Have you seen Sony’s latest State of Play video featuring Ghost of Tsushima?

You haven’t?! Watch it below and then come back. No worries, I’ll be waiting. It’s damn worth it, I swear!

Holy feudal Japan, Batman! It’s incredible isn’t it? Almost looks like a next generation game, doesn’t it? Makes you wonder…will there be an enhanced version of the game accompanying the PS5 when it launches later this year?

…but that’s something to ponder upon some other day.

For now, let’s focus on what we know.

When Sony showed off the game at its E3 conference awhile back, I wasn’t too impressed. After all, Sony’s known to BS E3 sizzle reels before. Need I remind everybody of the Killzone 2 debacle?

Then Sekiro came along, with its similar setting and Souls-like gameplay and everybody forgot about Ghost of Tsushima…until now.

Now that’s it’s about to come out, Sony’s finally shown off what the gameplay’s going to be like…and it turns out its a lot like Assassin’s Creed. Hell, Sony might have just beaten Ubisoft to the punch in that regard, since fans have been asking for an Assassin’s Creed game set in old Japan.

Ghost of Tsushima takes place during a time frame in Japan’s history that I think has never been visited before. I certainly don’t recall playing a game set during the Mongol Invasion of Japan…and I’ve been playing for decades!

It doesn’t matter one bit though because Ghost of Tsushima looks breathtaking. Individual blades of grass wafting around in the wind, petals floating by in the air, wide open vistas…it’s like Sucker Punch took a look at romanticized notions of old Japan and made it into a game.

I have a weird feeling that I’ll be fooling around in the Photo Mode more than playing the game itself when release date comes around on 17 July.

Needless to say, we’ll have a review up as soon as we get our hands on the game!

Ibrahim's a hardcore gamer and Star Wars fan. He's obsessed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, even claiming that he's a descendant of the fictional Jedi Master. Other than that delusion, Ibrahim's pretty down to earth, collecting figures and buying games he'll never finish.