Parents' Guide to

Death Stranding

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Deep, mature action tale of loss, reconnection, and parcels.

Game PlayStation 4 , Windows 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Phenomenal game, I recommend this for your child if they want this game

This game is really good! I don’t understand why it is rated M, it should at least be rated T, because mainly in the game you are just walking around delivering packages to multiple destinations in the world. While there are some moments of combat but that rarely happens. This game advises you to not engage in violence. It encourages you to be peaceful. The story in this game is so beautiful, the environment is peaceful, and kids could learn some good messages in this game as well.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
5 people found this helpful.
age 11+

why m rating? its clearly more a T than a M

no no no, how a game who encourages mutual aid and solidarity can be notter M? its almost not violent, and no sex. some scary scenes but this game aren't a horror game clearly not 18 only

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This massive adventure dives into emotionally deep, complex issues, but in the end is an incredible tale of loss, reconnection, and struggle against seemingly impossible odds. Initially, Death Stranding might seem like a story about survivors simply trying to squeeze out an existence in the midst of a strange, weird global tragedy. Every character, especially Sam, is somewhat damaged emotionally or mentally by the events of the Stranding, and discovering the history of their stories can hit you hard. But as Sam takes on missions through hazards and reconnects distant communities to each other, these fractured groups share information, trade content, and even, in some missions, help each other. Even the most mundane task of gathering supplies or finding a package that was lost by a fellow porter can cheer up the most stubborn survivor, which will give you additional info or stat boosts to accomplish your goals. The result, especially by the end of the game, is that people are able to grow, reconcile their previous issues, and in some cases, move on in a positive way. Apart from the rich single player storyline, you'll come across packages lost by other players, structures built by them to help porters deliver packages or cross obstacles, or other markers to give you a hand on your mission or a warning about what's to come. The way this limited online interaction is handled fosters a sense of community between players, making you want to build structures to help other gamers, or pick up lost items from fallen porters to help others out. After all, you're all in the same situation, but one small favor goes a long way, and can make someone else's game just a bit easier.

That's important because Stranding isn't always an easy game. The environment can be just as dangerous as your opponents. Falls, bumps, and tumbles can damage you and your packages, while rain and snow will eat away at package cases until their contents are destroyed. Along with these natural hazards, you'll have to rely upon stealth to navigate monster-infested areas, which can be nerve racking when these beasts suddenly appear in front of you. Even the items you get to fend off these creatures aren't a guarantee that you'll survive these encounters. In other areas, you'll face off against swarming groups of bandits that want to steal your gear and kill you. But unlike other action games, Stranding emphasizes non-violent solutions to these situations, knocking out or tying up enemies instead of shooting them where they stand. You have the option to use traditional weapons, but it'll make things much harder, and more dangerous, in the end. As a result, you constantly look for threats, and realize that running away can be just as important as eliminating your foes, especially if you have a deadline to deliver a package. Striking, immersive, and engrossing, Death Stranding is a haunting adventure that you'll look forward to returning to over and over again.

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