Death Stranding release date is here at last, with the latest offering from MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima available on the PS4 today.
After years of mysterious trailers and much speculation, PS4 gamers will finally be able to find out what Death Stranding is all about.
The opening of Death Stranding gives players plenty of mechanics to get to get to grips with as they explore the desolate, barren lands of America.
In Death Stranding players will step into the shoes of Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) who is tasked with connecting people scattered across the US.
Without going into spoilers, a phenomenon known as the Death Stranding has left people in the US more separated and disconnected than ever.
In this post-apocalyptic world only few remain, with those left alive holed up in shelters as the outside is so treacherous.
Stepping into the open risks exposing you to ageing Timefall rain, MULE scavengers, terrorists or – most frighteningly – huge, monstrous BT creatures.
And if one of those BTs end up killing you it can result in cataclysmic disasters known as Voidouts.
As such, Porters like Sam who are able to make deliveries in this terrifying new world are in high demand, and are held up as heroes.
In Death Stranding you will end up making plenty of deliveries as you help try to connect people in this fractured world.
And after putting in almost 60 hours into Death Stranding, Express.co.uk has one big tip to offer players.
In Death Stranding when you make deliveries you can also take on additional orders.
If a side order has the same destination as a main mission, then it makes sense to bundle them together.
The trade-off to this is that it means you’re carrying more cargo, and the more cargo you carry the more cumbersome Sam is to control.
In the cargo management screen you can see the weight limit that Sam is able to carry.
You may think that it’s only once you exceed this limit that you’ll get over encumbered.
And if you exceed the cargo limit then you definitely will find Sam extremely hard to control.
He’ll barely be able to take a few steps before tumbling over and spilling his cargo.
But, interestingly enough, as you approach the cargo limit you still need to watch out.
The biggest tip we can offer is be careful and notice when the weight of the cargo you’re carrying is highlighted in yellow.
This means that the weight of all the cargo Sam is carrying is getting tricky for him to handle.
He’ll still be able to move, and it won’t be nearly as bad as when you exceed the cargo limit.
But it will still be a heavy load, and you’ll likely find yourself having to press the shoulder buttons when walking around to centre Sam’ balance.
If you manage to keep the weight of the cargo and equipment you’re carrying under a weight that appears highlighted in yellow then you should be fine.
Sam is much easier to control when he’s carrying a weight that isn’t highlighted in yellow in the menu screens.
And when that’s the case Death Stranding is a much more enjoyable game to play.
It’s also a good idea to use the auto sort feature in the cargo screen, especially when you pick up lost cargo you find on your travels.
This is because not only does the weight of your cargo matter, but so does the placement of it.
And the auto sort feature in the cargo screen is a quick and easy way to make sure what you’re carrying is arranged in the optimum way.
If you missed it, check out our Death Stranding review – we completed Kojima’s latest and were left hugely impressed, awarding it five out of five.
In our review we said: “In the same way that MGS was a defining PS1 game, Death Stranding will be remembered as one of the most remarkable games of the PS4 era.
“It marks a new high point in cinematic gaming, a benchmark that all titles going forward will be measured against.
“Not only that, but it’s one of the best games Hideo Kojima has ever made – and ranks up there with his finest work.
“Death Stranding had a huge amount of hype surrounding it. And, somehow, it managed not only to live up to that but exceed it.”
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