Review: Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut


Posted on May 26, 2024 by fncwill

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9/10

Summary

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut for PC offers an enriched and immersive experience that brings the captivating story of Jin Sakai and the beautifully rendered island of Tsushima to a wider audience. The game’s seamless integration of advanced graphics options, including support for ultra-wide monitors and upscaling technologies, ensures that it runs smoothly across various hardware configurations while delivering stunning visual quality. The addition of Japanese lip sync and extensive controller support, including DualSense features, further enhances the game on PC.

Although, the requirement of a PlayStation Network account to access certain features, including Legends multiplayer, may be a point of contention for some, the overall enhancements and performance improvements make the PC version a standout iteration of an already critically acclaimed title. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut on PC not only preserves the essence of the original game but also elevates it with technical advancements that make it a must-play for both newcomers and returning players.

Developer – Sucker Punch Productions, Nixxes Software

Publisher – PlayStation

Platforms –  PS4, PS5, PC (Reviewed)

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WARNING:

THIS GAME MAY CONTAIN CONTENT NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES,OR MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR VIEWING AT WORK.

Ghost of Tsushima is an action game set in feudal Japan. Frequent sword battles take place in 3rd person melee and ranged combat. Successful attacks can result in dismemberment and decapitation, often accompanied by large blood-splatter effects. Players can also use stealth to take out enemies unseen, with assassination kills. Cinematics and other scenes show other examples of intense violence and gore, including a scene where a civilian is burned alive, a scene showing a person beheaded and the decapitated man’s head held up towards the camera. Red blood can be seen in environments, on clothing, and spraying from successful attacks.

After approximately 4 long years, PC players can now discover the complete Ghost of Tsushima experience in this Director’s Cut.

While most of this review will be about the Performance and Enhancements brought to this PC Version of the game aswell as Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, being the first PlayStation title on PC that uses the new PlayStation overlay, let me recap a bit of the story for those who haven’t yet played.

Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game set in feudal Japan during the late 13th century. The game follows the story of Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior and one of the last surviving members of his clan after a Mongol invasion led by the ruthless Khotun Khan. The game begins with a catastrophic battle on Komoda Beach, where Jin’s samurai army is decimated by the Mongol forces. Jin survives but is left gravely injured. He is found and nursed back to health by Yuna, a thief, who becomes his ally. Realizing that the traditional samurai code will not suffice against the overwhelming Mongol forces, Jin is forced to adapt unconventional guerrilla tactics, becoming the titular “Ghost” to reclaim his homeland.

As Jin traverses the beautiful but war-torn island of Tsushima, he gathers allies and builds a resistance against the invaders. His journey is fraught with internal conflict as he grapples with the samurai code instilled in him by his uncle, Lord Shimura. Jin’s unorthodox methods, which include stealth and deception, create tension between him and his uncle, leading to a deep personal and ideological rift. Jin’s transformation into the Ghost symbolizes his shift from traditional samurai values to a more pragmatic approach to warfare, highlighting the theme of honor versus survival.

The climax of the game sees Jin confronting Khotun Khan in a final battle, successfully defeating him and liberating Tsushima. However, the cost of victory is high. Jin’s actions and refusal to adhere strictly to the samurai code result in his estrangement from his uncle, Lord Shimura, who is ordered by the shogun to execute Jin to restore order and honor. In a poignant final duel, Jin defeats his uncle but spares his life, fully embracing his identity as the Ghost. The game concludes with Jin continuing his fight against the remnants of the Mongol forces, fully committed to protecting Tsushima by any means necessary, even if it means living as an outlaw.

Now that you’re familiar with the game and its story, let’s jump into what the Director’s Cut and the game coming to PC brings. When it comes to PC gaming, not everyone’s system specs are the same, but bringing the game to PC doesn’t only allows for unlocked framerates, but also a variety of graphics options tailored to a wide range of hardware, so that the game will run smooth on older hardware and shine on higher-end machines.  The game also supports optimization for ultra-wide monitors, with support for 21:9 and 32:9 resolutions., and even 48:9 resolutions and triple monitor set-ups are supported.

The game being on PC also allows for a big boost in performance with upscaling and frame generation technologies like NVIDIA DLSS 3, AMD FSR 3 and Intel XeSS., aswell as NVIDIA Reflex and image quality-enhancing NVIDIA DLAA are also supported. With my current set-up, I was able to play the game with AMD FSR 3 , which I can say helps the game deliver amazing visual quality with minimal performance overhead, and helps increase framerate.

The game also offers extensive controller support, including full compatibility with the PlayStation DualSense controller, featuring haptic feedback and adaptive triggers when connected via a wired connection, so you can get the same experience and feel of the Dualsense technology while playing on PC, just like you would if you where to play on Console.

One of the two biggest additions to the game launching on PC though is the Japanese lip sync, with the cinematics being rendered in real-time by the PC, you can enjoy a more authentic experience with lip sync for the Japanese voiceover.

While the second biggest addition has been in a controversial state with needing a PlayStation Network account (which I personally don’t see an issue with), The account connection allows for a bunch of cool things.

First off, By linking your Steam account with your PlayStation Network account, you can gain early access to the Archery Master’s Attire and the Charm of Canine Recruitment Early Unlocks. This however isn’t where the collect feature of linking your account comes into play. Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is the first PlayStation title on PC that uses a new PlayStation overlay, which includes your Friends list, Trophies, Settings, and your Profile.

While having a Playstation network account linked, there is however some down-sides when it comes to this and the PC Version. To be able to use the Legends (Co-op Multiplayer)you must be signed in, but not only this, currently Online multiplayer is not available on Steam Deck, which I tend to use my Steam Deck a lot for gaming. I will say though, that Crossplay between PS4 consoles, PS5 consoles, and PC being supported is a huge benefit.

To summarize, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut for PC offers an enriched and immersive experience that brings the captivating story of Jin Sakai and the beautifully rendered island of Tsushima to a wider audience. The game’s seamless integration of advanced graphics options, including support for ultra-wide monitors and upscaling technologies, ensures that it runs smoothly across various hardware configurations while delivering stunning visual quality. The addition of Japanese lip sync and extensive controller support, including DualSense features, further enhances the game on PC.

Although the requirement of a PlayStation Network account to access certain features, including Legends multiplayer, may be a point of contention for some, the overall enhancements and performance improvements make the PC version a standout iteration of an already critically acclaimed title. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut on PC not only preserves the essence of the original game but also elevates it with technical advancements that make it a must-play for both newcomers and returning players.

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