The Single Most Important ‘Death Stranding’ Tip You Need For The Early Game

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Here's the only piece of advice you need to start Death Stranding and not go crazy.

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In Hideo Kojima’s divisive new game Death Stranding, you play as Sam Porter Bridges.

You’re basically a combination delivery man and cable internet hookup guy. You travel around a wasteland that used to be the USA connecting the dots and delivering cargo, all the while avoiding monstrous creatures from beyond the grave, bandits and other threats.

Perhaps the greatest struggle you will face, however, is the game’s enormously unforgiving terrain. It’s one thing to navigate these sheer cliffs and rugged boulders, the snowy peaks and perilous ruins–it’s another to do all that with 120 kg of cargo on your back.

There are times, early on in the game, especially before you get vehicles, where you’ll look at what Sam is carrying on his back and just shake your head in dismay. Note: When you’re loading Sam’s cargo up at a terminal, you can (and should) choose the ‘Auto-Arrange’ option unless you’re very OCD about doing that yourself. It will balance the cargo nicely.

In any case, once you’re overburdened like this, you will no longer be able to move as fast and you’ll find yourself leaning to one side or another as it becomes difficult to even stand up straight. You have to press the R2 or L2 buttons to rebalance yourself.

As you’d imagine, this all becomes much more difficult when clambering up or down steep hills or navigating infuriatingly rocky terrain. Sometimes you’ll start to fall or go too fast down a hill and you can press R2 and L2 at the same time and this will ground you, hopefully preventing a fall which will in turn damage your cargo. You don’t want to damage your cargo.

In any case, this is where things get a little . . . interesting. I started to experiment with this and it turns out that there’s a very simple way to carry a lot of cargo and never fall down. Or, at least, you won’t fall down unless you do something stupid like walk into too-deep water or off a cliff edge. There’s no trick to stop that and there’s no cure for stupid.

So here’s what you do. Get all that heavy cargo loaded and head out. And just never let go of R2 and L2. You will never wobble to the right or left. You will be able to run down steep hills at quite a clip, even with a full load, and never fall or keel over. You can make it through water, up boulders and over the nastiest terrain and only in the most extreme instances will you topple.

You’ll move a little slower, but not that much. And it saves you from having to press L2 or R2 all the time as you pitch back and forth. In other words, it prevents some of the game’s most irritating mechanics from getting the better of you. Just hold those triggers down and you’re off to the races.

As you level up in the game you’ll be able to carry more and more, but even with lighter loads it can be pretty easy to fall down when going down steep hills and the like. Use this trick even when you’re not heavily loaded to make it down any hill you like.

Hopefully this works for you and they don’t patch it into oblivion. And I hope you enjoy Death Stranding.

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In Hideo Kojima’s divisive new game Death Stranding, you play as Sam Porter Bridges.

You’re basically a combination delivery man and cable internet hookup guy. You travel around a wasteland that used to be the USA connecting the dots and delivering cargo, all the while avoiding monstrous creatures from beyond the grave, bandits and other threats.

Perhaps the greatest struggle you will face, however, is the game’s enormously unforgiving terrain. It’s one thing to navigate these sheer cliffs and rugged boulders, the snowy peaks and perilous ruins–it’s another to do all that with 120 kg of cargo on your back.

There are times, early on in the game, especially before you get vehicles, where you’ll look at what Sam is carrying on his back and just shake your head in dismay. Note: When you’re loading Sam’s cargo up at a terminal, you can (and should) choose the ‘Auto-Arrange’ option unless you’re very OCD about doing that yourself. It will balance the cargo nicely.

In any case, once you’re overburdened like this, you will no longer be able to move as fast and you’ll find yourself leaning to one side or another as it becomes difficult to even stand up straight. You have to press the R2 or L2 buttons to rebalance yourself.

As you’d imagine, this all becomes much more difficult when clambering up or down steep hills or navigating infuriatingly rocky terrain. Sometimes you’ll start to fall or go too fast down a hill and you can press R2 and L2 at the same time and this will ground you, hopefully preventing a fall which will in turn damage your cargo. You don’t want to damage your cargo.

In any case, this is where things get a little . . . interesting. I started to experiment with this and it turns out that there’s a very simple way to carry a lot of cargo and never fall down. Or, at least, you won’t fall down unless you do something stupid like walk into too-deep water or off a cliff edge. There’s no trick to stop that and there’s no cure for stupid.

So here’s what you do. Get all that heavy cargo loaded and head out. And just never let go of R2 and L2. You will never wobble to the right or left. You will be able to run down steep hills at quite a clip, even with a full load, and never fall or keel over. You can make it through water, up boulders and over the nastiest terrain and only in the most extreme instances will you topple.

You’ll move a little slower, but not that much. And it saves you from having to press L2 or R2 all the time as you pitch back and forth. In other words, it prevents some of the game’s most irritating mechanics from getting the better of you. Just hold those triggers down and you’re off to the races.

As you level up in the game you’ll be able to carry more and more, but even with lighter loads it can be pretty easy to fall down when going down steep hills and the like. Use this trick even when you’re not heavily loaded to make it down any hill you like.

Hopefully this works for you and they don’t patch it into oblivion. And I hope you enjoy Death Stranding.

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