Ghostwire Tokyo Review by

Tango Gameworks leaves the land of survival horror and lands on the shores of action adventure with Ghostwire Tokyo. The studios founded by Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, Dino Crisis) invite us to discover the city of Tokyo and face a mysterious anomaly during a supernatural epic. Can a game published by Bethesda Softworks make a lasting impression?

paranormal investigation

Ghostwire Tokyo immerses us in the heart of the Japanese capital, gripped by a strange phenomenon responsible for the disappearance of almost the entire population, with the exception of a young Japanese. Akito of his name managed to resist the mysterious fog that shrouded the city thanks to the intervention of a spiritual being named K.K. This merger gives the former the opportunity to save his little sister, and the latter to take revenge on the occult master Hannya and the Legions of the Faceless, who caused the tragedy that has befallen Tokyo.

An open-world adventure game runs the risk of ruining its script by failing to impose it. After a strong introduction and an elaborate first act, it must be admitted that history is thrown back to the moment when it becomes a spectator of its own history. However, the production, which is mostly meant to reveal the plot, goes the extra mile when the need arises and serves us as a high-flown cinematography, admittedly few but excellently executed. Please note that Ghostwire Tokyo has Japanese and English dubs, as well as French subtitles (VOSTFR or VASTFR).

The writers also rely on storytelling gameplay through sequences that lack either imagination or poetry to drive the story forward. The young protagonist and his alter ego go through all the emotions, just like us, during visually stunning fairy tale sequences inspired by both the seventh art, especially the terrifying one, and Japanese folklore. From these moments in weightlessness, where ideas about time and space lose all common sense, creativity arises that borders on melancholy. The main theme underlying the story, namely grief, is explored both by the content, the story of Akito and KK, and the form… the gameplay.

Cleansing the city of Tokyo

With Ghostwire Tokyo, Tango Gameworks is on a mission to develop a believable open world that replicates the nerve center of Japan’s capital at 1:1 scale. The studios led by Shinji Mikami promised us life-size Tokyo and kept their word. The city of Tokyo stretches as far as (or almost) the eye can see and is full of iconic places to discover in a new supernatural light. Of course, the city is depopulated, which is quite justified by the scenario, but it is not empty and not without interest. Tokyo wants to be realistic and exotic, real and paranormal; familiar and mysterious.

From this urban labyrinth comes the heavy atmosphere of the end of the world. Although the environment is eventually repetitive, Tokyo obliges, the enjoyment of discovery remains the same throughout the adventure, which takes about fifteen hours to complete the game in a straight line (30 hours to complete the game in 100%). The Japanese city becomes a character in its own right, with its own codes, its own tricks and a history that belongs only to it. Tango Gameworks turns this metropolis into a field of opportunity with its share of primary and secondary missions, sometimes redundant, and this desire to push the walls. The exploration is not only wandering the streets, but also playing with the concept of verticality, and includes Akito on the rooftops as well as in the basements of the city.

Technically, the new creation of Tango Gameworks should not be ashamed of the competition. On the contrary, the game turns out to be solid, without errors, which guarantees smooth progress and offers a complete change of scenery with polished visuals. Ghostwire Tokyo won’t be remembered as a graphics revolution, but that doesn’t matter. Its main strength lies in its unparalleled unique atmosphere and its ability to surprise with an artistic direction that combines urban environments and supernatural elements. for the result is rarely (if ever) seen. Particular attention should be paid to visual effects, especially those that bring the hero’s powers to the screen.

The art of exorcism

Tango Gameworks is ditching the survival horror codes here and repurchasing the adventure game codes. Ghostwire Tokyo relies on numerous and intense battles, rather than survival and conservation of resources. There are a lot of health regeneration items and the concept of “ammo”, but it turns out to be secondary or even tertiary. The title focuses on using the powers of the hero he wields, and therefore us too, by extension, with disconcerting ease. From the fight comes a simple and exciting, even intoxicating pleasure – the mastery of the elements and their own destiny.

The first-person view, which can be confusing for many, reinforces this sense of immersion and emphasizes the urgency of the situation. A reduced field of vision and blind spots reinforce this ever-present sense of not being alone. However, Akito and KK can count on their supernatural abilities, the weaving of aether, to overcome a bestiary varied enough to renew interest in confrontations, and the same goes for the tasks assigned to them. Tango Gameworks hasn’t truly revolutionized the genre, but stands out for its esoteric take on first-person action games.

Exorcists are also tricked into using stealth, primarily when Akito and KK are separated, and using “lethal” weapons, starting with a bow and various talismans with multiple properties. These penetration phases, admittedly few, intensify the trip without actually changing its tone. The puzzles, bosses, and other game options devised by Japanese studios serve the same purpose, which is to break a certain sense of repetition inherent in the genre. In the end, Ghostwire Tokyo is not perfect, repetitive in moments, but shows originalityAnd this is the main point.

spiritual training

At the beginning of the adventure, Akito and his ethereal alter ego KK are unable to stand up to Hanna. To gain power and unlock new abilities, they are encouraged to unleash as many souls as possible, cleanse a Japanese city, and complete various tasks in exchange for substantial experience gains and level ups, among other things. Would you understand Ghostwire Tokyo incorporates RPG mechanics but doesn’t become dominant. This dimension of Light-RPG, present in many modern games, further immerses us in the adventure and strengthens our emotional connection with the main characters, directly influencing their fate.

In the end, 100% of the hero’s abilities and other skills are unlocked. While the path varies from player to player, the destination is definitely the same. Akito and KK are dedicated to mastering the art of exorcism in general. However, one can prefer certain rose gardens with different properties, which will be equipped in accordance with the current tasks, and choose a certain outfit that is of purely aesthetic interest to the latter. Ghostwire Tokyo is primarily an adventure game, and as such, gameplay and cosmetic customization options are limited to a few options.



  • Esoteric story dedicated to the theme of mourning.
  • Phases of the fairy game
  • 1:1 scale reconstruction of Tokyo
  • Exploration and verticality in level design
  • Supernatural atmosphere inspired by Japanese folklore
  • Thrilling fights with a rich bestiary
  • Light RPG Dimension
  • Japanese/English dub and French subtitles

Vulnerable points

  • History sometimes recedes
  • Unchanging urban environment
  • Fairly short life (15 hours straight – 30 hours at 100%)
  • Feeling like a repeat after ten hours (missions, goals)

Tango Gameworks’ video game offering will be a milestone. Never reaching perfection, Ghostwire Tokyo celebrates spirits. The 1:1 scale reconstruction of the Japanese capital, the exploration of the supernatural and urban open world, and the ethereal combat system are well worth the walk. True, the story sometimes rolls back and there is a certain feeling of repetition at the end of the course, but these few flaws are compensated by the very unusual work invented by Shinji Mikami and his team. Ghostwire Tokyo is truly that long-awaited unforgettable trip.

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