[PlayStation 4] Ghost of a Tale Review
Ghost of a Tale from SeithCG and Plug In Digital is a great looking stealth adventure you should check out on PlayStation 4. Learn more about it in our Ghost of a Tale review!
Ghost of a Tale is about the journey of Tilo, a minstrel mouse who must escape from the fate befallen upon him after being thrown into the dungeons of Dwindling Heights. Why? Because Mirra, his one true love, has been taken away by the rats! You will need to use your natural talents of speed and stealth, as well as your wit, to escape from your current predicament. Perhaps if you first eat that piece of bread on the corner of the cell you’re in, you might recover some of your health and find an item that could help you get started…
Controls are easy to understand for this 3D stealth release. You can move around with the left analog stick and can spin the camera with the right analog stick. You can also jump with the Circle button, while the X button is used for interacting with things. You can throw something with the Triangle button, or you can drop it with the Square button. If you need to run somewhere, you can do so by pressing and holding down the L2 button, but you should always remember this will create some extra noise. If, on the other hand, you want to take it extra slow, you can sneak around by pressing and holding down the R2 button. The L1 button will be for your map, and you can use your perception skill with the L1 button. Finally, the touchpad on the DualShock 4 can be used to access your inventory. Oh, and you can remap all actions if you want to, except for your inventory.
You should search everywhere in prison, inside of treasure chests, basin, chamber pots, anywhere that might hold an item or two, since you will need all the help you can get to survive! If you end up making too much noise you might attract the attention of a guard, so you’ll need to quickly sprint away so that he can’t see where you’re going. If you manage to do this quickly enough, you will have a chance to press and hold the R2 button to sneak so that you can then press the X button to interact with any of the larger objects in which you can hide. While in hiding, you might also want to do a quicksave, as well as a proper save of your progress.
As you play the game and interact with other characters, you will sometimes notice words that are of a different color. This means you can check out a footnote that will give you extra information on that particular term – be that a word, a thing or the name of a character. You should always check footnotes so that you can learn more about the world of Ghost of a Tale and its lore, and the same goes for checking out any of the documentation you might find during your adventure – there’s one book, in particular, you can unlock by collecting red roses for your love.
Once you exit the prison and meet up with a Rat that is different from the rest you run into during your adventure, you will get to experience a bit more open of a tale. You will gain a bit more freedom for your actions, but you will still be trapped inside of a larger area. But at least that means you can take on some quests and explore away! You will gain access to dozens of quests given to you by some of the NPC in Ghost of a Tale, and completing these quests, as well as an assortment of extra objectives, will net you some experience points to improve your character’s health and resilience, as well as unlock some trophies.
Speaking of trophies, Ghost of a Tale includes a full list with a Platinum trophy. While it’s not a hard one to get, it is going to be a long one – probably 15-20 hours or so depending on your skill level and how good you are at spotting items to collect and things to interact with. There are two tips I can give you: take things slowly so that you can keep hidden from guards, since one of the trophies requires that you don’t eat anything during the entire game to recover your health; always talk to NPC to see if they have a new quest for you, because if you don’t do this and focus on the main storyline and advance too quickly, you might end up missing out on some quests, thus locking you out of a couple of trophies.
Ghost of a Tale is gorgeous game on PlayStation 4 that stealth fans are going to love. Other than some minor dips in the game’s framerate (particularly in areas where there is more for you to see, far off in the distance), this is a solid game that feels, for lack of a better term, indie AAA. You’ll experience day and night cycles, fetch quest, some light puzzle solving, stealth sections… what more would you want in a game like this? Can you help Tilo save Mirra before it is too late?
This Ghost of a Tale review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by SeithCG.