Hello friendly guys and gals. It's your quite-old pal BrewGuy here with an actual post. I know, right? World's gone NUTS.
There's been lots of great post-E3 talk, and I saw a lot of stuff that looks terrific, but one inparticular ruined my pants, and that, madams and sirs, was Ghost of Tsushima.
I am a huge fan of ancient Japan and the Age of the Samurai. It's ways of duty and strict honour has always been fascinating to me, and probably a big part of the reason why I love kung fu movies so much.
You see, in kung fu movies, whether it be two samurai about to face off over seemingly anything, or Chaun Ip Mung vs Chong Li in Bloodsport, there's a moment between the two fighters. That moment where despite their disagreement, their differences, their reasons for fighting, they respect and understand their opponent. Especially in samurai movies, where you will always see a very long pause before the beginning of a fight, as if to allow each combatant a time to fully prepare themselves physically and mentally for what is about to happen - to commit themselves totally to achieving victory for what they believe in.
Watching the E3 gameplay of Ghost of Tsushima, it is clear that the developers fully understand this, and are determined to tell their story in a way that honours and respects one of the most respected and awesome warrior the world has ever seen.
This is shown from the very first moment our protagonist draws his sword. You'll see "The Pause". Despite the two yelling at each other, the moment of preparation is there. And with one movement, one flick of the wrist, our hero draws his sword and takes down his opponent, drawing the fear and rage of his friends, and beginning the fight enounter.
There are multiple reasons to love this game, how it looks, how it tells its story, how its gameplay feels, but THIS was the moment I was 100% sold on Ghost of Tsushima and made it the most anticipated game for myself in recent memory.
With this type of character, I will truly be able to roleplay in my head that I am the honourable samurai, doing the honourable thing that honour demands, because honour is everything. I will be that Hattori Honzo - that Kwai Chang Caine - even that Frank Dux from Bloodsport or Nathan Algren from The Last Samurai - that I've always wanted to be.
I will finally be Samurai, and I just can't wait.
So...what'd you guys think? 😁