Ghost of Tsushima PS5 Review - The Choice of Honor


I was finally able to get my hands on a PS5, which is still quite a feat almost a year later. When it arrived I started with some ps4 games that I had upgrades for....then quickly realized this was silly. So, I picked up Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut based on a friend of mines recommendation. After playing it for...hold on let me check....yep 20 hours...I owe that friend a couple drinks (talking about you Stephen!).

The beauty of Tsushima

A samurai's life is honor

The premise of the game is that Mongols have invaded you peaceful island and are taking over. You play as Jin, also known as Lord Sakai on the island, and are immediately greeted with a huge battle between the Samurai and the invading Mongols. Just as quickly as it started, you get your butt kicked. Now when I started Ghost of Tsushima, I assumed I'd be sneaking around, stabbing from the shadows, and being a ghost. But almost right away you are taught that a samurai attacks head on, never from behind. This spooked me a bit, but I stuck with it. ! Through our hero's journey we learn that the straight forward approach is not always the best, and he starts to adapt "other" strategies of dealing with the Mongol invaders. One of the best parts, in my opinion, is how much Jin struggles with some of these decisions and as you play the game the way he has made it this far really weighs on him which you can tell through wonderful voice acting as well as very impressive visuals (thanks to the beast of a gaming console known as a PS5).

Your Game, Your Choice

Like I said, I like to sneak around and stab from the shadows. Nothing is better than clearing a camp and having the enemy never know you were there. But I understand that this is not everyone's preferred play style and even through they are wrong, Ghost of Tsushima has something for them. You wanna take them all head on? You can totally do that with stand offs! As you approach a group, you can literally call out to them and call them a coward to start a standoff. This is a great way to start off combat, and can really make you feel like a badass samurai!

Want to help all the people? You can!

There is never a lack of things to do in Tsushima. With a multitude of side quests that each have their own stories that stretch throughout the island. While you tackle you're own problems you are helping other and following their stories and learning all about them while you strike down you enemies. I'm only about half way through now, and I've still got a TON of stuff to do. This just helps solidify that this game is an excellent purchase and worthy of a playthrough! Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut is available on PS4 and PS5.


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