As Nathan Drake’s story draws to a close, Naughty Dog has given us a game better than even our highest expectations could have dreamed of (yes, expectations can dream) in ​Uncharted 4​. But that doesn’t mean it’s entirely accessible. The gameplay has been mixed up with some new added features, new vehicles and a more open-world feel. 

Plus, there’s a whole multiplayer portion that we’ve already spent several hours lost in. 

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Read on for our top tips to help you find Henry Avery’s treasure with Nate, Sam and co.

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UNCHARTED 4 CAMPAIGN TIPS AND TRICKS

1. MAKE THE MOST OF THE NEW COMBAT OPTIONS

Sometimes while playing previous ​Uncharted ​games, the combat could feel a little repetitive. It was a case of duck and cover while working your way through various weapons. But in ​Uncharted 4​, the combat has evolved and now encompasses a lot more stealth elements and other features. 

Take the grapple hook, for example. You can use it to traverse an area, getting some height on your enemies to deal a knock-out punch from the sky. Or you can just use it to put some distance between you and your foes in the heat of battle. Unlike previous games, it’s possible to lose your enemies mid-fight, forcing them back to their patrols so you can take the stealthier approach. 

Aiding this new stealth option is stealth grass – ie long grass – that Nate can squat down in to dodge enemies’ line of sight. Like other games, you can take out enemies from the safety of the shrubbery and pull them into hiding. Their buddies won’t see the corpse and therefore won’t suspect where you’re lurking until you pounce. 

Playing with the various ways to approach combat – including driving a jeep straight into the centre of a camp – keeps things feeling fresh and makes the game more complicated, but in a really good way. 

2. TAKE A BREAK TO SEE THE SIGHTS

Not only has the combat of ​Uncharted 4 ​evolved, but the vistas have too. We’ve never used our save screenshot button so much as we have in ​Uncharted 4​. It’s just so very pretty. 

You might get distracted by the intense storyline and simply want to move onto the next chapter, but make sure to take a break every now and then. Climb as high as you can, hover dangerously close to the edge and just drink it all in. 

If you thought ​The Last of Us​ was the best-looking game on PS3, ​Uncharted 4​ is easily the most stunning PS4 game we’ve had so far. Make sure you appreciate it. 

3. EXPLORE EVERYWHERE

And while you’re taking that KitKat break with a Madagascan backdrop, you might as well take a wander too. 

​Uncharted 4​ is jammed full of over 190 collectibles, additional journal entries and even optional conversations you can have if you go to the right places or interact with the right objects. 

So make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies, open all the cupboards, look out for extra ledges and hard-to-see platforms, and head down all the dead ends. 

You might spot sparkling treasures or just get to know the cast better. 

4. DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR JOURNAL

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These explorations will often earn you a new journal entry, but Nate is always sketching as he enters new areas or comes across something that tentpoles the storyline. 

Make sure to keep coming back to your trusty journal regularly. It quickly gets populated with drawings, notes and other letters that will flesh out the story and give you better insight into the entire Henry Avery mystery. 

Plus, any blank pages you find as you flip backwards will indicate something you’ve missed along the way. Campaign replayability? Check. ​

UNCHARTED 4 MULTIPLAYER TIPS AND TRICKS

1. PLAY THROUGH THE TRIALS​

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You may be tempted to skip the tutorial trials that teach you all the ​Uncharted 4 ​multiplayer basics, but don’t. Not only will they help you get to grips with all the awesome quirks of the multiplayer, you’ll get an achievement for doing the first one and another for completing the rest on normal. 

2. FIGURE OUT WHAT ALL THE MYSTICALS AND THROWABLES DO

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​Okay, we’re not patronising you here, but it’s important to get to grips with everything you can buy in the store with ​Uncharted 4 ​multiplayer. No, not microtransactions, but the in-match items you can equip yourself with as you earn cash through play. 

They range from the standard rocket launchers and heavy weapons, to sidekicks and mysticals. 

The mysticals allow you to harness the supernatural powers that you’ve come across in previous ​Uncharted ​games. They include The Wrath of El Dorado from the first ​Uncharted​, the Spirit of the Djinn and the Cintamani Stone from ​Uncharted 2​, or even more obscure than that such as the Staff of Ayar Manco from the ​Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth​ novel. 

Experiment with them all, work out what complements your playing style best and then move on to the Sidekicks. 

Because like Batman, Sherlock Holmes and even Scooby Doo, all the best characters sometimes need a sidekick. There are four to choose from - Sniper, Saviour, Hunter and Brute – and all play a distinct role. Again, it’s a case of redeeming and spawning them from the store mid-match by hitting the touch pad and working out which one is best for you.

3. COLLECT THE GEMS

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And if you want to earn cash faster during a match, look out for the gem icons that often pop up on the map. These will earn you $200, will make calling in mysticals and sidekicks quicker, and should help you rule the map. ​

4. DON’T GO IT ALONE

Mastering the mysticals and harnessing the heavies is definitely part of bossing ​Uncharted 4​ multiplayer, but there’s also a crucial rule that you should follow. Don’t abandon your teammates. 

It might be tempting to swing about the map on your own, but working as a team is far easier and more effective. Stay together and you’ll dominate.​

5. MIX IT UP 

Saying that though, if you’re facing a Mexican standoff between the two teams in Deathmatch, there’s nothing better than a few of you breaking off, swinging around the map and catching them from behind. Never has the pincer move been so effective. ​

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