Death Stranding Review

Michael Ward

Death Stranding was a game I’ve been very excited to play.  While the gameplay might not be the best, it keeps you immersed in the world.

 

The story has protagonist Sam Porter Bridges played by “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus journey across the country to reconnect America and save the future president Amelie.

 

The story can be a bit confusing throughout the game, but as you go on it all comes together. Though the music packs so much emotion when it plays in certain areas of the game. The actors put extremely good performances into their characters. My favorite performance being Mads Mikkelsen’s character Cliff who has a very emotional and tragic backstory.

 

Death Stranding uses an awesome online system called the “Chirl Network” which makes it so when you deliver a package that entire area now lets you see and use another player’s buildings which makes traversing back easier or if you need to go back to that specific area. What’s great is that when other people use your buildings it gives you likes which improves your score at the end of a delivery and makes you feel good that you made another player’s day easier. When you give likes sometimes Sam will say “Today’s a good day” which is a cool detail. You do need to deliver the package first but it keeps the game balanced so you can’t abuse the system. 

 

Overall, Death Stranding is a great game with some problems that can bring the game down in certain moments but makes up for it with the story and online system.

 

I give this game an 8/10.