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  • Summary: Requiem ties up loose ends from previous installments and as Philip progresses he encounters various characters from his past. Penumbra: Requiem delves deeper into the world of the Tuurngait infection and personalities from the previous two games, Overture and Black Plague. Long lost friends return and aid Philip on his quest, but can they really be trusted? In the bizarre world of Penumbra: Requiem players experience another psychological thrill on a level unheard of before Penumbra: Black Plague. This time telling what is real and what is not is even harder and not always trusting your senses will be essential in order to survive. [Paradox Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. A sort of mixed-breed game that's fun, but ultimately less captivating than its predecessor. For $10 by itself or $20 bundled with Black Plague it's still worth picking up.
  2. Penumbra: Requiem is a genuinely spooky game and this is mostly due to the excellent sound effects and so if you enjoy being scared this is a great game for that, and with the budget price the game is worthy buying for most adventure game fans.
  3. A solid add-on expansion that offers a more puzzle-oriented twist on the series' interesting blend of gameplay and extends the adventure by a few hours. It's a decent way to wrap up the Penumbra series.
  4. The series is greater than the sum of its parts. So, consider Requiem as not a full-fledged Penumbra game but rather a small add-on that should keep you busy and humbled for a weekend.
  5. A good horror/puzzle game that's unfortunately got itself confused with "Portal." [Issue#13, p.64]
  6. Fair challenges, but a backward step for the series. [Christmas 2008, p.70]
  7. Penumbra: Requiem is by far the worst game in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. May 6, 2012
    8
    Now, just so you know, this game was released without any horror due to financial problems. The game company could not finish it properly so they released it and sold it.
    It was made for closure and not for horror. I expected harder puzzles, but that's just me.
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  2. Apr 20, 2013
    7
    Very different from the previous two games, Penumbra Requiem is less a survival horror adventure and more of a straight physics puzzler. In fact, out of all of frictional games, this one almost certainly utilises their physics engine the best.

    Portal is mentioned in reviews very often, and not without good reason Requiem came out only shortly after Portal, and its influence is seen all over this game. Set in an impossibly huge, underground, abandoned scientific facility check. Dry, dark humour check. Boxes on buttons check. Narration by automated female voice check. And yes, this game even has portals, although they are set in place and only transport you from one level to the next. I'm sure there's more, but you get the idea.

    Bear in mind that is not a bad thing. Portal was a great game, and anything like it can't be all bad either.
    So it may be better off going into this game looking for a Portal fix than a Penumbra fix. While it does hover over a few not completely explored plot points from the previous two games, it's hardly necessary for a proper reading of the story as a whole, and if anything confuses more than illuminates. The hallucinatory undercurrent also makes it incredibly unclear how much of this game if any is supposed to have really happened and how much was just in your character's head.

    From a gameplay perspective, however, it performs solidly as a physics puzzler, and for that reason alone I think it deserves a 7.
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  3. Jan 5, 2012
    6
    Penumbra: Requiem is the third game of the series, and this one focuses its gameplay strictly on puzzles. The atmosphere and theme are still there, as the main character returns to where the first two games took place for some finality in the plot. All plot turns are done in what seemingly feels like memory flashbacks, and some more information is entertained concerning the characters of the overall story. This iteration of the series is not scary, and does not provide the player with any creepy or surprising moments, as the main objective this time around is to solve puzzles. While this is a departure from the previous two games, it is rather enjoyable, even for someone like myself who does not prefer to solve puzzles for fun. Some of the levels later in the game are much more difficult than in the beginning. They do not scale up the difficulty gradually. Suddenly, the puzzles are very complicated. The minute details you are expected to spot are very well hidden, which makes some of these later puzzles frustrating and unreasonably time consuming. I'm not sure how viable the comparison is, but Penumbra: Requiem reminds me of Portal. You are in need of some keys, which in turn, opens a portal to the next level. Even though this third installment of the series is an attempt to complete the story, I am a bit disappointed to say that it does not. At least it does not end the story clearly. This goes along well with the first two parts, and leaves the player wondering, and hoping that all ended well. Being the shortest and more complicated of the three, Penumbra: Requiem was fun for a puzzle game, and it should be considered as such. It took me about 5 hours to complete. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2012
    6
    Requiem is a little different in the Penumbra series, and doesn't have the magic touch that Overture and Black Plague had. This expansion is a little more fantasy rather than being more gritty. It's mostly puzzles and has a much lower horror factor. If you're loyal to the Penumbra series, you'll find Requiem enjoyable, but you won't get the scary enemies and consistent atmospheres the previous two games had. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    5
    Odd direction to take the Penumbra series, this plays like part 3. Its really one puzzle after another and the other elements that made the first two episodes great are missing here. Still its interesting enough and does add somewhat more to the overall Penumbra story. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    5
    I loved Penumbra: Black Plague, but this game was not the same at all. It wasn't frightening, and the puzzles were trite. It just seemed like they'd run out of ideas. There was very little with regards to a story, and no sense of progression as you went through the game.

    I'm still giving it 5 stars as it was cheap, and I did play it through to the end (which took around 3.5hrs). I think I was mainly just really disappointed that it didn't live up to its predecessor.
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  7. Jun 17, 2014
    0
    No story, no action, no horror. Requiem is not what I was expecting from something in the Penumbra series. This game is a just a put-blocks-on-switches puzzler that could have been an engine demo or a Nintendo cartridge from years ago. Expand

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