I’ve challenged myself with playing Ghost of Tsushima blindfolded and enjoying the sounds of Tsushima island. I find myself listening to the flow of the wind, and the sounds of the instruments before I’ve alerted the Mongolian guards from walking directly into a captured village.
Not really using any kind of blindfold to play I’ve found that one of the best experiences in Ghost of Tsushima asides the pride in liberating the island of its captors was the orchestra of flutes, and the whistle of the winds as the wind direction changes to guide you to your next objective.
Days later the game came to an epic black screen of nothing just the ambience of the area that failed to load when I traveled. I was overcome by a tsunami of emotions as I stared at a blank screen and listened to the wind blow, and the leaves rustle. I tried closing out of the software and reloading, same thing. No response from any input, no menu, no hud, no footsteps, just the wind.
After trying this many times, I looked at my manual saves, one from 3 days ago and another from 9 days. I managed to overwrite the save from 3 days ago and was defeated when I loaded the save with only a few hours of play.
I tried reloading the auto save, no good. So I did some research, tried to flush system cache, then deleted the game completely and reinstalled it. Same problem. The save state was broken. After years of being a PS+ subscriber, my cloud saves saved the day. I was able to overwrite the corrupted data and go back about 10 minutes instead of multiple hours of playtime.
Praise the sun, thank you for the cloud.
Update: Make sure to cast your vote at The Game Awards for Ghost of Tsushima as it could be the GOTY.