In case you missed it, Sucker Punch Production’s Ghost of Tsushima is nearly here and now the review scores are in, the hype train is officially in full swing. The game, which takes place in feudal Japan, is set to be one of the biggest PlayStation exclusives of the year, and it’s already earned itself an impressive accolade, courtesy of Famitsu.
Esteemed Japanese magazine Famitsu is one of the biggest gaming publications in Japan, and in the past, has only doled out two perfect game review scores to Western games. These were for The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim in 2011, and Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013. Now the team at Sucker Punch has a lot to celebrate, as Ghost of Tsushima has become the third Western game to receive a perfect score from Famitsu.
This is particularly noteworthy, as there had been some concerns about a Western development team creating a game which takes place in Japan in 1274. Many people – both fans and critics – were skeptical of such a feat being pulled off successfully, but if the Famitsu score is anything to go by, the devs have done a magnificent job.
Congratulations, Sucker Punch!
GameByte’s own Oli Hope reviewed Ghost of Tsushima, praising the game’s gorgeous world but criticising some of the open-world elements. He wrote: “The graphics are unbelievable. Never have I seen environments look so beautiful before. The lighting, the foliage movement, the character profiles, the way your horse’s mane moves depending on what speed you are going – it’s all perfect.
“Even elements like the blood spatter of a defeated enemy work so well. It’s just the right amount, never falling into the anime level of gore. There’s no better feeling than charging through a field on your horse, watching the natural elements move and sway beside you, or making your way across a coastline with the ships bobbing in the background, lined up perfectly with the setting sun. It’s like a living work of art.”
Ghost of Tsushima releases exclusively on PlayStation 4, July 17 2020.
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