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Open-world hit Death Stranding comes to PC Game Pass today

Microsoft PC Game Pass just got one of the best games.

Starting today (August 23), PC Game Pass users will have access to Death Stranding. This open-world game defies many conventions, but what do you expect from Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami game?

In Death Stranding, you play as Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus), a porter who delivers cargo to isolated cities scattered across the post-apocalyptic United States. While the game can be a bit annoying for its novelty and weirdness, it also provides gamers with something different from the typical action game.

Death Stranding has been published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, so it might seem odd at first to appear on the Microsoft PC Game Pass. However, Kojima Productions is not Sony’s own studio and the game has been available on PC for some time now. Death Stranding is currently number three on our list of the best open world games.

Death Stranding: critical response

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Death Stranding is not without its critics – although no one considers the game to be truly bad. In our review of reviews, the most common complaint is that it can be a monotonous walking simulator at times. Once you get to the heart of the game, you’ll be hauling loads of cargo across a post-apocalyptic landscape. However, most critics agree that Kojima and his team painted the landscape beautifully.

The other main problem is that depending on the type of player the first 10 hours can be a bit slow. You also can’t access the online component of the game – Death Stranding’s key selling point – until you beat this early part of the game.

However, after you pass those 10 hours, you will be able to see how other players affect the game world you are in, even if you never interact with other players directly. Players can leave supplies, buildings, and messages for other players, and you can even pick up another player’s lost cargo and complete its delivery.

Our sister site PC Gamer (will open in a new tab) Loved Death Stranding a lot, especially the PC version which is now available for Game Pass. If you’re willing to just let the game do its thing, not fight the fact that you have to spend hours playing the game, but just immerse yourself in the gameplay, Death Stranding is a clear step up from anything else like it. PC Gamer named it “Game of the Year” for 2020, and it’s hard to argue with that choice.

Don’t expect more Sony games to follow Death Stranding on Xbox Game Pass

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While Death Stranding was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Kojima Productions is an independent studio and even has a partnership with Microsoft. (will open in a new tab) to create an unnamed cloud game. It’s one of the reasons why Death Stranding was able to hit PC less than a year after it hit PS4 – although, remarkably, it’s still not on Xbox (and most likely won’t be).

This means we shouldn’t expect Xbox Game Pass to get a stream of Sony games on Xbox or PC. Death Stranding will be unique in this respect, as well as in many other aspects. So enjoy it while you can on PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You may not have another opportunity like this again.

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