The Beaten Diaries #8: Uncharted and Locations

MAY ISSUE: POST #8

Welcome to another post, featuring a game that I have miraculously beaten. I’m rather proud of myself for beating all these games that I’m writing about. It’s probably my biggest accomplishment in life.

Uncharted is definitely one of my favourite series. I’ve beaten all the games, apart from The Lost Legacy, and even though the second comes out on top for me, the first one still has a little place on a shelf in my heart. I beat Uncharted Drake’s Fortune at the end of 2016 on hard mode, which I was very happy to receive the trophy for. I actually ended up getting around 60% at the end, which was a miracle since I only played it once through.

One of the main reasons why I love this series is because of the locations. When I’m running around ruins and temples and jungles and cities in the game, I want to go exploring there in real life. So here are some places in the games that I would love to visit in real life if I had the money. And if it was safe enough. I care about being safe. As much as I would love to be the living Nathan Drake, I don’t know if I want to risk it just yet.

Amazon Rainforest

The first game has a few chapters set in the Amazon Rainforest, where Nate, and another character, Victor, travel through the jungle in search of El Dorado. They discover a lot of hidden ruins and have to do a lot of climbing, as you do when you visit the Amazon Rainforest, I’m sure.

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Honestly, how is the Amazon Rainforest even real? It doesn’t seem like it could be real. That the Earth holds something that unbelievably spectacular.

The Amazon Rainforest itself covers a lot of South America. The region includes territory belonging to nine different nations- 60% of the rainforest belongs to Brazil, and the remaining percent belongs to Peru, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and French Guiana. The Amazon Rainforest consists of over half of the planets remaining rainforest, making it the largest in the world, with an incredible 390 billion individual trees. Now, I like trees, and I would like to keep these trees safe. Trees are our friends. Good trees. Trees good.

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Borneo

Borneo is featured in Uncharted 2 and honestly? It’s awesome. If you like jungles that is (Tarzan also springs to mind). In the game, you head to Borneo to search for the Lost Fleet of Marco Polo. You fight many soldiers through the jungle, traveling through campsites and collecting detonators (as you do) and then you head down into the caverns, searching for clues, which is pretty fun too. I like being an investigator.

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In the real world, Borneo is a large island and is located in Southeast Asia, north of Java. It is divided into three countries, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia, and is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. It is also home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. There are said to be around 222 mammals there, 44 of which are special to Borneo. So it’s definitely home to a lot of breathtaking things, including this water beetle, named after Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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Nepal

Nepal seems like another place in this world which is completely out of this world. In Uncharted 2, you travel to the Valley of Temples, looking for, well, a temple, believe it or not, as Nate is searching for the Cintamani Stone there. Before you reach the temple, you have to travel through the mystical streets, and I for one would love to wander down streets similar to these.

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Nepal is a country in South Asia, mainly located in the Himalayas but also stretching out to northern India, with China to the north. There is an estimated population of 26 million, and it’s home to eight of the worlds tallest mountains, which, of course, includes Mount Everest. Both Borneo and Nepal strike my attention because they’re so incredibly different to England, where I live. It would be so enlightening to explore the different culture and customs they have, and also all those rainforests.

Also, I’d love to go to Tibet. Exploring the Tibetan village in the game was one of my favourite parts. And have any of you seen the language? It’s such a beautiful script.

Yemen

Of course, there were really great locations in all four games. Yemen was one of the big locations in Uncharted 3, and it’s fascinating to search pictures of the place in real life. In the game, you travel to Yemen to look for the Iram of the Pillars, and you travel through lots of markets and buildings and honestly, it’s really cool (I should really expand my vocabulary, shouldn’t I?)

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Yemen is an Arab state in Western Asia and is bordered by the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s territory includes more than 200 islands but is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the country has been going through a political crisis, with a war causing famine. It’s such a shame to read about since the country itself looks incredible, with mindblowing structures and landscapes.

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Madagascar

No, not the animated movie Madagascar. I know you got excited for a second there.

Even though Uncharted 4 wasn’t my favourite game in the series (unpopular opinion, I know I know), I couldn’t deny that the locations were the best looking I had seen in a game for a while. The vast lands of Madagascar, where you freely drive with your companions, makes for an amazing experience (I nearly crashed looking at the scenery).

Off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean. Apparently, over 90% of the wildlife found in Madagascar is found nowhere else on Earth, which is insane. Do they really have over 90% to themsevles? I don’t even know what to say. Of course, this is threatened by people, but also, there are other environmental threats too. There is a lot of deforestation and illegal logging in Madagascar, so it’s frightening to think what will happen to the island in the future. But, the location itself is staggeringly extraordinary, and you can’t miss an oppurtunity to browse through photographs taken there.

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So that’s five incredible places for you. Now that I’ve fangirled to you about the beautiful world, I will leave you with these questions. What was your favourite place in the Uncharted series? And would you travel there in real life? 

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Beaten Diaries #8: Uncharted and Locations

  1. I have to admit I merely thought Uncharted 4 was decent. I actually ended up liking The Lost Legacy more, which is ironic considering how it was released to much less fanfare. The series overall is pretty good, though I’d argue it peaked with Uncharted 2 and never quite recaptured what made it so good.

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    1. I can’t wait to give The Lost Legacy a go one day. It definitely wasn’t in the limelight as much as Uncharted 4- it’s a shame really. Uncharted 2 was great and it’s hard to believe it’ll reach that level again. But we’ll see. Uncharted 4 has brilliant graphics but it didn’t entice me as much.

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