Sony’s final PS4 exclusive is less than one week away. Here’s everything you need to know about Ghost of Tsushima before it launches on July 17.

Ghost of Tsushima's stunning world is only days away!
Ghost of Tsushima’s stunning world is only days away!
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No, it’s not an official Assassin’s Creed, but the Ghost of Tsushima gameplay looks pretty darn close to the action stealth experience.

Ghost of Tsushima follows Jin Sakai as one of the last surviving members of his clan during an oncoming Mongol assault in the late 13th century. Players take control of Jin across the island of Tsushima to do whatever it takes to save his people.

Drawing inspiration from classic samurai films, Ghost of Tsushima looks like a visual masterpiece. It’s also the last big-budget PS4 exclusive. If the Ghost of Tsushima State of Play somehow missed your radar, here’s everything you need to know before it officially releases this Friday.

Sony showcased 18 minutes of glorious Ghost of Tsushima gameplay back in May!

Exploration – One With Tsushima

The map of Tsushima is split into three regions across 40 different biomes. Players should expect lush, green fields, bamboo forests, and bleak, grey beaches. Like legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s many films, the weather is a major force in the game.

In Ghost of Tsushima, players should rely on the world’s physical terrain for guidance. The island’s Guiding Wind will direct the player toward the objective. The Guiding Wind can be called at any time to point Jin in the right direction toward big story moments or collectibles.

Parkour will play a huge role in exploring the island of Tsushima.
Parkour will play a huge role in exploring the island of Tsushima.
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On your journey, be sure to look out for smokestacks, odd-shaped trees, and even animals trying to get your attention. Some birds will lead you to an objective or side quest.

Travel is often most efficient using Jin’s horse. Like most open-world games, Jin’s horse can be called upon by whistling. Exploration is also possible through parkour environments.

Combat – The Way of the Ghost

Enemy detection works similarly to Assassin’s Creed. Exposing yourself for too long will raise the enemy’s sight meter and encourage them to attack. They’ll also alert other enemies to Jin’s location.

During the Ghost of Tsushima State of Play, Sucker Punch demonstrated two viable attack styles: the Samurai, and the Ghost.

As the Samurai, Jin approaches fights much more aggressively. However, rushing into battle will result in a quick death. One-on-one combat should be handled with careful precision and slow movement. Kills are brutal, and a carefully timed swipe will result in rewarding blood spatters as gruesome as those in the movies. Arrows can also be sliced in half before they strike Jin.

One of Jin Sakai's many armor sets in Ghost of Tsushima.
One of Jin Sakai’s many armor sets in Ghost of Tsushima.
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As the Ghost, fear is your greatest weapon in Ghost of Tsushima. This playstyle is stealth-oriented, and Jin has plenty of tools at his disposal. Using the shadows, enemies can be picked off one by one with a bow. They can also be distracted with firecrackers for a quick slice and retreat. Smoke bombs can be used to escape dangerous situations.

Jin’s grappling hook will also come in handy to cross large areas.

Most importantly, the Mongols will fear the Ghost. The danger you inflict on an area will cause enemies to run for their lives. That’s a pretty satisfying reward for playing stealthily if you ask me.

Customization – Ghosts Have Style, Too

Jin possesses a suite of different armors that provide different mechanical advantages. Each armor set unlocked throughout the game caters to the player’s preferred playstyle. Charms and charm slots can also be unlocked to emphasize your playstyle even more.

But if that’s not enough, dye from flowers found scattered across Tsushima allows the player to customize the look of every armor set. So, earn your Ghost of Tsushima kills in style!

Additional – Subs or Dubs

There’s a heap of visual add-ons in the settings of Ghost of Tsushima to enhance the game’s visuals. One of these is a black-and-white filter to make the game feel like you’re playing a scene straight out of Seven Samurai or Sanjuro.

A fascinating analysis of Akira Kurosawa’s directing style.

As a matter of fact, Sucker Punch earned the Kurosawa estate’s blessing to appropriately name this cinematic experience, “Kurosawa Mode.”

Simply put, it’s gorgeous.

Of course, Ghost of Tsushima is equipped with a Photo Mode. Photos look absolutely stunning, especially motion photos that capture the weather’s movement.

Ghost of Tsushima also offers voice tracks in English and stellar Japanese voice acting.

Sucker Punch Productions appears to have created an open world that truly empowers player customization unique to each experience. As a fan of samurai cinema, I can’t wait to try Ghost of Tsushima out for myself.

But what do you think of Ghost of Tsushima? Is this a Day One purchase, or will you be waiting for the reviews? Or, a price drop? Let us know in the comments below!