Who doesn’t love adventure games filled with action? Sucker Punch Productions’ “Ghost of Tsushima” is a well-known action-adventure game published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Jin Sakai is the samurai protagonist. The players control him on the quest to protect Tsushima Island while there is an invasion of the first Mongol in Japan. The players must choose which warrior code they like to fight. Honorably or use practical but dishonorable methods of repelling their enemy Mongols with a bit of causality. It is a vast game played on PS4 and PS5, which can be explored on foot or horseback.
A new game mode was released on 16th October 2020, along with a multiplayer expansion, “Ghost of Tsushima: Legends”. There was another expansion named “Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island”. It was re-released in August 2021 under the name “Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut”. A few new features were added for PS5 like Japanese lip-sync, faster loading times, and haptic triggers.
Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world game with a storyline with combat and stealth elements. A collection of writings of the smaller sides surrounds the main plot as it is entirely based on historical events. It is purely for entertainment. It cannot be said as an accurate retelling of history as it is made for a different purpose.
The game takes us back to 1274 AD to the island of Tsushima. Where the Samurai warriors, who were the legendary defenders of Japan, lived until the empire of the Mongol invaders. They conquered Tsushima Island by defeating all the Samurai stationed by wreaking havoc. Jin Sakai is the protagonist among the last surviving Samurai who will rise from the ashes to fight back. And help his allies to win back the island. Still, the traditional samurai way of fighting won’t attain a possible victory against the Mongols. So, he has to move beyond his samurai traditions and win by forging a new of fighting. The way of the Ghost, as he wages war unconventionally for the freedom of Japan.
Ghost of Tsushima is a single-player open-world game. Here the players are free to explore and progress from one location to another without guidance. To help Jin fight, there is a progressive system including various combat techniques like samurai tactics, stances and stealth tactics, and others. The main storyline leads to many branches of side quests where the players can pursue additional weapons, armor, skills, and experiences.
The weather in the graphics is brilliant. TyOU can set the difficulty mode any time throughout the game. The Legends multiplayer mode has a unique story, item progression system, and survival mode. You can also witness the “Kurosawa mode” or Black and white windy film grain mode with the reworked audio of a Japanese voice track. The Japanese voice track comes up with subtitles which is one of the essential features of this game.
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Interesting Facts about the Ghost of Tsushima
- Sucker Punch hired actual Samurais to help them with the fighting scenes to make them look realistic. Kuwami Masakumo and Ide Ryusetsu are the Samurai who helped with the fighting scenes of Jin Sakai.
- Jin Sakai’s Katana is a real-life reference to Tsushima. Though it didn’t exactly happen the same as in the game, the Ghost repelled the Mongol troops in the game. While there was a plan to invade the third-largest island of Japan, Kyushu, Samurai were waiting for them, and that’s when the Battle of Bun’ei began. Though the Mongol troops lost, the reason was not because of Jin Sakai’s allies but a typhoon, huge enough to sink most of the Mongol fleets. The Japanese started to call this typhoon “Kamikaze,” whose translation is “Divine Wind.”
- There are many voice actors from Ghost of Tsushima who gave the voice-over to one of the best anime of all time, One Piece. The protagonist, Jin’s voice actor, is also the voice actor for Roronoa Zoro and Toshiro Hijikata (Gintama). Besides Jin, many others have their voice for One Piece characters, like Lord Shimura for Blackbeard, Khotun Khan for Douglas Bullet, Taka for Usopp, and Ishikawa for Buggy.
- The Production team took several tours to Tsushima Island to make it look as realistic as possible. The audio team also recorded the sounds of birds and deer in the nearby park so that we could hear them in the game.
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Cherlynn Low graduated with a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University in 2013 and started her tech media career writing for FreeAccountsOnline. She spent years reviewing smartphones, laptops, wearables and cameras before joining Engadget in 2016 as Reviews Editor.