It’s a Video Game
Ok, stick with me here because I know that sounds absurd, but if this latest trailer impressed anything upon us it’s that, yes, Death Stranding is indeed a conventional video game.
After years of mysterious teaser trailers which depicted a bizarre narrative and setting, Kojima’s typically cryptic teases and hints, and all the periodic Tweets from celebrities about how ground-breaking the game is, it turns out Death Stranding still has plenty of familiar mechanics.
We’ve seen traversal, survival elements, open world design, driving, stealth, and more that suggest this isn’t so much a reinvention of the wheel as it is another wonderfully strange –and, hopefully, brilliant– Kojima action game.
What were you expecting, you ask? Well, I’m not sure. Were you?
I suppose I was half expecting Death Stranding to tout some sort of “new way to play” video games –something totally removed from conventional design.
It’s not, as it turns out. Kojima’s latest game looks bonkers, and I’m sure it will bring new things to the table, but it’s still recognizable as a video game.