‘Ghost of Tsushima’: Playing as a Ghost vs. playing as a samurai

Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most anticipated titles currently, and it’s due out on July 17. It’s the samurai game that fans have been waiting for, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Sony recently revealed an 18-minute gameplay video for Ghost of Tsushima, and it showed off a huge chunk of what players can expect in the game. Aside from its exploration mechanics and other key features, the standout in the gameplay footage was the combat system.

The main protagonist Jin is a man on a mission. To carry out his objectives, he becomes the “ghost” that slays the invading forces. The “ghost” moniker is more than just a nickname for Jin as it signifies how he can be played. Apart from being a samurai, the game lets players wreak havoc silently as a ninja.

Playing as a samurai

As a samurai, Jin takes the battle up close and personal to the enemy. Under this style of gameplay, players will rely mostly on perfect parries and timing when it comes to taking out enemy forces. Even when under outnumbered, Jin can easily take out his enemies through counters.

Jin can also initiate duels as a samurai. During these duels, Jin faces off against enemies in a battle of wits and patience. Although aggressiveness is essential when playing as a samurai, players can get by quickly by mastering the guard and parry system as well.

Playing as a ghost

As the Ghost of TsushimaJin becomes a silent but deadly killer. Like a ninja, Jin is at an advantage at night time as he can silently take out enemy forces without being seen.

Playing as a ghost also gives players access to an assortment of ninja tools, which can be used to either distract or disorient enemies. These tools include smoke bombs, firecrackers, and more. With the darkness to their advantage, players can finish off groups of enemies without taking damage if they play their cards right.

The skills and equipment of Jin can be altered to accommodate whichever playstyle the players prefer. As early as now, players should think about which of the two choices suit them better as this will have a significant impact on their game.

Ghost of Tsushima launches this July. There’s a lot of hype behind the game, and hopefully, the developers will be able to deliver. The game is launching in a month after the highly anticipated The Last of Us 2so it has a lot of expectations to live up to as well.


Image used courtesy of PlayStation/YouTube

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