Right before my state went into lockdown in March, a coworker let me borrow Death Stranding for my PS4. I was somewhat reluctant to start it because I knew it was going to be a giant time-suck, and I was still fighting my way through Red Dead Redemption 2. But eventually I jumped into it. I’m not going to spend much time reviewing the actual game, because that’s been hashed out elsewhere. But I will say that the story is wonderfully weird and complex, and the soundtrack, atmosphere and graphics are phenomenal. Instead, I’m going to talk about how this game affects my anxiety in both positive and negative ways.
y main co-op buddy is one of my best friends from college. We live several states away, and we never officially lost touch, but life happened, and eventually we grew apart. A few years ago, he messaged me asking how I felt about my PS4. Before I knew it, he’d traded his Xbox One for a PS4. When Borderlands 3 was released in September 2019, we both knew what we had to do. So, like the mature, responsible adults we are, we said screw it to our daily commitments, took time off work and stayed up all night playing video games.
When Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018, it was greeted with multiple 5-star and 10/10 scores on websites such as Games Radar and IGN. At the time I’m writing this, it holds a 7/10 on Steam. Right now, it’s April 2020. The game has been out for a year and a half. It’s seen quite a few updates and online play was added. I’ve spent the last six or seven months diving deep into the game on my PS4 to try and find out if now, 18 months after it was released, does it live up to the hype?
The 2010s are behind us, and they brought a lot of changes to the industry and how we play video games. Gone are the days of buying a game and having all of its content available on a disc and not locked behind paywalls, micro transactions, loot boxes and 5 planned DLCs. Of course it wasn’t all bad. We experienced the golden age of the indie developer and the rise of digital distribution services. Luckily,…