The game backlog is overflowing! Heaps of games I started but didn't finish. Things will change in 2024! Your New Year's resolution is to complete games more often and let the credits roll like never before. If the counter doesn't have at least 40 completed games by the end of 2024, the first round during the XBNL Community BBQ will be my responsibility!
The first game of 2024 is real! At 00:58 on 1 January 2024, the credits for Ghost of Tsushima will be shown. Sucker Punch Productions was released on PlayStation in July 2020, and has been staring at me indignantly ever since. In recent years, I've given Lord Sakai and his followers some love and attention here and there, but I haven't really taken any action. With the Christmas holidays coming up, I thought it would be a great opportunity to play the game again.
What type of game is Ghost of Tsushima?
Ghost of Tsushima is a PlayStation exclusive, and therefore probably not the most useful game to start this series of articles on an Xbox-oriented platform. But screw it! It's the first game I've seen the credits for in 2024, so you'll just have to deal with it.
Ghost of Tsushima is an open world game in which you take on the role of Jin Sakai, a samurai fighting the Mongol invasion of Japan in the year 1274. The game takes place in a beautiful, traditional-designed Japan. Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game. The game relies heavily on storytelling. The gameplay includes elements of exploration, resource gathering, character development, stealth, and samurai combat.
After the credits roll, I can confidently recommend Ghost of Tsushima. Ghost of Tsushima tells a compelling story set in a beautifully designed Japanese world. However, the gameplay in Ghost of Tsushima can quickly feel repetitive. The game follows what's called the “Ubisoft formula”: liberate a camp here, liberate a camp there. Clear a group of enemies on your way to the next camp. Fortunately, the beautiful world and strong story make up for the mediocre gameplay.
As a player you will spend about 20 hours with the game. You can set the difficulty level, but overall the game offers little challenge. It is a great embedded game that you will mainly play to have a great experience.
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