Wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan
Developed by Sucker Punch (inFAMOUS, Sly Cooper), Ghost of Tsushima is totally different from the developer’s previous games. The PlayStation 4 exclusive bring players into ancient Japanese history, into the samurai era and the First Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274.
The open-world adventure game tells the story of the Emperor of Japan in a time of crisis with the Kublai Khan wanting to conquer Japan. Tsushima is a small island located between Japan and Korea. Invading it is a good strategy according to the Great Khan’s plan. As one of the last samurai living in Tsushima, Jin takes on a mission to save the island from the First Mongol Invasion.
Even thought our protagonist has special abilities, this piece is based on historical events. Working on it since 2014, the team went to the island and made sure the game is most accurate.The game captures the spirits of time and place.
The actors used ancient Japanese language, careful not to slip a modern work into their performance. They even trained to speak Mongol for cinematic scenes. During the theatre presentation, the developers explained how details are important. Locations are key for immersion. Jin can go anywhere, from lush forests to villages and temples. Presented on PlayStation 4 Pro, it looked amazing. Funny thing, the presenter told us the map in game is so accurate that we can Google the island of Tsushima and it will look similar.
Fighting the samurai tradition
Duel combat sequences are a huge part of the gameplay. Samurai’s main weapon is the katana. Its sharp blade cuts through enemies so easily. In order to survive, Jin is forced to go beyond the samurai tradition.
That’s why he has other weapons such as the grappling hook. He’s not willing to die. In fact, there’s a legend of this man that cannot be killed. That’s our Ghost of Tsushima.
Villagers built a mythology based on his accomplishments. The story follows the course of his evolution as a fighter, as a samurai. He’s a young character who grows beyond the samurai teachings and way of living.
We saw only side quests during the E3 2018 special presentation so there’s still much to come and makes me want to know more from the main story line of Ghost of Tsushima. I think I’ll love this game.