There’s no denying that The Last Of Us is a great game, the gripping tension that the single player game has in spades is perhaps taken up a notch when played on Survivor difficulty.
If you’re going for the platinum you’ll need to complete the game on both Survivor and Survivor+ difficulty. The former will of course be your toughest to achieve as you’ll be taking on the toughest infected and human’s from scratch with no previous upgrades to aid you.
For those wanting to know just why Survivor is the toughest difficulty, here’s the differences it has from Normal:
- No Listen Mode
- Vastly reduced items
- Less Ammo
- Melee button prompts are gone
- You’ll take more damage
I can’t stress this point enough. Compared to normal, there is hardly a scrap going on Survivor difficulty. You’ll need to scavenge the perimeter of every area you come across, working along the walls and combing every nook and cranny to find anything. You’ll be extremely lucky to have two or three crafted items at once, so when you do end up using an item make it count. Don’t waste a Molotov or bomb on one enemy, lure in a few at least. Once you use them, it might be another hour or so until you’re able to craft one again.
Don’t Use Health Packs
This suggestion might seem insane at first but let me explain. During this mode you’ll be extremely limited on supplies, meaning that you can only craft so much at a time. Molotov’s and Health Packs require the exact same items, so when your low on bullets, having a spare Molotov Cocktail in Joel’s back pocket could save you from certain death.
Try to go through each section with just one health bar. In fact you’ll often find that many times Ellie will hand over a health-pack without the need for you wasting necessary supplies. There’s a plethora of small health upgrades scattered through the world of The Last Of Us as well that Joel will automatically add to his health bar.
After the end of a section always make sure you prepare yourself appropriately. Reload your weapons, check how many hits of your melee weapon you have left, is it worth crafting at this moment in time? Consider your options and always remember that during an encounter with either the infected or humans, you won’t have any time to re-group should you run into trouble.
Upgrade Joel efficiently
When upgrading Joel on Survivor it’s vital to go with fully upgrading your health bar first (which will cost 150 in total) before looking at other sections. After you’re done taking health to maximum – which if you scavenge efficiently should be around the 8/9 hour mark – reducing your weapon sway would probably be the correct way to go.
Making sure your health is upgraded is vital as the beginning of the game is more close range combat. The latter sections have their fair share of long-range battles, so the combination of max health and reduced weapon sway works well when compared to some of the other upgrades available.
Reload your game when things aren’t perfect
Many times you’ll be able to scrape through sections with barley any life and after using a bunch of parts, but don’t. If you feel you can redo a section in a more efficient way it will make your life easier down the road, especially when you approach some of the more troublesome spots. We’re fortunate enough that The Last Of Us’ save system is generous and usually will only see you backtracking for up to a minute so take advantage of it.