Ghost of Tsushima (PS4): A samurai epic worth playing

July 19, 2020

Gorgeous graphics and a sweeping storyline make this one of the best PS4 games.

Ghost of Tsushima is probably one of the last AAA titles to come on the PS4 before the arrival of the next generation PS5. While it’s sad that the generation of the PS4 is dwindling down, it still managed to offer some of the best games that we’ve seen during its lifespan. We can confidently add Ghost of Tsushima to that list.

The open-world action-adventure game from Sucker Punch productions has the veins of Infamous all around it, except now that it’s set in 1274 when the first Mongol of Japan is currently happening. The open-world setting is reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed games, which for a while fans have asked on when it will be set in Japan.

Samurai is the front and center of Ghost of Tsushima. You play Jin Sakai, who is one of the last samurai on Tsushima Island. You are tasked to saving your uncle, Lord Shimura, who was captured by Khotun Khan ultimately save what is left of Tsushima Island. To do this, you would need to find various allies along the way to build up your army to properly take on Khan.

As a samurai, Jin’s main weapon is the Sakai Katana, but you will also get other weapons such as the Half Bow and the Long Bow. As you progress you will also get other weapons like the Kunai, Smoke Bomb, Black Powder Bomb, Sticky Bomb, and Wind Chime. Much like other games, you collect resources scatted throughout the island as a way to upgrade these weapons. 

Collectibles are also littered around the game, but the good thing is that each of the things you collect can translate to an upgrade on your health, weapon, or skillset. My favorite is Bamboo Strikes that let you earn resolve, which is an element in the game that you use for healing and executing special moves. 

You will quickly learn to progress on your skills as a samurai as you progress through the game. While I initially struggled to kill one enemy when I started, I had so much fun being able to kill five enemies at a time with just one strike of my katana.

You also use stealth as a way to hide from enemies – but the game’s AI is hit and miss at times. Once they spot you, you can climb to a rooftop or hide in a flower patch where they will quickly give up looking for you. Still, it’s a small quip since playing around for much of my 45-hour game time was both satisfying and fun.

Ghost of Tsushima’s story is mostly forgettable, but the actors carry the story that allows you to be more sympathetic to the characters. But most of the time, you’d probably forget what you’re doing since you will be immediately get caught up with the incredible visuals of the game. You literally feel you’re inside an old Japanese drawing, and it’s one of the best representations of ancient Japan that we’ve seen on a video game.

If you get to play it on a compatible TV, do enable HDR since the brilliant colors are what brings this game to life. Alternatively, the game also includes a Kurosawa mode that places a black and white filter on the game, which is reminiscent of the classic samurai movies from Akira Kurosawa. The game also includes Photo Mode which I suggest you take full advantage of. Nearly every frame in the game is worth capturing. Aside from standard photos, Photo Mode allows you to capture images with animated backgrounds which is a perfect setting for the game. 

Ghost of Tsushima is another triumph for Sucker Punch. The vast open-world is packed with adventure and is also a complete visual feast. It may have flaws, but it’s easily another win for the PS4 after The Last of Us Part II.

We Like: 

+ Gorgeous graphics and visuals

+ Learning curve is spot-on

+ Open world setting leaves plenty to explore after finishing the main story

We Didn’t Like:

– Clunky enemy AI

Final Rating: 5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.