Lotta people down on this videogame for being a videogame. (Full disclosure: I absolutely love open world bullshit.)
I’m not expecting this to be Game of the Year or anything, but it looks like a super-polished game with gorgeous visuals in an interesting setting, with some thoughtful and clever ways of making standard open world tropes seem at least a little unique. I would absolutely rather follow a fox or a sparrow to find secret locations than just have some controller rumble, or follow a gust of wind instead of a GPS line drawn on the ground.
And while I understand that the Horizon-esque on-the-run materials collecting feels out of place, I am sick to damn death of every game of the last five years deciding that holding a button for 1.5 seconds is somehow a more legitimate interaction than a simple press. Between the two options, I’ll take the one that doesn’t put unnecessary impediments in front of basic actions.
My biggest gripe is that it should either be called Ghosts of Tsushima or The Ghost of Tsushima (presumably the latter if it’s supposed to be specifically referring to Jin). “Ghost of Tsushima” is just awkward.