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Ghost of Tsushima Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @gweronimo, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.

It has a large open world that can be explored by foot or horseback. It embraces the feeling of space and getting lost, as there are no navigation waypoints apart from guiding gusts of wind. Combat is detailed, with brutal swordplay and archery. You choose between strategies of "noble" face-to-face attacks or "foul-play" stealth kills.

It's a world of beautiful scenery, contrasted with very violent and bloody action. The story is emotional and reflects the world in the protagonist's troubled moral conflicts about war, mercy and revenge.

The game has an extensive Photo Mode where you can get creative with lots of options for framing shots.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 17/07/2020

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Sucker Punch Prod (@SuckerPunchProd)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 80 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online. A free co-operative multiplayer mode, titled Legends and inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology,
is set to be released in late 2020. It will be a free download for owners of the game, but will require a PlayStation Plus subscription.

CostsCosts

Ghost of Tsushima usually costs £54.99 to £64.99.
 

Ghost Of Tsushima: Digital Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £64.99

Ghost of Tsushima

PlayStation Store PS4 £54.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4. Ghost of Tsushima: Digital Deluxe Edition (or Upgrade) provides the following:
  • One technique point
  • Charm of Hachiman's Favour
  • Hero of Tsushima Skin Set: Golden Mask, Body Armour, Sword Kit, Horse, Saddle
  • Digital mini artbook
  • Director's commentary
  • Samurai PS4™ theme

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to frequent depictions of extreme violence towards human-like characters. During a number of missions, characters can be seen being decapitated and dismembered. In these instances, strong blood and gore effects are present on impact of the attack. The bodies then slump to the floor and remain there. This game also contains depictions of violence towards defenceless human characters. In these instances, characters are often restrained then beaten/killed. The most pertinent example of this is when an enemy solider is tied to a wooden stake and then burnt to death. He can be seen screaming in pain as his body and clothes catch alight. He then slumps down as his body burns.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

AccessibilityAccessibility

It should be noted that the game has an option to turn off blood effects, making it a bit less violent. (This does not affect cutscenes, though.)
 
Our Ghost of Tsushima Accessibility Report documents 4 accessibility features:

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