Ghostwire: Tokyo Explores the World of Yokai

Ghostwire Tokyo

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Ghostwire: Tokyo is a brand new first-person action game developed by the Japanese studio Tango Gameworks and is exclusively available on the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC. Set in the neon sprawl of Tokyo, the game tells a suspenseful story of spirits, specters, and other supernatural entities. While Tango Gameworks is best known for their horror series, The Evil Within, Ghostwire: Tokyo is much more similar to previous works by Tango Gamework’s founder, Shinji Mikami. For those familiar with titles like killer7, Shadows of the Damned, or the historic Resident Evil franchise, you should know what to expect from Ghostwire: Tokyo. Regardless, this brand new game from Mikami and crew is one of the best representations of Japanese horror and the folklore that inspires it.

How Ghostwire: Tokyo Pays Tribute to Japanese Folklore

In Ghostwire: Tokyo, you play as Akito, a young man living in Tokyo, Japan. When the majority of the city’s population vanishes overnight and Japanese demons known as yokai invade the city streets, Akito is left to solve the mystery. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), Akito endures a brutal motorcycle accident but is saved at the last minute when a spirit detective possesses his body and grants him supernatural powers. Outfitted with devastating abilities that let him rip apart and banish yokai from the city, Akito is the last hope for Tokyo.

Although the game starts out with the sort of jump-scare hefty atmosphere you might expect from a supernatural ghost story, Ghostwire: Tokyo is smart about how it depicts the yokai. These lost souls often need help to regain peace, with various self-contained stories popping up in side-quests. After the exciting intro, the game settles into a slower pace, acting as a perfect opportunity for virtual tourism of Tokyo. Better yet, the game has plenty of small secrets that observant gamers will discover. For example, the constant downpour of rain is not water droplets, but rather falling kanji symbols for rain.

Overall, Ghostwire: Tokyo hasn’t been the biggest hit of the year, but critics can’t stop praising the game’s realistic depiction of its titular city and the accuracy to the Japanese folklore on which it’s based. For gamers who enjoy first-person experiences or Japanese horror buffs that appreciate accuracy, Ghostwire: Tokyo is a must-play PlayStation 5 title. Luckily, Xbox users will be able to enjoy the game soon, as the title is set to release on Xbox Series S/X after its 1-year exclusivity deal with PlayStation.