Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 15, 2022
    100
    At its core, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut is an inventory management game. The more you play, the more freedom you have to do things with that inventory. You can help others. You can hurt others. You can save citizens. You can kill them. You can grow your world. You can destroy it. Regardless of your decision, DSDC is a game unlike others in that your assumptions about core gameplay loops and storytelling are pushed aside in favor of exploring a disconnected future. For those who have yet to play DS, DSDC is clearly the iteration of DS that is worthy of your time given its iterations that are increasingly respectful of your time and patience while also giving you additional creative outlets to muck about. For those of you who were unable to get hooked into this game, then DSDC may not be the answer you seek in a cinematic experience. Give it a shot, though; I’d love to be proven wrong.
  2. Mar 30, 2022
    95
    In the end, Death Stranding Director's Cut does exactly what is expected of it: bringing to PC all the qualities of the PS5 version (which was already an ultimate edition of Hideo Kojima's masterpiece) but with the flexibility specific to its platform. We therefore find support for 2K and 4K resolutions, ultrawide screens, a framerate of up to 240 fps and support for DLSS. Small - and only - difference compared to the PC edition of two years ago: Intel's Xe Super Sampling can now be used. Enough to make this Director's Cut PC an even more versatile title than in the past, which is an excellent point. A choice setting to enjoy Hideo Kojima's masterpiece in the best conditions, with all the additions of this improved version: new tools for deliveries, new activities and missions. An ultimate port for a game that marked its time.
  3. Mar 29, 2022
    95
    The Death Stranding Director’s Cut on PC is well worth it for fans and for those who missed it first time around.
  4. Mar 29, 2022
    90
    The PC version has a few added features, but quite honestly, they are par for the course when it comes to PC gaming. That’s not a bad thing, as you have options to customize the graphics and performance of the game to your heart’s content, but I found nothing to really gush over. Death Stranding has always been a beautiful game, but playing on an UltraWide monitor might give you a better idea of the sheer scope of this experience. It’s a testament to some fantastic graphical leaps that have happened in recent years that still manage to impress me in this newest release.
  5. Mar 29, 2022
    90
    With a few of its existing rough edges smoothed out, Death Stranding Director’s Cut manages to be a more approachable experience than its previous incarnation, and for those coming back to it, there’s just enough new to warrant a second journey across America.
  6. Mar 30, 2022
    85
    Death Stranding: Director s Cut gets us closer to Hideo Kojima s idea for the game. As we know, this is more than just a different story, it's a different kind of experience. It feels as next gen as the first time we played this game that challenges its existence.
  7. Apr 21, 2022
    83
    A less onerous version of the courier epic with some useful innovations for novices, not quite as sweet to experts.
  8. Apr 24, 2022
    80
    In a world full of pandering pablum and endlessly milked franchises, it’s extraordinary for a big-budget game to be so daringly different. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut doesn’t just re-invent the wheel, it re-invents the whole cart, and that’s why the definitive edition of Hideo Kojima’s opus is well worth playing.
  9. Apr 19, 2022
    80
    Death Stranding: Director's Cut provides the best Strand experience without changing too much. This version offers new content and features making an overall good experience even better.
  10. Mar 29, 2022
    50
    An absolutely enjoyable experience gameplay-wise, but a definitely skippable story; you're better off playing Death Stranding like a walking simulator and completing each area as you're introduced to it, rather than rushing to an unfulfilling story conclusion.
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  1. Apr 11, 2022
    Death Stranding: Director's Cut is a solid PC port with great performance and chock full of new content. Is it worth returning to Hideo Kojima's most personal game on PC? It depends on how willing you are to replay this huge, unique, open world adventure. [Recommended]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 130
  1. Apr 1, 2022
    10
    One of my favourite games of all time now with extra content on PC,loving it!
    running it on an RTX 3050 at all max settings with DLSS On and
    One of my favourite games of all time now with extra content on PC,loving it!
    running it on an RTX 3050 at all max settings with DLSS On and it looks truly beautiful!
    highly recommend this
    sidenote:if you have a PS5 DualSense controller the game now has haptic feedback and adaptive triggers which enhance the gaming experience greatly!
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  2. Mar 25, 2023
    10
    If you really know this director and are familiar with his game-making style, you will realize that this game is a masterpiec
  3. Feb 10, 2023
    10
    Before playing Death Stranding, most of the opinions I had heard about the game were negative, but it quickly became one of my favorite gamesBefore playing Death Stranding, most of the opinions I had heard about the game were negative, but it quickly became one of my favorite games of all time. The gameplay is like no other game. Overall, I would say the closest thing I can compare it to are open-world survival games, but it is still quite different. Your goal is to deliver packages, and at first, your only option is walking over extremely rough terrain, where a misstep can send you rolling down a hill, destroying your packages. However, as you progress, you unlock more options, like structures, vehicles, or tools that make traversing easier. At the same time, you also have to make more and larger deliveries, over bigger areas. Furthermore, as you progress through games, structures from other players will start to appear, which adds a great social aspect to the game. The game also has an incredible soundtrack and story. Full Review »