Death Stranding ‘difficult to understand’ for Americans suggests Hideo Kojima
Hideo Kojima has made some unlikely suggestions to explain Death Stranding’s mixed reception, claiming only Europeans understand him.
It seems Hideo Kojima may not be taking the negative reviews of Death Stranding very well, after he appeared to dismiss American critics and imply that they did not fully understand the game.
‘I have to say that the game received enthusiastic reviews, especially in Europe and Japan. Here in the United States, on the other side, we had stronger criticism,’ he told Italian website TGCom24.
‘Maybe this is a game that is difficult to understand for a certain type of critic or audience. Americans are big fans of first person shooters and Death Stranding is not, it is flying higher’.
‘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 products’, added Kojima.
That’s a pretty patronising point of view and while Kojima was no doubt playing up to the Italian journalists he was talking to it does not sound like he’s taken the many criticisms of the game to heart.
There’s another obvious problem with his comments too, in that the split between American and European reviewers doesn’t really exist.
A quick scour through Metacritic (which is currently being review-bombed by Spanish fans, for some reason) shows that for every 6.8 from IGN there was a 9/10 from GameSpot.
There were also plenty of European websites that marked it down, including GamesRadar, VG247, and VGC. We also only gave it a 7/10 in our review.
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