I just beat the campaign for Sucker Punch’s newest game, Ghost of Tsushima. It’s a Samurai game where you play as Jin Sakai, one of few surviving Samurai after a battle of invading Mongols. Jin must train up, and recruit some new pals to help him win back the Japanese island of Tsushima.
This is one of the best games I’ve played in a long time, if not one of the best I’ve ever experienced. So let’s look at why.
The Beauty Around Us
I’m not normally the type that gets caught up in graphics. Pretty graphics are good, and I enjoy them, but I can get just as much out of something really stripped down graphically, like Undertale or Celeste. But with Ghost, the graphics added to the immersion.
The nature was so pretty, (leaves everywhere) water graphics were solid, and I was impressed by the face and hair graphics. This world was now fully created and didn’t leave too much to my imagination, which sucked me into the game and made me feel like I was there.
The combat was varied with four different fight stances, multiple side weapons, and extra techniques. During combat, timing is important, whether it’s for blocking or hitting your attacks.
There are also some stealth combat concepts that are a lot of fun. But now, the duels! A duel acted as a boss fight. In duels, Jin battles one on one in a sword battle against another fighter without any other special techniques or extra weapons. They can be super challenging, but that added to it and I always loved these battles.
The story was so incredible, and without too many spoilers, let’s talk about it. As I mentioned before, Jin Sakai now needs to reclaim his land, but as he’s doing this his morals are questioned. The way of the Samurai is all about honor, never killing without looking your enemy in the eye. But the invaders of our island have no honor, so do you repay their dishonor with more dishonor, or do you acknowledge your heritage and culture and stick with honor. Never before have I played a game where the way you choose to fight fits in with the story just as much as dialogue does.
The story is full of neat twists and turns and follows the stylistic and writing styles of classic Japanese samurai movies. That aspect brought me back to my childhood, watching fight movies with my dad.
There were also a lot of side missions and extra optional storylines that kept my attention and kept me in the world longer than I ever really needed to be.
Ghost of Tsushima Multiplayer
There is a free multiplayer expansion called Legends and it is a blast. I played this with my brother and we blasted through the first several chapters. In some ways, it feels like a loot shooter like Destiny, but it’s still Ghost! The combat and style of play are all the same as the main game but with added character classes and some special moves for each class. This mode dives into more of a fantasy style than the single-player campaign did, but it was so cool to see that kind of switch.
I am so glad that I played this game and I recommend it to just about anybody. That’s how much I loved it!
What was your favorite part of the game. What do you think I should try out next?
Play on, Pals.
By: Benny Uhlich, CruelFan.com