Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is a third-person open-world hack-and-slash stealth game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on July 17, 2020, as the final major AAA game for the PlayStation 4 before all game development gets moved to the upcoming PlayStation 5.
Why It Rocks
- Sucker Punch went out of their way to do lots of extensive research on Feudal Japan and the Mongolians' invasion of it in order to create the setting, characters and story for the game, and it shows.
- The open world of Tsushima Island is extremely gorgeous to look at, from the cotton fields that Jin gallops across at the beginning on his horse to the bamboo forests.
- Excellent cinematography and motion capture that makes the game look like a samurai movie.
- The combat is very impactful and you actually get to experience how samurais truly fight during battles in Feudal Japan.
- The Mongolians' AI is really good and they actually adapt to your fighting style. For example, if you go berserker mode all the way, they'll know how to block your attacks easily after learning your style but if you use stealth all the way, the Mongolians will have no way of defending themselves and will flee in terror when they see you again.
- The stealth mechanics and Ghost Tools are easy to learn while allowing you to increase your stealth skills easily.
- The game has lots of nice and memorable characters like Jin Sakai (the game's playable protagonist) and Khotun Khan (the game's main villain).
- The game's story is really good and has you on the edge of the seat during tense sequences while allowing you to root for the main heroes and against the Mongolians.
- There are different camera modes you can use, one of them being Kurosawa Mode (black and white).
- Lots of interesting side-quests to keep you hooked to the end.
- You can pet foxes in the game.
- The game is so good that it literally caused stock shortages in Japan. (No joke)
- As a thank you gift to players of the game, Sucker Punch is making its upcoming co-op multiplayer mode free for those who have purchased the game.
- The third act can be boring at times.
- The camera can sometimes be clunky during heavy combat.
- Some mission items can be hard to see in Kurosawa Mode due to them blending into the environment.
- The game has a few minor technical issues at times.
- The game is lacking in challenges even on harder difficulties.
- The Japanese dub has mismatched lip-synching.
Ghost of Tsushima received near-universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
On Metacritic, the game received a critic score of 83/100 ("generally favorable reviews") and a user score of 9.3/10 ("universal acclaim").
GameSpot gave the game a 7/10, praising its environment, combat, cinematography and stealth while criticizing its sometimes-clunky camera and awful Japanese dub.
Digital Trends gave the game a 4.5/5, praising its open world, storytelling, combat and side-quests while criticizing its awkward movement.
The RPG Files gave the game a 9.0/10, praising its beautiful world, excellent combat, fantastic storytelling and Kurosawa Mode while criticizing its finicky camera, minor framerate issues and how Kurosawa Mode makes some tasks more difficult.
GamesRadar+ gave the game a 4.5/5, praising its environment, story, combat and the ability to pet foxes while criticizing its third act.