The best samurai game in a long time and a great fun for all, who love action. Love for Japan and its history is a big plus, but its knowledge is not necessary to enjoy every minute of this beautiful game. [Issue#305]
The world is enormous, filled to the brim with rich content to explore. It can be a bit much sometimes with the number of artefacts you can find or haikus to sit and devise bloating things a little bit, but players will be blown away by the deep storytelling and unbelievable style and personality that Ghost of Tsushima brings to the table.
"Ghost of Tsushima" stands as a compelling testament to the evolving landscape of action-adventure video games, offering a rich blend of narrative depth, stunning visuals, and immersive gameplay. Developed by **** Punch Productions, the game thrusts players into the role of Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior navigating the treacherous terrain of feudal Japan during the Mongol **** of the game's standout features is its meticulously crafted open-world environment. The sprawling landscapes, from serene bamboo forests to hauntingly beautiful shrines, contribute to an atmosphere that not only serves as a backdrop for the narrative but becomes an integral part of the player's experience. The dynamic weather system and day-night cycle add a layer of realism, enhancing the visual splendor and immersing players in a living, breathing rendition of medieval **** narrative unfolds with a careful balance between historical accuracy and creative liberty. Jin Sakai's internal struggle between upholding the samurai code and adopting the stealthy, dishonorable tactics of the "Ghost" forms the crux of the story. The character development is commendable, portraying Jin as a multifaceted hero grappling with moral dilemmas, and the supporting cast adds depth to the overall narrative.Combat, a cornerstone of any action game, is where "Ghost of Tsushima" truly shines. The fluidity of movement, the precision in swordplay, and the variety of combat styles allow players to tailor their approach to different situations. The game also introduces a unique dueling mechanic, emphasizing the intensity of one-on-one encounters and showcasing the artistry of samurai combat.However, despite its numerous strengths, "Ghost of Tsushima" is not without its flaws. The open-world design, while visually stunning, occasionally falls victim to repetitive side quests and activities. The allure of the environment may not be enough to mask the somewhat formulaic nature of these optional tasks. Moreover, some critics argue that the narrative, while engaging, follows predictable tropes of the hero's **** conclusion, "Ghost of Tsushima" elevates the action-adventure genre with its meticulous world-building, compelling narrative, and refined combat mechanics. Its flaws, though present, are overshadowed by the overall experience. **** Punch Productions has succeeded in delivering a title that not only pays homage to samurai cinema but also establishes its place as a noteworthy entry in the ever-expanding realm of narrative-driven video games.
Ghost of Tsushima ends the current generation of consoles on a high note. A fantastically gorgeous world sets the stage for high-stakes close quarters combat, with multiple enthralling stories told over many chapters that keep the player moving across the island. Core combat is rewarding, and while enemy AI is disappointing outside of combat, all other aspects of Ghost of Tsushima have been lovingly crafted, and will be thoroughly enjoyed by players of all types. It’s not Sekiro or Dark Souls/Bloodborne difficult, but challenge can be found for those who seek it. Ultimately, Ghost of Tsushima allows you to pick up a sword and become one badass samurai, and have fun while avenging your fallen brethren.
A smattering of small niggles ultimately prevents Ghost of Tsushima from reaching the upper echelons of PS4 folklore, but it's still an absolute must for your game collection, and a fitting end to the PS4's line of exclusives. Ghost of Tsushima is a fantastic journey through the trouble and strife of 13th Century Japan and is complimented perfectly by a set of great characters, a likable main character, and a loathsome villain. Some repetition in the game's side-missions and a lack of polish in some areas just bring the score down a tad, but these issues can be overlooked in favor of the jaw-dropping visual dessert that will keep you coming back for more.
I was hoping for an original take on the open-world genre, but I got Assassin’s Creed in samurai drag. If that sounds like a blast to you, it will be, especially if you go into it with the knowledge of the game’s design missteps. It’s not that it’s bad - it’s just bad for me.
As appropriate as it would be to knock Tsushima for being the same sort of boilerplate open-worlder that Ubisoft tosses out every few months, the truth is that I still got some entertainment out of roaming the pretty landscape and engaging in repetitive tasks at my own pace. That said, every time Tsushima subjected me to its dreadful story and the tedious critical path missions, my patience wore thin. Ghost of Tsushima is positioned as PlayStation 4’s last hurrah, and while it’s an underwhelming note to end on, perhaps a game that pushes technological boundaries while taking zero creative risks is a fitting bookend for this generation.
A fun game with some problems.
The best points of this game are 2: combat and the scenario.
The combat is fun, yet simple. Not really the best one in the genre, but good.
The scenario is really where this game shines. It's simply amazing and breath taking landscapes.
The world. Yeah, yeah, it's HUGE... But empty. The islands are populated by the very same points of interest, it starts to be boring very fast. Not to mention the pain it's to travel from a point to another without fast travel due to the ridiculous amount of random encounters, that are, again, very repetitive.
The story is okay, but really nothing new, very predictable, in other words, lame.
SummaryThe year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan -- until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honorable tactics won't lead you to victory. You must move beyond...