Often, when foreigners bring Japan to life, they don’t quite hit the mark. Sometimes, their vision of the country is eye-rollingly egregious. But sometimes, they portray it in a way that even the Japanese praise. According to the early reviews in Japan, Ghost of Tsushima is an example of the latter.
All of that effort clearly appealed to Japanese gaming bible Famitsu, as it’s been awarded a perfect score by the magazine. This makes it the third Western game ever to receive a 40/40 from the publication, following The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Grand Theft Auto V.
Technologically, Ghost of Tsushima is excellent, it's Sucker Punch's best release yet and it's clearly a cut above most of the open world fare we've seen this generation, but compared to the standards set by Sony's remarkable run of first-party hits, it doesn't quite feel like the finished article.
According to them, it's smoother than most other big open world games (TW3, the last few AC games) on all PS4 versions. Base PS4 can have drops to 28~29 during combat. Pro's Quality mode (1800p) runs better than that and Pro's Performance mode (1080p/30 FPS) runs even better with 100% locked frame rate.
They are generally impressed with base PS4 performance as well so any base PS4 owners can also pick this up without much worry.