Ghost of Tsushima Review

Ghost of Tsushima Review

A year after Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a game where a Samurai takes revenge for his kidnapped lord, we have Ghost of Tsushima, a game where a Samurai takes revenge for his kidnapped lord. 

Apparently, it’s the season of Samurai appreciation, and we’re here for it. Ghost of Tsushima follows a Samurai by the name of Jin during the Mongolian Invasion of Japan. The events of Ghost of Tsushima are based on the real invasion of Tsushima Island by the Mongols. However, the invasion and the brave samurai’s swift defeat are the only points the game takes from the real-life event as Ghost of Tsushima follows before branching off into its own beautifully-told story. Ghost of Tsushima has a story so well-written that gamers can’t help but feel the tingle in their arms as it fills with goosebumps in almost every scene. However, if players want to have a truly immersive story-telling experience, they’ll have to play it with Japanese audio. The Japanese voice actors really bring the emotion out of each character. As talented as the English voice cast is, they do not do these characters any justice.

Ghost of Tsushima adds onto an already stacked lineup of hot PlayStation exclusive titles in 2020 that made people forget the Xbox One even existed for some time as we follow Jin’s story of betraying the samurai code in order to defend his home. Jin must adventure through the island of Tsushima beautifully crafted by Sucker Punch Productions. We’ll never know how Sucker Punch Productions was able to pull off a remarkable graphical feat with the aging 2013 hardware. However, the way the game was rendered down to some of the best-detailed characters anyone will see in any game since The Last of Us 2. Fortunately, the Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world title, meaning players will get lost and immersed in the almost photorealistic depiction of Tsushima in the 13th century.

When it comes to the combat of Ghost of Tsushima, players are getting a mixture of a hack-and-slash title with the intricacies of a souls-like combat system sprinkled in. Players will feel sorry for any one-on-one encounters with Jin, the ghost of Tsushima, as they have no issues taking down six enemies with ease. At first, Jin isn’t going to feel very strong. He was just defeated by the Mongols and barely came out of it alive. However, as he slowly sheds the samurai code to take the fight to the Mongols using unconventional methods, gamers will begin to feel just what it’s like to be a walking blade. It might not have the battle-difficult of Sekiro: Shadows Die twice, but the experience is worth not throwing a controller against a wall out of frustration from a souls-like game.

With planned DLC coming soon to Ghost of Tsushima that will see multiplayer and raids, it will be exciting to see what the future of the title holds for gamers. We only wonder how blown away we’ll be when Ghost of Tsushima is eventually upgraded to the next-generation PlayStation 5.

At that point, with how immersive the graphics are, we might as well believe we’re in Tsushima itself. 

Platform: Playstation 4

Release Date: July, 2020

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Credit: B. Michael Logan
“B. Michael Logan is a medical professional who moonlights as a freelance writer. When he’s not helping save lives he’s taking them in video games.”

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