Why aren't you freaking out about this? Sucker Punch, who gave us the awesome Sly
1 and 2 and First Light
, and the pretty-good Sly 3
and inFamous: Second Son
, have spent nearly all of the PS4 gen working on... (drumroll please)... an open-world Samurai game!
And not just another double-A Way of the Samurai
or cartoon weirdness like Metal Gear Rising
or Samurai Gunn
- this thing's taking itself way serious, and is looking triple-A from tip to tail.
Let's watch its Japanese-language trailer that compresses a lot of its awesome into a bite-size chunk. And you might be like "whaaa they've already recorded a Japanese voice track for it?" But I'mma' blow your mind
when I tell you that before you swing a sword in the game, you'll be able to choose between English VAs and no subs, or Japanese VAs with subtitles!
Mm! That reminds me
of Samurai movies, the same way Red Dead Redemption
did an amazing job of capturing the spaghetti western vibe. You can actually play the entire game in grainy black-and-white. Sucker Punch went to the Estate of Akira Kurosawa, talked to them about getting the look right, and got their approval to call it "Kurosawa mode."
Care for the first eight minutes of sweet-ass gameplay they showed off? This footage is 2 years old, but demonstrates how mobile our dude is, with his grapples and his jumps, and it shows off how many leaf-particles the game can push mid-duel.
A recent post over at the PlayStation Blog indicates the game will have over 40 different biomes - forests, mountains, snow, beaches, swamps - and there are "hundreds" of points of interest to discover. If you look at the horizon in the start of this video, you'll notice a bunch of black smoke plumes in the distance, and a bunch of pale white smoke plumes. I believe the dark plumes are enemy camps, and the white ones are neutral/side story stuff.
Buzz on Twitter from insiders is that this game has the best side quests since Witcher 3
, but I'm a bit thrown that I can't seem to find evidence of a journalist going hands-on with it. TloU2
's review embargo was like a full week ahead of its release, and for GoT
, it's only 3.
Personally, I have to admit I don't care and I've already preloaded it. Ghost of Tsushima
is a colossal open-world triple-A Samurai simulator, made by one of my favorite devs in the west. I have sunk hundreds
of hours into Sucker Punch games, over the years. Fingers crossed this is an inFamous 2
and not a Second Son.
Here's 18 minutes of pure gameplay, demonstrating how foxes will lead you to shrines in the forests, and how you can approach combat as a noble samurai or the stealthy Ghost!
Personally, I'm freaking out about this. If you are too, post about it here and let us lament the lack of gameplay impressions together.
'Chance, you are the best kind of whore.' -Henroid