February 19th, 2024 Journal

I am not that good.

I asked the chattyGPT thing, to write me a review of Ghost of Tsushima four years after its release and it both blew my mind and scared the shit out of me.

Here is the thing, every now and then I write about things that I like, among them, video games. I am also aware that although I am not a professional reviewer, I'd like my posts to come across with a certain level of, I don't know, some quality/standards/mission/quest. I am also aware that perhaps I do not have the skills or mental capacity to produce super-professional eloquent posts like the one CPT came out with. Whenever I write a post about something I liked it is in a very unprofessional manner, or informal manner, rather, as if I was just talking to you. I just capture my thoughts as I type and perhaps that is the reason I am always digressing and all over the place.

That said, what it came out with is good and of course, I wish I would have written it myself in this way but, again, I am not that good.

Ghost of Tsushima: A Reflection Four Years On

Four years have passed since the winds first swept us to the shores of Tsushima Island, where the tale of Jin Sakai unfolded like a meticulously inked scroll.

"Ghost of Tsushima," developed by Sucker Punch Productions, was not merely a game upon its release; it was a cultural phenomenon that bridged the gap between interactive entertainment and cinematic storytelling.

Visual and Auditory Tapestry
Even now, the game's visuals remain a breathtaking spectacle. The island of Tsushima is a character in its own right, with landscapes that range from serene, golden-hued fields to the foreboding darkness of war-torn villages. The passage of time has done little to dull the vibrant colors that dance across the screen, a testament to the artistry of the game's designers. The dynamic weather system and the day-night cycle continue to impress, ensuring that no two journeys through the game are ever quite the same.
The auditory experience is equally captivating. The game's score, a blend of traditional Japanese instruments and haunting melodies, has lost none of its power to evoke emotion. The clashing of swords, the galloping of hooves, and the whispers of the wind remain as immersive as ever, a siren's call to those who long to return to Tsushima's embrace.

Gameplay Mechanics
In terms of gameplay, "Ghost of Tsushima" was lauded for its fluid combat system, which allowed players to switch between different stances and techniques with a dancer's grace. Four years on, these mechanics still hold up remarkably well, offering a level of depth and precision that is challenging to master yet immensely rewarding.
The stealth elements, which enable Jin to embrace the way of the Ghost, have not aged quite as gracefully. While still enjoyable, they now sit in the shadow of more recent titles that have refined the art of silent takedowns and subterfuge. Nonetheless, they serve as a crucial part of the narrative, reflecting Jin's internal struggle between honor and necessity.

Narrative and Emotional Impact
Storytelling is where "Ghost of Tsushima" truly shines, undiminished by the years. Jin Sakai's journey from samurai to the Ghost is as compelling now as it was at release. The emotional weight of his decisions, the bonds he forms with allies, and the sacrifices made along the way are as poignant now as they were then. The narrative remains a high point, a masterclass in character development and thematic exploration.

Cultural Resonance
The game's respectful and thoughtful representation of Japanese culture and history has ensured its longevity. The attention to detail, from the design of armor and weapons to the use of language and customs, has cemented "Ghost of Tsushima" as a cultural touchstone for many players.

"Ghost of Tsushima" stands as a beacon of what video games can achieve as a medium. It is a title that has not only weathered the passage of time but has done so with the grace of a samurai's bow. As new titles come and go, Jin Sakai's epic continues to resonate, a testament to the enduring power of a well-crafted story and a beautifully realized world.
In conclusion, four years after its release, "Ghost of Tsushima" remains a jewel in the crown of the gaming world. It is a must-play for any who have yet to experience its wonders and a worthy return for those who wish to tread its paths once more.