I’ve a really restricted capability for horror video games, and so my first response to Ghostwire: Tokyo, the brand new undertaking from Evil Inside studio Tango Gameworks, was, “Eh, I do not want this stress.” However the extra I’ve seen of it, the extra I’ve turn into.
A brand new 18-minute gameplay trailer posted in the present day by IGN actually cements that impression. It is undoubtedly bizarre, however the participant character is approach an excessive amount of of a heavy hitter for any actual facet of horror to enter into it. It is extra of a supernatural stealth-brawler: Use your powers to search out some dangerous guys, sneak up on them, and throw palms.
In fact, there’s much more than simply fistfights happening right here. As Mollie put it in her current preview, your main weapon in Ghostwire: Tokyo is—and I quote—”cool dancey hand magic,” recognized throughout the sport’s lexicon as Ethereal Weaving. Amongst different issues, the facility permits gamers to ship a beatdown onto enemies and, when the time is correct, to tear out their “core,” a type of quick-and-dirty exorcism of the demons which have turned all of the folks of Tokyo into spirits which are being sucked into the void, which is why the place is so rattling empty. Like I mentioned, it is bizarre.
A extra particular instance of that weirdness happens in the course of the early little bit of the video, when the participant hunts down one thing referred to as a kappa with a cucumber. However because it seems, it is contextually applicable weirdness: A kappa, based on Wikpedia, is an amphibious spirit in Japanese folklore, and sure, they’ve a deep fondness for cucumbers. (Additionally they apparently make a passion of pulling the shirikodama out of their victims by the use of their anus, and it will be enjoyable to see how that performs out within the sport.)
The phase additionally served up one in every of my favourite bits of captioning in current instances:
Ghostwire: Tokyo is ready to return out on March 25. A free visible novel that units up the occasions within the sport referred to as Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude is now out there on Steam.