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Quick Look: Brad and Jeff Show off Death Stranding for 20 Minutes (and Then 10 More)

Brad takes Jeff on a wild ride to deliver packages, soothe BBs, and drink some beer in Hideo Kojima's newest game.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Nov. 1 2019

Cast: Jeff, Brad

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

Death Stranding

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As I age with this medium I truly understand Jeff's apprehension toward spending the valuable time allotted to you in life with a product that seemingly exists mostly to mess with your notion of what a AAA game can be, rather than something that you genuinely enjoy playing.

I never really got excited enough to pull the trigger on a preorder and I'm still not sure if I should play this or not. I really enjoyed most MGS games, loved playing V even though it was unfinished in a lot of ways, but I just don't know...

Either way, this is an incredible Quick Look and I'm glad the game exists for this reason alone!

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Man, everything I'm hearing about this game is making me really not want to play it but...I've just gotta know, I have to see for myself.

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I've gone from cancelling the Special Edition I had on preorder after watching this quick look to cancelling the regular edition and trying it at Redbox after listening to everyone on the Beastcast. No one has much good to say about it at Giant Bomb and that's a huge red flag for me. If it'd just been one or 2 I could write it off but when Vinny goes on a LOUD rant about it, yikes... I'm good without it.

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@zinkn said:

I don't get why we are getting so much content of this game and even more to come if they all dislike it so much.

That's a pretty good question, but they have me intrigued about their plans. The game itself? I wrote that off a loooonnng time ago. Probably right after the first trailer.

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@bored_and_agitated said:

@zinkn: absolutely. The GOTY discussion should be good this year if Jeff is really that sour on it.

Dan said he rage-quit the game, so I'm smelling another RDR2 situation.

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@synthesis_landale: You should read Heather's review on Kotaku, it's a really brilliant review

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I am hating the discourse around this game. Not talking about the contents of this video, but people are acting as if their lack of interest in the gameplay means that it should never have been made frustrates me so much. It's OK to not enjoy a game! Doesn't mean it's bad and that nobody should like it, or are brainwashed by Kojima.

I'll be checking this out when it comes to PC in a year. Maybe.

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SkillUp's review for this was all I needed. I've never really went to Giant Bomb on the "will I or won't I" decision making on a Kojima game as there has really only been one person who doesn't immediately fall into the realm of "let's crack wise on Kojima". I may not end up liking my time with the game but I also thought that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was like a 3/5 out of five game as well.

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This whole video is like a best of giant bomb video

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The audacity of this game is really something to see, I agree. This was a great video!

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"I managed to like Captain Dong's electric trike something like 300 times" Game of the fucking year

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The embargo on this game is infuriatingly stupid. Either let people do normal coverage ahead of time or don't, but this middle ground is garbage.

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Nothing shown here looks even remotely good or interesting.... I just don't get it anyway I think I'll go play Outer World's.

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The one thing that immediately stood out is how small a lot of the text is. Especially the item description text at the start when Brad was choosing his loadout. Seems like it's a good size for PC+monitor, but it'll be rough on TV.

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I love watching/listening to all this Death Stranding content, however, I don't think I ever want to play it.

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Is this the Killzone 2 quicklook?

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I'm still excited?

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Brad  Staff

The embargo on this game is infuriatingly stupid. Either let people do normal coverage ahead of time or don't, but this middle ground is garbage.

Tons of games have embargoes like this, it's just that we generally avoid posting anything until we can post what we want. This is the rare case where we just couldn't contain ourselves, which is why I wanted to use every part of the embargo and tack on our expert technical breakdown at the end.

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I think I would really enjoy running around in the world, doing the boring delivery quests, making my way across the terrain etc, while listening to a podcast or watching some show on another screen. Like how many people play something like Truck Simulator or grind Diablo.

But from what I've seen the combat is just a frustrating mess, both against the mules and the spooky enemies. Add to that the fact that the story seems garbage even by Kojima's standards, and I don't see me putting up with the bullshit. I enjoyed MGS V because the actual gameplay was fun and you could just ignore all the Kojima stuff. In this game, the nonsense seems quite unavoidable.

Let's hope the PC version has some mods to remove the combat and story, and just lets you explore the world.

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Edited By Rahf

@brad: and we appreciate it, for sure. Bite-sized coverage tends to start smelling like the release plan for teasers/trailers/full product.

This game seems to be a lot of convoluted busywork. And a lot of busywork that nobody likes to do--chores instead of stimulating activity. While that's not immediate grounds for tearing it down as bad, it takes away *a lot* of the mystique and aloof presentation from the first trailers with Mikkelsen and del Toro.

Funnily enough it becomes less Nicholas Winding-Refn, which can be interesting, and more tedium, which is not.

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For some reason I expected similar reactions and opinions.

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@brad:Thanks for the info, then I change my comment to be "most game embargoes are infuriating!" and I can't imagine how annoying that is to deal with for you guys and I understand why you generally just wait for release then. Great video, Brad.

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@brad: The technical breakdown near the end is what I'm here for and what GB does best! Seeing the engine get strained to it's limits with those packages WHILE wearing a polygon RICH hat kept me on the edge of my seat. I expected a hard crash at any moment but the game pulled through. Thanks Brad, I can rest easy knowing the technical back end is as strong as Sam Porter Bridges' resolve to connect the United Cities of America, for Samantha America Strand.

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Is there a game Jeff is not disgusted by these days?

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Is it strange that I'm more interested in this game now after watching this video, where before my feelings were basically "ew get it away from me"?

Maybe it is because I am someone who enjoys American Truck Simulator and No Man's Sky. Like, I can enjoy doing repetitive things if the act of doing said thing is fulfilling. I don't really care about building a cooler better base in NMS or getting a bigger truck in ATS, I just like the functional activities involved.

Basically, if I can be convinced that delivering pizza in post-apocalyptic America is fun to do, I kinda don't care how weird and dumb the story is.

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I would absolutely love a game that was exactly this, but with a more visually interesting world. I see "That Mountain"s everywhere, but I don't wanna go to any of 'em!

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My job involves mail. I hate mail. I'm not touching this game with a ten meter cattle prod.

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the embargo rules seem more interesting than the game, is this part of the game?

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Biggest contender for Most Disappointing

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@mewstu said:

Is there a game Jeff is not disgusted by these days?

Nope.

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Was on the fence about Death Stranding going into this QL, and am now definitely not buying it any time soon. It looks nuts, but not in a way that really draws me in.

My tolerance for Kojima BS is pretty low, and this one just rubs me the wrong way in what I think are similar reasons to Jeff.

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@mewstu said:

Is there a game Jeff is not disgusted by these days?

Control and Outer Worlds to name two from this year

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47 mins in broke me, ha. what the hell. Jeffs face

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This is my Giant Bomb.

And holy fuck, does this thing look fucking terrible. Like, Kojima saw Metal Gear Survive and said, "I'll see your tedious, inane bullshit and raise you...all in, motherfuckers!"

But Jeff is right. I feel like I'll need to experience it for myself. Not at $60, though.

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Kept me waiting, huh.

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Can you guys please do more technical analysis videos? They are just too informative!

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In a sick way, the way people are so harsh in their opinions about this is the thing that finally caught my interest...

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This is a sneaking mission?

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@flashburn8787: I think Jeff explained it pretty well, its a "Walking Simulator, Encumbrance Simulator with the philosophy of a pot smoker Philosophy 101 student".

Pretty sure I'm gonna cancel my preorder unless someone else shows/tells me something interesting in a review.

I know it's purely unintentional, but it's kind of funny that as he says that, there's a framed poster for "Zardoz" behind him. That kind of makes me more optimistic about the game, as nearly the same description can be leveled at "Zardoz," and that's a hell of a good time.

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I'm so much more interested in The Discourse(tm) around this goofy game than ever playing it. I visit GB maybe a half dozen times a year, and I came here specifically to get the guys' takes on it.

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This game looks like the right kind of bizarre and kind of dumb that I would be super into it, but I don't know if I feel like dropping $60 on it right now

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@ebey2 said:

@l4wd0g: I wish they drew the scenes they wouldn't show

LOL. That's some OG GB right there.

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I'm not a brain doctor, but I'm not convinced "you can only talk about the first half of this game" is a good policy to enforce alongside "people aren't going to like the first half of this game."

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Edited By Dr_Insane

Jeff's spot on, this game will sell well because people will want to see for themselves wtf is with the polarizing views on this game. I think the wide variance in review scores (seen a bunch of 9-10/10s and scores as low as 3/10) is even better marketing for the game than if it had just pretty good reviews across the board. People like taking sides, lots of folks will want to jump in on the hate or love train so they'll get the game to join in on the conversation.

I will say the shared world stuff looks cool. I think I'll nab it sometime down the line for PC or inevitable PS5 port just because it's a pretty game and I'd like to see it in full glory.

PS- The technical analysis, haha, genius.

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