When at the end of 2020, everybody will list the best games of the year, hardly will anyone skip Ghost of Tsushima, a samurai epic set in the XIII century, and loosely based on real events. Everyone has already noticed that love for detail and thorough recreation of ancient Japan. It’s enough to watch the Ghost of Tsushima trailer to see that it’s true.
But let’s focus on Ghost of Tsushima gameplay. The combination of RPG and fighting seems of little innovation, but these tips, even obvious, will help you understand where you’re at. Don’t be surprised if some of these tips rather resemble a ninja way than that of a samurai: new dangers require new replies.
How to Fight
- Sword mastery requires learning and training. Learn various blocks and combat stances before you actually need them in the combat. This will let you oppose sword or bow attacks and dodge arrows.
- Timing is everything. It’s not only about being polite: it’s about being alive. Perfect timing will let you kill enemies with one hit.
- Stealth is an art hard to learn for a noble samurai. But later you’ll discover that what’s noble against other samurai is no good for those gaijin. So you master Stealth with a Ghost Meter that you fill with flawless kills.
- Archers are the most dangerous enemies (that’s correct: an average samurai of the XIII century was an archer rather than a swordsman). So take the enemy archers out as soon as you spot them.
- Throwing knives seems a ninja manner. But why not? This art may help you more than you expect when you combat multiple enemies at the same time.
- You can tell an undeflectable attack by its sound and the red glow it starts with. If you can’t block it, dodge it. The sooner you detect it, the easier you’ll avoid it.
How to Progress
- As you start the game, you better hold on to the main story until you level up after the first two missions. Get yourself a bow and master your listening sense before venturing out. The Ghost of Tsushima open-world experience deserves all the praises, but don’t rush in. A samurai is respected for being patient.
- Loot. There’s nothing disgraceful in looting killed enemies (ninja ways work well). There’s never too much ammo or too many supplies, especially if you’re far from the nearest trader.
- Sell what you don’t need to buy what you do need. It’s a later tradition for samurai to neglect money. Your character is from the XIII century, and he’s on a mission.
- Like any decent RPG, Ghost of Tsushima has a lot of side missions. Don’t neglect to talk to peasants and merchants wherever you meet them. In these missions, you can earn more XP, find new weapons, unlock new skills – you know. The NPCs ready to talk appear with a speech bubble over them. A good example is the missions of Sensei Ishikawa. If you find and follow him, you’ll get a skill of flaming arrows.
Keep on Discovering
It hasn’t been too long after the Ghost of Tsushima release, but many players have already gone through the main mission. Still, they enjoy the game, finding the collectibles, collecting trophies, and just roaming through Japan. So don’t be afraid to skip any fun with guides: there’s still a lot to discover.