Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. May 22, 2019
    98
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is all about surviving in an odious and decadent medieval Aquitaine, using your wits. The gorgeous art design and taut, realistic writing make for a heart-wrenching juxtaposition to its rat-infested underbelly and a journey that you'll not soon forget.
  2. May 22, 2019
    90
    If you are looking for a whole new experience from what you already had in this generation, look no more, A Plague Tale: Innocence is what you want. A Plague Tale is not open world, does not offer multiplayer experience, and there is no big budget behind it. Instead it offers a linear stealth puzzle gameplay with a deep story and solid narrative, and that's exactly what we need every once in while. To seat behind our gaming device, disconnect from the whole world and just enjoy a great video game like the good old times.
  3. May 14, 2019
    90
    You must use all your guile and perseverance to traverse this nightmare, holding onto what you can, for as long as you can. I won’t be forgetting this game for a while.
  4. May 14, 2019
    90
    With a magnificent storyline replete with devious puzzles and gorgeous vistas, A Plague Tale: Innocence is as beautiful as it is disturbing. A survival stealth title at its heart, Asobo Studio’s approach to the story of the bubonic plague is completely unique, and one I can’t recommend highly enough.
  5. May 13, 2019
    90
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a superb stealth adventure with excellent gameplay, gorgeous presentation, and a fantastic story that shows how the worst of what the world can throw at humanity can bring out the worst of it.
  6. May 13, 2019
    90
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a jewel, a narrative and immersive adventure that captures your attention for hours. Artistically stunning, the game is also of great musical and auditory beauty and it is clear that the game is a true masterpiece.
  7. May 13, 2019
    88
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is definitely among the gaming surprises of 2019, exceeding expectations in the best possible ways. With its gripping tale, charming characters and solid gameplay mechanics, the game is a must-have for those who like single-player games with a strong focus on story and character development. Even if the tale does not take in you, A Plague Tale: Innocence still offers a compelling third-person stealth experience that fans of the genre will surely appreciate.
  8. May 13, 2019
    87
    The French duo Asobo Games and Focus Home Interactive confirmed all the good thoughts we have about A Plague Tale, with a truly fascinating and touching story that kept us on the edge of our seats from the beginning until the end. Despite a lifespan of about ten hours, the title remains very intense despite the absence of important moral choices and some summary game phases. A Plague Tale: Innocence remains a perfect embodiment of the past, which has succeeded in capsizing us thanks to its own history, that of the De Runes family.
  9. Aug 1, 2019
    85
    We’ve got another outstanding adventure game. It’s not without technical flaws, but delivers a pleasant impression. Perhaps the next game of the studio will become a real gem.
  10. May 14, 2019
    85
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a pleasant surprise during a season that usually has few significant releases. The story starts off in a fascinating way, and despite a few bumps along the way, the game maintains a player's curiosity throughout its runtime. The mechanics are great, especially since the title doesn't have many of the expected drawbacks, and it's all reinforced by an excellent all-around presentation. For those who want a rich story and strong gameplay, A Plague Tale is definitely worth checking out.
  11. May 13, 2019
    85
    A Plague Tale: Innocence doesn’t push the envelope as far as gameplay is concerned, but the incredibly compelling art direction and great writing should be experienced by any fans of single-player, narrative-driven experiences who don’t mind incredibly dark subject matter.
  12. May 13, 2019
    84
    The journey of the two siblings is an intense experience that resonates for a long while.
  13. May 20, 2019
    83
    Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent with A Plague Tale: Innocence. It’s unique in premise and content, it looks and sounds good, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. I probably would have liked it even better if it had stayed more stealthy than action-oriented, but I’m not going to complain. A Plague Take definitely isn’t for kids — violence and gruesome deaths abound, and there is also some (completely unnecessary) profanity — but for everyone else, it’s a worthwhile game to check out, just perhaps at a slightly cheaper price.
  14. Edge Magazine
    Jan 3, 2020
    80
    It's unlikely Innocence will lead to an epidemic of similarly snappy games, but we'd love this particular contagion to catch on. [Issue#341, p.116]
  15. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    80
    As she gains new options, Amicia gradually transforms from a victim into a predator, which doesn’t exactly fit the atmosphere. On the other hand, it assures that you will enjoy the rollercoaster storyline without getting stuck at any particular puzzle. [Issue#238, p.58]
  16. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 31, 2019
    80
    As easily as the plague swallowed Europe, A Plague Tale will swallow its players. Thanks to the great atmosphere and the main protagonists the game is an excellent story adventure that you shouldn´t miss out on. [Issue#295]
  17. May 29, 2019
    80
    A Plague Tale: Innocence features excellent narrative and atmosphere, but the gameplay is a little bit dull.
  18. A perfect journey story. Deep characters, great graphics, impressive musics... A Plague Tale: Innocence one of the surprises of this year.
  19. 80
    A masterfully-narrated moving experience that could not be told in any other media. Imperfect due to railroaded gameplay, but otherwise it could've been a revolution instead of just a great game.
  20. May 17, 2019
    80
    A Plague Tale: Innocence would benefit from less busywork, but the grisly scenery and the sibling relationship at its core help make up for any shortcomings.
  21. May 14, 2019
    80
    At no point did I truly dislike Plague Tale. Quite the contrary. It almost never fails to give you something new to think about or look at, even if you tend to be doing the same three or four things while doing so. The art and environment design is on par with or exceeds some of 2019’s biggest budget titles, and while its core gameplay wears thin by the end, Plague Tale never seems to run out of unique scenarios to throw you into.
  22. May 14, 2019
    80
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a well crafted, classic adventure that offers a solid story with charismatic characters. However, it all goes wrong during the final chapters, when the game loses its head, the story becomes violent nonsense and the gameplay turns out to be highly frustrating.
  23. May 13, 2019
    80
    One of the most engaging and original story-based games this year. It’s dragged down by some trite videogame elements but its characters elevate it above its contemporaries.
  24. May 13, 2019
    80
    A Plague Tale: Innocence brings a really good balance between narrative design and game design. The duo, well written, explores a rich universe during 14 to 15 hours of infiltration, puzzzles and tense sequences.
  25. May 13, 2019
    80
    The scene of crossing a battlefield, with hundreds of lifeless bodies piled over each other, only to see a swarm of rats bursting out of a horse’s bloated corpse is just one of multiple sights that A Plague Tale: Innocence inevitably etches into your mind. Although its stealth and puzzle mechanics aren’t exactly fresh, having what’s, quite possibly, the most powerful representation of the Black Death in the medium, even if stylized, is reason enough to see Amicia and Hugo’s journey to its end.
  26. May 13, 2019
    80
    One of my favorite moments is when Amicia spots another wildflower in a lone trek across the city, nestled among the decay of the rats’ revolting nests. Without her brother around, she picks it up, and places it gingerly in her own hair--a personal reminder to keep trudging on amidst the hardships, and a testament to her growing strength and tenacity. Despite flashes of predictability, moments like these will bring a lump to your throat, as it did mine.
  27. May 14, 2019
    78
    Despite the excellent start, A Plague Tale: Innocence doesn’t really blossom into a real masterpiece. The small bugs, some unintuitive commands and the fold taken by the narrative diminish some of the really positive features. The result, however, is still a good game.
  28. Jul 9, 2019
    72
    A Plague Tale: Innocence makes a commendable effort to mask its somewhat routine gameplay, and in the end, it wins you over with captivating atmosphere, great music, likeable main characters and nice visuals. If you like cinematic games, this stroll through Dark Ages is worth it.
  29. May 24, 2019
    72
    Visually beautiful and emotionally affecting thanks to strong characters, A Plague Tale suffers from missing gameplay variety and tonal inconsistencies.
  30. May 22, 2019
    70
    Although A Plague Tale: Innocence features spectacular artwork and excellent characters, they can't make up for the boring, predictable gameplay.
  31. May 16, 2019
    70
    This is a third-person experience worth embarking on, if only for the distinctive way it subverts mechanics we’ve grown so familiar with. You can also feed evil soldiers to hordes of rats with the press of a button, which is morbidly delightful in its own messed up way.
  32. 60
    Equal parts beautiful, repulsive, simplistic, and mature, A Plague Tale: Innocence is difficult to recommend but impossible to dismiss.
  33. May 13, 2019
    60
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a stunningly beautiful, and finely-crafted… ok. It's an ok stealth/action-adventure, with ok characters and drama, and oceans of rats that add an ok survival horror vibe to it. Certainly a fun title, but not exactly a big recommendation.
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  1. A Plague Tale has a story that’s way more detailed than the escape-to-safety romp I was expecting, involving bloodlines and ancient power, and one extremely evil leader of the Inquisition doing an extremely evil voice.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 893 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 893
  1. May 13, 2019
    10
    Incredible Game, is so so perfect, Thank You, Asobo;
    Special Thanks to Focus Home.
  2. May 14, 2019
    9
    The game is beautiful and amazing it is a story driven adventure which is thrilling and fun! I feel like this is super great and the studioThe game is beautiful and amazing it is a story driven adventure which is thrilling and fun! I feel like this is super great and the studio deserves a lot of support this is a very good game they've made!! It fell a little bit short in story as for me but a great game and worth playing nonetheless! Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2019
    9
    Awesome and unique game with fair price, i enjoyed the game. hopefully people support this talented Studio, i'm sure they're capable ofAwesome and unique game with fair price, i enjoyed the game. hopefully people support this talented Studio, i'm sure they're capable of surprising us in the future with Bigger and Better projects.
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