‘Ghost of Tsushima’ gets high praise from Japanese critics

Despite a few hiccups, it seems like Ghost of Tsushima is going to be a success for Sucker Punch Productions. The game that’s an ode to Japanese culture is more than just a game for some.

People looked forward to the reviews of Ghost of Tsushima. However, most gamers wanted to see what the Japanese critics had to say. This is because, for a game that’s based on Japan’s history, it’s a must for it to please critics from the country. Here’s what Japanese critics had to say about Sucker Punch Production’s latest epic.

Japanese critics speak out

As spotted by Kotaku, Japanese publications have also begun releasing their thoughts on the game. The gist is that Sucker Punch Production’s samurai epic has been given the Japanese gamers’ seal of approval.

In general, the game is praised for its excellent re-imagining of 13th-century Japan. From the locations in Tsushima to how Jin wields his katana, the critics believe that the game is faithful to the source materials.

Another feature given much praise in Ghost of Tsushima is the Kurosawa mode. This mode turns the game into an instant tribute to classical Samurai films by Akira Kurosawa. It’s not just a simple black and white filter, though, as the film grain effects made the experience feel mo authentic.

What did the developers do?

An intensive amount of heart and effort was put into making the game. For instance, the developers visited the island of Tsushima to capture its true essence. While the game isn’t a 1:1 making of the island, the developers made sure that the locations in the game truly represented the beautiful area.

Even the game’s combat system was put a lot of thought into. Instead of a typical hack and slash title, the samurai experience was made more authentic with the addition of stances.

The game highlighted an often forgotten period in Japanese history, and critics liked the result. Players might have a few doubts about the game, but in general, the outlook behind it is positive. Some even go as far as saying that it’s the best swan song that the PlayStation 4 can have.

When foreigners try to recreate an authentic Japanese experience, the mark is often missed. What made Ghost of Tsushima different is that the developers put a lot of heart and research into the game. Now, the game will go down in history as one of the best samurai games in existence.

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