Parents' Guide to

Ghostwire: Tokyo

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violent ghost-busting adventure scares up unique urban tale.

Ghostwire: Tokyo box shot featuring a Japanese man wielding energy in front of a ghost.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

13 but mild

A good game over all. Has an amazing story and a lot of non gory action. There’s no blood or gore some use of language but overall a good game for teens
age 12+

good role models, little bit creepy and very fun.

A very fun game to play his your kid likes anime, japan, or ghost busters. This game does have some scary bits like creepy masks and headless bodies(without blood), but there is a lot of teamwork and good character role models. This game does not have any blood, when you kill the ghosts in this game you just have to rip out the yellow cores from their body. Still this is an amazing and it is worth to spend time on it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

At its core, this fright-filled offering is a familiar open-world action-adventure, complete with first-person combat and an objective-cluttered map. But Ghostwire: Tokyo's detailed urban setting, specter-slaying encounters, and supernatural-themed storytelling -- now enhanced with extended cut scenes that further develop characters as well as the game's yokai lore -- help separate it from genre contemporaries. Trading the typical guns, grenades, and melee weapons for an arsenal of elemental-based abilities feels great, as does upgrading these various paranormal powers via a sprawling skill tree. There's a bit of a learning curve, as the game introduces and teaches several of its systems and mechanics at a pretty rapid pace. The basics of combat and exploration are easy to pick up, but secondary features, such as praying at statues to increase SP, performing hand gestures to breach obstacles, and freeing spirits -- which can seem confusingly similar to protecting souls -- can get jumbled together. Seasoned gamers should clear these hurdles with little effort, but newcomers could become a bit overwhelmed.

When not taking on the game's imaginative line-up of nightmare-conjuring ghouls and ghosts, you're free to explore its sprawling city -- an intricately crafted, highly atmospheric take on modern day Tokyo -- and engage in spooky side quests and activities, including a new school area with new missions and skills introduced in the Spider's Thread update. Saving lost souls, helping troubled spirits, and interacting with plenty of cute cats and dogs are all on the agenda. As much fun as this ghost story can be, especially once you get a handle on all it has to offer, it does suffer from some repetition and pacing issues. Because it front loads most of its gameplay features and enemy types at the start of the adventure, its back half just doesn't pack as many surprises or fresh threats. Still, if you're craving an open-world romp that trades the usual tropes for an inspired setting, story, and characters, Ghostwire: Tokyo is worth getting goosebumps over.

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