Death Stranding
From the creator of one of the world's most renowned franchise for Sony Playstation games is Metal Gear Solid (MGS) has created his own unique IP to show his unique ability to conceptualize and develop games.
Death Stranding is set in a mind-bending dark alien world where the enemies are stealth and the astronauts only survival tool is an alien detector to sense if they are nearby.
It is probably the most dense, complex and weird game ever created for the generation.
The game was revealed in the Game Awards 2017 and it took 4 years for his indie team to finally launch their game.

Release Trailers


Character Trailer


Three of the latest Death Stranding scenes depicting SAM's journey with Baby.
Scene 1: SAM meets the Baby's MaMa.
Scene 2: SAM travels across the plains with Baby to send a mail to the UCA mystery man(Luden Fan).
Scene 3: SAM meets Deadman to understand about a dead mother's baby.


Price: US$59.99, Deluxe Edition US$79.99, Collector's Edition US$299
Release: 8 November 2019
Engine: Decima (Used in Horizon Zero Dawn, developed by Guerilla Games)
ESRB Rating: 18+
Starring: Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus from Walking Dead), Deadman (Guillermo Del Toro), Higgs(Troy Baker), Die Hard Man(Tommy Earl Jenkins), Cliff (Mads Mikkelsen), Fragile (Léa Seydoux), and Mama (Magaret Qualley), Heart Man(Nicolas winding refn).
Composer: Ludvig Forssell
Writer: Hideo Kojima; Hitori Nojima
Designer: Hideo Kojima
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Kojima Productions
Platform: PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Windows(TBC)
Mode: Single, Multiplayer Online
Genre: Strand Online
Awards: Best Game Direction 2019, Best Score & Music (The Game Awards)

Story
In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural events that has created many horrifying entities known as the Death Stranding.
With BTs plaguing the landscape and the planet on the verge of a mass extinction, humans in towns and cities have started to stay isolated in various parts of this construed post-apocalyptic world.
As the protagonist Sam Norman Bridges, you are hired by the daughter of America, Emily and Die Hardman to save the world as you travel from East to the West.
SAM Bridges is tasked to save the world from the brink of destruction by connecting all the Chiral points together as they are scattered all across the world
Finding the link to reconnect with a strange world of darkness using a link baby.
Higgs who is the leader of the homo demons are a dangerous group of soldiers that connects with the dark side to seek out SAM.
Homo demon separatist group are very powerful members that plot in the shadows and summon dark beasts into the world.
The main scope of the story will emphasize on anti-war and lets players learn how to become connected in the current socially disconnected real world we live in.

About
The baby clone is key to survival and it's what keeps Norman and his fellow comrades from aging rapidly.
Opening new doors to the next step in gaming, the game is set to adopt an open-world action game with online elements.
It will also have the trademark storytelling from Kojima project, so expect something surreal, intensifying and over-the-top plot.


Game Play
You are SAM Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus), a courier man with a simple task of bringing the world connected by delivering 6 floating keys to far remote places.
However, it won't be an easy task and often time, you will find yourself stranded in a completely remote world.

Strand System
Death Stranding is labeled by Kojima as a unique social strand game where you can be connected with other players in an indirect way.
There are no multiplayer in this game, but other players can leave things behind to aid you or boost you morally in the game.
The the closest game to this concept can be associated with Dark Souls where other players can leave objects behind after they die.

Open World
The various environmental seasons and terrains opens up a new world scenario that can change dramatically in real-time.
Time fall which is a raining effect will cause the equipment and goods that you carry to decay.
It will also affect humans who are exposed to it, however, there is a aging limit of maximum 65 years old.
After the time fall, BTs will start to appear and you will have to be wary not to get too close to them.
BTs are invisible antagonists that require you to use a homing beacon to sense their presence and an Odradek stick attached to your back that will blink faster as they come nearer to you.
Plugging into your BB will allow you to see them because BBs are babies born as stillborn.
Contributing resources to terminals you visit online will help other players and yourself to built large structures which will help everyone get across places alot faster.

Inventory
There will be tons of equipment, upgrades and gadgets that can aid you along the way such as a ladder, motorbike, which comes in special occasions.
Managing how you equip your inventory onto SAM will be key to keeping your protagonist from tripping and falling as he walks.
Always use auto-arrange your delivery items before you set off, as this will save you a lot of time on this.

Exo Skeletons
Donning on proper traversing suits will aid you when travelling on difficult terrains and resistance to the Time Fall.

Shelters
Time fall is a damaging effect to your cargo and yourself, so it's always good to bring along a PCC to build a time fall shelter in your backpack or those given by other players.
The shelter can be used to recharge your batteries and repair equipment as well and save you time to wait for the rainfall to end.

Map Planning
Before you set off, always plot your routes by looking out for the various shortcuts and check the weather of the route you are going to take.

Enemies
You journey across the ravaged wasteland and save mankind from impending annihilation will no easy task.
The game can feel lonely oftentimes and the only soul mate you'll get is a BB.
They won't talk to you and sometimes need you to attend to them like you're his mother.
BTs (Beached things) are stealth ghostly figures that you will need your sonar device to beacon them out, however, while traversing, you will have to crouch walk slowly to prevent them from detecting you.
If you're caught by BTs, there is a small window to escape by moving out of the black tar.
BTs comes in various forms here are the list.
1. Gazers, still silent and invisible figures floating in the air.
2. Hunters, if they spot you, they will hunt you and drag you down to an upside-down world.
3. Catchers are the most dangerous as they are large monstrosity that exists on land and in the sea and appears suddenly.
The threats do not just stay with these spiritual ghosts, but also the homo demons, a group of military separatist who is a looking into control of edge, not cities whilst remaining independent and stop at nothing to stop Norman.
One day, a massive explosion brings about a massive destruction to the world.
UCA needs to save the world from aliens that can blend into ethereal form.

Weapons
Carrying weapons is often a difficult choice as you have plenty of cargo to deliver, however it's still handy to bring some small weapons that can help you save yourself from getting into trouble.
You can purchase hemetic(blood) grenades or get it from some people online and use these against the BTs.
If you manage to kill the whale BT, it would just close out all the other BTs and reward with you tons of chiral crystals.

Game Overs
There is no game over as your character will actually never die, when you are killed in the human world. You will be brought to the opposite world where you have to swim your way out to the human world again.
If you are also killed in the nether world, then you get to be reborn back into the human world.
However, where you are killed, a giant crater will form in place of the location where you died and form a bigger obstacle for you to progress.
The giant crater will recover over time as the landscape is progressively generated, however, it may take a very long time to wait.

Game Play Trailer


The Heartman


TGS 2018 Trailer (new)


E3 2018 Trailer



PROS
Somber melancholic moments are main emphasis of the storyline with star studded cast of celebrities.
6 Boss Fights
75 main quests
Tons of side quests
Quirky, oppressive, eerie & some intense moments
Online sharing and helping is rewarding
Game can be completed without having to go online.
Many untold mysteries and details of the game to be discovered for gamers.

CONS
Extremely long winding story and slow burner as you start your game.
Tons of grindy stages.
No multiple endings.
World is huge and lonely while you deliver goods.
Lack of multiplayer mode leaves this game great for solo gaming only.
Requires minimum of 40-50 hours of game player to complete.
Cinematics are longer than the gameplay itself.


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Date: 17-Feb-18