Death Stranding is easily one of my top 5 games ever. I bought the PS4 version, on a whim, back in early 2020, to see what all the fuss was about. I didn't know much about it other than the love/hate it seemed to be getting. I can still remember the first session, being a bit confused about what was going on, and then suddenly hitting a perfect moment in the game where I knew it was for me, and that I was going to love it.
That moment? It's when you're setting out for the incinerator, the camera pulls back, the landscape opens up before you, and Bones by Low Roar kicks in. Perfection!
I went on to finish the story in around 45 to 50 hours (much of that overlapping with the first week or so of lockdown during the pandemic); and then played at least as much again just exploring, building zip lines, roads, etc.
About a year back I bought the Director's Cut of the game, this time for PC. I'd decided that I had to play it through again and did start streaming it. Annoyingly though the PC setup wasn't great. The game itself ran just fine on my PC, but the controller setup meant that, as I sat on the sofa, it would drop connection from time to time. The only workaround for this was to sit on my office chair closer to the TV and, really, this wasn't comfortable.
Eventually that play-through fell away.
Fast forward to last week and the release of the 10 minute Death Stranding 2 trailer and I was hooked all over again! While it never totally went away, my obsession with this game was back full force.
I had to play again!
Meanwhile, between the attempt to play through on the PC and now, I'd acquired a PS5 and at some point I'd upgraded my PS4 version of Death Stranding to the PS5 Director's Cut.
So I had to. I just had to. I'd had a great time streaming my play through the story of Cyberpunk 2077 so it made sense to do the same with Death Stranding.
Last night I hit New game on my PS5 and played for just over 2 hours. This play through is likely going to take a long time -- my work situation means I have a longer and more tiring commute -- but I'm determined to do it. I want to experience all of the extra things in the Director's Cut, including the extra story (which I've read there is, but haven't seen or read about).
I hope, eventually, the playlist I started will have the full story plus lots more fun and building and exploring in it. Hopefully I'll be done just in time for the release of DS2! (and GTA6, it's going to be a busy year for gaming next year!)