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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra today at 04:00.

A Beginner’s Guide To The World Of Death Stranding

A Beginner’s Guide To The World Of Death Stranding

Death Stranding isn’t that weird of a game, but it does love to toss out lore and terminology without explaining much. Some answers are hidden away in codex entries, but others are left for players to sort out. If that seems daunting, don’t worry. Here’s a breakdown of Death Stranding’s world and the most important facts to know.

What Is Going On In This Game?

At some point in the past, a...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson today at 02:30. 13 comments

Dueling Translations Of Hideo Kojima's Thoughts On Critics Cause Confusion

Dueling Translations Of Hideo Kojima's Thoughts On Critics Cause Confusion

Whatever you think about Hideo Kojima’s latest fever dream—which imagines a world exactly like our own, except that Norman Reedus can’t walk good—you likely figured it was going to be divisive. Initial reviews lent credence to that idea; some critics adored Death Stranding despite its sharp corners and long, uneventful stretches. Others thought Kojima sacrificed fun in favor of nonsensical...

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Tim Rogers Tim Rogers yesterday at 23:00.

Let's Talk About Death Stranding Spoilers

Let's Talk About Death Stranding Spoilers

One does not simply play all the way through Death Stranding without yelling about it to a fellow player afterward. In this video you can watch Heather Alexandra and I discuss the game’s darkest plot secrets at length.

(This post itself, however, contains no spoilers.)

Note: Aware of the possibility that this website will auto-play the video when you click on this post, I scripted no-spoiler...

Chris Person Chris Person yesterday at 03:00.

Glitched Red Dead Character Moseys Hard

Glitched Red Dead Character Moseys Hard

Today on Highlight Reel we have Red Dead Redemption 2 PC mods, Death Stranding physics, dramatic James Bond looks, and much more!

Watch the video then talk about your favorite highlight in the comments below. Be sure to check out, like, and share the original videos ...

Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Nov 12, 2019 at 04:30. 1 comments

How To Travel Smart, With Tips From Special Guest Death Stranding

How To Travel Smart, With Tips From Special Guest Death Stranding

The world is finally able to dig into Death Stranding and while it might be getting mixed reviews, I’ve been loving it so far. I am a weirdo who loves to plan ahead and Death Stranding reminds me of one of my favorite pastimes that benefits from lots of planning: traveling. In fact, the game teaches you to be efficient at packing and travel with ease.

I travel a lot for fun and for work, and...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 11, 2019 at 17:30. 22 comments

In Japan, Fans Question Famitsu-Related Cameos In Death Stranding

In Japan, Fans Question Famitsu-Related Cameos In Death Stranding
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Online in Japan, fans are wondering why the mascot character and the official representative for the country’s biggest game magazine Famitsu appear in Death Stranding.

Famitsu recently gave the game a...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 10, 2019 at 23:30. 5 comments

10 Questions I Have About That Weird Advertisement That Pops Up While Pooping In Death Stranding

10 Questions I Have About That Weird Advertisement That Pops Up While Pooping In Death Stranding

Death Stranding is weird. In my first few hours with the game, I cradled a baby that was locked in a pod, carried a dead body, drank a bunch of Monster Energy drinks and met famous film director Guillermo Del Toro. But for me, the weirdest moment so far in Death Stranding is a moment that made me laugh so hard I had to pause the game.

You see when you poop in Death Stranding, you will see a...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Nov 09, 2019 at 04:30.

It's Hard To Play Death Stranding When You Have An Actual Baby

It's Hard To Play Death Stranding When You Have An Actual Baby

All three of us on Kotaku Splitscreen have begun to play Death Stranding, but only one of us did so with a newborn baby in the mix. Jason explained to me and Kirk this week that it’s just not cool to put your baby down for a nap and then get prompted to rock your PS4 controller back and forth while it emits crying noises.

First, we talked about the news from BlizzCon last weekend, as well as...

Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 22 comments

PSA: Get To Death Stranding Chapter 3 As Quickly As Possible

PSA: Get To Death Stranding Chapter 3 As Quickly As Possible

I’ve already laid out some Death Stranding tips alongside my coworker Tim Rogers. Travel light; build structures in smart places; have an extra pair of shoes. One tip stands above them all, though: Do not get sidetracked at the start of the game. Death Stranding drops players into a large world to complete tons of deliveries, difficult affairs where you trek through ghost-infested territory...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 08, 2019 at 05:00. 12 comments

Hideo Kojima Presents Death Stranding Starring Hideo Kojima As Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima Presents Death Stranding Starring Hideo Kojima As Hideo Kojima

Here, for your enjoyment this Thursday evening, is a Death Stranding trailer in which every single character is just Hideo Kojima.

Made using Deepfakes , it’s basically the animated version of:

It’s worth remembering that this tweet read differently in Japanese . It’s also worth remembering that this video is a joke, and a good one at that.

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 08, 2019 at 02:00. 3 comments

Watch Us Break Down The First Act Of Death Stranding

Watch Us Break Down The First Act Of Death Stranding

Death Stranding is upon us! Kojima Productions’ bizarre and super-massive exploration game brims with symbolism, clumsy stumbling, and gnarly ghosts. My pal Tim Rogers and I sat down to play the first chapter and talk about movies and all sorts of other stuff as we helped Sam Porter Bridges on his trek through the wasteland.

Full disclosure: Tim and I recorded this maybe two weeks ago , packed...

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Tim Rogers Tim Rogers Nov 05, 2019. 8 comments

Death Stranding: The Kotaku Video Review

Death Stranding: The Kotaku Video Review

How does one make a video review for Death Stranding, a game with like 900 trailers—many of which the game’s director, Hideo Kojima, edited himself? On November 8th, 2019, the meta-game of guessing what Death Stranding is will end and the meta-meta-game of playing Death Stranding will begin. Until then, while we still have four days left to enjoy the meta-game, please watch this bizarre,...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 04, 2019. 17 comments

The Week In Games: The Sweet Release Of Death Stranding

The Week In Games: The Sweet Release Of Death Stranding

Finally, after years of weird teasers and trailers, we all will have a chance to sit down and actually play Death Stranding. Starring Norman Reedus, Death Stranding releases for PS4 this week. If you are curious to know more about the game, check out the great review from Heather Alexandra that’s already on the site.

Death Stranding: The Kotaku Review

There is no elevator pitch for Death...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 28, 2019. 8 comments

Death Stranding Is Coming To PC

Death Stranding Is Coming To PC

Death Stranding is coming to PC early summer 2020, Kojima Productions announced on Twitter today. Right now, the game is arriving on PS4 November 8.

Here’s the tweet:

Sony is publishing Death Stranding, and it was announced as an exclusive for their PS4 console. Traditionally, Sony’s big games have stayed on the PS4, but lately, it looks like that’s changing. Some of these higher-interest...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 23, 2019. 20 comments

Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese

Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese

Over the past few years, Hideo Kojima’s Twitter accounts have been tweeting in Japanese, his native language, and English, his second language.

While it’s unclear whether or not Kojima is doing the English tweeting himself, he’s not a native speaker. There are mistakes in his English tweets, and for a non-native speaker, that happens. No biggie! The effort is appreciated. There’s nothing wrong...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 13, 2019. 6 comments

Hands-On With Death Stranding: The Umbrella

Hands-On With Death Stranding: The Umbrella
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Hideo Kojima’s upcoming release Death Stranding isn’t playable at the Tokyo Game Show. But you can demo Death Stranding: The Umbrella.

Full disclosure: Even though it’s overcast here today at the Tokyo Game Show, I was not...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 13, 2019. 24 comments

We Can Finally Explain What You Actually Do In Death Stranding

We Can Finally Explain What You Actually Do In Death Stranding

He’s finally done it. After years of talking about Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima finally showed off a full mission’s worth of gameplay during a live stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show this week. It’s as offbeat, meticulously detailed, and intriguing as you’d expect from Kojima, if not more so.

To be released November 8 for PlayStation 4, Death Stranding follows Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus)...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 20, 2019. 8 comments

Hideo Kojima's BFF Geoff Keighley Is Actually In Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's BFF Geoff Keighley Is Actually In Death Stranding

New York’s hottest club is Death Stranding. It has everything: bridges, fjords, invisible babies, and Geoff Keighley.

While he’s actually voiced by Matthew Mercer, longtime Kojima stan Geoff Keighley has a cameo as a “prepper” in the upcoming game Death Stranding, which comes out November 8th on PlayStation 4. Kojima said that Keighley is easily found in the game, and that there will be other...

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Tim Rogers Tim Rogers Aug 06, 2019. 15 comments

I Don't Need To Play Death Stranding Because I Already Love It

I Don't Need To Play Death Stranding Because I Already Love It

I don’t even have to play Death Stranding in order to review it. All I need is the 39 minutes’ worth of trailers released thus far, my hideous enthusiasm, and my terrible imagination. Allow me to utilize all three in this video presentation, a “pre-review” of Death Stranding.

What could possibly qualify me to review Death Stranding three months before its release, at a time when no person who...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 28, 2019. 7 comments

Death Stranding Looks Great As A PS1 Game

Death Stranding Looks Great As A PS1 Game
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Bear Parker, the same guy who managed to remake Metal Gear Solid inside another game , has decided to take everything we’ve seen of Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding and turn it into a PlayStation 1 game, complete with gameplay and giant ladders.

It works real well! Death Stranding’s grim aesthetic and murky palette...

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