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Ghost Of Tsushima is out on PlayStation 4 today (July 17th) and marks what is likely to be the last major exclusive for Sony's console before the PlayStation 5 arrives in a few months.
If you're on the fence about picking up Sucker Punch's open world samurai adventure for yourself, we've collected some of the biggest reviews for you to read through before making up your own mind. The general consensus seems to be that Ghost Of Tsushima is a gorgeous game with a lot to love, but that it suffers from a fairly generic open world.
In our own 6/10 review, GAMINGbible's Julian Benson said that Ghost of Tsushima is a "fine open-world game" that "ticks all the boxes of what you would expect it to do."
Unfortunately, he also argued that "it doesn't do anything more than that. The story it tells in its campaign seems to be actively at odds with what you do in the game, and not in a way that develops to a point. Indeed, it reads almost like a mistake. This is one of the last exclusive games for the PlayStation 4 and it's disappointing that it has nothing new to say."
Other critics shared a similar sentiment, although clearly found more to love from the game. Ghost Of Tsushima currently has an 83 rating on Metacrtic, with scores ranging from 100 to 60. There are no out-and-out negative reviews at the time of writing, so even the people who got the least out of it, at least liked it.
In a 3/5 review, VGC wrote that "Ghost Of Tsushima bravely steps into a genre that contains some of the generation's most cutting-edge experiences. While it forges its own identity and doesn't make any major mistakes, it's not bold enough to escape their shadows."
Elsewhere, both Wccftech and IGN awarded the game an impressive 9/10, leveling particular praise at its beautiful visuals and brutal action. ShackNews, Push Square and God is a Geek also awarded Ghost Of Tsushima 9/10.
In a glowing 4.5/5 review, GamesRadar made the bold claim that "Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai Assassin's Creed Ubisoft will wish it had made."
The Guardian was less convinced in another 6/10 review. The paper warned that the game "sticks so closely to the tropes and storylines of classic samurai fiction that it sometimes forgets to have a personality of its own".
GameSpot also agreed in a 7/10 review the game has some "dull edges", but that it ultimately "strikes a lot of highs" with its cinematic storytelling.
Finally, Eurogamer was also fairly critical of Ghost Of Tsushima. In an unscored review, they wrote: "Limited by a rote and rigid world, Sucker Punch's samurai homage pairs okay action with enjoyably committed, if awkwardly fawning melodrama."
As always, the best thing you can do is make up your own mind, but it's interesting to see how the critics have come away with different opinions on the game's world. Personally, I think I'm about ready to jump into a shallow-but-beautiful open world for some mindless fun.
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