Ghost of Tsushima

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is a totally unique game from anything they have previously created. This PlayStation 4 exclusive brings players into ancient Japanese history, and into a samurai era of the First Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274.

Today, just a few months before its July 17 release, Sony and Sucker Punch Productions gave us an extended look at Ghost of Tsushima. Let’s take an indepth look at exploration, combat, customizations, and special modes in Ghost of Tsushima.

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Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Release date: July 17, 2020
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher(s): Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
Modes: Single-player
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Exploring the world of Tsushima

Exploration has been at the heart of Sucker Punch’s open-world design since the very beginning. In order to have exploration, the player has to have curiosity. So the developers came up with a way to allow the island guide the player in the most immersive way possible. One of these ways is by using the Guiding Wind to navigate the island.

You can call a gust of window at any time to point you in the right direction on your travels. It can also take you to your next big story moments or even help you find rare collectables. There are other visual cues that can lead you to unknown and hidden locations. Things such as smokestacks, which indicate people are in need of help, interesting and odd shaped trees, and even animals trying to get your attention.

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Combat as Jin, The Samurai

Combat in Ghost of Tsushima is much like you would expect it. Two warriors sizing each other up, waiting for the other to make the first move. By challenging enemies to a lethal standoff, you can dish out some really devastating blows. Your enemy, the Mongols, are everywhere on the island, so combat requires skillful precision—every strike must count.

Parrying enemies at the last moment possible opens them up for attack. And, by changing combat stances, you can inflict the most amount of damage against specific enemy types.

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Combat as Jin, The Ghost

Fighting as the Ghost, you are a savage warrior who will use every dirty trick in the book possible to win, even using fear as a weapon. As the Ghost, distractions are a great way to lure enemies to the death. It allows you to quickly sneak up behind them and finish them off. And, smoke bombs can be used to evade attacks.

Today we learned that by using kunai for a quick kill when spotted, you will invoke fear into the surrounding enemy’s hearts. The Mongols will then learn to fear you, which you can use to your advantage. You can even use the Mongol’s own weapons against them to inflict damage.

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Character customization

When sneaking around as Jin the Samurai or fighting as Jin the Ghost, you’ll have different armour on. This is because the armour in Ghost of Tsushima gives you different mechanical advantages—it’s not just cosmetic. As you explore the island of Tsushima, you will discover charms that will give you an edge in battle. Additionally, you can use Technique Points to learn and upgrade your skills.

As your legends grows, you’ll learn all-new techniques that will transform Jin from Samurai into Ghost. And, you get to decide how those techniques evolve and grow over time. That means that not only can you choose how the Ghost gameplay evolves but you can fine tune the look as well.

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Special modes

Ghost of Tsushima has a photo mode with new features such as colour grading, depth of field, and features that highlight the motion and movement about the game. For example, you can control the wind’s direction and speed. You can even change out the particles to different types of leaves and fireflies. And, you can select a track of music from the game’s score to fit your scene.

There are a lot of options included in this mode that allow you to tailor a photo or even video to your liking. To further immerse you in the world, Sucker Punch has included a way to feel like you are playing in your favourite samurai movie. There is a windy, black and white, film grained out mode that can be enabled from the very beginning.

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Ghost of Tsushima is shaping up to be one of this year’s hottest games

Ghost of Tsushima releases July 17, 2020 and from everything that I have seen and learned today—it looks like it is going to be one of this year’s hottest games. I can hardly wait to explore the island of Tsushima and rage a war against the Mongols. Combat as either samurai or ghost looks simply stunning.

I love the fact that character customizations in Ghost of Tsushima are not simply cosmetic and actually give meaningful advantages. Moreover, I can see myself spending hours in the game’s photo mode creating my own little masterpieces. And, to top it all off, Suck Punch Productions has included a Japanese voice track with subtitles. What more could I ask for?

Let me know in the comments section below if you are excited for Ghost of Tsushima and are planning to pick the game up at launch on July 17.

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Jon Scarr
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