One of the most anticipated games coming out in the next few days is Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami video game, Death Stranding. Death Stranding’s review embargo ended just today, but right now, surprisingly, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has a higher meta score than Death Stranding does, since it came out just yesterday.
Despite the hype surrounding its release since it was announced back at E3 2016, Death Stranding seems to be rather divisive compared to Hideo Kojima’s other games. While Kojima’s final game at Konami was also divisive (partly because of Konami’s treatment of Kojima and partly because the game was, quite literally, left unfinished), Death Stranding is his first non-Konami game.
Reviews for Death Stranding have only been divisive in regards to just how good it actually is. While it’s gotten critical acclaim from many publications, with reviewers from Destructoid, GameSpot, Screen Rant, 3D News, and more rating it either perfect scores or near that, other publications like VG247, IGN, Game Informer, and others have rated it somewhat lower.
In contrast, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has gotten fairly consistent reviews across the board, with nothing from major publications rating it less than 8/10 or any sort of equivalent. Considering how long fans of the series have been clamoring for a new game, it’s no surprise that it’s gotten such a good reception, bolstered by a new spooky location and new gameplay.
The reception for Death Stranding wasn’t entirely unexpected; even Hideo Kojima himself said that he didn’t really understand the scope of the game, and according to Edge magazine writer Nathan Brown, the review embargo encouraged playing the game to completion before writing a review.
So, if you want something that you can definitely appreciate as a good game before Death Stranding actually releases, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is currently available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, and what better way to celebrate the end of Halloween than sucking ghosts into a vacuum cleaner?