E3 2018: Death Stranding Gameplay Trailer Revealed, Leaves us Even More Confused

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 10:54 AM
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Death Stranding is back, including the first gameplay, and it’s every bit as beguiling and confusing as it’s always been. Hideo Kojima is utterly ambitious and eccentric in equal measure, and even when we see footage of Death Stranding in action, we’re still precious little wiser as to what it all means.

“From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all new, genre defining experience for the PlayStation 4,” says Sony. “Besieged by death's tide at every turn, Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the stranded remnants of the future in his hands, Sam embarks on a journey to reunite the shattered world one step at a time. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? A genre defining gameplay experience holds these answers and more.”

In the footage we see Norman Reedus playing the protagonist, Sam Bridges, trudging through some desolate landscapes with his supplies. The DECIMA engine is being given a real workout here, and it appears as if Death Stranding is going to offer true open-world traversal. At one point he’s got what looks like an entire human strapped to his back, while at other times he dragging along a trail of cases. Wherever he’s going, it looks like an absolute slog, and his reward for getting there is some giant, invisible beast.

Towards the back end, we see Reedus wearing a full protective suit, bumping into some stranded souls. It looks as if the sensor device on his back is picking up on the shadowy figures, before several grab hold of him and drag him down into the mud.

Kojima says the first half and the final sequence are more representative of Death Stranding’s gameplay, but all of the footage here is directly captured in-game.

Still no release date, still no idea what the heck is going on, but Kojima and Co continue to make progress.

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06:33 Jun-13-2018

I don't know why, but the game did not make me excited as much as Cyberpunk 2077. When i see a lot of hype for a game i am also afraid.

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06:07 Jun-13-2018

I have lost interest in this game not sure why...

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21:51 Jun-13-2018

Maybe it is a story gameplay, the only thing they showed of of actual gameplay was some cutscenes and a walking simulator

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00:59 Jun-13-2018

Im sure of one thing, this is a PS4 explicive, so it is a no buy for me or at least i will buy it when it comes to steam 1 year later IM sick of these console exclusive games, as if PS4 needed more power to dominate over xbox one :/

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00:39 Jun-13-2018

If anyone else was making this, people would be a LOT more critical then they are being................

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17:14 Jun-12-2018

For someone whose favorite game is Silent Hill 2, I love where this game is going. I don't judge games by gameplay, but whole experience, atmosphere, journey and story game can give. If gameplay plays in harmony with other things then it's perfect. Don't need forced mechanics if they feel out of place.

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14:05 Jun-12-2018

Another disappointment. I'm starting to think Konami didn't lose much with Kojima gone...

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14:38 Jun-12-2018

can you elaborate your opinion, the game isn't even out yet

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06:34 Jun-13-2018

You might be right, however give the game a chance and wait for the reviews. Then you will have a more in-depth opinion.

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11:07 Jun-13-2018

Yes they made us wait and the trailer doesn't say much, but it's too soon (ironically) to judge.

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12:30 Jun-12-2018

death stranding: heavy load

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12:00 Jun-12-2018

Walking simulator

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12:17 Jun-12-2018

Invitro-Delivery guy simulator - there is a difference...

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14:04 Jun-12-2018

I was thinking the exact same thing...

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11:00 Jun-12-2018

soo, I'd call it a delivery-guy simulator /slash / some kinky-invitro struggle + a dash of relationship developing RPG

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