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Ghost Of Tsushima, the open-world epic from Sucker Punch Productions, has snagged the Player's Voice Award in The Game Awards.
Each to their own, I suppose. Upon launch, Ghost of Tsushima was the fastest ever selling new IP on the PlayStation Store, securing nearly two million digital downloads almost immediately. Good going, to be sure. It was a hit with players and developers alike, with the creator of Yakuza praising the studio for its in-depth research and artistry. "Foreigners who tickle the fancy of Japanese people more than Japanese people are... rather amazing, no?" said Toshihiro Nagoshi. "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."
In August, Sucker Punch Productions announced that the world of Ghost of Tsushima was about to get a whole lot bigger with the introduction of Legends. An online multiplayer mode added for free (bar the price of a PlayStation Plus subscription), Legends lets players team up and take down the "toughest enemies Tsushima has to offer" from Japanese mythology. Its "brutal" four-player raid shortly followed its launch, and one squad managed to decimate the boss Iyo in just six minutes. Gosh.
It might not have resonated with the team here at GAMINGbible, but the people have spoken, and the tussle for the Player's Voice Award became very interesting in the end. For a long time, it looked like The Last Of Us Part 2 had it in the bag, against other contenders like DOOM Eternal, Hades, and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (which are all very enjoyable games in their own right). However, as the final few hours approached, it appears that Ghost of Tsushima players came out of the woodwork and voted en masse for the game, pulling it ahead of The Last Of Us Part 2.
But, it's not over yet. Both games are nominated in the categories of Game of the Year, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Game Direction, Best Audio Design, Best Action-Adventure, and Best Performance at The Game Awards, which will be presented tomorrow. Best of luck to everyone!
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