Hideo Kojima’s latest cinematic action opus, Death Stranding, is easily one of the most highly anticipated video games of the year. But how is the Japanese auteur’s first independent project since leaving Konami faring with critics? Well, in very Kojima-esque fashion, it’s not quite as clear-cut as you’d expect. In a nutshell, reviews have been pretty divisive. One thing’s for sure: Death Stranding is gonna be a love-hate kinda experience!

So, for your convenience, we thought it’d be handy to collect together the reviews from some of the top critics in gaming for your reading pleasure. Sit back, relax and grab a Monster energy drink (seriously, they refill your stamina in the game!) as we take a trip into the creepy world of Death Stranding.

Push Square – 10/10

“Following years of mysterious anticipation, Death Stranding delivers on all fronts. An accomplished, fascinating set of gameplay mechanics allow you to make deliveries the way you want to, while social features let the game live on once you’ve put the controller down. It may become slightly tiresome as you hit the halfway mark, but the phenomenal narrative is on hand to pick things back up again and its outstanding visuals are the cherry on top. Death Stranding doesn’t raise the bar for any particular genre, it creates an entirely new one.” — Liam Croft [Full Review]

Game Revolution – 5/5

“If there’s one game you should play this year, it’s Death Stranding. It’s a system seller, and I love it.” — Jason Faulkner [Full Review]

Screen Rant – 5/5

“Death Stranding is dizzying, unshakable in its belief it is doing something worthwhile, and it’s one of the most important games of this decade.” — Cody Gravelle [Full Review]

We Got This Covered – 5/5

“Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.” — David Morgan [Full Review]

GameSpot – 9/10

“Death Stranding is a hard game to absorb. There are many intertwining threads to its plot, and silly names, corny moments, and heavy exposition belie an otherwise very simple message. That comes through much more clearly in the game’s more mundane moments, when you find a desperately-needed ladder left behind by another player or receive a letter from an NPC thanking you for your efforts. It’s positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It’s a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it’s also one we really need right now.” — Kallie Plagge [Full Review]

God Is A Geek – 9/10

“Death Stranding is an ambitious game, filled with so many different mechanics and ideas that almost always work well together. The story and acting is fantastic, and its visuals are a thing of beauty, not to mention the powerful soundtrack.” — Chris White [Full Review]

Game Informer – 7/10

“The real issue is that Death Stranding’s gameplay really is as simple as it appears to be, and the elements around it – the story, combat, and lackluster mission objectives – aren’t satisfying enough to anchor the title and get players invested.” — Matthew Kato [Full Review]

IGN – 6.8/10

“There is a fascinating, fleshed-out world of supernatural science fiction to enjoy across its sprawling and spectacular map, so it’s a real shame that it’s all been saddled on a gameplay backbone that struggles to adequately support its weight over the full course of the journey.” — Tristan Ogilvie [Full Review]

VG247 – 3/5

“If you do manage to hold out, you will be rewarded with flashes of brilliance, it’s just that those flashes are buried as deep as the core story is buried in the endless dialogue.” — Kirk McKeand [Full Review]

Giant Bomb – 2/5

“Kojima’s first post-Konami project is a bizarre, self-indulgent mess that never quite manages to tie its myriad pieces together.” — Alex Navarro [Full Review]

Stevivor – 3.5/10

“Death Stranding is an irredeemable piece of garbage that should serve as a warning to publishers who give developers carte blanche to create ‘art’.” — Steve Wright [Full Review]

Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8.