Ghost of Tsushima is out and players are raving about its beautiful open world and stunning narrative. There is a lot to love but one thing to be aware of is that this game is massive. That being said, it's an enjoyable ride but we have a few more tips on how to make it infinitely more so. Here are 5 things you need to know while playing Ghost of Tsushima. 

5 Things You Need to Know While Playing Ghost of Tsushima

There is a lot to unpack in this game, and that's not even including the wonderful Photo Mode and various locations to explore. That being said, this is an intro guide into what you need to be aware of whether or not you're just diving in for the first time, or just looking for a few tips along the way. 

Take out the archers first

You will encounter many enemies throughout your time in Ghost of Tsushima and each fight will include different types of foes with various strengths and weaknesses. That being said, if you enter into a hostile zone and you see archers are at attention, make sure you take them out first. Those arrows pack a mighty punch and their continued survival can throw out every single one of your defensive strategies right out of the feudal window. 

The way we recommend to take them on is charging them, but make sure to dodge and zig zag when doing so so you don't catch an arrow to the face. Heavy attacks are especially helpful when dealing with this type of enemy, so one to two really good hits should do the trick (most of the time.)

Yellow birds and foxes are your best friend

You're going to want to keep an eye out for any yellow birds you may see in-game. The developers at Sucker Punch forwent an extensive HUD as to not break the in-game immersion, which is stunning but can make navigation a wee bit tricky at times. When looking to explore the open world to its upmost potential, you're going to want to follow the yellow bird spotted in order to uncover previously undiscovered locations. 

These yellow birds are there to mark undiscovered locations and key spots Jin will need to go throughout his journey. Follow them in order to spot those places, especially the following: 

  • Bamboo Cuts
  • Fox Dens
  • Hot Springs
  • Haiku Spots

Jin will also have help from adorable foxes in-game that will guide him to shrines. These shrines will allow Jin to upgrade his Charms and earning more. Charms are key for those looking to unlock new skills and various perks, which will be more than helpful when it comes to combat. Don't forget to follow them! Plus, they're cute, which helps. 

Don't rely too much on fast travel

Fast travel is incredible in games, especially big ones, but they also can be a hindrance. A lot of Ghost of Tsushima's charm relies on the beauty of various locations and the secret charm they keep. If you rely too much on fast travel, you're going to be missing a lot. Not just beauty, you'll also miss out on quite a few opportunities to level up Legend and Technique Points, which will only serve you for the better after each encounter. 

Take pictures

The photo mode in Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best we've ever seen. It's intricate, it's highly customizable, and even creates stunning video clips for those truly excited to share with the world their discoveries. Use the heck out of this, you're going to want to. From the various scenic settings to the brutal fights, capturing these moments is infinitely more interesting than previous photo modes. Will this tip help you in combat? No, but it sure will make you feel pretty. 

Choose wisely

One of the first choices players can make in-game has to do with which horse to go with. There are three horse options available, all nameable. While small changes can be seen with the choice, the main reason for this is that this is basically your version of Roach from The Witcher. Your horse is your constant companion, so have a little care when you pick your buddy for battle. 

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Most importantly, have fun. This game has a lot of freedom, more so than many realize. Take your time, smell the proverbial roses - play the game your way because that's exactly how it is meant to be played. 

Ghost of Tsushima is available now exclusively for PlayStation 4. Be sure to check out our Game Hub here for even more tips and tricks throughout your samurai adventures!