GHOST OF TSUSHIMA: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Playstation recently dropped the first gameplay walkthrough of Ghost of Tsushima which they showcased at their video program, PlayStation state of play. Ghost of Tsushima is Sony’s next exclusive in the line and by the looks of it, this game is going to be absolutely stellar. The game is developed by sucker punch who are famous for their infamous series and are now working on this samurai based title.
Ghost of Tsushima is a third-person action-adventure game and is set to be released on 17th July 2020. The game is set on Tsushima island around 1274 AD and follows the story of Jin Sakai, one of the last remaining Samurais during the Mongol’s invasion of Japan.
Sony’s recent reveal of the game’s walkthrough was split into four distinct parts exploration, combat, customization, and special modes and we are gonna do the same here, so without wasting any more time let’s get right into it.
Tsushima itself is a big open world and like any other open-world game the players can check the map and select a particular location but what makes it different from others is the fact that when selecting a waypoint the players won’t be seeing an intrusive GPS line guiding the player towards it. Instead, this time around, the players will be guided by a small gust of wind flowing in a particular direction. This gives the game an innovative touch and gives the players more authentic open-world experience when navigating through it. In the gameplay walkthrough, the player was even seen collecting certain resources when traveling from one point to another indicating that there will be a strong emphasis on crafting mechanisms in the game. Like any other open-world game there are gonna be certain side activities like discovering certain locations like shrines, fast travel, interacting with NPCs, finding collectibles and more. Overall the exploration and navigation of the open-world look to be pretty solid and the Isle of Tsushima looks to be a gorgeous one as well.
Combat in Ghost of Tsushima can be divided into two main parts one being the more honorable Samurai style of combat and the other being the stealth-based Ghost style of combat. In Samurai style of gameplay, the player will need to focus on their enemy’s movement and needs to act in accordance with it. Players will require to change their stance, parry, and dodge depending on the enemy as different enemy types will have a different weakness to exploit. In short, it’s gonna be fast and timing will be a key factor in head to head combat. The Ghost style of combat is entirely stealth oriented. Jin can take out the enemies up-close or neutralize them from a distance using the longbow. firebomb and smoke bombs serve as a great distraction and the player can even perform multiple assassinations at the same time. Taking down enemies in this manner will eventually make them fear Jin to such an extent that the Mongols will sometimes drop their weapons when they see you or they may even flee from the battlefield. So, in short, the game will allow the players to choose their own style of play and their style of approach.
Customization is also a big part of Tsushima not only aesthetically but the different armor types will actually have an impact in the combat. The game will even have a skill tree letting the player focus on the Ghost skills or on the warrior skills depending on the players preference. So the player gets the full freedom to see their ghost in action in a way they want.
One of the biggest highlights of the walkthrough was the black and white mode of the game. That’s right the entire the game will be playable in a black and white mode to give it a more cinematic and classic experience. There’s even a photo-rich mode which allows the player to capture themselves in action. Further, to make the experience more authentic for the players, developers have decided to include an option to play the entire game with Japanese audio with even Japanese subtitles thereby giving a more immersive experience.
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the last exclusives of PS4. It already has created a lot of buzz and players have high expectations from it. By the looks of it, the gameplay looks fantastic and the open world is phenomenal. Let’s see whether it holds up to our expectations when it gets released on July 17th, 2020 only on PlayStation 4!