Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut There are so many new features packed into Iki Island that it’s hard to include them all in the first playthrough. With a complete overhaul to the fan-favorite title of 2020, old players can enjoy the new versions of the game as much as people enjoying the full show for the first time. So what should you focus on when you finally hit the expansion? Here are 10 things you should do first on Iki Island. Warning: minor damage ahead!
For old players, especially those who have booked Ghost of Tsushima decrease in a few months, you will want import your PlayStation 4 save and remove the dust. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut makes it easy to pick up where you left off. Ghost’s the combat mechanics are easy enough to take back, even while you’re playing Chivalry 2 all summer. Repeatable quests also make finding a group of Mongols easy. Choose any stronghold to hone your Samurai skills.
New players cannot access Iki Island until they reach the Toyotama region of Tsushima in Act II of Jin’s Journey. By then, you’ve learned all the fighting skills needed to venture to Iki Island. However, Iki Island is harder than anything you’ve done so far. Furthermore, you cannot return to Tsushima until you reach a certain point in the Iki Island story. We recommend beating Tsushima’s main story and treating Iki Island as a more extended epilogue.
There’s a reason Ghost of Tsushima won Best Art Direction at the 2020 Game Awards. Thorough attention to detail is evident in Japanese art, landscape and architecture. Iki Island carries the torch with its dramatic sights, soaring cliffs, and crystal clear waters. Photo Mode addicts as well as photographers will have hours of fun posing our Samurai protagonist in the foreground of Iki’s stunning landscape.
Mythic Tales is back in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut in two new missions Jin can continue. These stories are how players unlock the best gear in the game.
The Tale of Black Hand Riku is about a mad pirate who is blinded by greed (so… all pirates). Jin must track him down and restore his cursed Sarugami Armor. This armor can be deadly in the hands of happy players, as it is essentially the perfect combination of parry and Heavenly Strike techniques. However, you will no longer be able to execute regular commands. It’s either parry or bust perfect.
The second Mythic Tale is the Legacy of Kazumasa Sakai, Jin’s father. We won’t spoil much of this story for you, as the relationship between young Jin and his father is wonderfully told through the main Iki quest and Jin’s playable memories. You soon learn that the name Sakai is not welcome on Iki Island, and you learn that Jin’s father is no longer alive.
Jin overhears the retelling of his father’s campaign on Iki and receives a tip about the Sakai Clan’s Horse Armor location. After recovering, Jin can equip his horse with his father’s armor, one of the most fearsome armor in the game. The armor also enhances your Horse Charge skill, a new technique Jin acquired after arriving on Iki Island.
Animal sanctuaries expand on the flute mechanics of Ghost of Tsushima. There are three types of sanctuaries – monkeys, deer, and cats – with three of them spread across Iki Island. You will use these sanctuaries to level up special charms obtained when you find them.
Jin will sit with his flute, and an animal will cautiously wait in front of him. You’ll actually lift the controller up and down to play a song from Jin’s childhood – a song his mother taught him. Play it well enough, and the animal will approach. Jin can cuddle his new friend, and we all know it players love petting animals in Ghost of Tsushima.
Archery Challenge will test your archery skills. You may think of yourself as a talented archer, but wait until you have to shoot seven targets in seven seconds or less. Complete these challenges to upgrade your Charms, a new type of progressive charm that you unlock when you complete your first Archery Challenge. The Charm of Concentration will expand your concentration meter in tenths of a second increments. This may not seem like much, but with 24 upgrade slots, you’re looking at another two and a half seconds of Concentration. Combined with Tadayori’s armor, you’re focusing for almost 5 seconds.
“Jin from Yarikawa” is your alias on the island of Iki. However, it is also a Tales of Iki first quest. Play until this point before fully exploring Iki Island, as you’ll unlock Fune’s Hideout, a village with armor, sword, and bow upgrades. You’ll also find the Hidden Cove tournament. Most importantly, you can now quickly return to Tsushima Island.
Compete in the Hidden Cove . tournament
While on the topic of the Hidden Cove Tournament, you should play it for the best. You will use Bokken Sticks, or Japanese wooden swords, to face off against four fighters with unique fighting styles. Every warrior has a weakness to exploit or habits that you can anticipate and deal with. After defeating the fourth opponent, you’ll unlock the Crimson Dye Merchant, who sells some of the coolest cosmetics on Iki Island. He will issue you a free item from his shop for you to win the tournament.
The first story on Iki Island is called Journey Into the Past. This quest begins with Kazumasa Sakai’s campaign on Iki Island, and you’ll learn a lot about your father through Tales of Iki – reliving your father’s memories will help shape the story for the better. We strongly recommend playing all five memories before proceeding further than Jin from Yarikawa in Tales of Iki.
You can use the Wind to guide you to these memories. However, you will have to wear a Traveler Dress to do so. Each memory brought Jin into the body of his teenage years. We learn about Kazumasa’s campaign and why the inhabitants of Iki island hate the name Sakai.
Side quests are the bread and butter of any action RPG. Some open world games encounter lengthy side quests with minimal rewards. Ghost of Tsushima Achieve the perfect mix of storytelling, travel, and combat for the base game side quests. So is Iki Island.
Since no one on Iki knows you’re the Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll build a new Legend Meter, which will allow you to earn technical points for some new mechanics. Find the three dots that appear on top of the NPC. These are rumors that Jin can investigate.
Explore small islands
The small islands off Iki hold some of the best rewards during expansion. Since there are no travel restrictions on Iki Island, players are free to explore every inch of the land from the moment they set foot on the beach.
Head south to the Saruiwa Peninsula. There you’ll find the Archery Challenge and the Monkey Sanctuary nearby. Scale the mountain in front of you to get to the sanctuary and upgrade your charm. You’ll also see the best views Iki has to offer.
Next to it is Saru Island, where you’ll find a Secret Bamboo Painting and a Column of Honor. We say “Secret Bamboo Blow” because there aren’t any bamboos to cut. A nearby NPC said he burned it to keep warm. However, if Jin has some bamboo on him, he can rebuild and use Bamboo Strike.
To the southeast, you’ll find Nakajima Island, home to the only Shinto Shrine on Iki. You’ll also find Mashira’s Bite, a set of swords hidden in a maze of climbing, crawling, and grappling.