Ghostwire: Tokyo takes the time to explain every mechanic and ability you have to use quite well, even having a tutorial window with all the explanations you’ve received so far, there are a few general guidelines that can help you on your yokai clearing adventure .
Tips for playing Ghostwire: Tokyo for beginners
From how best to explore the city streets to how to manage your inventory, here are nine tips specifically for players spending their first hours in the game. So get your hand seals ready, stock up on SP, and get ready to fight the spirits.
Look to the sky
In the second chapter, you will meet the tengu for the first time. These are flying youkai that will be located near tall buildings and make a characteristic sound. Tengu are not hostile: they work like a grappling hook that you can grab from the street. Just zoom in on the nearest tengu and press the buttons on the screen.
It’s important to keep an eye on the whereabouts of the tengu and visit the rooftop of a nearby building, as spirits, meika, torii gates, and other collectibles are usually found there. You can always check the already spotted tengu by looking at your map – they are marked with a black and white circle.
Tip: Some tengu are immobile, but others move from rooftop to rooftop. Keep an eye on this to be able to explore other buildings.
Turn off the time limit
In some main and side missions, you will need to complete a certain task, such as escaping a location or destroying hidden objects, within a certain time. Usually, the time allotted to you is more than enough to complete the task at hand, but in the end it all depends on you.
If you get too nervous during these time trials, don’t panic! You can turn them off by turning off the corresponding option in the main menu. Just go to “Options”, “Game”, “Disable Time Limits”.
Check every corner of the map
Every street in Ghostwire: Tokyo is full of collectibles and items to interact with. KK notes, Takuni, files, dogs, magical cats, and the list goes on and on. In addition to being an action game, the game is clearly focused on exploration, so you should check every corner of the city at the first opportunity.
More importantly, after a few hours of playing, you’ll find that you can fill up your inventory with healing items fairly quickly if you go in search of bags. They are everywhere, and they usually contain important consumables.
Always save manually
Although the game has an auto-save option and a checkpoint system for all important actions, it doesn’t hurt to use the manual save option. On the contrary, this game has a great save system where you can save exactly where you are playing. This is very useful to avoid repeated partitions or battles.
In addition, you can create multiple save files, so you can use them whenever you need them.
Tip: You cannot save during combat, building exploration, or some specific missions.
Quick cleanup – here’s what to do
Destroying enemies in Ghostwire: Tokyo is a lot of fun, but sometimes the number of enemies you face can overwhelm you – especially if you’re taking your first steps and don’t have a lot of upgrades. That’s why you should use stealth whenever possible.
If you get behind an enemy without drawing their attention, you can perform a “Quick Cleanse”: a strong hold that will automatically destroy the spirit if it is not one of the strongest – like the scissor lord Kuchisake, for example. Using this skill, you will be able to clear rooms and streets without putting yourself in danger.
Tip: You can increase your movement speed while crouching. This improvement is located in the “Abilities” branch.
The map is your best friend
If you love collecting tons of items, you’re in luck: this game has too many collectibles waiting for your magical hands. This will be a daunting task if you don’t have a card that can be used with a simple push of a button. Moreover, many items and elements such as relics, torii gates, tengu, special merchants, and other types of yokai will be marked on your map as soon as you pass near them.
Unfortunately, you cannot mark multiple points on the map, only one at a time. On the other hand, you can filter the information and icons you want to see on the map, which makes it a little less cluttered.
Spectral vision is your second best friend
Spectral Vision, unlocked at the very beginning of the game (Chapter 2), is a “special radar” also known as “Eagle Vision” that Akito can use at any point in the game. This ability allows you to see which enemies are nearby, the location of their cores, and also mark nearby destructible and collectible objects.
Spectral vision will become one of your most useful tools in combat and exploration. It has no cost and its duration is quite short, so you can use it as many times as you like. The radius of this ability can also be increased in the Abilities tree.
Chat with dogs, cats and monsters!
Have you seen how cute animals are in this game? You won’t stop petting them any time soon. However, in addition to being great, they can help you explore.
Dogs are the easiest NPCs in the game – Tango Gameworks seems to be full of cat people. By giving them regular dog food, you will get some make-up or other consumables. Cats, on the other hand, won’t ask you for food, but they will give you tips and directions for unique collectibles like tanukis. Also, magical cats are merchants in Ghostwire: Tokyo, so you’ll want to meet them all.
Tip: There are unique Nekomata vendors that sell items such as KK Notes and Magatama.
You can also give them the relics you find as a reward.
All updates are really good
Of course, this will greatly depend on how you play, what equipment you like to use (if any), and other factors. After all, some improvements are much better than others.
However, they can all be very useful. From speeding up movement, sliding for a few seconds, carrying more items, to simply upgrading and making your weave more lethal, there are plenty of upgrades that deserve your interest. Look into the Skills window and learn all the abilities when you can.
Note: You will be able to unlock all upgrades in one file. However, you can only unlock half of them if you devote your time exclusively to completing the main story missions and avoid all optional ones.