Kojima Stranding

Know anything about Death Stranding? New Kojima game? It’s has some of the most trippyexistential horror-inducing trailers I’ve ever seen.

So, I’m browsing Reddit and I come across a GIF from the latest one, and decide to read the post before actually watching the new E3 video. And the comments… dear god, the comments…

What?

Can someone plz tell us what’s happening?

Japanese people are weird and tell weird stories
Source: I have played some videogames before

Wait, the babys head went downwards like a somersault, but then the butt shows up in traditional “mooning” orientation, how did he do that?

Watch it in slowmo, as his head disappears you can see him start to rotate.

Dude. I’m not watching this in slowmo. I don’t even want to see it at regular speed.

They’ve released plenty of trailers by now and gameplay, and I still have no idea what the fuck this game is about or what is it you’re really doing in the game.

Probably survival game with a bit of rpg elements. You are like a courier who delivers some stuff in that big box. Then you are recruited by that woman to probably get know know what is that stuff in the box. The game theme is about the damaged enviroments where the ‘timefall’ rain has some toxicated substance that causes living organism to age rapidly fast (notice the grass/flower when norman reedus walks under the rain) For now we know there are invisible creatures in the rain and if they eat/kill you, there is some lore-related mechanics that governs respawn system (create a crater area as in the trailer says). Some also speculates that the fetus that he carries is actually a clone of himself, and can turn into his adult self rapidly fast incase he/the player dies.

Ohh, so he carries a clone of himself so that when he gets accelerated there’s another one of him to take his place? That makes sense now.

I mean, I guess.

The phrasing I have heard is that Kojima’s goal is “to do for horror games, what Metal Gear Solid did for stealth games.” Based on his stated goals with the Metal Gear series and the E3 trailer for this game (which I did end up watching), that may be “run away from the monsters instead of shooting them.” That said, it’s 2018, and there have been many, many of those sort of games for years. Hell, I remember playing Clock Tower and running away from a dude with giant scissors back in 1996.

Or maybe the game is a big meta-commentary on the wastefulness and drudgery we generate from ordering everything on Amazon Prime. I once used the Prime Now feature to have someone deliver milk to my front door within 2 hours because I didn’t feel like putting on pants. Maybe we’re the invisible time monsters that leave craters everywhere! /thinking

Regardless, I’m all for these weird-ass games that push the envelope. Bring it on, Kojima!

 

Posted on June 13, 2018, in Commentary and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This might push past ‘interesting weird’ and too deep into ‘weird to be weird’.

    Also the gameplay seems to consist of running around carrying stuff. Riveting…

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