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Kojima disses America over Death Stranding reviews

"Americans are great fans of first-person shooters and Death Stranding isn't one, it flies higher."

Death Stranding’s Hideo Kojima has taken a potshot at America over negative reviews of the game.

Speaking to Italian publication Tgcom24, Kojima generalised seemingly all Americans and dismissed them just as easily.

“I must say that the game received rave reviews, especially in Europe and Japan. Here in the United States, however, we have had stronger criticisms,” Kojima said. “Perhaps it is a difficult game to understand for a certain type of critic and audience. Americans are great fans of first-person shooters and Death Stranding isn’t one, it flies higher.”

Kojima then praised the “artistic sensibility” of those in Europe, further driving his point home.

“I always try to create new things and disputes and discussions are fine, but it must be said that the Italians or the French have a different artistic sensibility that allows them to appreciate this kind of very original product, not only in video games but also in cinema.”

While Americans have taken the heat for negative Death Stranding reviews, we’d argue it’s the Australians that have the biggest problems with the game. In addition to Stevivor’s 3.5/10 review, fellow Aussies Power Up Gaming issued it a 3, Player2 gave it a D, Ausgamers a 6 and IGN Australia’s Tristan Ogilvie awarded it a (low for their scale) 6.8.

Call it what you’d like, Kojima — an artistic turd is still a turd.

Death Stranding is available now on PS4 and heads to Windows PC in 2020.


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