Review: Death Stranding

In 2016 at E3, Hideo Kojima revealed the new game he was working on in fantastic fashion: a trailer of a naked Norman Reedus waking up next to a crying baby, the baby disappearing and covering Reedus in black tar, and Reedus standing up and looking out over an ocean at five floating figures. Death Stranding.

For the next three years until the game’s release this past November, “what is Death Stranding about?” has been a question continuously asked by enthusiasts in the gaming community. Later trailers did not do much to help clarify: from Mads Mikkelsen commanding troops in a sewer to Reedus witnessing an invisible monster carry another person away, the point and plot of the game was shrouded in complete mystery.

Well after 52 hours I’ve completed the story of Death Stranding so I can tell you what the game is about. I can also tell you, surprisingly, that a lot of the weirdness that was shown off in trailers actually makes sense in the context of the game. Kojima, if nothing else, managed something very few others are capable of: drumming up interest and intrigue for a brand new IP without revealing any of the plot, really.

But did he make a good game?

That’s what I’m about to review. I’m going to spoil some things about the game (although nothing major related to the story), so if you want to go into the game completely blind it’s probably a good idea to skip this. But for the rest of you, read on.

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Episode 52-1 – Amazon Prime Apocalypse Delivery Boy

We’ve got a somewhat special episode for this week’s Make Me A Gamer! Since last week was a four-day holiday weekend for TMan and HarveyZ, they recorded a special, slightly shorter than usual episode that focuses specifically on one game: Death Stranding! HarveyZ watched TMan play for an hour or so and then they discussed it for half an hour!

TMan had played through Episode 7 of Death Stranding and spoils gameplay (and minor story elements) throughout the episode, so if you want to know as little as possible about the game feel free to skip this episode. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy! This is a new format we’re trying out and we may do similar, shorter burst episodes focused on a single game in the future!

This weekend TMan is going to be at PAX Unplugged, which means expect another shorter, half-hour episode next week as well which will be numbered as 52-2: together they will be the length of one full episode!

(This episode was recorded on November 25, 2019.)

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Episode 51 – We’re Boomers Now

Are you looking for an ear feast before Thanksgiving (if you’re American)? Well Make Me A Gamer has you covered! Enjoy a brand new episode of TMan and HarveyZ doing what they do best: talking about games and getting random facts wrong!

WARNING: The first about 9 minutes contains the spoiler for The Mandalorian that you probably already know about as well as spoilers for Game of Thrones. Skip to 8:58 to miss all the spoiler related discussion.

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Pens vs. Pencils

Main Course #1: E-mail Questions from Overbob & The Google Stadia Launch

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Cuboid

Main Course #2: TMan’s Favorite Movies

TMan’s Game of the Week: Pokemon Sword

(This episode was recorded on November 21, 2019.)

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Episode 44 – Am I Kojima?

Sorry for the slight delay, but here’s this week’s episode of Make Me A Gamer! We hope you enjoy!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Netflix vs. Disney+

Main Course #1: The King’s Avatar and Kojima’s comments on Death Stranding

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Lost Odyssey

Main Course #2: Alan Wake & Control

TMan’s Game of the Week: Kind Words

(This episode was recorded on September 19, 2019.)

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Episode 43 – Norman Reedus & Norman Fetus

Another episode of Make Me A Gamer is in the books! We hope you enjoy our witty banter!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Hoverboards vs. Flying Cars

Main Course #1: Tokyo Game Show – Death Stranding & Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Mischief Makers

Main Course #2: Nintendo’s Ring-Con & Ring Fit Adventure, and the Apple Arcade

TMan’s Game of the Week: Creature in the Well

(This episode was recorded on September 12, 2019.)

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Episode 35 – Fortspite

Thirty-five whole episodes of Make Me A Gamer are in the bag! On this particular one, T-Man makes HarveyZ choose between Fortnite and fidget spinners, we delve into Dungeons & Dragons thanks to an e-mail question, and then we talk about some hot gaming news like the new Death Stranding trailer and this random new handheld with a crank called the Playdate. Then we finish the episode with a new segment where TMan just talks about a game he likes: this week, it’s Alpha Protocol! Enjoy! (This episode was recorded May 30th, 2019.)

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