Sucker Punch Productions already had an impressive track record with hits like Sly Cooper and Infamous, but the developer reached a new level of popularity and prestige with 2020's Ghost of Tsushima. The game is once again in the spotlight thanks to Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut, which came out on August 20, 2021.

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This new version adds loads of features, all of which are detailed below. Most of these are also included in the PS4 edition of the update, but a select few are only for those who have the next-generation console. There is enough content here to satisfy those who want to return to the highly acclaimed 2020 Sony Exclusive. For those who never touched Ghost of Tsushima, now is as good a time as ever to jump in.

8 Frame Rate Options

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To be fair, a better, smoother frame rate was already available for PS5 owners, even though it was still technically running the PS4 version. However, the update does add the choice for a graphics or frame rate option.

Oddly enough, both options target 60 frames per second. Even the resolution mode manages to maintain a smooth frame rate most of the time. The game already looks so good on PS4, seeing it run smoother only adds to the fidelity. Unfortunately, there is no option to have the game target 120 frames per second, a feature that is becoming increasingly more common.


7 Iki Island

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The director's cut adds more than just features for the gameplay experience. A whole new chunk of content is added in the form of an Iki Island. This new play area includes several story missions and a handful of side quests.

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Don't expect anything on the scale of the original game, but the amount of content available should occupy you for anywhere between four and ten hours, depending on how much bonus content you engage with.

6 More Accessibility Options

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The original Ghost of Tsushima came with accessibility features, but many were unsatisfied with the initial offers. The director's cut adds more options, including larger text, a lock-on mechanic, and increased notifications for finding items and secrets in the world.

It isn't perfect but more options are always welcome as it allows more people to play it who otherwise would not be able to. Other Sony exclusive games like Last of Us Part 2 have received more positive feedback for the implementation of their accessibility features.

5 DualSense Functionality

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The DualSense is considered a huge step up from the DualShock 4. It is more comfortable than its predecessor and adds features to increase immersion such as the adaptive triggers and the haptic feedback. Many games are utilizing these to different results.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut adds a whole slew of controller-related features to the gameplay. Everything from horse riding to aiming the bow and more elicit a reaction from the controller. It never becomes obtrusive, either.

4 An Option To Target Individual Enemies

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A major complaint of the combat in the original release was the automatic targeting system when taking on multiple combatants simultaneously. It usually works well, but for some, it does the opposite of what they want a few too many times.

The director's cut gives players two more options when it comes to targeting enemies. The first lets you target an enemy and lose the lock on once the foe dies. The second option swaps the lock on to a new opponent immediately afterward. Some have no problems with the way things have been, but more customization options are always a good thing.

3 No Load Times

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On the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima already has impressively fast load times. Once you are in the game world it is relatively seamless. You'll only see a load screen when fast traveling, and even then it lasts for a brief moment before you are brought to the new location.

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Taking advantage of the PS5's SSD, Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut eliminates load times entirely. Pressing X on the PS5's menu and entering the game world takes less than 15 seconds. Knowing there are no load times makes starting a gaming session easier and more enjoyable.

2 Japanese Lip Synching

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As appreciative as gamers were for the inclusion of the Japanese voice track on the initial release, many were disappointed at the lack of proper lip-synching. Players want to play in Japanese for increased immersion, so seeing the characters' lips not synch up to the sound defeated the purpose of it.

The new release remedies this issue by adding Lip Synching to the Japanese voice track. This feature is only available on the PS5 version, an upsetting fact for those who feel it should have been included in the first place.

1 New Control Schemes

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Ghost of Tsushima already controls smoothly, which is pretty impressive considering the number of tools you juggle in a battle and while exploring the world. Anybody who is not fully satisfied with the default controls can now pick from two other options.

You can now essentially reverse the entire control scheme or make the shoulder buttons attack, similar to more modern action games. The left-handed control schemes even change up the analog sticks. The game still does not let you fully customize the controls, however.

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