50 Minutes of Death Stranding Gameplay Shown by Kojima
Although Hideo Kojima has spent the last few months giving gamers closer looks at Death Stranding, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the PS4 exclusive game. Even extended gameplay trailers that are supposed to explain what players do in the game fail to give a true sense of the moment-to-moment experience.
And apparently this confusion has led to some frustration for Hideo Kojima, who has been trying to give players a better sense of the gameplay in messages on Twitter. But finally, at Tokyo Game Show 2019, Kojima had a true chance to show off Death Stranding being played so that gamers could actually see what that looks like.
In a massive, 50-minute demo Kojima showed off a lot of Death Stranding gameplay while explaining how certain systems work. Unfortunately, with this being a Tokyo Game Show presentation, one would have to translate to fully understand what Kojima is saying.
What we can glean from the gameplay is that there is a lot of traversal in the game. As Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus), players will venture from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast. It appears as though the goal is to deliver packages and connect power lines, which makes sense given what Kojima has said about the game’s themes of connection.
There are several different traversal options on display beyond the obvious walking. The Death Stranding demo included sequences where Sam uses a motorcycle and a type of mech suit to get around, which help speed up the process.
When Sam is not travelling across the US he is getting into trouble and fighting against a variety of enemies. While Kojima stressed that Death Stranding is not a “shooter,” there are familiar elements to a shooter on display. Sam can use a type of tripwire gun to subdue enemies or get in close for close quarters combat.
It may not be a 1-to-1 translation of Metal Gear Solid 5, but there are some similarities on display. Even the slow motion effect that kicks in when Sam is finishing off enemies has a very Kojima-esque feel to it.
And finally, there was a brief boss battle on display in which Sam battles a doglike creature covered in a black, oily liquid. The combat still had shooter elements to it, but there was also a lot that felt completely new for Death Stranding.
Overall, the Death Stranding demo helped give a better sense of the gameplay in the title. Yes, there were still questions left unanswered but hopefully, this will help gamers make an informed decision about whether or not to buy the game.
Death Stranding releases November 8, 2019 for PS4.