Video games are relentlessly violent. Ghost of Tsushima is no different, as duels leave enemies staggering, blood spurting from gaping wounds. The island burns as it’s pillaged by the hordes, and our hero is bent on brutal revenge.
But in stark contrast, Ghost of Tsushima’s photo mode is able to fully exploit the atmosphere, beauty and sound of its 13th Century setting, pausing the violence to transport viewers to a truly tranquil and escapist idyll.
Watch our 20 minute video below to float with the gentle flowing water. Listen to the creaking forests as leaves rise and fall in the wind. Marvel at the lush grass blowing like swirling currents. Drift off to the crackle of a bonfire. Try not to pee yourself as the stream trickles in the background.
You can read our full review of Ghost of Tsushima here. It’s Sony’s last big PlayStation 4 exclusive and although it has its faults, it’s undeniably beautiful.
If this video has pushed you over the edge and you want to buy Ghost of Tsushima, you can pick up the Special Edition on Amazon US, which comes with a steelbook case and lots of in-game extras like skins and charms, as well as a director’s commentary. In the UK, the standard edition comes with a custom print cover.