Last week of work for the year for one half of team GSRR, that means some time to get through some more games, if we can ever get through Death Stranding.
36 hours in, I’ve since moved on from Episode 3 which I was referencing last week and just completed Episode 5 which was telling us the back story of Mama. Episode 4 was just short, random yet also incredible.
After plugging hours into Episode 3 and completing one huge (absolutely huge) highway across the map, i figured it’d be best to start progressing the game on a tad further. So I started to proceed with the deliveries required to progress the game. I did get ‘game over’ on a few times as I completely borked up the delivery of a bomb bypassing where I needed to take it, and taking it to a city as part of another delivery. It took me 3 goes to realise “ooohhh I’m meant to go and see Fragile” so that was a dumb moment for me.
Episode 4 featured a mission that threw me aback and put me into a war-zone. Literally. It was pretty incredible, pretty tense and had me thinking, Damn I’d like to see Kojima tackle this genre in the future.
As for Episode 5, the finale to this was an absolutely huge delivery route. You can obviously choose your route, the longest possible way yet, probably the easiest. Or, see them mountains up there? Go over them. Yes, I made that dumb mistake transferring living cargo over a mountain.
The story of Mama and her sister though is genuinely heartbreaking, and the scenes with Mama and her baby … ooof. Quite a lot to handle. But had me absolutely gripped throughout.
After seeing Mama’s episode to completion I wanted to get back to building more highway, but I’ve been throwing out chiral crystals to construction of roads left right and centre so needed to restock. So I went the slow way initially of driving around, scanning the area and stopping to areas of Chiral crystals. Then I thought, I have so many blood bags and grenades in my locker, lets go BT hunting. At one part in the game prior to this I got the hang of going through BT infested areas and my confidence of them had grown a lot, so I went to an area not far from Mama’s station that was renown for BT’s and tried clearing them out. I had some good success killing a few of them, but eventually ran out of blood bullets so had to go and rest up. But it helped restock my chiral crystal count so I can go on making more roads making central UCA more connected.
I love this game.