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Let’s Travel the World with Uncharted 4 (Part 2) – Scotland

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On to the second part of my new series on travel the world with video games.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the game I’m using for this mini feature. If you haven’t, and if you love Viva la Italia, please do check out part one of this series.

Without further ado …

Our Travel the World Guide. Mr. Nathan Drake. Explorer Extraordinaire.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™ - - Exploration
Nathan Drake. Brother, husband, thief, explorer.

Uncharted 4 Travel Itinerary 2: Scotland

Scotland: Hunting for the Grave of Henry Avery

Scotland forms the backdrop for two chapters in Uncharted 4. A mixture of cliff sides, abandoned abbeys and underground caverns, this is where the game starts to get hairy. Throughout the two chapters, Nathan and Sam keep encountering small pockets of adversaries. There are also several puzzles to solve. Several of which involve scaling immense basalt columns.

To be honest, I didn’t quite like this part of the game. It was overall, rather gloomy, and those encounters regularly get frustrating. It was only after I “despaired” from getting gunned down for the third time by some goons that I began to appreciate the beauty of the land. When cycling the camera in desperation for another route to approach my enemies, I discovered the best sceneries lie not ahead, just behind and around. Similar how one should never just focus on the route ahead on any trek, the most breathtaking scenes in these chapters are around and in the distance. Occasionally, there are some awesome glimpses when looking down too.

Firstly, Some References …

Isle of Skye
The famous Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland. You would see a lot of such dramatic cliffs in Uncharted 4 Chapters 8 and 9.
Melrose Abbey, Melrose Abbey
Melrose Abbey in Scotland.
Celtic Cross
A typical Celtic Cross Grave.

Back to the Game. And We Have …

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland
Let’s travel the world with your (long assumed dead) big bro.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland
The starting area is pretty charming. There’s a late autumn feel to it.
Let's Travel the World with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™
You were hiding behind me all the time?!?! Cyanotype effect for emphasis.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Cliff Scaling
I’m not into it, so I wouldn’t know. But I’m sure there are opportunities for dramatic rock climbing in Scotland.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Abbey Ruins
Please excuse the … industrial equipment. Which by the way is something very likely to photobomb your European travel pics. There always seems to be something being restored somewhere.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland Ravine
Look down.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland Ravine
Look down again.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Scotland
One of my artistic experiments with photo mode.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Celtic Cross
Another experiment. This one turned out very dark, so I had to enhance it in Photoshop.

Speaking of enhancements, isn’t this toying with screenshots akin to improving actual travel photos?

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™ - Scotland
This is an Uncharted game. So a rope swing pic is obligatory.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Black and White Photo Mode
Black and white filter in the game. Solarized B&W filter in Photoshop.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Chapter 9
Finally, a shot of the cavern at the start of Chapter 9. Please refer to the last real-life pic below to know why this is Scottish.

More Reference

Three more real-life Scotland images for your reference. Do “travel the world” by playing Uncharted 4, and by heading to this lovely corner of Europe someday.

Scotland Plains
Nature’s painting.
Scottish Sea Cliffs
North Sea cliffs. Looks very climbable with all those lines, right? (But please don’t)
Giant's Causeway
The hexagonal columns of Scotland’s Giant’s Causeway obviously influenced background designs in Uncharted 4. | Source :
Überraschungsbilder

Continue to Part 3. All the way down south to the colour African island of Madagascar.

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Scotland

Madagascar

Libertalia

About Scribbling Geek

The geek is a lover of everything birthed by imagination. He constantly dreams about faraway lands and distant realms, and through writing, envisions himself as a product of these places.

One thought on “Let’s Travel the World with Uncharted 4 (Part 2) – Scotland

  1. Hey, I’m so glad you changed the format and I can like and say something… very easily. I like your posts. Guess by now you figured that out! So keep me posted as I will be really gaming more and watch more movies! Seen a couple because of you! Stay fantastic!

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