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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 friendsRequiem 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. As a game it’s not unpleasant but as an add-on it’s anything but essential.
  6. Total PC Gaming
    60
    A good horror/puzzle game that's unfortunately got itself confused with "Portal." [Issue#13, p.64]
  7. AceGamez
    40
    Penumbra: Requiem is by far the worst game in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. NeilNone
    Jun 26, 2009
    10
    It may be a bit confusing and weird at first but the walkthrough's on youtube are good to follow. I didn't like it at first but It may be a bit confusing and weird at first but the walkthrough's on youtube are good to follow. I didn't like it at first but then I made progress. The story line is good, it is less freaky than black plague/overture.. It's more difficult because black plague was more simple. I love the 2 endings to, you either go through the door or.. Find out for yourself. :) My favourite part is also is: "By the time you read this I'll be dead. Kill them, Kill them all." Expand
  2. Matthias
    Jul 30, 2009
    9
    Not the latest graphics engine, but one of the best survival horror games I've ever experienced. Prepare yourself for some frightening moments.
  3. 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 soNow, 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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  4. 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 stillPenumbra: 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
  5. 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 seemedI 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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  6. Jun 5, 2020
    4
    A completely unnecessary part of the series. Unlike its predecessors it focuses 100% on puzzles for some reason. And nothing else! No story,A completely unnecessary part of the series. Unlike its predecessors it focuses 100% on puzzles for some reason. And nothing else! No story, no mystery, no horror, no scary atmosphere, no challenge.

    You'd think this would at least mean better, cleverer puzzle design, but it all boils down to doing lots of running around finding items and hauling items from one end to the other over long distances. The only "difficulty" is in how time-consuming and tedious they are.

    Best to skip it.
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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 aNo 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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