Sometimes you don't realise just how well a genre can be done until true masters of the craft come along.
We felt it back in 2015 with The Witcher 3, in 2017 with Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And now, to round out one hell of a showing of exclusives for the PS4, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima is another sublime, passion-filled, majestic open-world game with care and attention applied at every turn.
Combat is an elegant but strikingly brutal dance where enemies are opened up for swift finishers or chain-kills. Exploration learns all the right environmental lessons from Zelda, putting curios on the horizon or having Elder Scrolls-like NPC generation pointing you towards an upgrade or camp that needs clearing out.
The best part is the overall feeling that rea love went into bringing this 13th Century chunk of Japan to life. The array of wildlife that peppers the landscape, fact you can sit and compose a haiku as a gorgeous fiery sunset slowly slides under the horizon. Jin can even bust out a flute and play to the mountains themselves, or bow in respect to those around him.
Ghost of Tsushima is a stunning piece of art, and there are many secrets to find along the way.