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Beginner’s tips for The Last of Us Part 2

Published: 19/Jun/2020 15:37 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 17:20

by Brittany Vincent


Whether you’re returning to experience the second half of Ellie and Joel’s story or you’re new to The Last of Us, these tips will help keep you alive in The Last of Us Part 2. 

The Last of Us Part 2 is a game that will ensure it comes at you with everything it has. Between doing your best to survive and trying to parse some of the things that take place within this bleak world, you need to know how best to defend yourself.

To get you started off on the right foot, we’ve put together some useful beginner’s tips to help you navigate the brutal, unforgiving apocalypse. Take our word for it – it’s going to be anything but a cake walk. Luckily, with our help, you should have no trouble coming out on the other side.

Never go in guns blazing

Our The Last of Us Part 2 beginner's tips will get you settled into the game quickly.
Naughty Dog
Our The Last of Us Part 2 beginner’s tips will get you settled into the game quickly.

It may seem tempting to rush into areas rife with infected enemies and members of the game’s various factions, but you’ll soon find that a swift, violent death will await you. No matter what types of enemies you believe you’re up against, you’ll benefit greatly from taking a cautious approach and making as little noise as possible. You can pull out your shotgun when the time is right for a close-range blast, but until you’re close enough for a stealth kill or a relatively quiet shot, do your best to remain out of sight and out of reach.

Both infected enemies and members of the game’s various factions will be armed to the teeth (or with spores) to ensure they stop you dead in your tracks. Use Listen Mode (triggered via the R1 button) to locate enemies that are currently making noise to plan out your movements. You can remain in this mode as long as you need to, so it’s worth leaving on to map out even a rudimentary set of movements for your opponents. You may even end up saving yourself a few frustrating deaths if you take this path.

Don’t pass up supplies

Make sure you pick up all the supplies you come across in The Last of Us Part 2.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Make sure you pick up all the supplies you come across in The Last of Us Part 2.

The Last of Us Part 2 takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States. Because of this, things like food, clothing, medical equipment, and of course, weapons are scarce. That means you should never be leaving any supplies you see out in the open. You will rarely be backtracking unless you leave things for yourself later, so stock up on anything and everything you see. You can’t always trust that there will be enough when you need it later, so you might as well become a hoarder.

This tip might sound incredibly simple, but even seasoned players can quickly find themselves in frustrating scenarios where they don’t have enough ammo or health kits to keep themselves alive. Better to be safe than sorry in this situation, especially since you never know when you’re going to need to go on the defensive and heal up before a particularly difficult shootout.

Go out of your way to explore

Always make some time to look around and explore in The Last of Us Part 2.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Always make some time to look around and explore in The Last of Us Part 2.

The Last of Us Part 2 is a massive world teeming with life. Ironically, despite there being a much less dense population after the Cordyceps fungus descended upon humanity, it feels like a living, breathing world. Take the time to look around every nook and cranny for something new. You’re guaranteed to find secrets, including some of the game’s various collectibles if you avoid blindly running from objective to objective. These can include personal notes, photographs, and even fun Easter eggs that you may have missed otherwise.

There are plenty of lull moments to spend walking around and looking for goodies, and you should absolutely take them. When you’ve dispatched all of the enemies in the area, that’s a great time to have a look around. You never know just quite what you’ll find, whether it’s crafting materials or a weapon you’ve been hoping for.

Don’t be afraid to retreat

If you need to run away in The Last of Us Part 2, there's nothing wrong with that.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
If you need to run away in The Last of Us Part 2, there’s nothing wrong with that.

It can be tempting to stand your ground when faced with a ton of enemies so you can mow through them and get on with your life. But unfortunately, combat doesn’t always work like that. There are times when you will be outnumbered, and you won’t know what to do. The path forward may actually lie in taking a few steps back. If you find yourself cornered by ravenous Clickers or even a few members of the WLF who want to take you down, try your best to turn tail and seek an advantageous position.

In some situations, this may not be as helpful, given that there are ways enemies can track you down. Plus, infected enemies are difficult enough that sometimes you may not be able to juke past them effectively. If you find that you’ve been locked into a situation that feels too difficult to pull out of, you can always reload the chapter or section and start over with a different approach. You aren’t locked into one, thankfully, so you have room to strategize.

Keep a melee weapon equipped

Carry a melee weapon and make good use of it.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Carry a melee weapon and make good use of it.

If you pick up a melee weapon, make sure you keep it in your inventory. While you can default to your knife in dire situations, a melee weapon like a board or a machete can keep a Clicker from grabbing you and performing an instant kill. Instant kills can happen when you least expect them, and if you’re carrying a more substantial melee weapon, you won’t have to worry as much about having to restart from where you left off because an enemy ripped out your throat.

Also, having a strong melee weapon can help you conserve ammo. You’d be amazed at what a machete can do instead of a well-placed bullet. Conserve ammo for situations where you really need it, and you’ll find yourself rife with plenty of bullets, especially if you hack your enemy to bits instead of peppering them with bullets.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.