Over the summer I got lost in the world of Ghost of Tsushima. It was a refreshing change of pace from what has been a remarkably heartbreaking and stressful year.
In Sucker Punch’s open-world RPG Ghost of Tsushima, you play as a samurai named Jin, who is learning new stealth techniques to combat the Mongols who are invading the island of Tsushima. It’s a part of history I know very little about, but exploring feudal Japan turned out to be exactly the sort of diversion I needed this summer.
Now that the end of the year is here, I have been reflecting on the video games I played. Because the year has been so busy — I started a teaching credential program, so I have been busy with school and student teaching — I haven’t spent as much time gaming as I used to. But it’s still one of my favorite activities in my free time, whenever an immersive new game comes out. And for me, Ghost of Tsushima reigns in my mind as one of the most memorable games of 2020.
This game will feature in my upcoming post about what I loved in video games this year. In the meantime, here is a photo gallery from my time with the game. Ghost of Tsushima has an impressive Photo Mode that lets you play with everything from the direction of the wind to Jin’s facial expression, and I probably spent at least as much time in Photo Mode as I did fighting Mongols. No regrets. =)