Ghost of Tsushima is my absolute favourite game from the previous generation and it's now available for PlayStation 5 with new content.
Ghost of Tsushima
Even though I played it over a year ago (has it been that long already?), I think about Ghost of Tsushima all the time. From its intense combat to its awe-inspiring scenery, it's an undeniable masterpiece through-and-through. Whereas many AAA titles opt for mass appeal via handholding gameplay and overly emotional characters, Ghost of Tsushima keeps it real with challenging combat and a down-to-earth narrative that'll have you feel like the often-conflicted yet level-headed Jin Sakai. Thankfully, it's as incredible as ever; if not, slightly more so with the help of it performing seamlessly on PlayStation 5 as well as taking full advantage of the DualSense controller to make the gameplay even more immersive. If you'd like to learn more about the core experience then be sure to read my full review.Ghost of Tsushima Review
Although it's not exclusive to the Director's Cut, Legends Mode has been released since I last discussed Ghost of Tsushima and it does an excellent job of adapting the gameplay to an online environment. You basically pick from 4 character types: samurai, hunter, assassin, or ronin. I picked assassin because I love being sneaky. Anyway, from then on, you can complete 2 player narrated cooperative story missions that are based on Japanese folklore and are quite visually impressive with plenty of disturbing imagery on display. On top of that, you can challenge survival mode with up to 4 players and the team-based Rivals mode will release in September. As you play, you'll level-up and unlock new gear so you could easily spend hours enjoying the online component without it overstaying its welcome.
Finally, the most substantial addition to Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut is Iki Island which is its own self-contained campaign complete with unique missions, a variety of gorgeous sights, and a mind-blowing storyline. Specifically, after arriving to the island via a violent boat trip, Jin gets captured by a powerful shaman known as The Eagle who poisons him in the hopes that he'll turn into one of her followers. Throughout the tale, you'll hear her speak to you even when you're just running around. Listening to her taunt you when you get spotted by an enemy is creepy stuff; in fact, Iki Island is a creepy place in general. Sure, there are loads of breathtaking locales but the fact that you can hear Mongol shamans throat-singing in the background which enrages their allies will make your hair stand up.
Anyway, as Jin progresses through the missions, he'll be taken back to the past to relive memories with his father which fleshes out the story in a beautiful way. But, that's not the only new feature as you can also charge through hordes of enemies while on horseback and there are some cool new side-missions to discover. My favourite of these are the adorable animal sanctuaries because watching Jin play the flute while luring a cat towards him is unexpected and utterly adorable. There are also archery challenges that I apparently suck at; how on earth are you supposed to get gold on them?! Oh, and there's a lovely seaside town known as Hidden Cove which features a challenging tournament with bokken duels. There's so much to do that Iki Island could easily be a full game on its own.
If you still haven't played Ghost of Tsushima then this Director's Cut is the perfect excuse to finally experience this masterpiece. With a stunning core experience, super-fun online modes, and a brand new campaign, you're in for one outstanding package.
- + Same epic game that runs beautifully on PS5 and takes advantage of the DualSense
- + Legends Mode is great online fun
- + Iki Island provides a whole new adventure
- - Same minor issues as the original