On the 14th of July 2020 Metacritic, a popular review aggregator revealed that Ghost of Tsushima has received an average score of 84. According to Metacritic, this indicates “generally favorable reviews”. Achieving an 84 on Metacritic is not an easy feat. Other PlayStation exclusives that have received similar scores include MLB The Show 17 (at 85), WipeOut: Omega Collection (at 85) and Uncharted: Lost Legacy (at 84). As seen, Ghost of Tsushima is among prestigious company.
Ghost of Tsushima is a highly anticipated open-world action-adventure game by Sucker Punch, a studio better known for the Infamous franchise. Although details on the game have been scarce, Sucker Punch has revealed that it will take place on the Japanese Tsushima Island during a Mongol invasion. Players assume the role of a samurai who must learn stealth techniques to protect his people from the incoming invasion.
Gaming Age gave Ghost of Tsushima a ‘Grade A’, claiming that the cherry on top was the inclusion of a Kurosawa mode which adjusts the game’s visuals to mimic a classic Kurosawa samurai movie. Destructoid also showered Ghost of Tsushima with praise. The reviewer, Chris Carter, described the game as being “somehow moody, yet idyllic. Bloody and dangerous, yet calm and serene”.
Several critics also complimented the picturesque natural environments of Ghost of Tsushima. This is not unexpected, as Sucker Punch has previously revealed that natural elements such as wind and wild animals play a pivotal role in the navigation and feel of the game.
Ghost of Tsushima was not able to entirely avoid a few negative reviews. The Guardian had a lukewarm response to the game and gave it three out of five stars. The reviewer claimed that the game is full of bloat and repetition. VG24/7 also had similar criticism, noting that the game is “bogged down by busywork”.
Ghost of Tsushima is set to be released on the 17th of July 2020. With reviews in, gamers can decide whether Ghost of Tsushima is worth the purchase. Judging by reviews on Metacritic, Ghost of Tsushima will be a treat for anyone who loves samurais and beautiful natural worlds in video games. However, those with open-world game fatigue might want to stay away.
As more reviews come in, the Metacritic score is liable to change. However, a debut of 84 is worth celebrating.