaborate.
 
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I just noticed the game is on sale now for $29.99. For me, especially at that price, it is an easy recommend.

I mentioned earlier I found the beginning of the game (up to chapter three) very frustrating. After that, I thought it really opened up and was fun and had an interesting story.

It starts in the usual post apocalyptic world scenario and your job is to convince and help various areas around the country to get reconnected and join up with your "side". To convince these folks, you have to do missions for them that consist of finding or delivering packages and supplies. While on these missions you run across these black, ghost-like things called BTs that will try and kill you. If you like, you can take them on and kill them, or if you prefer they can largely be avoided. There are also bandits you will run across. Same thing, you can just avoid them if you like, or take them out. You can play that part of the game however you want. The core of the game though is definitely not geared around combat.

There is a complex story woven into the game I won't spoil for you, but you can watch some YT videos if you like.

Once I got the hang of how things worked, the time spent walking across the countryside is very enjoyable. The scenery is beautiful and music is perfect.

My only criticism I think would be there are cut-scenes that are a little long.

Hope this helps.
 
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Thanks for the pep talk. Ok.....time to go make some deliveries!
I forgot to mention something. One thing that just completely overwhelmed me at first was the huge number of delivery orders. While you can score some nice gear from doing a lot you absolutely do not have to do every one to finish the game. I had a lot of unclaimed orders when the credits rolled on my game.
 
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I forgot to mention something. One thing that just completely overwhelmed me at first was the huge number of delivery orders. While you can score some nice gear from doing a lot you absolutely do not have to do every one to finish the game. I had a lot of unclaimed orders when the credits rolled on my game.
I agree... same with all the orders you stumble onto laying around the countryside. You will go nuts trying to deliver all those.
 
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Relentless Power

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Weaselboy,

Scored D.S. for ~$20 even. {I had a $10 promo coupon with Best Buy.}

Seriously though, my backlog is officially set [Rage 2, Days Gone, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and No Mans Sky to mix/match these titles on my Pro/OneX ], and after spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find the next game that will carry me throughout the summer until we see Cyberpunk/TLOU2 eventually arrive, I’m looking forward to the experience with Death Stranding.

I was heavily involved in reading/watching reviews, GamerAnx (YouTube) Who I feel is one of the most experienced gamers on the Internet, had a plethora of high remarks about this game, and that says a lot coming from someone who has over 5 million subscribers.

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th0masp

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I'd prefer he started something new again. He seems to have a lot of capacity to come up with interesting and - in the game space at least - unusual settings but it gets really convoluted after a while. For example I thought it was a good thing to leave Snake and all that accumulated story BS behind.

No need to add more head scratchers to the world of DS than the first game already provided.
 
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