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Ghost of Tsushima (2020) is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.

It has a large open world that can be explored by foot or horseback. It embraces the feeling of space and getting lost, as there are no navigation waypoints apart from guiding gusts of wind. Combat is detailed, with brutal swordplay and archery. You choose between strategies of "noble" face-to-face attacks or "foul-play" stealth kills.

It's a world of beautiful scenery, contrasted with very violent and bloody action. The story is emotional and reflects the world in the protagonist's troubled moral conflicts about war, mercy and revenge.

The game has an extensive Photo Mode where you can get creative with lots of options for framing shots.

Our examiner, Goran Wallgren, first checked Ghost of Tsushima 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. A free co-operative multiplayer mode, titled Legends and inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology,
is set to be released in late 2020. It will be a free download for owners of the game, but will require a PlayStation Plus subscription.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to frequent depictions of extreme violence towards human-like characters. During a number of missions, characters can be seen being decapitated and dismembered. In these instances, strong blood and gore effects are present on impact of the attack. The bodies then slump to the floor and remain there. This game also contains depictions of violence towards defenceless human characters. In these instances, characters are often restrained then beaten/killed. The most pertinent example of this is when an enemy solider is tied to a wooden stake and then burnt to death. He can be seen screaming in pain as his body and clothes catch alight. He then slumps down as his body burns.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Themes and Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Ghost of Tsushima

PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
Steam Store PC -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
Ghost of Tsushima: Digital Deluxe Edition (or Upgrade) provides the following:
  • One technique point
  • Charm of Hachiman's Favour
  • Hero of Tsushima Skin Set: Golden Mask, Body Armour, Sword Kit, Horse, Saddle
  • Digital mini artbook
  • Director's commentary
  • Samurai PS4™ theme 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/07/2020, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Collecting and Stealth)

Accessibility: 4 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Weather

Developer: Sucker Punch Prod (@SuckerPunchProd)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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