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Death Stranding: an explanation for the inscrutable new PS4 game from Hideo Kojima

The highly anticipated game from Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding, comes out of PlayStation 4 on November 8. The star-studded action game uses actors such as Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen and Léa Seydoux to tell a long and tortuous story about the state of humanity and human connection in a post-apocalyptic future.

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The buzz around the game, as well as understanding what it's all about, requires a bit of work for those who haven't followed it yet. How do you explain what is definitely the most bizarre game of the year?

First the basics.

Who is Hideo Kojima?

Death Stranding is unmistakably a Hideo Kojima game, so let's talk about the man himself first. Kojima is one of the authors of gaming, the man who born the Metal Gear and all the hijinks that result from the Metal Gear Solid series. He was an old employee of Konami – perhaps the most famous man in the company – to one whole messy split in 2015. This breakup is important because it is undeniably the seed from which Death Stranding sprouted.


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In 2014, Kojima officially collaborated with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to create a new game for another of Konami & # 39; s wildly popular series, Silent Hill. Called Silent hills (I know), it was set to Norman Reedus and was announced through an interactive demo called "P.T." The "Playable Teaser" was a stand-alone experience that only exposed itself as one Silent Hill promo when the player completes it and is revealed to have been the character of Norman Reedus all the time. Physical exercise was an immediate success crochet a spot On The edge& # 39; S sister site Polygon& # 39; S Top 10 games of the year. Anticipation for Silent hills was high.

Then Konami canceled it.

The relationship between Kojima and Konami was rocky long before the official cancellation. It was preceded by rumors that Kojima would leave the company after the September 2015 launch Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Despite what would end credible rumors about the approaching departure of Kojima, Konami insisted that everything was fine and that the developer was just on vacation. Konami also made the bewildering choice to P.T. to jerk. from PlayStation Store, which in turn has given it some sort of legendary status – the kind that people use to play with PlayStation 4 & P.39. can sell. installed before exorbitant amounts. Kojima was not allowed to accept a prize Metal Gear Solid V. Finally, to reinforce the breakup, he created his own studio outside of Konami and announced his new title – Death Stranding – next year. Both del Toro and Reedus returned to work with him.

What is a "Death Stranding"?

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The Death Stranding is the event that started the apocalyptic world of the game as it exists today. The human population was decimated. The gate between life and death became a bit loose. Ghostly BT's now roam the world and threaten everyone they encounter.

What is a BT?

BT stands for & # 39; stranded things & # 39; and they are sticky shadow monsters that will kill you with their … mouths? If they catch you. They are bad and you should not be caught. Fortunately you have a & # 39; tool & # 39; to help you name a BB.

What is a BB?

BB & # 39; s, also called & # 39; bridge baby & # 39; s & # 39; are called tank babies that help you to feel BT & # 39; s. They stewed in what I will lovingly call a chic technical pickle jar. Once they are trapped, they will alert you to the presence of BT by activating a metal claw to indicate those flaps in which direction they are. It's just as logical for you as it is for me to explain it. They have set everything in motion, but it is of course involved in the greater mysteries of the game.

What are you doing?

You play as Sam (Reedus) who is actually a futuristic Amazon delivery person. He manages packages, so players need to learn how to balance heavy loads by distributing weight, exploring routes and generally getting things where they are going safely. The game has accumulated a lot of resources and structure, as well as some stealth action scenes when you encounter BT & # 39; s. Very happy if you see one T. rex in Jurassic Park, rapid movements are not encouraged, nor are you breathing if you can help it. BT meetings usually mean that you try to crawl away as calmly as possible until you get some, ah, special upgrades.

What's with all these celebrities?

Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Margaret Qualley lend their similarities and acting talent to main characters in the game. There are also Guillermo del Toro and Lindsay Wagner. While del Toro appears as a character in the game, it is expressed by someone else. Wagner today votes a character modeled on her, but she also lends her face – as a young woman – to another character who is expressed by another actress. Other celebrities, including Conan O & # 39; Brien, are scattered everywhere.

The involvement of Reedus and del Toro is a remnant of Silent hills when both were involved in Kojima & # 39; s vision, while Kojima has long been a fan of Wagner. As for Mikkelsen, Kojima & # 39; s love for the work of the actor is extensive, exhausting and gooddocumented.

Regarding how he got everyone on board, mostly Kojima she threw personally about the concepts of the game.

How long does the game last?

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Death Stranding is very, very long. You watch about 50 hours to complete the main story, which entails many long walks, yields a truly amazing number of packages and you watch several hours of dramatic cut-scenes. It also has several final credit series. But that is not the whole game, because there are also plenty of side quests that really fill the experience. (For the most part, they include more packages.) Once you complete the main story, the world opens so you can go back and complete all the missions you've missed.

One final question: why does Norman Reedus pee in the game?

I would not like to ruin that surprise for you. Let's say that Kojima is very busy with recycling in this game.