Scotland: Country of towering mountains, historic castles and glittering lochs. You would think that with the sheer amount of survival/adventure/action games that have been released over the past decades, at least some game developers’ minds would have wandered off to these lush landscapes, right? Unfortunately, while you would expect numerous games to be set in the country of haggis and bagpipes, this is not really the case at all… That doesn’t mean there are none, however, with a handful of very popular games either briefly visiting, or being set (almost) entirely in Scotland. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite ones!
With previous locations including snow-covered mountains in China, the jungles of Borneo and a beautiful château in France, in Uncharted 4 we finally see Nathan and Sam jetting off to Scotland to visit and explore a… graveyard! Ok, they do visit a cool-looking, ruined cathedral and are on the trail of the great pirate Henry Avery, so I guess it is still quite cool!
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty is without a doubt one of the most famous shooter franchises of all time. In 2013’s ‘Ghosts’, players can visit Scotland in one of the largest maps in the game, set in and around the fictional Serozh Castle – which was actually loosely based on the ruins of Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven. Practicing your sniper skills amidst a ruined, abandoned castle in the Scottish highlands, how exciting!
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
One of the main characters in this first-person shooter is a tough-talking Scotsman, called Fergus Reid, whose quotes include “Shut up, lass”, “you’re the most lovable cunt rag I’ve ever laid eyes on!” and “BRING BACK MY BONNIE TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”. They also arrive at Kinloss Airfield at the very end of the game, showing the beautiful Scottish mountains for about 5 seconds. Hey, it’s something right?
Tomb Raider 3: The Lost Artifact
Over the past decades, Lara Croft has practically been everywhere, so it was to be expected that she would visit the Scottish highlands at some point. In the first level of the expansion pack released in 2000 – fittingly named ‘Highland Fling’ – Lara learns of the existence of an artefact called the ‘Hand of Rathmore’ and travels to the castle of Dr. Willard in the Scottish highlands to start her investigation.
The Harry Potter games
While you could argue that the games are not necessarily set in Scotland, we all know that Harry Potter’s world is largely based on Scotland (not England) and that it was used for many of the films’ locations. Who else remembers the pure happiness when you got to run about the bean bonus rooms, when you managed to trace a pattern with your mouse and learned a new spell, or successfully flew through all the magic hoops when playing Quidditch?
Do you know of any other games that are set in Scotland? Or what is a great game that is set in your country?
Until next time!
The Handprint Games team