Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery – Ghost of Tsushima

Welcome back to another edition of Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery! Today, I’m continuing the trend of focusing on one single game experience, as previous posts have been dedicated to showcasing various screenshots I took while playing through games like The Last of Us Part 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. A lot of the games I’ve played the last year(or two) have been sprawling, open-world games in which I spend many, many hours playing with a considerable number of them utilizing the in-game photo mode. I picked up Ghost of Tsushima right at launch this past July and played it for a few hours, but ended up setting it aside to chase after a platinum trophy in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and sort of got buried among all the other games I was playing through last fall and through the winter. In my first few hours, I definitely enjoyed Ghost of Tsushima and appreciated the visuals and environments as it attempts to bring a Kurosawa-esque samurai film experience to the PlayStation 4, but felt like the game hadn’t quite clicked for me. After finishing up Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’s main story and trophies, I decided to jump back in and give Ghost of Tsushima another try. It took maybe another hour or two, but the gameplay loop and combat mechanics have finally started to make sense. At this time, I’ve made it roughly halfway(maybe a little more?) through the game…with plenty of that time being spent taking lots of screenshots as I travel across the island’s various locales. Ghost of Tsushima just may have some of the most gorgeous art design and landscapes I’ve seen in a game, making it difficult to make it from one destination to the next without stopping just to admire something, be it bamboo leaves falling through the forest as the wind moves the blades of grass or a slash of Jin’s katana cutting through bandits like a flash of lightning. The game is able to evoke a range of emotions just from it’s gorgeous visuals, here’s some of my favorite shots taken from my time with Ghost of Tsushima so far…

The color hues and terrain give an otherworldly presence to Tsushima island
I love this shot. The fortress backdrop and imposing shadow amidst the flames give feel particularly ominous here…
The morning fog hangs over the pond…
Basking in moonlight as the Ghost moves through the forest…
Nothing but the glint of cold steel…
Moments of serenity as a counterbalance to moments of intense combat….
The photo stamp sits nearly parallel to Jin’s blade in this shot. The blood splatter also blends in seamlessly…

That’s all for now. Looking forward to wrapping up Ghost of Tsushima and seeing the rest of everything(and trophies) the game has to offer. Sucker Punch has done an admirable job in bringing a brand new IP to the Sony stable. If you’ve already played GoT, what did you think of it? Let me know. Thanks for reading!

Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery – Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

It was about this time last year that I came up with the idea to showcase just a few of the many, many screenshots I had saved on my PS4 at the time, it’s also (quite)likely I had little else to post for the week(same excuse today?).

As I’ve mentioned frequently since starting this blog, I’m usually playing multiple games at any given time. The past few months I’ve tried to organize this into two or so games into three different categories – blogging, streaming, or personal. The two….well, ok…three games that have been occupying the latter category are Hades(yes, still), Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and finally, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – which I’ve spent the majority of my time playing when not either streaming or catching up on WordPress projects.

I included AC: Valhalla in my list of favorite games of 2020 a couple weeks ago and mentioned that it took me just a little longer to get invested in than the two previous Assassin’s Creed games – Origins and Odyssey, but since then I have come to really enjoy the game. I’m not sure where I’d place it on my list of favorite Assassin’s Creed games(that I’ve played), though one thing I greatly appreciate is the way Valhalla features a variety of objectives and activities that aren’t simply “take out this enemy” or fetch quests. In fact, I’d wager to say my favorite part of Valhalla has simply been roaming 10th Century England and discovering areas along with the various side quests. I was as surprised as anyone when I started legitimately enjoying the Animus anomalies(which remind me a lot of the 3d puzzles from Mario Sunshine) or stacking rocks for the cairns. Of course, in addition to all of this I’ve spent a very significant amount of time in photo mode taking screenshots of the gorgeous environments featured in the game, which brings us back to today’s post…let’s take a stroll through some of my favorite screenshots I’ve managed to take while playing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Skäl!

The world in Valhalla, like Origins and Odyssey before it, is epic in both sight and scale.
The game begins in snowy Norway before crossing the North Sea into England.
Some of the recurring themes throughout Valhalla are weightier things like death, faith, and the often cruelties and frivolities of life, making the game quite dark at times..
From vast expanses of marshlands and mountain ranges to settlements along the rivers and seaside cliffs, the England of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is stunningly beautiful. The lighting effects in the game are excellent as well…

At this time, I’ve invested just short of 80 hours into Valhalla and I still haven’t quite reached the halfway point of the main story, which makes it an even longer game than AC: Odyssey. As mentioned above, a big portion of my play time has been spent in photo mode or simply exploring the many shires and villages of England, so I’m not sure what my final amount of hours played will be. I do know the story takes some big twists and turns moving forward so I’m curious to see where it winds up.

Have you played Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla? What are other games you’ve played that you’ve found yourself simply soaking up the world more than anything else in them? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!