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Game Basics (How to Play)
This page contains information about the basics of Death Stranding. Read on to find out the necessary information for how to play the game.

How to Play Death Stranding

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Game Controls & Settings

Delivering Cargo

Death Stranding Objective
Sam, also known as “The Man Who Delivers”, is the protagonist of the game. He is known for his ability to deliver Cargo on time and under any conditions, a reputation which will ultimately fall on you, the player, to live up to.

Use Scan (R1) to plan out Routes

Death Stranding Scan
Using Scan allows you to see how rough the terrain is. Below are the classifications for each type of scanned area.

  1. Blue - Smooth Terrain. This kind of terrain can easily be navigated and is an optimal route to take when journeying.
  2. Yellow- Uneven Terrain. This kind of terrain can be navigated but do so with caution. Carrying heavy loads while going through yellow areas can require more caution.
  3. Red- Rough Terrain. This kind of terrain is hard to navigate. Navigating to Red areas in the river can lead to you getting swept by the river, causing you to lose cargo. (Lost cargo can be picked by following the river's path).
  4. X- This terrain is unhikable. X terrain mostly consists of steep rocks.

Use the Cufflink to Find your Destination

Death Stranding Cufflink
The destination may not be clear sometimes. Use the Cufflink to find and plan out routes to your objective. You can plan out routes using the Cufflink by pressing and holding the Square button, then dragging the cursor with the L3 stick.

Use the Compass Mode to find Markers

Death Stranding Compass
You can use the Compass to jump your camera focus to your markers and destination. Use this to avoid getting lost.

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