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PlayStation Plus free game is one of the best-looking open-world games ever made

Dan Lipscombe

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PlayStation Plus free game is one of the best-looking open-world games ever made

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You can play one of the most gorgeous open-world games of the modern era by just having a PlayStation Plus Extra subscription. It takes around 61 hours to finish everything this game has to offer and every minute is astonishing to experience.

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There are hundreds of brilliant PlayStation Plus games right now for subscribers on the Extra and Premium tier that are all worth your attention. But with hundreds of free games and thousands of hours of gameplay across them all, it can be a little daunting to know where to start.

Take a look at Ghost Of Tsushima in action below!

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The good news is we've got you've covered, and would like to point you in the direction of one of the best-looking open-world games ever made. I'm, of course, talking about Ghost of Tsushima - one of the most beautiful games in recent memory.

The Japanese countryside has never looked so good. Cherry blossom petals drift on gentle breezes; dashes of orange flit from behind trees as foxes seek interaction; mists part to reveal temples lovingly created by a team who want to whisk you away to a different world.

It's easy to get lost in Ghost of Tsushima. As with any open-world game, you can find yourself wandering off the beaten path in search of a temple or a hot spring, perhaps even an area where you will pen a haiku. Tsushima feels like a living, breathing world whose beauty is only rivalled by its harsh combat. Because you're never quite safe from ambush or roaming parties of disgruntled locals, or a warlords retinue.

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There's plenty of tension in the story here. It's a traditional story of loyalty, honour and bravery. The whole game is akin to an Akira Kurosawa film in its depictions of samurai life - there's even an option to play the game in black and white, conjuring the feel of Seven Samurai or Rashomon. Ghost of Tsushima wears its inspiration plainly. If it weren't for Eastern cinema, the game simply wouldn't exist.

Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima

The tension in the cut scenes is riveting, the characters are fully rounded out and every scenic view feels cinematic in tone and colour palette - photo mode really came into its own with this one. Due to the open nature of the world - there are no densely populated towns - every journey feels like a picture postcard. It's up to you, as Jin Sakai, to protect your homeland from a Mongol invasion which looks to destroy everything you hold dear.

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I loved this game. It was one that swept me away from life without me quite realising it. I knew I'd enjoy it, because of it's Japanese setting, but I expected Ghost of Tsushima to be something I dipped into every now and then. Instead, I played it non-stop, seeking out every combat option, fighting everyone I could, seeking out foxes who would guide me to collectibles. In the end I pursued the platinum trophy and sought to see everything I could in this truly wonderful game.

Topics: Ghost Of Tsushima, PlayStation, Playstation Plus, Free Games

Dan Lipscombe
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