Most of you have either played The Last of Us or watched somebody play it through the numerous “Let’s Plays” that are being put up by commentators – both popular and small – on YouTube. As you may already know, The Last of Us is truly a game for the history books. However, there’s more to the game than just the single player mode.
In The Last of Us, there is a multiplayer mode called “Factions”. When you open it, you’re asked to accept some terms and conditions and download your online pass (included with the game). After this, you have the option to connect to Facebook. If you decide to do this, it won’t send your friends annoying game invitations or post random updates to your wall, but instead integrates your friends list into your game. Once you choose to side with either the Fireflies or the Hunters, the game will randomly put 5 friends into your group, giving you status updates on the top left of your screen of what they are doing or how they are feeling. Now, you might think you’re ready to play, but we’re here to give you some tips on how to improve your game. But first, a little information.
While playing multiplayer matches, players lead your group of survivors through the world during 12 weeks. Each match played counts as a single day, and gives the players chances to gather supplies (referred to as “Jimmies” by Fireflies) to progress and grow your clan. At the start of every game, you will be told the target amount of supplies that are needed to keep the clan healthy. Any extra supplies over the amount needed will be used to recruit more survivors into your clan.
Randomly, events will occur that will threaten your group, such as bandit attacks or infections. You will need to accomplish tasks, such as getting a certain amount of kills with X gun, or get so many downs in so many days, to help stop these attacks. You may also receive a recruitment event, which will increase the size of your clan by a fixed percentage depending on how high a tier of challenge you complete. As more events occur, the challenge of the tiers increases, adding more pressure as the 12 weeks draw on. Inside matches, players gather supplies to feed and heal the clan. If the necessary amount of supplies isn’t met, survivors will begin to go hungry or get ill and die. Survivors can be healed by meeting the target amount of supplies during each “day”.
There are two game types at the moment with The Last of Us’ multiplayer mode, and these are “Supply Raid” and “Survivors”.
Supply Raid is a 4v4 game mode where, instead of you having an individual number of lives, your team has a limited spawn pool. The last team with a person standing wins. In this game mode, when you hurt somebody enough, they’ll get downed. At this point you can damage them again to kill them, or run up to them and press triangle to execute them. Once they’re dead, you can take their ammo and grab some supplies off of their body. At the end of the game, the winning team gets some extra supplies, while the losing team gets sent back to camp with just enough supplies to feed the survivors.
In Survivors, each person has just one life. Survival is equally as important as teamwork. You have to eliminate everybody else so that you become the last person standing. The first team to win 4 rounds wins the game.
The game awards players for being stealthy and tactical. When you sprint, you show up on the enemy radar. Just like in single player, you can use R2 to use Listen Mode, which lets you listen for enemies as they walk around. However, in multiplayer, you can only use this mode for a few seconds. If you get too low, you can’t use it again until it recharges the bar about halfway. It’s sometimes hard to remember that enemies have this skill too, son’t move when you don’t need to. Find a nice area of the map to hunker down and stay quiet, preferably all while sticking to your team. If you’re together, you’ll be able to team up on enemies and you’ll be harder to kill since there’s so many of you. If possible, play in parties with your friends so you can communicate easier.
If you do absolutely need to move out of your secure area, do so while crouched. Always make sure you have your gun reloaded and ready to fire while you’re moving as well. Getting the first shot can make the difference. Ammo is extremely limited, however, so play it safe. Always mark your enemies. You can mark enemies and bombs with your R3 button when pointing at the bomb or your enemy. This will allow your teammates to see them and take them down a whole lot easier.
Ultimately, no matter how much stealthing about you do, you’ll eventually have to use your firearms. Different guns work best in different situations, but t’s always smartest to run with your guns silenced to help keep you off the enemy’s radar. Guns like the semi-auto rifle and burst rifle are precise and deal considerable damage at short-medium range, whereas the hunting rifle acts like a sniper when scoped in. Although your first instinct may be to use the bow, keep in mind it’s a powerful tool, but is not novice-friendly. Lastly, the 9MM stands out as the best starter pistol for its accuracy and rate of fire.
You’ll get a total of 10 loadout points, so balancing yourself for effectiveness is important. Each gun, skill, or purchasable item you add to your loadout will cost you, and as you unlock higher tiers of these skills the more loadout points they use. Your loadout should accentuate your playing style, but using Sharpshooter to reduce weapon sway and damage wobble is nearly universal. If you’re the extremely stealthy type, run with skills such as Sharp Ears (improves Listening Mode), Covert Training (spawns you with a shiv and keeps you off enemy radars while crouching), and Strategist (notifies you when you’re marked by enemies). However, if you like to stay on the move and be more aggressive, opt for skills such as Brawler (improves melee weapon functionality), Explosion Expert (improves blast radius of your bombs), and Hawk-eyed (marks enemies longer).
During the game, you’ll notice small white dots on your radar. If you go to one of these, there will be a small metal box there you can open using your interaction the triangle button. When you open this, it will spew out a few supplies such as explosives, sugar, and materials to purchase weapons and armor. You can get materials by killing, opening these boxes, and reviving. Use the tools you get from these boxes to craft shivs and med kits, nail bombs/smoke bombs, and of course, the one-hit-kill molotov cocktail.
Buy armor first. Armor can be a whole lot more important than ammo, as it protects your head and chest from gunfire, and considering the general scarcity of ammo, your opposition will likely not have enough to take you down before needing to reload. If you do get hit a lot, med kits are everywhere. Don’t be afraid to use them, even if you’re only a bit damaged. While it may take quite a few hits from some guns to down someone at full health, you’d be surprised at how fast you may die when you’re already damaged even just a bit. As long as your armor is always still holding up, it’s always useful to have a shiv in order to quickly and stealthily kill enemies from behind. Nail bombs allow you to set explosive traps, and smoke bombs allow you to make a daring escape while temporarily disorienting the enemy. But before you craft these helpful items, always ensure you have purchased ammo for your guns if you’re low. Shortcut: Don’t press the select button to craft, as it just takes extra time. Instead, use the D-Pad to select the item you want to craft and hold down X.
At the end of the day, using common sense and strategy will win you rounds. Stay quiet, stay alert, and stay supplied. Stick with your friends, craft the necessities, and form strategies on the fly. It’s a bleak world out there. Endure and survive.