The upcoming samurai event will quite possibly be the last exclusivity for the PlayStation 4, which means that Sony gives it extra care. The British branch of PlayStation has now released a summary video for everyone who has missed Ghost of Tsushima so far, and it summarizes all the essentials so that you can properly prepare for Jin’s arrival in two weeks.
Ghost of Tsushima is the latest title from Sucker Punch, the creators of the inFamous and Sly Cooper series. It takes place, as the name suggests, on the island of Cushima in the Japanese archipelago between the Strait of Cushima and the Korean Strait. Today, it is divided into three parts thanks to artificial channels, but since the plot of the game is set in 1274, you will still see it in its entirety and experience the first Mongol invasion of Japan.
The historical background will be real, but the game is pure fiction and the fruit of developmental imagination. The character of the main character Jin Sakai, one of the last samurai on the island, whose clan was almost exterminated by the Mongols, is also fictional.
Jin realizes that the traditional one-on-one honor and combat approach won’t work outnumbering, so they’ll learn to sneak up – but when it’s up to you, it’s up to you to play rather quietly and with tricks, or to throw yourself into action and fencing. You can bow to honestly defeated opponents. With a creep approach, you will get a lot of tweaks at hand, and in addition to horses, moving the hook will make it easier for you to move around the island.
Due to the authentic atmosphere, the studio had a lot of external consultants on hand, and even sent a team to the island to record the sounds of the environment like the sound of birds. About the musical accompaniment took care of it a pair of composers, Brit Ilan Eshkeri and Japanese Shigeru Umebayashi using traditional instruments – such as shamizen or bamboo shakuhachi flutes. The soundtrack will also be released separately, first digitally and on two CDs, and a later release on vinyl is also planned.
The presence of Japanese dubbing is a matter of course. The inspiration is obvious from classic samurai films, especially the work of director Akira Kurosawa. This is accompanied by the opportunity to play the entire Ghost of Tsushima in black and white mode.
The user interface is very minimalist, you can use the wind and local fauna instead of the map to navigate. Foxes will take you to the altars, birds to places where something interesting is happening. And since there is no smoke without fire, you will know from a distance that someone needs Jin’s help.
And when it comes to solids, he himself can use smoke bombs and get out of sight. Over time, the Mongols begin to fear the killer from the shadows, so you don’t always have to kill them – they may run away on their own.
With your playing style, you can be helped by equipment that is not a purely cosmetic matter for photo mode, but is associated with various bonuses. In the same way, by eliminating enemies in a certain way, you gain tactical points, which you can then invest in improving special abilities.
In this case, the photo mode is actually more of a video mode, because in addition to the images, you can create short clips yourself. So after the release of the game, it will only be a matter of time before someone in the game environment rewinds all of Kurosawa’s filmography.
Ghost of Tsushima will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 on July 17, 2020.