Ghost of Tsushima


It would be quite an understatement to say that Ghost of Tsushima is a success for Sucker Punch and Sony. Not only is the game receiving high praise from Japanese executives, it has also set a new sales record for PS4 new IP’s. A lot of people have been playing and there are numbers to back it up.

As announced by the PlayStation Twitter Account, Ghost of Tsushima players over the first 10 days of the game have logged some very impressive stats and unsurprisingly, they’ve made massive use of the very impressive photo mode of the game, all while petting a LOT of foxes along the way.

Check out some of the crazy stats below:

These are some insane numbers, considering only the first 10 days of the game. A huge number of people definitely loved the Standoff feature that Sucker Punch has introduced to the game, and with its robust photo mode that is recognized as one of the best photo mode implementations out there, everyone has been taking stunning captures of their efforts to rid the island of Mongol Rule.

While interesting, we’d also like to see numbers on how many times we died to airborne arrow barrages or even how many times we’ve sacrificed our horse to get to the next platform.

Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Ghost of Tsushima has been doing exceptionally well for Sony and Sucker Punch. The Japanese have absolutely loved every bit of it, causing the title to go out of stock in some stores, all while breaking a PS4 new IP sales record for Sony.

The game has even captured the attention of one Toshihiro Nagoshi, who has praised the game so highly. Toshihiro who? Oh, just the Chief Creative Officer for Sega and General Director for the Yakuza series.

In a recent SegaNama program, Nagoshi was asked about what he felt about Ghost of Tsushima and had nothing but good words for the PlayStation exclusive. The discussion about the game starts at around the 57:50 mark but you can watch the whole stream HERE.

*excerpts and translations taken from DualShockers

“We definitely lost to them. I think it’s a game that definitely should have been made by Japanese people, but I heard they did a monstrous job collecting data and everything. There’s also the Kurosawa Mode, showing how they tried to pursue an artistic movie feel with the game overall. It’s the kind of work made by non-Japanese people that makes you feel they’re even more Japanese than us. I think it’s amazing. We often believe Western people would never get certain Japanese things, but the game shows this way of thinking is wrong in the first place.”

Of course Nagoshi was referring to the great lengths that Sucker Punch had to go through to be extra accurate. In our interview with Jason Connell, Art and Creative Director of Ghost of Tsushima, he talked about hiring consultants and historians to help them understand at a cultural level, even understanding mannerisms from Feudal Japan.

Nagoshi also talked about how the game has employed some technical innovations, “like how it uses shadows really well. I’m sure they worked tremendously hard on all these things too, and it fits the story. It’s amazing. It became the fastest selling new PlayStation IP too. I knew it would sell a lot. But I was wondering whether it’d sell that much or not. Because similar looking games recently released like Sekiro, and some could think they don’t need Ghost of Tsushima anymore.”

Apart from the technical aspects of the game, the Sega bigwig also heaped praises upon the motion capture work done for the game, saying that a lot of time and effort was put into it and is something that they always aim for, but is very time consuming. In fact, Sumalee Montano, who portrays Yuna in the game, shared some behind the scenes of the motion capture work done for the game, showing the amount of preparation needed for such endeavors.

We called Ghost of Tsushima a tremendous open-world cinematic experience in our review, and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a fantastic Samurai experience. The game is now available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Finished Ghost of Tsushima yet? Found it a bit too ‘easy’ for your taste? Well Patch 1.05 for the game has gone live and with it, some welcome updates that players of the game will appreciate, especially for those who feel that the Mongols didn’t provide much of a challenge.

The latest update, a nearly 3GB download, will add a ‘Lethal’ difficulty in the game, a ‘Lower Intensity Combat’ option, text changes, and bug fixes.

As can be seen on the Sucker Punch site, you can check out the full patch notes below:

New difficulty level: Lethal

  • Enemy weapons are more deadly, but Jin’s katana is also more deadly
  • Enemies are more aggressive in combat
  • Enemies detect you faster
  • Tighter Parry and Dodge windows

Patch 1.05 will also include the following new options in the accessibility menu:

Lower Intensity Combat

Lower intensity mode is meant to maintain the heart and feel of Ghost of Tsushima combat while relaxing several timing-specific elements. Combat is less intense, giving you more time to react. Stealth settings are more forgiving, and enemies take longer to detect you.

  • Most enemy attacks which are normally unblockable become blockable when Lower Intensity is enabled. Blocking with L1 will keep you safe from more attacks than standard combat, though some attacks must still be dodged.
  • Enemies break off their attack combos after damaging you, giving you a chance to recover before the next wave of attacks. In addition, your heavy attacks will interrupt attacks from Brutes, giving you another way to stop their combos.
  • Enemies will not attack you while you’re using Resolve to heal
  • Enemy awareness builds more slowly, giving you more time to recover after being spotted

Text changes

  • Large Text option: Increases text size of subtitles, mission objectives and interact prompts by 150% when enabled
  • Added option to turn speaker name off when subtitles are enabled
  • New subtitle text color options in addition to white: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green

Patch 1.05 also includes additional bug fixes.

Ghost of Tsushima is a hit. Japan loved it, and turns out the whole world did as well.

PlayStation has announced that Ghost of Tsushima is the ‘fastest selling first-party original IP debut’, with 2.4 million units sold over its first 3 days.

That is certainly not an easy feat, especially for a new IP. In comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn, which has become one of the best games of this console generation, sold over 2.6 million units over its first 2 weeks.

The PlayStation 4 has been home to spectacular exclusives this generation – The Last of Us Part II, Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War… The list goes on. Ghost of Tsushima now officially joins the list.

As we approach the end of this console generation, the PlayStation 5 is banking on these heavy hitters to tow them to success. With the likes of Horizon Forbidden West and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, they seem to be on the right track once again.

Ghost of Tsushima, the labor of love from Sucker Punch, has critics and players raving about how beautiful the game is, and we would definitely agree in our review. Not only did Sucker Punch do justice to the cultural representation of Japan, part of what made it so believable and amazing was the hard work and dedication of each individual who made the game a reality.

The English voice acting cast of the game is comprised of a diverse group of people – Daisuke Tsuji as Jin, Eric Steinberg as Lord Shimura, Patrick Gallagher as Khotun Khan… The list goes on and on and there is certainly no lack of talent from this cast. Even Feodor Chin, who is the voice behind Zenyatta from Overwatch, also plays a role in the game as Harunobu Adachi and Yamato.

Credits to IMDB

Yuna, in particular, is portrayed by Sumalee Montano, a veteran talent with appearances in Star Trek: Picard and This is Us, as well as voice credits for games such as Hawthorne from Destiny 2, Lahni Kaliso from Gears 5, Mari Kosan from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and much much more. Quite an impressive resume and definitely a perfect fit for one of the main characters in Ghost of Tsushima.

But did you know that Sumalee is a Filipina as well? Sumalee is of Filipino and Thai descent, born and raised in the United States. She is also a graduate from Harvard and a US Fulbright Scholar, adding to her already impressive list of achievements.

Sumalee shares a post on her Facebook page about the moment that she can finally tell people that she was indeed Yuna from the game. As a Filipino phrase would say, “You-na!” or “Ikaw na!”, definitely fit for her character’s name!

Sumalee goes on to praise all of the talented actors that she worked with for the project, stating the fact that the cast was filled with Asian and Asian-American actors who all did amazing work. Props also goes out to Sucker Punch, who worked hard to make an accurate cultural representation of Japan, which the Japanese themselves have praised.

Here are more behind the scenes from Sumalee’s Twitter Account, where she documents parts of her journey while working on Ghost of Tsushima.

Here’s Yuna and Jin sharing a moment together, both in-game and in real life!
Feodor Chin, sharing images of how wacky the cast looks during motion capture sequences.
The cast behind the game characters with their own version of the Photo mode.
Motion capture requires a LOT of those tiny dots on your face!

It great to see Filipinos break into the industry and produce amazing things. Secret 6 is an example that indeed we have talent that can stand at par with the rest of the world, and Sumalee Montano is also proof that with hard work and dedication, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Apparently, Japan LOVES Ghost of Tsushima so much that is has gone on to sell so well, leaving some stores without any stock of the latest offering from Sucker Punch.

PlayStation Japan took to Twitter to announce that users who may find it hard to get themselves a physical copy can purchase the digital version of the game on the PlayStation Store since it has exceeded sales expectations, but also assured that additional units are on its way.

There are no official figures yet as to how many units Ghost of Tsushima has sold so far but if this is any indication, then Sucker Punch have truly outdone themselves and have produced and developed a game that is worthy to close out the current generation.

We loved the game so much and heaped praises in our review that we got ourselves the sweet looking Collectors Edition! Have you gotten your copy yet?

Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Ghost of Tsushima is out, and with it, a Collectors Edition that is worthy of a Samurai, even though it costs quite a bit for what you get.

The set, available locally only if you had pre-ordered, costs PHP10,595, which is super pricey compared to its going retail price of $169.99, or around PHP8,500. It is quite heavy for a relatively small box, so that could have bumped up shipping prices a bit. Oh, and taxes also.

In any case, we’re here for the pics, so let’s get to it!

Warning: This post is image heavy.

In another episode of Box-ception, the inner box looks exquisite.
The whole set including the Omamori Key Holder pre-order bonus.
Another addition to our tower. This is Tower #8.

Ghost of Tsushima is finally released to the public and if you haven’t yet, you can read our review here, where we praised the game for the cinematic experience it brings to a tried and tested open world formula.

Over the course of your travels, you will find a lot of what the game calls “Vanity” items, where you can dress up Jin Sakai with various items that will change the way he looks, down to the weapon skins and colors. Apart from the various armor pieces you will find in the game which gives you certain bonuses, you’ll find a wide variety of headgear to adorn yourself with, from masks to straw hats to headbands.

This post contains mild spoilers for items that you’ll find much later in the game.

One of the head bands you’ll find later in the game is called “Band of the Second Son” and it is one that kind of looks like the bonnet from inFAMOUS 2, obviously a reference to Delsin Rowe, the main protagonist of the PlayStation 4 game from 2014. The description of the item reads as “The colors of a warrior from a distant time and place.”

Obviously we won’t tell you where to get it as finding it is part of the experience!

One other reference would be for the other Sucker Punch property, Sly Cooper. Interestingly enough, there is a trophy in the game called “Cooper Clan Cosplayer” which is described as “Dress up as a legendary thief”, obviously referring our furry friend.

You’ll be able to find a headband called “Crooked Kama Headband” which highlights a yellow sickle and a custom sword skin called “Sly Tanuki” which covers your sheath with black and white striped fur. Both items, when paired with an armor piece of the same color scheme, will net you the trophy. Pretty neat, huh?

There are a lot of vanity items in the game and you can choose to dress up Jin Sakai in whichever way you want as you travel across the land.

How would you choose to dress up Jin Sakai as? Let us know!

Enjoying Ghost of Tsushima? Thought so. We’re in love with the game, especially with all the stuff you can see and collect in the game. It helps that the graphics are gorgeous, as you’ll want to roam around a LOT in order get all of the trophies in the game.

As such, here is a list of trophies that will help you achieve that ever so elusive platinum! Be warned that some trophies contain story elements, meaning there are mild spoilers in the list. Continue reading at your own risk!

Ok with spoilers? Let’s get on with it!

  • Living Legend (Platinum) – Obtain all trophies
  • Gathering Storm (Bronze) – Recover the katana of clan Sakai
  • Point of No Return (Bronze) – Break your code to help a new friend
  • Company of Wolves (Bronze) – Recruit the Straw Hat ronin
  • Stoking the Flame (Bronze) – Rescue Taka from Mongol captivity
  • Family Reunion (Bronze) – Free Lord Shimura from the Khan’s clutches
  • Leader of the People (Bronze) – Rally the peasants of Yarikawa
  • Birthright (Bronze) – Recover your father’s armor
  • Dying Embers (Bronze) – Eradicate the traitors in the name of a fallen friend
  • The Ghost (Bronze) – Embrace your new identity
  • The Exiled Alliance (Bronze) – Reunite with your allies in the frozen north
  • Sovereign End (Bronze) – Confront the Khan
  • Mono No Aware (Bronze) – Leave the past behind and accept the burden of your new mantle
  • The Warrior Monk (Silver) – Complete all of Norio’s Tales
  • The Vengeful Warrior (Silver) – Complete all of Masako’s Tales
  • The Unbending Archer (Silver) – Complete all of Ishikawa’s Tales
  • The Headstrong Thief (Silver) – Complete all of Yuna’s Tales
  • Teller of Tales (Silver) – Complete all of the Mythic Tales
  • Helping Sword Hand (Gold) – Complete all Tales of Tsushima
  • Flash of Steel (Bronze) – Defeat 20 enemies with a counterattack after a Perfect Parry
  • Witness Protection (Bronze) – Shoot a terrified enemy with an arrow while they are fleeing
  • All in the Wrist (Bronze) – Defeat the maximum amount of enemies within a single standoff
  • Open for Business (Bronze) – Successfully Stagger enemies 50 times
  • There Can Be Only One (Bronze) – Successfully complete every duel
  • Have a nice fall (Silver) – Kill an enemy with fall damage by knocking them off a ledge
  • Haunting Precision (Bronze) – Kill 20 enemies with Ghost Stance strikes
  • The Ghost of Legend (Bronze) – Build your legend to earn the title Ghost of Tsushima
  • Quick Study (Bronze) – Learn the Stone, Water, Wind, and Moon combat stances
  • Every Trick in the Book (Bronze) – Acquire all the throwable Ghost Weapon techniques
  • The Perfect Storm (Bronze) – Fully upgrade your sword
  • A Charming Man (Bronze) – Equip a charm in all 6 slots
  • Gifted (Bronze) – Collect 10 gifts
  • Slay (Bronze) – Acquire 30 pieces of Vanity Gear
  • Light the Way (Bronze) – Rekindle all the lighthouses of Tsushima
  • Den of Thieves (Bronze) – Discover Umugi Cove
  • Favor of the Kami (Bronze) – Find and honor all of the Shinto Shrines on Tsushima
  • Honor the Unseen (Bronze) – Bow to 10 hidden altars across Tsushima
  • Lost and Found (Bronze) – Discover a Pillar of Honor and collect its Sword Kit
  • Monochrome Masters (Bronze) – Purchase an item from the Black and White Dye Merchants
  • Cooper Clan Cosplayer (Silver) – Dress up as a legendary thief
  • Dirge of the Fallen Forge (Bronze) – Play “Lament of the Storm” at a friends grave
  • A Moment in Time (Bronze) – Personalize a scene in Photo Mode
  • Avid Reader (Bronze) – Collect 20 Records
  • Know Your Enemy (Bronze) – Collect 20 Mongol Artifacts
  • Body, Mind, and Spirit (Silver) – Complete all Hot Springs, Haiku, Inari Shrines, and Bamboo Strikes
  • Hero of the People (Bronze) – Liberate 12 occupied areas in Izuhara
  • A Fight for the Isle… (Bronze) – Liberate all occupied areas in Izuhara
  • Good Riddance (Bronze) – Liberate 8 occupied areas in Toyotama
  • Securing Sanctuary… (Bronze) – Liberate all occupied areas in Toyotama
  • Mass Eviction (Bronze) – Liberate 7 occupied areas in Kamiagata
  • A New Safe Haven (Bronze) – Liberate all occupied areas in Kamiagata
  • Master Liberator (Silver) – Liberate the entirety of Tsushima Island

As you can see, the list shows a relatively easy path to the Platinum trophy. Apart from the challenge of actually finishing the game, the tasks are pretty simple but very time consuming, since you’ll have to finish almost everything in each area (liberate the region, get all Shrines / Haiku’s / Hot Springs, etc). That said, getting the platinum may take you anywhere upwards of 40 or 50 hours depending on how you play the game.

Here are some tips to help you out get that Platinum:

  • Areas marked in red on your map are areas under Mongol control. Liberating these will remove the fog of war in the area and will show all undiscovered locations so you don’t have to second guess where that next shrine or pillar is.
  • While exploring, there are some inconspicuous statues or areas with a signpost that shows a bowing gesture. Swipe down on your touch pad and once you bow on these altars, they will count towards the “Honor the Unseen” trophy. It will be hard to come back for these since they don’t show up on the map, so remember to do these right away!
  • There are a total of 61 Tales of Tsushima not including the main story tales as well as the mythic tales. Count properly and look out for missing ones in the world.
  • When you’re done with the main story and simply cleaning up, stock up on technique points and place them on the guiding wind options for the Hot Springs, Inari Shrines, Haiku Spots, and Bamboo Strikes. Don’t be scared about not getting enough technique points for all the skills, you’ll get them all eventually.
  • You’ll to equip 3 pieces of gear in order to get the “Cooper Clan Cosplayer” trophy. We won’t tell you which ones, so you’ll have to find that out for yourself!

Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Ghost of Tsushima will release worldwide in a few hours and as for us? We loved every moment of it as you can see in our review. It’s not the easiest game out there, and you can get chopped down in a couple of hits if you’re not careful.

Mild Spoiler Alert – some of these tips will reference content during the later parts of the game.

Here are some tips to help you take the fight back to the Mongols and reclaim the island of Tsushima!

Familiarize yourself with the different stances and use them well

Stances are not there just for show, they actually make the fight so much easier when facing certain enemies. You’ll be faced up with foes of different styles and there is a stance that will suit each one.

No one is stopping you from using the Stone stance for every enemy in the game, just be ready for a tough time against everybody else who isn’t using a sword. Getting the feel of switching stances on the fly will be key to winning the later engagements in the game.

Later in the game, these enemies will block more and will parry your attacks and to get through, you’ll need to stagger them and break their defense, which will take just a couple of hits if you are using the proper stance. Pair that with equipment that increases stagger damage like Gosaku’s armor and you’re well on your way to mowing everybody down.

Also, you can both Observe AND kill the Mongol leaders scattered throughout the map, meaning you can unlock that next stance twice as fast!

When fighting multiple enemies, take down archers first

The game will ease you in, fighting a manageable number of enemies at first. After that, you’ll need to survive against wave after wave of attacks, sometimes dealing with more than 5 enemies at once. And then there are Archers.

Archers will break your momentum and are an added thing to worry about when fighting against a big group of enemies. You can dodge their attacks due to an indicator, but wouldn’t you just want to take them out of the equation first?

When engaging a big group, always look for the archers first. It’ll only take a couple of hits to dispose of them, and in turn will make your fight that much easier. Whoever you deal with next will be up to you.

In a pinch, remember to use your Kunai’s and Smoke Bombs

During a fight, you might be so focused that you forget you have tools with you, or ‘Ghost Weapons’ as the game calls them. Use them as much as you can, because ammo is abundant in the game and they make the fight so much easier.

We recommend upgrading the smoke bombs because they can serve as your panic button when things go south. If you’re close to death, a well timed smoke bomb will either let you assassinate the enemies caught in the blast or let you escape and fight another day. At the same time, if you are low on health, the highest smoke bomb upgrade can heal you, giving you that second chance at vengeance.

Plan your ‘Charm’ loadout well

You can get charms from finishing up quests, or ‘Tales’ as the game calls it and soon enough, you’ll have more than you can actually equip. Getting these charms is one thing, equipping a full loadout is another.

One of the things you’ll have to do is to look for Fox Den’s. Finding enough will open up your charm slots, allowing you to equip up to a total of 6.

The other thing you’ll want to think of is your style of play. Planning to be the silent killer all the way? Equip charms that increase your stealth capabilities but don’t stop there, equip the proper armor set as well for max effectiveness. Taking too much damage during fights? Equip charms that improve damage reduction. There are a lot of charms to equip and they lend themselves to various playstyles that will suit your needs.

On a full loadout, it would take more than 8-10 hits to actually kill you with the proper charms equipped instead of 3 or 4.

Spend technique points on the chain assassination skills and on the deflect skill tree first

Chain assassinations are lovely, as they allow you to take out multiple enemies at once without breaking a sweat. At its max upgrade, you’ll be able to kill off 3 enemies that are close together instead of taking each one in a drawn out fight.

At some point you will need to fight head on, and you have to be prepared with the proper skills to do so. As early as you can, take up the skills that will allow you to parry ‘Blue’ attacks as this will prove to be very useful against enemies with spears. Also get that skill that allows you to roll out of danger, in fact, make it your first technique!

Your bow is there for a reason, use it

As mentioned earlier, ammo is abundant and for the most part, you’ll be able to carry anywhere from 10-12 arrows depending on how much you upgrade your ammo capacity. That’s potentially 10-12 Mongols you can kill from distance without getting your hands dirty.

Your bow can also trigger environmental hazards which can take out groups of enemies if you’re smart about it. Always look for braziers and red barrels to get more value out of your single arrow.

Remember, your sword doesn’t have to always do the talking. Most of the time, your bow may have something to say as well.