In every console generation, there’s bound to be a game or two about a lone samurai who ends up having to strike down entire armies for the sake of his noble cause. In the current generation, we’ve had Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Nioh as exemplary examples of how well-suited the single-player samurai game subgenre is for current-gen consoles–graphics, swordplay mechanics, and single-player campaigns in samurai-themed games are better than ever, and it can only be good news that the current generation’s wave of samurai games has yet to stop, as Ghost of Tsushima’s release date has been announced for June 26, 2020.
Coming from developer Sucker Punch Productions, who are most known for their Sly Cooper and Infamous games, we can expect Ghost of Tsushima to be an action-packed samurai epic that’s sure to please open-world action-adventure fans. Here’s everything we know about the game so far.
Ghost of Tsushima is set in a fictionalized version of Japan during the Mongol invasions that occurred in the 13th century. The Mongol Empire, led by the main antagonist Khotun Khan (who we can assume is a fictionalized Kublai Khan) has come to Japan as part of their conquest of the East, and in between the Mongol fleet and mainland Japan lies Tsushima Island.
As the Mongols lay waste to Tsushima Island on their way to the mainland, thousands of civilians and samurai are slaughtered, and few survivors are left to see their homes burning and their friends and family dead. Among the survivors is the game’s protagonist, a samurai named Jin Sakai, whose thirst for revenge sets the foundation for Ghost of Tsushima’s epic tale.
Unlike the other samurai games that have come out for the current generation, Ghost of Tsushima boasts an open-world exploration system. Similar to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2, various NPCs and side quests can be found as you explore the vast and meticulously detailed environments spread throughout Tsushima Island.
In between quests and combat sequences, you can spend some time to see the sights and prepare for your next battle. With an open world set in feudal Japan, you can expect to see shrines, villages, and patches of untouched nature as you explore what’s left of Tsushima Island, and you might even meet fellow survivors who’ll be able to lend you a hand in your quest for revenge.
The story of Ghost of Tsushima revolves around its titular ghost, Jin Sakai. As a samurai warrior, Jin Sakai lives by a code of honor that was passed down from previous generations of samurai, but the Mongol invasion has left his homeland and his beliefs shattered as he faces defeat at the hands of Khotun Khan.
In order to avenge the slaughter of his community, Jin Sakai does away with his code of honor and becomes the Ghost, sworn to an oath of revenge against the Mongols at any cost, and by any means necessary. As you forge a new path and become a new warrior, you’ll encounter old friends and new allies all sharing the same cause of defeating the Mongols and rebuilding Tsushima.
Taking on the Mongol empire alone won’t be an easy task, and you’re going to need to hone every skill at your disposal if you want any chance of winning. In Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll be mastering the use of a katana as well as a bow in order to adapt to certain combat situations. In many cases, you’ll also need to hone your stealth abilities, as you’ll find that it’s easier to take on a dozen warforged Mongols if you can stealth-kill them one at a time.
The infiltration and reconnaissance stages in Ghost of Tsushima feature large, adaptive landscapes that allow the player to approach missions in their own way. You can pick enemies off from a distance, strike them from the shadows, or go waltzing through the front door with a katana in hand, just to let the Mongols know that they messed with the wrong samurai. The choice is yours.
So that’s everything we know so far about Ghost of Tsushima. We’ll keep you posted on the game’s updates as soon as they come out, but in the meantime, you can check out the game’s latest trailer:
Ghost of Tsushima is a PS4 exclusive set to be released in the Philippines on June 26, 2020, at the suggested retail price of ₱2,999.00.
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