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Ghost of Tsushima Review

October 15, 2020

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Ghost of Tsushima is an action-packed game that takes place in Tsushima, Japan, in the year1247, during the events of a Mongol invasion. Throughout the game, you play as a samurai by the name of Jin Sakai and you have to defeat enemies from the Mongol empire and save Tsushima.

There are three main areas in the game that all lead up to the end. In the first area, your main goal is to regroup after being defeated by the Mongols during the invasion. You do this by gathering people to help invade the first main castle, Kanada, and saving your uncle, Lord Shimura. After saving Shimura you go on to the next area, but to explain further details would mean to spoil the story.

The story is well-written and is very enjoyable to play. The gameplay is amazing as well. The main gameplay is combat, which consists of constantly getting better as you progress and unlock new things to use in battle.

Your main weapon is your katana, which has different stances you can use based on the type of enemy you are fighting. You get new stances as you progress and earn them quicker if you branch off from the main story and complete side missions or go into enemy camps. You get four stances throughout the game: the stone stance, water stance, wind stance, and the moon stance.

The first stance you get is the stone stance, used counter to sword-type enemies. You don’t have to do anything to get the stone stance, unlike every other stance. The next stance you get is the water stance, which you get by killing or observing enough Mongol leaders in the different camps. The third stance is the wind stance, which is also obtained through killing and observing Mongol leaders and which is effective against spear-type enemies.

The final stance you acquire is the moon stance which is effective against brute-type enemies. It’s more efficient to swap between each stance mid-battle, depending on which enemy you are facing, in order to kill them as fast as possible. If you can swap effectively and you have the right upgrades, you can eliminate entire camps quickly and easily.

All of these mechanics help to make this game stay interesting throughout the entire time you play, all of which contributes to why it is one of my favorite games of all time.

Overall, the game shines in many areas and it’s hard to find faults, but of course, it’s not perfect. In the end, I’d say it is more than worth playing and it’s an amazing experience. If I had to rate it out of ten, I’d give it a nine.

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