Kojima suggests some American critics 'misunderstood' Death Stranding

Joanna Estrada
November 12, 2019

"Here in [the] United States, on the other side, we had stronger criticism", he said. At the time of publication, the game's user score is 7.1.

Whether or not Kojima's latest passion project, Death Stranding, wins any awards is still up for debate.

Speaking to Italian website TGCom, the award-winning developer stated that the majority of critical reviews derived from U.S. outlets, suggesting that this is because "Americans are great fans of first-person shooters and Death Stranding is not".

Death Stranding has received pretty polarising reviews from critics across the world and while fans have been enjoying it, the game still stays amidst controversies. Perhaps it is a hard game to understand for a certain type of critic and audience.

Death Stranding's reviews are nowhere near as divisive as they've been painted to be, but the game did come under intense scrutiny from some American publications, namely IGN and Giant Bomb. Some analysis has suggested that the average Death Stranding metascore doesn't differ greatly across North America, Europe and Asia.

Kojima-san is an auteur who entered the video game industry in the 1980's, when it was not as respected or financially stable as it is today simply because it was in its infancy.

"This happens when you try to do something new, even in movies or games", Kojima told PlayStation Access. But it was in the gaming business that he bonded with people just like him who felt that video games gave them another chance at life.

"But I am hoping with the support I get from fans, that positivity will spread out".

The game launched on November 8 to mixed reviews following years of hype. But then again so are its praises.

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