Lucien’s First Take: Death Stranding – Reveal Trailer

After all the bullshit involving Konami and Kojima, the alpha game developer is finally free.  Sony was there on the spot to offer him all the funding and tools he needed.  Good on them.  The man is now able to make the kinds of games that he wants to make, exactly as he wants to make them.  Anyone with perspective knows that that can only mean good things.  Kojima’s entrance to Sony’s press conference was the ultimate boss moment.  The stage literally lit his path down.  It was incredible.  The look on his face when he smiles at the crowd, you know that he is loving every minute of how much we are happy to see him here.  With all the funding and free reign to make the kind of game that he wants, what do we get?  Let’s take a look.

I like how Huber on Easy Allies put it – this was a religious experience.  Not only do we get to see Kojima back, but he’s teamed up with Norman Reedus once more.  After the tragic failure that was PT, we have Kojima not wasting talent and still making the game he wanted to make.  This is kind of making my emotions work.  A legend has been reborn and is giving the audience EXACTLY what they want.

The thing that immediately got my attention was how this trailer is Lovecraftian as fuck!  I’m about to go complete nerd, so if that’s not your deal, move on now.  I got the complete collection of Lovecraft’s works for Christmas.  Been reading it.  Still am.  It’s huge.  It’s the fucking bible of Lovecraft.  Of his short stories, there is one that truly sticks out, to me.  It’s the story of Dagon.  It tells that a man is lost at sea in a boat, which then ends up on a blackened shore.  There is dead sea life all around him.  It’s everywhere.  Dead fish, dead crabs, dead everything.  The scent of dead seal life is so strong that it nearly makes him pass out.  The man explores the vast, black shore, until he comes across something.  Something that he cannot fully describe.  It’s an obelisk, with ancient writings on it.  He doesn’t know what they are.  But there are depictions of a monster, towering over fleeing peoples.  It’s then that the man hears a noise, like a monstrous scream.  He then looks out, and what does he see?  Something that makes him fall unconscious.  When he wakes, he’s back in the boat, lost at sea.

This trailer was drowning in that kind of imagery.  I have NO idea if Kojima did that intentionally or just because he thought this was cool.  Either way, this is going to be awesome.  Not much more to say about this, but I am 10,000 different kinds of stoked for what this is going to be.  Sony came out at their press conference balling.  They are such ballers.  Microsoft dreams of being able to catch up to them.  I am going to be following every outlet I can for more news.

Initial Verdict
8 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

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