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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima: A great history misfire

Video by Matt S.

Ghost of Tsushima is Sucker Punch's latest, and it is a really good open world action game, in just about every way. Combat is fun and fluid, the world is a technical marvel to explore, and the black & white mode is a lot of fun as well.

We discuss all the game's merits and issues in our written review, but I wanted to use this video to draw attention to one specific issue; there's really not much history in this game for "historical fiction." That's not entirely Sucker Punch's fault - there's not many historical records to go on.

It does raise the questions as to why the developer decided to set the game in a real moment of history, though. Why not just go with a generic fantasy Japan? It would have fit the game every bit as well, without leaving us dealing with how the game works as a historical fiction text.

Let us know your thoughts on the game below! I'm very much looking forward to chatting about this one with people.

- Matt S.
Find me on Twitter: @mattsainsb

Ghost of Tsushima: A great history misfire
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