Ghost of Tsushima (2020) Video Game Review

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Title: Ghost of Tsushima.

Release date: July 17, 2020.
Console (played On): Playstation 4.
Mode(s): Single-Player and Online Multiplayer.
GENRE(S): Action, adventure, Drama, Stealth.
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions.
Director: Nate Fox & Jason Connell.
Writer: Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs & Jordan Lemos.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Composer(s): Ilan Eshkeri & Shigeru Umebayashi.
Voice Actor(s): Daisuke Tsuji, Eric Steinberg, Sumalee Montano, Patrick Gallagher, and many more!

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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38 thoughts on “Ghost of Tsushima (2020) Video Game Review

    1. Hahah I hint at the issues I had without focusing on them throughout my review since it still ended up being a fun game overall.

      1) What had me rate it 8/10 is the repetitive nature of the gameplay, especially once you’ve gotten past the first (out of 3) act.

      2) I wasn’t as compelled by the protagonist as I wish I was by the end of the game. He does enough to become a new PlayStation icon but not enough for me to go nuts about who he is.

      3) The focus on exploration also makes the game feel extremely stretched out, making it a must that players ENJOY the exploration element if they are to overlook the time it takes to get through sections of the game. While there are things you can do as you go around from one quest to another, there’s something more “empty” about certain regions that cut into my “immersion”.

      4) And the AI not being particularly competent makes some engagements later on less exciting, especially if you’ve unlocked most of the hidden techniques.

      Then again, I didn’t want to focus on these issues since they aren’t huge enough to kill the story or the rest of the game’s qualities hahah

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      1. Thanks for the explanation! I noticed these in the review but didn’t pick up on the fact that they affected your overall enjoyment – more of a “there are some small issues but I’m willing to overlook it.”

        …Are you becoming more picky, Lashaan? 😛

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  1. I just started this game. I knew it would be good as soon as I loaded it up and saw the option of playing it on Kurosawa Mode, lol 😀 I’m still very early in the game, but so far it plays a lot like Assassin’s Creed (a good thing) and the graphics are gorgeous on the PS5.

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    1. I’m really glad to hear that hahah I hope you have a blast exploring all the corners of Tsushima as you slash away at all the Mongols who ravaged that land! 😛 It does indeed have similar combat to AC, tuned for samurai gameplay. In NG+ there’s a charm that adds more blood to your kills that I had to keep just to make everything splashier hahahah Enjoy! 😀

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  2. Ghost of Tsushima was my favourite game of 2020. It had an exciting and emotional story, the gameplay was superb, and the whole look of the game was stunning. Had a great time playing the game. Enjoyed the multiplayer as well.

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    1. It definitely deserved some spotlight despite the issues I had with it! I do look forward to what Sucker Punch plans to accomplish with an inevitable sequel though. I was really impressed that Legends was a FREE expansion though. Those raid chapters alone could’ve been paid content; they were that good!

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      1. I really loved the scope and scale of Ghost of Tususima. There was so much content in the game anyway but the Legends DLC brought a whole new dynamic to the game with the addition of multiplayer. easily one of the best games of 2020, and I’ve no doubt there will be a sequel at some point from Sucker Punch.

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  3. The visuals of this look very much like one I think you reviewed in the past. Was that the same game just on a different console, or was there another very much like this one, maybe focusing on ninja instead of samurai? I just remember the horseback riding through the fields of flowers, going into a town stealthily and taking everyone out, going onto a boat docked on shore, and the photo mode which had caught my attention. Was that maybe just a preview of this game before it came out? Or am I going completely insane?!?! 🙂

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    1. Hahahahaha I just want to say you’re going insane to play with you but that wouldn’t be what friends would do! 😀 I think what you remember is what you ended up looking up after I mentioned to you that I was playing this game a while back. That’s when you shared your interest in the in-game photo mode and that I thought it wasn’t surprising at all coming from you! 😀 I only got around to reviewing it now (it’s been a while that I finished the game actually hahah) but I’m glad that there are remnants of that talk lingering in your memory. 😛 While I imagine you won’t be able to get around to this game, I do hope the movie adaptation will do it justice just so you could try that out someday! 😀

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      1. Well, all that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m not also going insane. 🙂 But yes, I’m remembering now. I must have watched one of the play through videos because the images were so impressive. If I were more of a game player I suspect I’d enjoy many aspects of the game. And I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the movie adaptation. I’d absolutely be interested in checking that out.

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  4. I recently got a PS4 for my birthday 😀 😀 Was SO excited before realizing that I hardly have time to play any games. I love the look of this game. It’s one of those that impresses me and that I’d love to play but it intimidates me a little too, lol.

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    1. You get extra points for joining the PlayStation family!!!! 😀 As for time to play… Yep. That is an issue for pretty much all our hobbies, huh? 😛 I’m glad to hear your interest in this but, hey, if you do give it a try, I hope you have a blast at least enjoying the beautiful environment! 😀

      P.S. Happy belated birthday!!!! 😀

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    1. Don’t worry, it’s far more “complex” than it sounds. You can’t really button-smash your way through battles. You have to switch stances often, use additional weapons, run, dodge, roll, do consecutive heavy blows without getting interrupted, etc etc. It’s mastering the art that complexities the whole thing in the end. 😀

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  5. The aesthetic looks absolutely gorgeous! 😍 I can definitely see myself just wandering about in this imaginary world, very oblivious about the enemies and other in-game threats, very much like when I used to cook soup in Skyrim, right in front of a cave full of enemies… good times 😂

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  6. A friend of mine recently completed his game and all he could rave about was the stunning aesthetics and immersive narrative. This is the kind of game that made me wish I owned a PS4, or borrow my brothers because everything about it sounds right up my alley. I love narrative-driven games, especially ones that explore those ever-relevant themes of loyalty and revenge. The fact that we get to know the history of our characters makes it all the more interesting. I’m told they’re looking to make this into a move and hopefully they can find that balance between the action and the narrative depth. Brilliant review.

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    1. Thanks, Lois! Really glad to hear such an enthusiastic comment about the game. I wish you could try it out for yourself. You’d be amazed by the aesthetics without a doubt. It’s even more fluid and impressive on a PS5 too! And yes, story-wise it has so much to offer, in bits and pieces, and you pretty much dictate at what pace you want to progress through those story stuff too! I fear for the movie since most games-into-movies adaptations have been tricky, turning out to be flops in the end. I have a bit more hope for this one because they have soooo much material to play with though!

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