Release date: Jul 17, 2020
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Genres: Action-adventure game · Stealth game
Platform: PlayStation 4
Links to Purchase
Standard Edition: https://amzn.to/3fvbF5D
Special Edition: https://amzn.to/32qDNDj
Collector's Edition: https://amzn.to/2B4IM18
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The rise of Samurai games from 2017 till now has been truly amazing as we have had so many heavy hitters either taking the Souls-style approach to gaming with the Nioh series or a merger of that with classic titles like Tenchu Stealth Assassins with last years critically acclaimed Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and even the remaster of the Capcom classic Onimusha: Warlords which took the Resident Evil formula and modified it into a classic series that’s effectively been dormant since 2006. So what’s the next bastion in the Samurai genre of gaming? Well aside from the Warriors games from Koei Tecmo which I won’t speak on here; is a new IP from developer Sucker Punch Productions called Ghost of Tsushima which was originally announced in 2017 and has for the last few years been pretty mum on what it exactly is until 2020 when it was shown in great detail and the released date was pushed back a few times. Ghost of Tsushima looks to take the Samurai genre of gaming to the next level with a seamless open-world experience with an in depth combat system based in real world kenjustsu or swordsmanship, and based in a historic time period of Japan where the Mongolian Empire attempted to invade Japan. That’s a lot to undertake from a studio that has never touched a Samurai style game which leaves us with the question of if Ghost of Tsushima is able to excel the genre into the next echelon or is Sucker Punch too ambitious for their own good and unable to deliver their vision in video game format? Let’s find out!
The story of Ghost of Tsushima stars lone Samurai Jin Sakai on the island of Tsushima in the year 1274 as he is one of the island’s last known samurai during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. During this time, the Mongol Empire had been conquering country after country with their weaponry and military tactics that were unknown to all whom encountered them. With the Mongols setting their sights on conquering Japan and pillaging the land, all that stands between them and conquest is Jin who is the last surviving member of his clan.