This game is rated PEGI 18
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Death, Killed, Nudity, Sex, Splashes of blood, Strangling, Wound and Suicide.
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Posted: 11 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.
Set in North America with just pockets of civilisation surviving, you play Sam Bridges, a courier delivering essential resources to the various towns and outposts remaining in an attempt to restore some level of communication and normalcy to the world. You brave the hostile, time-warping enemies, bandits and highwaymen while navigating and caring for an unborn child you carry in a strange, womb-like capsule.
Each item you carry adds weight and size to your load, making it more difficult to traverse the hilly, rocky terrain without falling over and potentially losing lots of progress. Enemies are often invisible, sometimes you need to fight them, but other times you need to carefully sneak past them. You can build bridges and roads to help you traverse the terrain, but these do little to change the grindingly slow task of making deliveries on foot.
The result is a stunningly unique game, with a huge, sprawling map, and moody visuals. These are put to work not as a context for warfare or combat like other games, but as a space in which you must traverse, survive and come to terms with. The challenging mechanics, weighty story and unique visuals differentiate it from similar games such as Red Dead Redemption 2.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Restricted (R 18+) for Strong Themes and Violence; also with Moderate Language and Mild Nudity and Sex.
16+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR'S CUT
Death Stranding Digital Deluxe Edition
Death Stranding Director's Cut
Death Stranding Director's Cut Digital Deluxe Edition
The PS5 version, the Director's Cut, has several ease of use and quality of life changes that aren't present in the original game, and we've chosen to highlight the Director's cut in this report.
There are 5 difficulty levels to choose from, ranging from Very Easy to Very Hard. On harder difficulties, fights are made more challenging and the deliveries you have to make will be over harder to cross terrain and may take longer.
There is a firing range where you can use every weapon in the game and get to grips with how it works. You can also practice in a drill against enemies in lots of different scenarios, meaning you can learn the basics without fear of losing any items.
On PC, under the controls tab in the options menu, you can remap all buttons and actions.
You can adjust the text size in the game, but even the largest text is still rather small, and there are several segments where it isn't high contrast. While the subtitles are big, they aren't always high contrast and as a result, can sometimes be difficult to read. Many sections of the inventory are very densely packed with information and can be confusing to understand.
While there is a fast-travel system, it can only be activated from certain points on the map, and getting to these points can sometimes take several minutes in and of itself.
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