The Ghost of Tsushima

The Ghost of Tsushima

Nick Monroe

In December of 2020, many individuals such as myself were disappointed when the video game known as “Ghost Of Tsushima” did not win game of the year. Ghost Of Tsushima was the most astounding video game of 2020 with beautiful graphics and an excellently told story taking inspiration from old Akira Kurosawa samurai films.

 

Ghost Of Tsushima takes place in 1274 during the Mongol invasion of the Japanese mainland. You play as samurai Jin Sakai, an orphan since he was young, raised by his uncle in the samurai way. The entire first act has Jin losing time after time, his uncle being captured by the Mongol Leader Khotun Khan. Jin has to resort to tactics which go against his samurai code of honor. Killing Mongols from the shadows and using the bushes to sneak around. Jin is not fond of this style of fighting, but if it is required to save his people from the invasion, he will do it. During act one, Jin meets many people he has met in his past to recruit them to fight against the Mongols. Sensei Ishikawa, a troubled archer master who has lost his greatest student, Masako Adachi, a widowed, familyless woman after the battle that takes place at the beginning of the game, and Ryuzo, an old childhood friend who Jin had a falling out with after a sword fighting tournament gone wrong. Using these connections, he convinces them to raid the castle where Jin’s uncle, Lord Shimura, is being held. During the assault, Ryuzo is found inside the keep, where it is revealed that he has betrayed Jin in order to feed the men he commands, the Straw Hat Ronin. After a bloody battle, Ryuzo escapes and Jin rescues his uncle. The story only picks up from here, but if you have a Playstation, I heavily recommend playing Ghost Of Tsushima. It is a shame however that Ghost Of Tsushima is only available on Playstation.