Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Video Game Tourist

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

Let's Travel the World with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland.Let's Travel the World with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland.

Visiting the rugged wilderness of Scotland with Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End
(All screenshots are the property of Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment)

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On to the second part of my new video game tourist series on seeing 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 Cave.
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 hefty mix of cliff sides, abandoned abbeys, and underground caverns, this is where the game starts to get hairy.

Throughout the two Scotland chapters, Nathan and Sam also keep encountering small pockets of adversaries, some of whom could gun you down within seconds. To add to the challenge, there are several puzzles to solve. A lot of these involve tricky scaling of immense basalt columns. One wrong step and it’s back to the save-point for you.

To be honest, I didn’t quite like this part of the game. It was overall, rather gloomy, and those encounters could get really wearisome.

It was only after I “despaired” from getting gunned down for the fifth 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, but behind and around. I was so engrossed with the journey ahead, I completely missed the breathtaking magic happening beside and behind me. Later on, I would learn that looking down often results in a lot of spellbinding moments too.

Firstly, Some Real-Life References …
Uncharted 4 Locations in Real Life: Isle of Skye.
The famous Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland. You will see a lot of such dramatic cliffs in Uncharted 4 Chapters 8 and 9.
Uncharted 4 Locations in Real Life: Melrose Abbey
Melrose Abbey in Scotland.
A Celtic Cross Grave
A typical Celtic Cross Grave.
Back to the Game. And We Have …
Uncharted 4 Scotland Chapter
Let’s travel the world with your (long assumed dead) big bro.
Uncharted 4 Scotland
The starting area is pretty charming. There’s a late autumn feel to it.
Uncharted 4 Scotland Mountain.
You were hiding behind me all the time?!?! (Photo mode 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 many opportunities for dramatic rock climbing in the real Scotland.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland Abbey Ruins.
Please excuse the … industrial equipment. Which, by the way, is something very likely to photobomb your actual European travel pics. There always seems to be something being restored somewhere in Europe.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Scotland Ravine.
Look down.
Uncharted 4 Scotland Cliff.
Look down again.
Uncharted 4 Scotland Cathedral
One of my artistic experiments with photo mode.
Uncharted 4 Photo Mode
Another photo mode experiment. This one turned out very dark. 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 Black and White Photo Mode
Black and white filter in the game. Followed by solarized B&W filter in Photoshop.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Chapter 9
Lastly, 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 Real-Life Reference

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

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

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


If you enjoyed this video game tourist visit of Scotland,
consider getting a copy of Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End.

Read my other Video Game Tourist posts.

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Let’s Travel the World with Uncharted 4 Part 2 – Scotland
Article Name
Let’s Travel the World with Uncharted 4 Part 2 – Scotland
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Part 2 of my Travel the World with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End series. This time, let's lead to Scotland to investigate ruined abbeys and mysterious caverns.
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Scribbling Geek
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

3 Comments

  • 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!

  • Hey I’m super late to the party but the Giant’s Causeway is in Northern Ireland, not in Scotland. Not impossible that the same scenery exists over there though!
    Great post 🙂

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