Yakuza Director Heaps Praise on Ghost of Tsushima, Laments Restrictions of Japanese Game Development

Toshihiro Nagoshi the charismatic and colourful character behind the Yakuza series, has spoken at length about his appreciation for the recently released PS4 exclusive, Ghost of Tsushima. Despite being set on the Japanese island of the same name, Ghost of Tsushima was developed by Bellevue-based studio Sucker Punch, and Nagoshi thinks that Westerners sometimes have a knack for pleasing Japanese audiences.

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morganfell1400d ago

"There’s like a notion that Westerners don’t understand things (about Japan), but that hypothesis itself is mistaken,"

Another stick in the eye to these pandering journalists caterwauling over a Western company making a game about Japan.

There was an idea mentioned in the Ghost of Tsushima Bonus material for the Collector's Edition. I'll expand on that. An Italian Director, copying a Japanese Director, made movies in Spain...about the American Old West. And they are some of the most memorable movies in the Western genre. Commonly referred to as Spaghetti Westerns and the formula was perfected by Sergio Leone.

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isarai1400d ago

Well it goes both ways, and if you're someone who like Japanese games and pays attention to the industry it's infuriating as hell with how many times they censor, alter, or redact things from their games because westerners "wouldn't understand". i'm not even talking just sexualized things. Entire activities, missions, and levels have been cut from games because westerners "wouldn't understand". I remember they cut the gambling den and hostess club from yakuza 3-4 because of that. Hell often we just don't get entire games because of that mindset, it's aggravating

Hakuoro1400d ago

Only 3 cut the hostess part. Yakuza 4 has the hostess clubs.

isarai1400d ago

Yeah my bad, haven't played 3/4 in a while, wasn't sure which one, still, twas dumb

RgR1400d ago

That censorship is done by corporations not by demand from actual western gamers.

The idea that we wouldn't understand is their own interpretation and isn't necessarily a reality.

RgR1400d ago

Unfortunately journalists nowadays are more into inserting politics and division than true journalism.

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Bathyj1400d ago

I honestly don't think any Japanese developer would have done a better job than Sucker Punch did. They got every mark.

Can I just shout out how good the bamboo strikes feel. I think I only ever did one of them on my first attempt. Most took multiple tries. But when you nailed it and it cut through smooth man it felt so good.

Elda1400d ago

Agreed. When I finally got it & would have a "YES!" smile on my face.

RgR1400d ago

They feel very good.
I also like that it does require some practice.
The failure of cutting thru them also felt satisfying to me.like when it stops at that last bamboo...there are also two different failing animations.

Bathyj1400d ago

If it was easy it wouldn't make you Samarai

Nanas1399d ago

Japanese devs don't have the money or manpower to do real AAA stuff.

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ShadowWolf7121399d ago

Capcom and Square Enix say hi.

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Christopher1399d ago (Edited 1399d ago )

It was always the ones that mixed multiple buttons with L1 that got me for the full 7 bamboo strikes. What helped me was turning it into a musical beat process in my head similar to DDR.

Edit: And 100% agree with your assessment that this game feels like an homage to 50s/60s era Samurai cinema. I wish they had more time to flesh out some of the side quests more and get rid of a few others, it would have been an even better presentation. But, the Tales were really well done and the ending is beautiful in its presentation and visual aspects.

I hope everyone chose the path of Honor at the end.

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RgR1400d ago

Glad to see a Japanese dev speak truth to the actual haters out there who don't think other people can correctly represent other cultures.
This belief divides cultures and people and does not unite anything or anyone.

Nanas1399d ago

tl;dr marketing people keep saying we can't do things

Sooooooooooo stop listening to the dumbass marketing people? Having middle-aged guys as protags works out totally fine even in Japan, look at anime like Tiger & Bunny or manga like After the Rain.

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut PC Review - A Legend Reborn | The Nerd Stash

TNS: "Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut on PC is one of the best ports we've seen in recent years from one of the best action-adventure games ever."

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Ghost of Tsushima on PC delivers impressive upgrades over PS5

Ghost of Tsushima PC vs PS5, best settings and more in the Digital Foundry tech review.

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VincentVanBro4d ago

Playing this at a locked 175 fps on an OLED ultra wide at max settings is truly awe inspiring. A great way to replay this classic.

Psychonaut854d ago

Sweet! Glad to see it make the jump. Hopefully the PSN requirement doesn’t put too many people off. I think it’s only if you plan to play the Legends mode. It’s bullshit, but at least you can access the main game without making a PSN profile if that bothers you. I know on PC everyone’s sick of everyone trying to push their own launchers and shit.

Deeeeznuuuts4d ago

It's really not that big of a deal, PC players just love to complain, my friend has quite a few launches and never once complained, really no issues at all 😂😂😂 28514;

Goodguy014d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Indeed. It's for the trophies and online. I just hope Sony doesn't require ps plus subscription at some point for their online games. PC gamers have dealt with 3rd party launchers forever, just a bunch of silly complaints, nothing different.

just_looken4d ago


Right how dare those 180 countries that had this game listed a month ago but no longer do complain about a forced new regulation that is blocking the sale of the game even in japan.

Then you got the fact many countries need a goverment id to check if your legally a adult.

I have a psn account that is not linked to my steam account as having any form of vpn/antivirus and even something like discord can break there psn TOS. If your psn account gets banned via pc bs then your entire consoles online are bricked as do too them needing real information we all only have one account now.

FinalFantasyFanatic4d ago

I don't mind having a few launchers, just don't make me log into it all the time, it's astounding that some developers still persist with having their own launchers.

just_looken4d ago

Its a greed deal

Alot of them wanted to leave steam so they would not pay that 30% charge but then there overall number of sales dropped opps so now there back but with there launcher as a leach because all these games have attached bullshit like ubi points or capcom rewards/stat tracking even the activation launcher that needs to be a thing for cheaters/stat track i think even trophies to a extent.

Just be glad we do not have a sony launcher as it would no doubt be fighting rockstar for most unsecured worst launcher on pc.

anast4d ago

So we are lovin' PSN now? How fickle the herd is.

Aloymetal4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Some people love to complain but if it wasn't for Sony themselves they wouldn't be playing these amazing 1st party games on their PeeZees.