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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Suits » November 8th, 2019, 2:48 pm

No I didn’t mate, I just had a good look at it as I like these sort of things - so I knew the size of it 😄.

My loft is full of Halo helmets, Skyrim Dragon Walls, Gears of War lancers and Fallout 76 helmets in canvas bags 😄.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Stanshall » November 9th, 2019, 11:56 am

Enjoyable opening few hours with this despite loads of cut scenes. It's an intriguing premise and some amazing visual concepts. Acting is pretty much as expected, some of the direction has actually added to the experience so far. Music pretty appropriate, adds to the world. Not anything like as good as MGSV so far but as basically a slightly interactive film, it's interesting. As a game, well, it's not really comparable. It's a walking sim, literally. It very much reminds me of wild hiking. One foot in front of the other, picking little routes around difficult sections. It's not exciting but it's not trying to be. Some of the set pieces are, though, and some of the cut scenes have been pretty affecting and a bit scary. So far, it's much more like Until Dawn or something like that than MGS.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by clippa » November 9th, 2019, 12:13 pm

I've been scratching my head since it was announced as to why everyone was talking about this. Kojima is a huge blind spot in my gaming knowledge. Metal gear was that stealth game on the nes that I found a bit boring, that's where it all begins and ends for me.
Epic have waved their exclusivity clause for this game only. It's coming out on steam and epic at the same time so it must be a big deal!

It sounds like it'd work just as well as a CGI film from what Stanshall's said so far.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Simonsloth » November 9th, 2019, 12:55 pm

On the whole i’d agree with opening few hours being quite linear but the thing that struck me the most is how nothing is dumbed down. It throws information and concepts at you in a way which would alienate anyone not used to playing games. It’s fine by me but the narrative and setting is interesting enough that this might be off putting to those who were drawn in by that.

It is to an extent a walking simulator but the walking is interesting, challenging and nuanced. I’m really enjoying the licensed music and it reminds me of red dead in that sense.

The control scheme is complicated but suits the game well again similar to Red Dead 2. To me previous metal gear solid games had options which weren’t immediately obvious so again it’s not a surprise . The ripple crawl in MGS4, the cardboard box techniques in MGS5 and even being able to run and shoot simultaneously in MGS1 required a bit of dexterity and experimentation with the controls.

All very exciting and for me exactly what I was hoping for.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by KSubzero1000 » November 9th, 2019, 4:36 pm

Really enjoying these bits of spoiler-free positive feedback, gentlemen.

I'm perfectly fine with a walking simulator as long as "the walking is interesting, challenging and nuanced". Just hope the story is up to par.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by DomsBeard » November 9th, 2019, 11:22 pm

6 hours in so far and enjoying it.

No idea what is going on in a good way, I've been bombarded with systems but it hasn't got overwhelming as yet.

I 100% think you need to be in the mood for this game to play it. I can imagine as many people ditching it early on as carrying on.

I've got vibes from Control and Lost so far.

Only negatives have been the silly character names

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Alex79uk » November 10th, 2019, 8:06 am

DomsBeard wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Only negatives have been the silly character names
Can't be any worse than Hot Coldman :lol:

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Stanshall » November 10th, 2019, 12:07 pm

DomsBeard wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 11:22 pm
I 100% think you need to be in the mood for this game to play it. I can imagine as many people ditching it early on as carrying on.
Yeah, definitely going to be the case. I expect I'll drop it and pick it back up several times before I finish it due to not feeling like watching half an hour of cutscene when I get an hour to play. You never know what you're going to get.

It's getting better and better, though, in every respect. It's not fun necessarily but it's affecting, occasionally frightening and sometimes thought provoking. Fortunately, it's also sometimes funny. Plenty of people will find this very boring and frustrating but I'm prepared to take it for what it is since I'm neither a massive Kojima fan nor do I have any great expectations of the game. I just fancy something different. If it gets boring, I'll drop it for a while.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by DomsBeard » November 10th, 2019, 12:38 pm

I've been wanting to play it with every free minute I have which is a good sign.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Jon Cheetham » November 11th, 2019, 4:44 am

Although I am unlikely to play it for a while what with everything else I've got lined up to get stuck into, I have been enjoying the takes and discussion around DS more than I have for most games recently.

I've enjoyed the streams I have caught, my brother has been sending me some sublime screen caps (sadly there is apparently no photo mode, however) and the game's approach to terrain which I saw described as "the environment is not there to please you" is fascinating.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by chase210 » November 11th, 2019, 5:28 am

This is a very strange game.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Flabyo » November 11th, 2019, 11:47 am

How is the product placement? I’ve seen screenshots that seem to imply it’s a bit invasive...

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by clippa » November 11th, 2019, 12:14 pm

Woah, what? That slightly undermines the people saying that whether it's entertaining or not, at least it's the guys uncompromised artistic vision.
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November 9th, 2019, 12:55 pm
It is to an extent a walking simulator but the walking is interesting, challenging and nuanced.
This has to be a joke. Are you half joking at least?

I think I'd best just stay out this thread because people get angry with me sometimes and I haven't played it so I won't be helping. I'll just chalk it down to something I don't understand.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Flabyo » November 11th, 2019, 12:56 pm

I guess Kojima really likes Monster Energy.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Stanshall » November 11th, 2019, 1:43 pm

It seems to be satire, but I can't tell where it's directed. I feel that a lot about Kojima which is partly why I find his stuff interesting, even if not necessarily satisfying.

I'd say the same with the social interaction/Demon's Souls stuff. There's a paradoxical irony to it. It's obviously taking the piss and yet on another level, it is useful if not almost essential.

It is very much one dude's voice and sense of humour. He likes to have his cake and eat it, I feel.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by DomsBeard » November 11th, 2019, 1:44 pm

Flabyo wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 12:56 pm
I guess Kojima really likes Monster Energy.
I did buy my first can out of curiosity whilst playing the other night so it must work. Outside of my "home" I haven't noticed it so far anywhere else.

I don't think you can describe this game you have to experience it yourself.

It's a travelling/resource management with a little sprinkle or survival horror and combat here and there (though I suspect the latter two may be ramped up soon).

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Suits » November 11th, 2019, 6:20 pm

I was into this.

Then hearing a lot of the Giant Bomb crew kind of destroy it and build it up really confused me.

Now all you lot saying all this good stuff about it has got me interested again.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by Simonsloth » November 11th, 2019, 8:38 pm

Suits wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 6:20 pm
I was into this.

Then hearing a lot of the Giant Bomb crew kind of destroy it and build it up really confused me.

Now all you lot saying all this good stuff about it has got me interested again.
Giant Bomb are an oddity to me. I used to love their game of the year marathons but the team sometimes have unwavering binary views towards certain games. It’s almost as if they think you can only ever love or hate a game not be somewhere in between. So often number 9 or 10 on their list would be a game no one played or liked but one person shouted loudly about and forced it on. I tend not to pay too much attention to them these days for that reason.

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by DomsBeard » November 11th, 2019, 9:58 pm

Spent just over one hour doing one delivery tonight.

Stupidly I picked up 80kg of stuff from a depot at the opposite end of the map to where I was going walking past another two depots that were closer and I could've taken an order on there and done it in half the time. Especially when one had
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A bike outside
Got to where I was going and it looked like I was approaching a big cut scene so saved it and called it a night. I'm presuming I'm at the end of Episode 2
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About to board fragiles boat

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Re: Death Stranding

Post by DomsBeard » November 11th, 2019, 9:59 pm

Level 55 and 8.5 hours played by the way

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