Death Stranding (2019 Video Game)

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Death Stranding is a stylistic and unique action game set in an open world environment, which also includes multiplayer functions. Creator and director Hideo Kojima compares the genre to how his earlier game Metal Gear – now considered as a stealth game – was called an action game during its release because the stealth genre was not considered to exist at the time. Death Stranding aims to be something entirely new that explores the connection between life and death.

The game's title refers to the phenomenon of cetacean stranding, "strand" is an alternative meaning for shore, and also stands for strings and connections.

Players control protagonist Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) in the game and when he dies during gameplay, the player is sent to another world, referred to as an upside-down world submerged in water. Kojima suggests that when the player returns to the world of the living, anything they did or any damage that an explosion or the likes causes when the player dies remains persistent in the world and does not go away.