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)
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 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 …
Back to the Game. And We Have …
Speaking of enhancements, isn’t this toying with screenshots akin to improving actual travel photos?
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.
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.