Despite a rather secretive advertising campaign by industry standards, the samurai action movie Ghost of Tsushima turned out to be a really big hit. The game from Sucker Punch not only broke records for new Sony IPs with initial sales, but in the end it turned out to be a massive open-world project, the thorough research of which can take under a hundred hours of real time. A game of this magnitude is expected to have a number of subtle features that are best learned early on. Therefore, in this Ghost of Tsushima guide we will focus on a few tips that will make it easier to walk through.
Follow the wind
Unlike the latest installments in the Assassins Creed series, the new Sony exclusive, as befits a game dedicated to Japanese culture, is imbued with a neat minimalism, which is especially evident in the interface and the way you navigate the game world. The main assistant in wanderings is the wind, directing air currents in the direction of the desired location. Of course, the most common way to interact with the system is to set a marker on the global map and then follow the gusts of wind until you arrive at the desired object.
However, there is another way to use the wind, which allows you to explore the island and practically not be distracted by opening the map, which will ensure maximum immersion. In the settings, you can regulate locations and collectibles, to which the wind will helpfully tell you the way, so that even if you don't know what to do at a particular moment, the wind will lead Jin to adventure. Note also that the list of objects to which you can indicate the direction of the wind is expanding over time.
Follow the animals
Another successful find of the developers is the animals on Tsushima, acting in most cases as the player's allies. Like the wind, animals are used as minimalist markers to guide you to the nearest points of interest. For example, fireflies circling in a circle will indicate fox holes when the foxes themselves are always ready to lead Jin to Inari Shrine.
Remember that the less you pay attention to the global map and, finally, allow yourself to dissolve in the game world, the more often you will begin to notice various markers of the animal world, such as a swarm of butterflies, indicating a place for meditation and composing a hokku. We also note the main advice for passing and exploring Ghost of Tsushima - if possible, try to follow the yellow birds. They are quite common and can lead to both a not particularly intricate collectible, and a multi-step side quest. Yellow birds are always a lottery.
Upgrade your katana first
The game Ghost of Tsushima has quite wide possibilities for customizing the samurai's equipment, so there is always something to spend resources on. But first of all, we recommend stopping at the upgrade of the katana with the help of a sharpening, which can be opened after completing the quest to save the forge. The assignment is taken in the early stages of the game and is part of the storyline campaign, so the player will never miss it. Remember that already from the first katana you can make a formidable weapon, since all swords differ only in appearance.
Throughout the entire storyline, the theme of Jin's internal conflict between the desire to rush into open battle against the Mongols, or to violate the samurai code and dishonestly kill enemies from behind, in order to equalize the chances, runs like a red thread. The plot conflict is directly reflected in the gameplay, revealing two styles of fighting: samurai and ghost, each of which has its own leveling tree. The first is designed for open collisions, the second for stealth. We recommend playing Ghost of Tsushima on PS4 with a samurai-style advantage, as aggressive as possible and facing Mongols head-to-head.
The combat system is, without a doubt, the best element of the game, giving even at medium difficulty a dose of adrenaline and rewarding Jin with a spectacular dance of death. By preferring stealth, you not only deprive yourself of the opportunity to observe perfectly staged samurai battles, but risk additional disappointment in the game, realizing how stupid and blind the opponents in Tsushima really are. However, if any battles are difficult, then passing Ghost of Tsushima in stealth mode will greatly simplify the game.
Defense is the best offense
Battles in the "Ghost of Tsushima" look most impressive when a dozen standard Mongols oppose Jin, whom our samurai can cut into rolls with well-aimed katana strikes without much risk for himself. But the more types of opponents, the more difficult it is to deliver a non-stop hail of blows, and therefore it's time to slow down a little and take a defensive position. While on the defensive, the main thing is to master the technique of timely blocking and parrying, in order to greatly simplify the battle with numerous Mongols. But do not forget about an unblockable strike, which is signaled by a sound signal and a red indicator on the enemy's weapon - only dodge will protect against such attacks.
Finish off enemies
War at any time is a brutal event, which is well proven by the game Ghost of Tsushima, where every battlefield is strewn with agonizing and barely alive opponents. It hurts even to look at such a sight, so the duty of an honest samurai is to save them from suffering, for which a notification in the game helpfully lights up indicating a button to kill the enemy. However, even if you do not want to play a samurai filled with honor to your enemies, then it is worth finishing them off at least for practical reasons - for each "deliverance from suffering" the game slightly replenishes the scale of determination.
Destroy Mongol camps
Traces of the expansion of the Mongolian army to Tsushima are not worth finding much work - you just need to pay attention to the numerous red icons on the map indicating the Mongol camps. We recommend that you pay primary attention to them and arrange punitive raids on the camps, freeing the lands from the invaders. Thus, you can open many collectibles, earn a large amount of experience already at the initial stages of the game and subsequently, when all camps are completely cleared, automatically dispel the fog of war on the global map.
Control the weather with your flute
The game Sucker Punch is full of unusual and stylish details that work to create an atmosphere, but in particular I would like to draw your attention in the guide to a little secret of Ghost of Tsushima - the ability to play the flute by swiping left on the controller's touchpad. At the beginning of the game, the flute will not have any impact on the surrounding world, but over time, having learned new melodies, Jin, with the help of playing the flute, will be able to change the weather at any time convenient for you. Collect fireflies, most often found in graveyards, to unlock new flute tunes in Ghost of Tsushima.
Read also our review of Ghost of Tsushima.
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