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Let’s Travel the World with Uncharted 4 (Part 2) – April 19, 2017

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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.

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 …

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 in Scotland.
A typical Celtic Cross Grave.

Back to the Game. And We Have …

Let’s travel the world with your (long assumed dead) big bro.
The starting area is pretty charming. There’s a late autumn feel to it.
You were hiding behind me all the time?!?! Cyanotype effect for emphasis.
I’m not into it, so I wouldn’t know. But I’m sure there are opportunities for dramatic rock climbing in Scotland.
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.
Look down.
Look down again.
One of my artistic experiments with photo mode.
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?

This is an Uncharted game. So a rope swing pic is obligatory.
Black and white filter in the game. Solarized B&W filter in Photoshop.
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.

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

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