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Hit the Ground Running With These Day-One Death Stranding Tips

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Hit the Ground Running With These Day-One Death Stranding Tips

Work smarter, not harder.

In Death Stranding, the herculean task of reconnecting humanity is far from the only burden placed upon your shoulders. Piled on top of this metaphorical weight is the real-world heft of countless packages that must reach their destination. Tucked inside these parcels are food, games, supplies, medicine, data — anything that splintered citizens might need to feel like they’re truly connected to a wider civilization.

Like any pioneering journey, the first steps across this fractured America are uncertain. Hoofing precious cargo across rough terrain can be challenging, so we’ve gathered a handful of general tips and suggestions that’ll have you reconnecting people in no time.

Delivery Tips

  • Once you have the resources to make multiple deliveries per trip, hit ‘em hard. Delivering requested goods will often unlock enhanced tools, fun cosmetic options, interesting plot points with survivors, and an increased chiral connection for that area. The stronger the connection, the more chiral bandwidth that’s available for online structures like bridges, roads, watchtowers, and more. These structures can turn previously arduous treks into simple trips, and it’s all thanks to you and other Death Stranding players making those deliveries.
  • Whether you’re delivering requested goods or lost cargo found in the wild, these will net you Likes that increase your reputation as a transporter. As this rating rises, your cargo capacity (among other things) will improve. Give a little, get a little!
  • Anytime you’re on the move, you should have an open order. Always have something on your back, on the bike, or in the truck. If you’re especially generous, steal a MULE truck and start loading it with all their ill-gotten goods for huge Santa Claus-style deliveries up and down the highway.
  • Speaking of the highway, auto pavers demand a lot of resources, but you’ll be rolling in Likes if you activate a section. As other players make use of the highly convenient path, you’ll receive notifications and Likes, yet another sign that you’re not rebuilding America alone.
  • Find a spot that needs a ladder or rope anchor? You could replicate your own at a base, sure, but also check out online postboxes, MULE postboxes (and MULEs themselves) and share lockers. The whole world is playing alongside you, so odds are someone tossed a ladder your way. The same goes for transportation – borrow someone else’s reverse-trike, but down the line maybe toss one of your own in there to return the favor.
  • Have too much stuff, but still want to grab more? Try locating a Postbox where you can securely stash items out in the wild, then return when you have a vehicle or more carrying capacity.

Handling Your Cargo

  • When accepting deliveries, be mindful of how many items are in the order. Some requests may contain one lightweight object, while others could include a dozen hefty containers best suited for a vehicle.
  • Optimize your cargo load. Initially, this means being mindful of which items are stacked on your back versus attached to brackets on your shoulders and hips. Later on, use vehicles, pouches and other gear to efficiently balance your load.
  • Even if you can bear the weight, consider the height of all those packages. Cargo can poke outside of cover, compromising your position to MULEs, and ladders extend a bit higher when hung on your tool rack instead of on your back. Making sharp turns can also be tricky if you’re overloaded. Recklessness can lead to tumbles and damaged cargo.
  • L2 and R2 are lifesavers! Maintaining balance is key, but these steadying motions also let you regain stamina while in waist-deep water or during a steep climb.

Battling BTs

  • Early on, avoiding BTs is crucial. The world just doesn’t have a surefire way to deal with them in a combat situation. So, keep your eyes on your Odradek scanner. It points ‘em out and spins like crazy when they’re near. Hold your breath and walk slowly to sneak on by. Successfully sneak by without an encounter and your connection to BB can improve too.
  • If you’re grabbed, you can break free or let them drag you into battle. Taking down one of the larger BTs will shower the area in chiral crystals and vanquish the whole BT zone for a short period. If you have the appropriate weapons, it’s a nice way to obtain crystals and clear out the area.
  • Have a speed skeleton or a reverse trike? You can probably outrun the encounter altogether. But if your bike is gobbled up, make sure to come back after the tar subsides – your goods will still be there.
  • Make sure you’re using the shower and restroom facilities when you stay in a private room. Believe it or not, your support team will, uh, make use of your time in there to create some handy items.
  • Finally, make those deliveries! You never know who might come up with a new way to combat BTs or make your life easier in some other way.

Minding Mules

  • Watch for yellow poles. These sensors ping your package locations, revealing your location to cargo-obsessed MULEs. Avoid the poles at all costs, and get ready to break line of sight or hide in tall grass if you set one off.
  • Make use of scattered watchtowers (or make your own) to keep a vigilant eye out for MULE encampments. These guys want your packages, and they can sour a promising delivery mission fast.
  • Serpentine! Move unpredictably when outrunning MULEs, as their electrified spears can knock your packages loose. Same goes for vehicles, which can be temporarily decommissioned from MULE electrical attacks.
  • Bola to freedom. If you’re swarmed by multiple MULEs, lean on the Bola gun to bind up immediate threats. Don’t dally, though, as more MULE baddies are usually on the way.
  • If you’re about to raid a MULE camp for a mission (or just to take what you can), consider going in without any delivery cargo on hand. Bring weapons, but leave lots of space for that sweet, sweet cargo you’ll obtain by infiltrating their base.

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13 Comments

  • PS4 DS Limited Edition + Death Stranging = (^_^)

  • While intriguing, this games seems little more than typical self-indulgent and masturbatory Kojima exposition coupled with backpack and walking simulations. Hard pass until a deep discount is offered. **shrugs** Hope everybody else enjoys their purchases though! Fun is relative. ;)

    • I feel the same way about your unsubtle passive aggressive comment. There’s zero reason for you to come to an article like this just to say that other than to be a smug jerk.

      While you may think you’re being clever here, it really just makes you look like a petty child with self-control issues.

    • SQUAREALIEN

      I guess that Ralstonizer told you! (Applauded)

  • Huge Metal Gear Solid & Norman Reedus fan!
    This game is going to be epic!

  • Xbox1_Sign_Out

    Can you guys update the Countdown to Launch page?

  • I’m very excited for this game!

    It seems to be less of an action game and more of an interactive meditation on the importance of kindness, connection, and gratitude.

    ❤️

    I’m so glad that PlayStation continues to support innovative and unique ideas in an industry that can sometimes feel stagnant. Y’all keep it fresh, and I LOVE IT!

  • This puppy is on my radar of games to get in the future. Huge fan of Phantom Pain.

  • SupermodelGamer

    So glad I preordered and got into this game and story without a bias. It’s genuinely magical to experience such beautiful gameplay, audio and story with buttery mechanics and endless detail porn. I simply do not and don’t want to understand people that don’t appreciate this masterpiece. It’s exciting as hell to be around for the beginning of Kojima Studios. So far it has been awesome to play and explore this dense and massive open world.

  • Coming from a longtime fan of the Metal Gear saga, I can’t help but feel like people are being a little too harsh on Death Stranding.

  • SQUAREALIEN

    Interesting!

  • ineedmoneysp

    I have been playing this game all week and im loving it. You would think it would get boring fast and I thought it might too esp when I do get boring of playing some games fast, this is not one of them. Im loving the story and all the lore and stuff you get in game plus all the stuff that other people have made to make the trip easy or that I made to help myself and everyone else out is just so awesome. I think people are being way too harsh on this game esp when they talk **** on others just for liking the game calling them a fanboy or worse. Im not a Kojima fanboy but I like his games but this game is different than just about everything else ion the market right now. You would think that people would want something different esp since gaming as been the same old for so long now.

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