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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.


Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun


The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.