The free Legends expansion for superb PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima is now out and about, bringing a multiplayer experience and more.
Yes, there’s now two to four player action on the island of Tsushima, in an outing that’s completely separate to the single player campaign.
As such this isn’t a Jin story, rather it focuses on “four warriors who have been built up as legends in stories told by the people of Tsushima, with locations and enemies inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology and an emphasis on cooperative combat and action.”
Players can team up either locally or online and choose from one of four character classes: the Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, or Assassin.
Two player teams can play a series of co-op story missions, while four player groups can take on wave-based survival missions. After beating all of the above players will be challenged with taking on a four-player raid that will arrive shortly after the launch of Legends.
To celebrate the launch, developers Sucker Punch have released seven deadly tips, and here they are…
1: Make best use of the chosen class
Once a player picks their starting class, they’ll need to increase their class rank to unlock each of the other three. Teams can combine any mix of classes and all can use stealth, melee, and ranged attacks and equip gear. Players should lean into the class attributes: a diverse team can tackle any challenge.
2: Coordinate class specials for crowd control
Each of the four classes has a unique Ultimate ability. Players must gradually fill their Resolve meter by attacking foes. Once it’s full, they can trigger their Ultimate by pressing L1 + R1.
3: Scan the skies
Even when players learn where a map’s spawn points are, their order is randomised. Fireworks will erupt above where the next horde is coming. Players should divide up the sky during lulls in battle. When they see fireworks, they should use the game’s Ping system to guide their team to where they’re needed.
4: Stay mobile and learn the quickest routes
Numerous structures, walls and cliffs stand between players and each defence point. Parkour skills and a grappling hook are the best tools for players to flow over roofs, swing across courtyards and spider their way up near-vertical slopes.
5: Fight for every defence point
Every defence point lost will reduce a team’s shared health bar, drastically reducing their chances of survival. Never consider an area lost until the match’s UI tells you so. Players still have a chance to recover them: every fifth round is a Boss Wave, winning which will restore control of all defence areas.
6: Choose and use Gifts wisely
Every map contains a shrine with purchasable – weaponised – Gifts, such as being able to ignite nearby enemies or summon a spirit animal. Once a shrine is activated, each Gift can be purchased by a single player, and has a cooldown period before being buyable again. In later rounds when horde numbers increase and powerful Oni appear, Gifts can mean the difference between holding a point or losing it.
7: Unlock new techniques
Whatever gameplay type players prefer in Legends, all will add to their XP, which in turn will increase their class’s Rank, and unlock new techniques and cosmetic items. Once a player finishes a match, they must make sure to dip back into their character’s profile on the main menu to equip better gear and unlock some new outfits.
Ghost of Tsushima is available now. Check out our review here.