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How to upgrade your weapons in The Last of Us Part 2

Published: 19/Jun/2020 16:10 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 17:19

by Brittany Vincent


Defending yourself in The Last of Us Part 2 is a top priority. Learn how to upgrade your weapons at workbenches to stay primed for battle at any moment.

If you want to stay alive in The Last of Us Part 2, keeping effective weapons on you is absolutely critical. As we discussed with our beginner’s tips guide, it’s a good idea to keep a melee weapon on you at all times, but it’s also prudent to make sure the arms you have are kept in the best condition possible.

Upgrading your weapons may take a bit of doing, but once you understand the process and requirements, it’ll feel like old hat. Just don’t be afraid to do a bit of scavenging. That’s the name of the game in the apocalypse, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get acclimated to looting ammo and crafting materials everywhere you go.

Here’s how to upgrade your weapons in The Last of Us Part 2.

Collect materials and find a workbench

To upgrade your weapons in The Last of Us Part 2, you need to visit a workbench.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
To upgrade your weapons in The Last of Us Part 2, you need to visit a workbench.

Upgrading weapons is relatively simple, as long as you have the parts you need. First, you need to make sure you look around the world for spare parts. They’ll either be found in containers and safes or simply out in the open, just waiting for you to snag them and add them to your inventory. This all goes back to making sure you pick up everything you find, because you never know when it’s going to come in handy. Parts may be relatively simple to find, but if you don’t nab them when you have the chance, you’ll be left wanting when the time comes and you need something more powerful than your average sidearm.

Once you’ve gathered a sufficient amount of parts to upgrade your weapons, you’ll need to locate a workbench. Workbenches look exactly like they sound. They’re scattered around in various areas throughout the world, so if you’re spending some time exploring an area where you think you might want to come back to a workbench, make note of its location. Otherwise, you can keep pushing forward, as the game will present you with plenty of opportunities to upgrade as you press on. You can check and see how many workbenches there are in a certain chapter by viewing the chapter’s information section before jumping in-game.

Choose an upgrade and purchase

You can select from a wide number of upgrade options at a workbench.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
You can select from a wide number of upgrade options at a workbench.

While at a workbench, you’ll be presented with a number of options. You’ll have the number of parts available for use next to the selection of available upgrades for each weapon in plain view. There are a variety of different types of upgrades to use, but it’s going to be up to you to figure out what upgrades and weapons make the most sense to augment first. For instance, you could upgrade your Bolt-Action Rifle’s scope or capacity first, or give your Semi-Auto Pistol a higher rate of fire.

Once you select an upgrade, the parts needed to do so will be deducted from the number next to the list of upgrades. Ellie will automatically complete the upgrade, as you watch, while at the workbench. It’s a process that’s somewhat similar to what you see in games like Red Dead Redemption 2, so if you like to see interaction with weapons, this should be an intriguing process for you. Plus, Ellie is an expert when it comes to handling her weapons.

Plan out your upgrades accordingly

Be sure you purchase the upgrades you want, because there's no going back.
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Be sure you purchase the upgrades you want, because there’s no going back.

When you’re upgrading your weapons, be extra careful when spending your parts. Barring returning to a previous save, you won’t be able to undo your upgrades. Since parts can be scarce enough that you will have to make some tough decisions, be sure you’re adding the augments you actually want before just diving in and doing things willy-nilly.

Luckily, there aren’t any absolutely horrendous decisions you can make, so don’t get too afraid when giving your weapons that extra bit of oomph. But do concern yourself with what each upgrade actually does and consider how much you’re actually going to use it before committing to spending the parts. It’s the apocalypse. Plan accordingly.

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.