Ghostwire: Tokyo from The Evil Within developer Tango Gameworks is finally out today and fans are ready to leap into the unknown, creepy district of Shibuya. With most open-worlds, there’s a lot players can discover and unlock as they progress through the story. To help out beginners, here’s a few handy tips and tricks in this guide to get you started.
Ghostwire: Tokyo takes place in a haunted version of Shibuya, Tokyo, where malevolent spirits called yokai have taken over leaving humanity missing in action. It’s up to Akito and KK to restore order while hunting down these yokai, and you have quite a magical arsenal to play around with.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Tips and Tricks Guide
Scattered around Shibuya are phone booths. This may seem like an odd tip to start off with, but it becomes quite important as you explore. Katashiro paper dolls can absorb the souls of wayward spirits. However, your Katashiro will fill up relatively quickly, and the only way to dispel and free it up is to find phone booths and send these souls on their way. They also reward you with XP to level up your skills. Don’t miss the phone booths as emptying out your Katashiro will certainly make some encounters a lot easier.
You’ll get an ability called Spectral Vision that’s able to highlight items of importance around the environment. These include enemies, treasures, food and dogs (we’ll get to that in a bit). Similar to The Witcher 3‘s Witcher Sense, this will help you pinpoint things that you might miss in the world, so use it as much as you can to rack up goodies. It also helps that enemies don’t jump scare you so you can find out where they are ahead of time.
Crystalized Ether in Ghostwire: Tokyo acts as your ammo that allows you to cast your magical abilities. Breaking Ether will refill your “ammo”. These are the black crystal-goo things scattered around the world, and they respawn too so you’re never short on ammunition. Additionally, you want to make sure you keep arrows on you because if you run out of Ether, you can always rely on your bow in a fight. It’s pretty powerful in certain situations too.
Take to the Rooftops
While it’s great to explore Shibuya from the ground and empty streets, the rooftops also possess hidden secrets, items, enemies and shrines to locate. You can zip up to rooftops using Tengus. If you want to leap across rooftops, you can use ethereal gliding to quickly maneuver around.
Pay Attention to Cats and Dogs
One thing you might miss in Ghostwire: Tokyo is just how important cats and dogs are. Dogs aren’t just adorable to pet, but they also lead you to money, loot and other treasures in the world. Make sure you keep dog food on you as you need this to get the trust of canines. You can also read their thoughts to get extra side missions at times.
Additionally, you’ll hear cat meows around the world that are actually hinting at nearby hidden collectibles. They’ll reward you with money to spend on consumables at shops.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by yokai, so you’ll want to make the most out of strafing and blocking. Keep your distance and rely on your various ranged attacks to defeat enemies from safety further away. If you get in too close, you can always block attacks, but it’s recommended that you don’t get in the middle of an enemy crowd.
Ethereal Weaving might be the most important tool in the game as it allows you to dispel yokai quickly with a flashy string execution. You’ll need to expose yokai’s cores (the glowing box often in the middle of their chests) first before you can execute a weave. One trick is to expose the cores of as many yokai as possible and in one swoop, pull off multiple executions at once. The game teaches you this fairly early on too, so you’ll want to make the most out of it.
Upgrading your skills in Ghostwire: Tokyo is the best way to ensure you hone abilities and gain new ones that will aid you in battle. You can even focus on building your character to suit your playstyle. If you’re the stealthy type, pour points into the stealth tree which also improves faster bow speeds and quicker movement which crouching. If you want to go for the melee route, put points into upgrading your offensive capabilities. You can even upgrade skills to unlock your own Tengu, making rooftop traversal easy. There’s a lot to experiment with in the game’s upgrade paths, so choose wisely and have fun.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is now available for PS5 and PC.