Ghost of Tsushima may seem a bit overwhelming, you've come to the right place. I'm here to assure you that it's not as complex as it looks and that unlike other games with Platinum trophies, just journey is well worth it.
I've recently collected that shiny Platinum myself and will write an in-depth guide about trophy hunting: From the easy to the comical to the hidden and the obscure. But first, where to start when you don't know where to start.
Ghost of Tsushima: Beginner's Guide
The beauty of Ghost of Tsushima is that the game is easy to follow and coupled with a user-friendly interface. Just start. You'll go through a few cutscenes detailing the far before waking up bruised and bandaged in a cave.
From there, it's as easy as following the road, find Yuna and grew into this strange new character she created: The Ghost. Apart from amazing combat scenes, the game features a wonderful storyline too.
It will get emotional, don't fight yet. If you don't believe me, keep playing and we'll talk again once you've read the end of Act 2. No spoilers. Let's go.
Follow your Guides
If in doubt, follow the wind, the foxes and the golden birds. Let the island guide you. Skyrim players here will be familiar with the Clairvoyant spell, yes? It's a nifty spell to guide you and show you the way.
Follow the wind
However, what I love about the Guiding Wind in Ghost of Tsushima is that you don't have to worry about it, it's just… there. It doesn't take up any resources but always points you where you need to be (if selected on the map, of course).
Simply swipe up on the track up to activate the guiding wind.
Guiding wind. Virtual photography
You can also follow foxes (found at Fox Dens) to Inari Shrines for extra charms and boosts. The fox is reportedly the spirit of your late father.
You can also pet a fox. Once you've honoured a shrine, look around before fast travelling away. If the fox is still there, walk up to it, press R2 and enjoy the little hop it does as it walks away. Gets me everytime.
Fox. Virtual Photography
Follow the songbirds
Your late mother, on the other hand, chooses to communicate via the yellow birds on the island. Whenever you see (or hear) a yellow bird, follow it. They know all the island's secrets.
Yellow songbirds will take you to Bamboo Strikes, Hot Springs, Pillars of Honour, Shrines, Tales and other interesting points of interest. Also watch your surroundings for clues, such as smoke on the horizon or mysterious-looking trees.
Song bird. Image via www.xboxplay.games
Explore the map
Most importantly, explore the map. As you explore, you can pick any point on the map and follow the wind to find it, ranging from various Tales of Tsushima to specific points of interest, villages or even collectables.
While you'll need to explore to find new parts of Tsushima initially, once you've discovered an area or point of interest, you'll be able to return to it with Fast Travel. It's worth talking to merchants you meet, as one may give you a special outfit that can aid you in your journey and even help you discover hidden secrets.
It's also a good idea to keep an eye out for materials like bamboo or yew wood, as well as flowers growing across the island, as they can all help to transform your weapons or armour in different ways.
Yes, we know you're a wronged and lethal Samurai out seeking justice, but stop and appreciate the flowers. Compose a haiku every now and now (follow the yellow songbirds to Haiku spots). It's worth it in the end.
Climb to the highest point you can find for a better view. Play the flute once you're up there, it may just surprise you. (You'll need singing crickets to unlock new songs, and singing crickets are located in cemeteries.
Virtual photography taken with Photo Mode on PS4 by Cheryl Kahla.
Pay attention to your equipment
Jin Sakai collects a fair amount of outfits throughout the game. Most bits and pieces you find (headbands, sword kits) are simply for aesthetic purposes. The "main" outfits, however, each serve a purpose.
After you've collected your travelling attire from a merchant, wear it whenever you're out and exploring. The travelling attire will vibrate when you're close to Records, Singing Crickets, Mongol Artefacts and Sashimo Banners.
Each piece of armour offers unique stats and advantages, so it's always worth considering the right attire for any given moment. Even after you've unlocked a specific armour, you can upgrade it to strengthen its effects.
Prefer the Way of the Bow? Then track down Tadayori's armour. There are several main sets to collect throughout the game. You can also purchase new dyes to change its appearance and match your favourite style.
In the next edition of this guide, we'll discuss points of interest: Hot Springs, Bamboo Strikes, Inari Shrines, Pillars of Honour, Shinto Shrines, Haikus and Lighthouses.