Ghost of Tsushima Announces Two New Gameplay Modes

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Challenge modes and boss rushes are commonplace updates following the successful launch of modern games. While dedicated fans appreciate increased difficulty settings, casual players enjoys a more carefree experience. On Monday, SuckerPunch Productions announced an update for Ghost of Tsushima that is sure to appease both audiences. Let’s dive in.

Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

Difficulty in video games remains a controversial topic. Although most players enjoy a challenge, segments of the community have promoted the toxic “git gud” culture. Despite the divide in philosophy, studios have done their best to make video games accessible for all.

Ghost of Tsushima is by no means the most difficult video game. By combining Assassin’s Creed gameplay with Breath of the Wild’s open-world style, Sucker Punch’s masterpiece already appeals to a wide audience. On Monday, the game-of-the-year contender announced two new difficulty modes: Lethal and Lower Intensity.

  • Lethal
    • Enemy weapons are more deadly but so is Jin’s takana
    • Enemies are more aggressive and detect Jin faster
    • Parry and Dodge windows are smaller
  • Lower Intensity Combat
    • Jin can now block almost all enemy attacks, which includes most “red” attacks
    • After landing a successful blow, enemies will briefly stop attacking Jin
    • Enemies briefly pause their attacks while Jin is healing
    • Finally, the awareness meter builds more slowly

While Ghost of Tsushima does not substantially innovate with its gameplay or narrative, the developers at Sucker Punch Productions continue to deliver a beautiful and accessible experience. The Last of Us Part II will likely win game-of-the-year in December; however, the samurai action-adventure game is a perfect swansong for the PlayStation 4.


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