Death Stranding is Worth Playing Again on PC

Death Stranding is Worth Playing Again on PC

152 - Although Death Stranding is nothing if it is not divisive, I am very much in favor of those who like it. The debut title of the newly independent Kojima Productions has its drawbacks, of course, and I will not mind the title of Andrew's review headline which calls both “breathtaking and boring.” But in totality, that experience suits me. There is nothing like that, and rarely see very expensive projects with such uncompromising vision.

That feeling grew stronger during my time with the PC version, which will be released tomorrow. Death Stranding is a game that benefits from the second game, as I learned, and it helps that it runs much better on my PC than on my PS4 Pro.

PC I have played the prerelease version of Death Stranding on having an i5 6600K processor, GPU GTX 1080, and 16GB RAM, and I installed the game on an ordinary hard drive. For context, this is a high-end PC when I built it more than four years ago, but I plan to rebuild it after the next generation console arrives because I doubt it will follow. However, when running current game console genes, it is generally good enough to play it above 60 frames per second on a G-Sync 1440p monitor unless the port is poorly optimized.

I am happy to report that Death Stranding works very well on my hardware. I can play this game comfortably at high frame rates with graphics changing to the max, which means it looks and runs much better than the PS4 version - which itself is already amazing. There is a solid level of customization in graphics settings, too, so I'm sure that most modern gaming PCs will be able to run Death Stranding without much difficulty.

The only obstacle I found was that the cutscene inside the engine is limited to 60fps and can sometimes drop frames depending on your hardware, but they still look good. I would take this solution above the clip that is represented with a low resolution which is still common in PC games. However, if you have a decent PC and have never gotten a chance to play it on PS4, my suggestion is to check Death Stranding if you are curious. It's one of the most memorable games I've played in years.

If you play it on PS4, yes, you will know why it is the type of game that might benefit from playing it a second time. Death Stranding immediately attacks you with mysterious and evocative terms from the start, plunging you into the world without explaining anything at first. On PS4, this interests me; I want to find out what "BT" stands for or what "DOOMS" is, not to mention what "The Death Stranding" actually is. Now that I know the answers to all those questions, the early hours of Death Stranding take on a new resonance.

The actual gameplay experience also benefits from knowing what to expect. What felt like a frustrating first frustration, with valuables being swept away by rivers and progress often hampered by what felt like a random battle against an enemy made of goop, turned out to be empowering on the second run. Apart from the surrealistic aesthetics of Death Stranding and the focus on heavy exposition, this is a game with a very solid system, and it's easy to play once you understand it.

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When I played Death Stranding on PS4, I felt compelled to arrive at the end and find out what happened in the world. Of course, that didn't help me with that deadline. But I hope to walk slowly with the rest of the PC version, experimenting with unique game mechanics and drinking in the atmosphere.

And yes, it helps that the game looks and runs much better on a PC. This is also a good sign for the upcoming PC version of the previously exclusive PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn, which uses the Decima Kojima Productions engine for Death Stranding. That is a game I didn't follow on PS4, but hey, maybe a better frame rate will pull me back. For now, I'm happy to be able to recommend the PC version of Death Stranding to newcomers and veterans.


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