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Immersing yourself in the world of the supernatural can be an exciting thing. You’ll inevitably want to jump right in, break out your equipment, and rush into a haunted location in search of restless spirits. But in the realm of Phasmophobia, there is such a thing as the “wrong way” to approach an investigation.

In Kinect Games’ supernatural horror experience, it’s very easy to get caught up in the thrill of the hunt. It’s also possible that, in your giddiness, you’ll make quite a few mistakes that can diminish the quality of your investigations. Below, we’ve laid out some of the most common ways players are incorrectly playing Phasmophobia and have provided some alternatives to ensure you get the most out of your time delving into the paranormal.

You’re Forgetting About Your Van

All of the action may happen inside of the haunted location, but don’t discredit spending some time in your home base. Your team’s van is outfitted with monitors that can give you direct access to the location without putting your sanity at risk.

Set up cameras and motion detectors in choke points or suspected Ghost Rooms and return to the van. Your video equipment will stream to the displays in your safehouse. When a motion detector is tripped, you’ll be able to see it on the map.

Additionally, the van slows down the rate of sanity loss, which is crucial when the specter starts to get a bit more active.

You’re Overusing the Ghost’s Name

Knowing the spirit’s name does signify that you’ve made some progress in your hunt. However, that doesn’t mean you should sling it about freely. The spirit hates hearing its name and repeating it will cause the ghost to become angry. This includes when you tack the name onto a question. In Phasmophobia, questions and the spirit’s name are two different commands, so when you add the name onto the end of a question, all the spirit will hear is its name.

The angrier the spirit gets, the more likely it is to enter its Hunt Phase. Reserve using the ghost’s name for when you need it to get active, either for Evidence or an optional objective.

You’re Trying to Run Away / Not Scoping Out the Location

Have you ever tried to outrun a ghost? It’s not easy. But when that specter enters its Hunt Phase and you know it’s coming for you, running to the exit is going to be your first instinct. Unfortunately, it’s also the wrong choice, partially because the exits are typically locked during this phase.

There are places to hide in every location, including closets and bathrooms. Before you even launch into the basics of your investigation, scope out the location. Find these hiding spots and keep them in mind. If the ghost gets angry, you’ll know where to duck into.

You’re Not Throwing the Crucifix

It may sound silly, but for the Crucifix to be effective, it has to be thrown. Walk around with it in your hand is useless. When properly thrown, the Crucifix can prevent a ghost from hunting – but it’s also not a guarantee. The Crucifix has to be thrown in just the right spot at just the right time. If it’s not near the spawning location before the hunt starts, it’s not going to be effective.

You’re Ignoring the Journal

The point of Phasmophobia is to identify each spirit. The easiest way to do this is by utilizing your journal and marking the Evidence that you find. It can be easy to forget when things are getting more active, but it’s a crucial step. When your adrenaline is pumping because a ghost is hot on your tail, you’ll be surprised how quickly you forget all the Evidence you and your team gathered.

By marking Evidence down in your journal, you can narrow down the type of ghost more efficiently.

You’re Using the Camera Wrong

As a ghost hunter, you want that coveted image of the specter. So, you start taking snapshots all over the place, hoping to capture an orb or even a full-bodied apparition. Unfortunately, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The Photo Camera is a much better tool for making money than it is for snagging a spectral image.

In Phasmophobia, every camera has five shots and you can only bring a maximum of three cameras with you. Since you can snag some extra cash by scoring Photo Rewards, it’s sometimes best to save the film for those fruitful images.

If you don’t have the courage to tackle Phasmophobia alone, then it’s best to enlist some friends in your ghost hunting duties. The game has built in multiplayer that just requires you to have a stable broadband connection. If you don’t have a stable or fast enough internet connection you should consider switching. It’s essential that you read provider reviews before choosing a broadband deal.

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