Japanese developers have voted samurai epic Ghost Of Tsushima as their favourite game of the year, even though it was made in Washington.
Game of the year lists are currently piling up across the internet (ours will be along shortly) but while it certainly wasn’t a bad game Ghost Of Tsushima hasn’t been topping many lists made by Western outlets. However, it has been nominated as the best of the year in the 2020 Famitsu awards.
Every year, magazine Famitsu asks multiple Japanese developers what their favourite game of the year was and they’re rarely what you might expect, as although Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding won last year the winner in 2018 was Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Obviously Ghost Of Tsushima’s historical setting is likely to catch the eye of any Japanese developer, but it was primarily developed by Washington-based developer Sucker Punch, who previously made the inFamous games.
Despite what you might imagine samurai themed games are quite rare in Japan, especially for big budget titles, as publishers instead concentrate on games that they consider have a wider global appeal.
Ghost Of Tsushima has been a surprise success everywhere though and there’s already signs that Sucker Punch have started work on a sequel.
The underlying gameplay of Ghost Of Tsushima is very similar to the older Assassin’s Creed games and yet similar open world titles are also rare from Japanese developers, so it’ll be interesting to see if Ghost Of Tsushima ends up influencing future games.
The other games in Famitsu’s top five are more predictable choices, although Fall Guys is another interesting pick as while it’s popular worldwide it’s not something that’s really been lauded for its game design.
Famitsu Games of the Year 2020
1. Ghost Of Tsushima (PS4)
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
3. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
4. Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin (PS4, Switch, and PC)
5. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4 and PC)
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