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Death Stranding Thrashed on Metacritic Less Than 24 Hours After Launch

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:16 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:16 PM
  • Long-awaited PlayStation 4 exclusive Death Stranding released today.
  • The Metacritic User Score sits at 6.2 amid hundreds of negative reviews.
  • We recommend taking these with a pinch of salt given the game has been out for less than 24 hours.

After what has felt like one over-saturated PR-hyped slog, the masses are finally playing Death Stranding. But it seems they aren’t all that taken with Hideo Kojima’s latest effort – or is something more sinister afoot?

Death Stranding – 6.2 User Score on Metacritic

While Death Stranding continues to maintain a respectable 83 Metascore on Metacritic , the User Score sits at a mediocre 6.2 . Out of 1,731 user reviews penned as of writing, 683 of them are negative, with a sizable tranche of these slapping the game with a 0 score.

Death Stranding Review Bombed on Metacritic Less Than 24h After Launch
Gamers don’t seem to like Death Stranding as much as the professional reviewers. | Source: Metacritic 

Here are a few nuggets so you can get an idea of the general sentiment (lightly edited for clarity).

From a Kojima fan:

I had faith in this game and Kojima but to be honest the game is so boring and monotonous, the missions are the same, the world is big but empty, the same rocks and grass.

If I want to rescue something of this disaster maybe it would be the the graphics and the story the cinematics are amazing, but again, if I want to watch a movie, I watch a movie. This is supposed to be a video, game not a movie; sorry but this is too boring [as] a movie just that, Kojima dream Is to be a Director of movie.

And from a Kojima critic:

Walking Simulator, Boring Gameplay, Tedious Cut Scenes. A big fail from the overrated kojima.

And another from a (former) supporter:

I was genuinely excited for this game up until last night. I wanted to believe Kojima had it in him to make another great game. But no. This is legitimately the most disappointing game of all time. What an absolute waste of **** time, energy and resources. I will never buy another Kojima game. **** hell I waited years for this trash. I am struggling to even finish this piece of ****

Ignore the Apocalyptic Death Stranding User Reviews

We don’t recommend looking into all this too seriously if you are still on the fence about Death Stranding. Within twenty-four hours of release, who has realistically beaten the game and experienced everything it has to offer? We’d wager next to no one given we’re talking about a 40-hour game for the speediest of players.

While we expected Death Stranding to be divisive – the gaming press reviews attest to that vividly – there’s a sense the game is getting review bombed, because, put simply, it’s a Kojima joint.

Many take umbrage at the perceived sycophantic adulation much of the gaming community affords the Metal Gear Solid creator. Others feel excluded from all the hype due to Death Stranding’s PlayStation 4 exclusive status (at least until summer when the PC version is slated to drop).

In any case, and this goes for most games, it’s best to let the dust settle a little before trying to gauge how the game is fairing among players.