Over the next week, we will be posting features for what we’ve nominated to be the best games of 2020. Then, on December 17, we will crown one of the nominees as GameSpot’s Best Game of 2020, so join us as we celebrate these 10 games on the road to the big announcement. Be sure to check out our other end-of-the-year coverage collected in our Best Games of 2020 hub.
Ghost of Tsushima is a game defined by moments. These moments all contribute to one singular goal: to uphold the hyper-stylized vision of a western take on a samurai film. Even if your brain knows that parts of Ghost of Tsushima are not historically accurate, the game is full of both story and gameplay sequences all devoted to making you say, “Okay, that was pretty dope.” Developer Sucker Punch knows what tropes players likely want to get out of a samurai film-inspired game, and each aspect of Ghost of Tsushima is built around leading the player towards experiencing them.
It all amounts to a game that–even if there are issues with the cohesive whole–delivers an open-world action experience that sticks with you long after you’ve finished its emotional gut punch of an ending. Admittedly, there’s nothing truly unique about Ghost of Tsushima in terms of what you’re allowed to do in its world, whether that’s clearing out camps of enemies, hunting down collectibles, completing a checklist of side quests, or unlocking new abilities in a skill tree. But the game takes these run-of-the-mill, traditional aspects of its genre and ties them to memorable set pieces and encounters, invigorating them with a thrilling satisfaction and style that can be absent in other games.
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