Love it or hate it, Death Stranding should be commended for at least daring to be different. In a year that's seen so many samey games release, all attempting to ape popular mechanics and genres, it's a genuine breath of fresh air.
Whether it's a new open world game, a live service experience or the latest multiplayer phenomenon, a lot of titles from this year have been so familiar you could jump into any of them and not have to spend too much time figuring out how they tick, but the same can't be said for Sony's latest exclusive.
Hideo Kojima's new title has long been marketed as the beginning of a new genre, and that newness is felt in every part of the game, to the point where even staying upright is difficult initially.
As a result, it can make the first couple of chapters seem daunting, but fortunately we've rounded up some essential tips and tricks that will lighten the load for both newcomers and seasoned porters.