Death Stranding is under attack from users that really dislike Kojima.
If there’s one thing that can be said about Death Stranding, the recently released magnum opus from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, it’s that the game is very deeply polarizing. You either love Death Stranding or you hate it, with very little in between.
The critical reviews for Death Stranding are mostly positive, with many reviewers calling it the most important game of our time. A game where you are desperately trying to rebuild society and prevent a global apocalypse at the same time is something that strikes a deep chord in today’s age where the internet and climate change are both changing our world faster than we can keep up as a species.
However, some big game publications had some pretty negative things to say about Death Stranding. IGN said, "If you think that playing the role of a courier makes it sound as though Death Stranding could be one continent-spanning series of glorified fetch quests, it’s because that’s exactly what it is," with VG247 adding that it’s mostly a “mountaineering,” game.
USGamer added, "It might be Kojima's boldest and most interesting game to date. It may also be his most tedious."
And many users have been mirroring this sentiment, calling Death Stranding “monotonous,” a “walking simulator,” and having an obtuse menu and inventory system. These criticisms may be valid, however, Death Stranding still manages to achieve an overall 83% rating on Metacritic with a user score of 7.0 out of 10.
That said, there are a lot of 0 or 1/10 reviews, and many of them have awful things to say about the game’s creator. "Kojima has been a hack since day one,” writes one reviewer, while another chimed in with, "If you really have 40+ hours of your life to waste - then wait till this game will be heavily discounted. Otherwise YouTube will provide you with free story movie without need of playing clumsy-50-years-old-man-walking-simulator."
So far, the negative reviews have been outpaced by the positive, but there are definitely more 0 and 10-star reviews than anything else. Death Stranding might be trying to make a better world, but so far, it has certainly revealed the deep divides that run between gamers.