Ghost of Tsushima’s black-and-white mode celebrates samurai cinema

By Sherif Saed
15 May 2020 09:27 GMT

You can play Ghost of Tsushima with a Kurosawa filter.

It is very clear to anyone who watched Ghost of Tsushima‘s earlier cinematic trailers that developer Sucker Punch took a lot of cues from samurai cinema, and that undoubtedly includes the work of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

To pay tribute to the works that inspired Ghost of Tsushima, the developer created a mode that turns every scene into one that could have been in Yojimbo or The 47 Ronin. Samurai Cinema is essentially a filter that adds film grain to the image, and turns it completely black-and-white. You’ll even spot the visual artefacts common in films of the era.

Like the Japanese voice track, Samurai Cinema can be turned on from the start, and both combine to create the ultimate recreation of those classics in playable form.

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In case you missed it, Sucker Punch also gave us a decent look at combat, and how the wind and animals will guide players to points of interest around the map without the need for waypoints.

And let’s not forget the very involved photo mode, which is capable of creating much more than static images.

Ghost of Tsushima is out July 17 on PS4.

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