I’ve been spending the majority of my free time these previous few weeks exploring the island of Tsushima, driving out the Mongol hordes, saving villages, and build up my fearsome status. If you are like me, and also you gravitate towards open-world video games that reward exploration, Ghost of Tsushima must be on the highest of your record proper now. I’m not alone in my enthusiasm; our personal Matt Miller praised the sport’s tone, setting, and fight in his latest overview. Sucker Punch did not maintain again on giving gamers a wonderful setting to discover and causes to take action. They additionally added a great deal of small, seemingly insignificant particulars that each one contribute to a memorable expertise. Here are a number of of these smaller touches that I’ve appreciated after spending a number of dozen hours in its world.

Your horse is fairly nice

Jin will get his horse early on within the recreation, and it is a fixed presence all through. When you save a village or carry out different main duties within the story, it normally ends with a glimpse of you and your animal buddy stress-free. Something I particularly respect is how one can fluidly name your mount whereas sprinting and climb into the saddle. It’s not the primary recreation to do that, to be clear, however as somebody who tries to maintain ahead momentum in any respect prices whereas touring, it is a slick little transfer. 


You can select to maintain your blade clear 

After you are performed killing bandits, Mongols, or different assorted neer-do-wells, your sword is sure to get slightly soiled. You can select to wipe a few of that gore off your blade instantly after fight by swiping proper on the PS4 touchpad. There are a number of completely different animations, however all of them preserve your katana trying as shiny as new.

 I significantly like to do that after an enemy is downed, however not killed. In these conditions, you may optionally select to finish their struggling. In these circumstances, I wish to assume that I’m cleansing my blade as I additionally clear my conscience. 


And you may clear your different stuff, too 

Your character will get muddy and bloody as you play, and it may be significantly noticeable for those who select to put on clothes as an alternative of armor. A fast dip within the water will wash away the mess. When it is raining, I’ve seen that strolling by means of foliage will even scrub away the grime. It’s form of like an old-school automotive wash? Never thoughts.


 You can pet the fox

Sucker Punch confirmed this off again in May, but it surely’s nonetheless nice. After you pay respects to one of many myriad fox shrines positioned throughout Tsushima, typically the fox will linger round and allow you to pet it. Then it bounds away in a very cute animation. And no, I do not know for those who can shoot an arrow on the fox, how may you even ask such a query?!


You pays respects to the fallen, too

Swipe down on the touchpad, and Jin will bow. If you do that in entrance of a slain villager, he’ll say one thing to the impact of, “This sucks, but don’t worry – the bad guys are going to pay.” OK, he is normally much more eloquent than that. Sometimes, he’ll say one thing equally respectful to enemies for those who bow to their corpses, however this appears to be a a lot rarer prevalence. He’ll even say one thing once you bow to the bears and wild boars that you just kill, however because it is not subtitled I do not know what he is saying. Presumably, it is akin to “Thanks for your skin, soon I will be able to carry more smoke bombs.”


For extra on Ghost of Tsushima, take a look at Joe Juba’s spoiler-free suggestions for beginning out.