Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is finally upon us, and even though we're sure you're eager to jump straight in and enjoy this final chapter in Nathan Drake's saga, you should know that there's tons more waiting for you in the form of unlockable content, gameplay modifiers, render modes, and more. However, the real longevity isn't going to come from replaying the campaign, but instead it'll come from the accomplished multiplayer part of the game. We've compiled a list of handy pointers to help you get started, so that you're ready to take on other explorers head-on.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is about dynamically understanding your surroundings and the enemy's position on the map. The easiest way to do so, is to keep moving constantly, and never stop and stick to cover. You'll be jumped, we guarantee it.
The maps are generally designed with a circular path running around the centre, and we found it to be extremely effective to simply constantly circle around in a given direction, so as to avoid a huge reticule on our back. Spice things up by navigating through the centre, but the outlying circular path should be your realm of death.
Even though it may seem pointless at times, moving vertically can also be a huge boon, in order to catch enemies unawares, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's multiplayer facilities this perfectly. Almost all of the maps contains shortcuts with either sliding or rope-swinging, and that often leads to an easy kill or two. Learn your routes, work out where you can swing from, and which parts of the map offer elevated advantage, and then use that knowledge to take out your opponents.
Customise your loadout quickly
There are a number of different play-styles available to you in Uncharted 4's multiplayer, and they can specifically tailored to your liking. It's therefore important to create a loadout quickly, so that you get used to a specific weapon, mystical and sidekick from the get-go. Simply roaming around with an AK-47 hoping for a kill or two might work during the first couple of weeks after launch, but once people get going, you'll be left for dust.
Remember to not only choose weapons and the more obvious features of your loadout, but also adding boosters, which can be vital in close matches. These boosters gives you small bonuses during play, such as more money or the speed of your revival skill.
Save your money
The good ol' fashioned dollar is the most important currency in Uncharted 4's multiplayer, as it gives you access to a variety of special tools during play. You can purchase extra grenades, RPGs and Revive Packs with cash you get from killing enemies and picking up treasures, but whereas the aforementioned items can seem tempting, it's ultimately better to save your money during the first minutes of play, and instead focus on having an active sidekick and using your mystical whenever possible. Both of these can be game-changers for the team, and can quickly turn the tide of a match if used correctly.
An RPG on the other hand is a one shot deal, and will only give you a single kill, and that's only if you can get your opponent to stand still. The Cintamani Stone on the other hand costs more, but will revive and protect you teammates in their hour of need. It might be tempting to go for the quick kill, but planning ahead and saving your money and using it at the right time can make the difference in a tight contest.
The charged punch
You might already know that melee combat can be a very useful tool in Uncharted multiplayer as a general rule, but due to the implementation of the rope in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, there's a new ability that you should always be mindful of - the charged punch. By holding R1, your character charges up a punch, which can be unleashed to devastating effect by pushing square. This is an instant kill, so therefore you should be mindful of that animation playing on your enemies.
Even more important: use it yourself. It can be easy to forget that you have the ability, but if you reckon you have the jump on the enemy team, charge it up and get stuck in. It's quick, it's quiet, and it's an easy way of doing some serious damage.
Go for Pistole
Whereas the Pistole was a pick-up in old Uncharted multiplayer, you can now have this wonderfully overpowered sidearm with you at all times in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. It's a double-barrelled pistol shotgun, and up close it's an absolute beast. Unlocking it does require 80 pistol downs, and getting there might be a trudge, but being mindful of this criteria from the get-go may make it easier to unlock this mighty weapon, especially when your opponents are all still learning the ropes.
If you do go with the Pistole, you'll probably want to go with something that has more diverse usage as your long-range option, so having this shotgun as a sidearm for close encounters is pretty ideal and frees up your options in terms of your mid- or long-range main.
There are lots of different weapon combos to experiment with, and we'd advise you to at least try and experiment with the different options available to you, because you might well stumble across a combination that works wonders for your game.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is out today - May 10 - and we recommend that you grab a copy and get stuck in as soon as possible. Head this way to find out why we think it's the best console exclusive of this generation so far.