Ghost of Tsushima Legends Raids Are Simplistic & Bizarre
Massive multiplayer online (MMO) adventures remain a staple in the video game industry. From the daily grind of collecting loot to the daunting task of conquering hoards of enemies, close collaboration and teamwork define the MMO genre. Despite its consistent popularity, not all players enjoy online multiplayer games. In fact, a growing demographic prefers the single-player experience. Until now, these two shades of opinion were diametrically opposed. But on Monday, Sucker Punch Productions announced a free co-op multiplayer mode called Ghost of Tsushima Legends, which arrives on PS4 in the fall and includes massive gameplay changes. Let’s dive in.
Multiple Legends are Born
Incorporating online multiplayer into a purely single-player experience is a difficult feat for studios to overcome. While first-person shooters, such as the Call of Duty and Halo series, have successfully integrated solo campaigns and multiplayer challenge modes, the action-adventure genre continues to struggle. The Dark Souls franchise remains the best example of blending the two gameplay modes with its PvP and summoning mechanics. But Sucker Punch Productions is attempting to push the envelope with its Ghost of Tsushima Legends expansion.
Announced on August 17, Ghost of Tsushima Legends features a series of online multiplayer experiences. Taking place outside the island of Tsushima, Legends offers a series of additional co-op story and survival missions for up to four players. Fans of Japanese folklore can choose among four new classes of samurai warriors and partner with friends and strangers alike to defeat challenging enemies. Once the Story and Survival missions are complete, players can attempt to conquer raid battles with up to four-player squads.
Although the concept is unoriginal, introducing raids into Ghost of Tsushima is a bizarre choice. While its exploration and aesthetic are among the best on PlayStation 4,Ghost of Tsushima does little to innovate in the realm of combat mechanics. In fact, other modern games in the action-adventure genre, such as Assassin’s Creed and The Witcher 3, offer more robust options for raids and other multiplayer experiences. The choice to include a vigorous multiplayer expansion is peculiar, especially for a game whose combat is pedestrian. Though Sucker Punch has promised to reveal new customization options, we remain skeptical about how fans will welcome the new content.
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