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  • Summary: A Plague Tale: Innocence offers an adventure supported by an original scenario, with gameplay that blends action, adventure and stealth phases. Follow our protagonists Amicia and her little brother Hugo, both orphans and on the run from the terrifying Inquisition. Our young heroes will alsoA Plague Tale: Innocence offers an adventure supported by an original scenario, with gameplay that blends action, adventure and stealth phases. Follow our protagonists Amicia and her little brother Hugo, both orphans and on the run from the terrifying Inquisition. Our young heroes will also need to survive against an even greater danger: supernatural swarms of rats that appeared with the great plague infecting across cities and countryside. [Focus Home Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
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  1. May 13, 2019
    100
    It successfully combines horror, action, survival, combat and story in a way that so few games do in this modern age. A Plague Tale: Innocence is also a reminder that the world still needs single-player story-based games, especially those that are as wonderfully beautiful and heartfelt as this one.
  2. May 13, 2019
    90
    The way the narrative and gameplay fit together to make Amicia and Hugo’s journey both compelling and emotional is an impressive accomplishment that put A Plague Tale up there with the best of them. If you are in the market for a somber, story-driven game, I cannot recommend A Plague Tale enough.
  3. May 16, 2019
    90
    A Plague Tale – Innocence is the type of game that comes around rarely in the risk adverse gaming space. Bleak and beautiful it will leave an indelible mark on any gamer willing to enter its rat-infested world.
  4. May 13, 2019
    84
    A Plague Tale is a narrative adventure whose true protagonists are the rats. It is set in a realistic Middle Age Europe, during the Hundred Year War, and delivers an interesting story, and some well designed puzzles. On the downside, it is short (about 10 hours long) and some mechanics feel repetitive.
  5. May 24, 2019
    80
    With a breathtaking atmosphere, an interesting story and a gritty realism applied to the late Medieval period, Asobo Studios offers a strong and memorable experience that overcomes its somewhat repetitive & by-the-numbers gameplay.
  6. May 13, 2019
    80
    A Plague Tale: Innocence is a morbid adventure. The engaging mystery is highlighted by an endearing cast of characters and their ever-growing trust in one another. Combat and puzzles rarely push back, but they make it easier to engage with the memorable narrative. Through it all, the omnipresent scourge of rats leaves a lingering impact as their shrouded forms slowly work their way through the corners of your mind and settle deeply into your bones.
  7. May 13, 2019
    60
    A Plague Tale: Innocence deserves respect for daring to be different, funnelling you through a bleak European backdrop that’s seldom seen. Despite some neat ideas, though, the stealth and puzzle mechanics drag, and the story can’t quite make up its mind about what it wants to be. Furthermore, while the presentation is spectacular, the project lacks polish in key areas and overstays its welcome at times.

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  1. Negative: 20 out of 269
  1. Jun 21, 2020
    10
    It's an amazing game . What a story and graphics . It's awsum . Waiting for sequel
  2. Jul 4, 2021
    10
    A remarkable game that won me over with its great characters, engaging story and world building. The gameplay is also really good but in a wayA remarkable game that won me over with its great characters, engaging story and world building. The gameplay is also really good but in a way that others can dislike (Will go into details later). It is a stealth game set in the medieval age in the year 1348 during the plague which can also be considered as survival horror with puzzles. It is the story of 14 year old Amicia de Rune who lives in the French countryside with her noble family. Her life changes drastically when the Inquisition arrives and wants to arrest her estranged younger brother Hugo. This is the start of an odyssey as both are on the run without help and support against a powerful organization with well armed knights, huge numbers and influence like no other organization at the time. The story is engaging and completely nails the feeling of dread and fear. I like how the story enfolds when you get more and more answers. It is also believable and immersive. The well written characters enhance this. You can feel Amicia’s struggles as she must protect her little brother and make harsh decisions or her approx 5 year old brother Hugo who struggles with the understanding of the whole situation. They are also a bit estranged as Hugo was ill since childhood and she has barley contact with him because of this. It ends not there as the other characters which I wont spoil have all their own motives, character and world views. There is no out of character moment and I can relate to everyone. For the gameplay: It is a great stealth game where you are up against superior enemies. Amicia just has a sling to defend herself which is a joke against a fully armored knight. However there is stealth, distractions, items and things in the environment you can use for advantage. You can always find a good tactic to outsmart or defeat your enemies. During the game you gain new tools or better said receipts that open new possibilities. This keeps the gameplay feeling fresh. The equipment can be upgraded in a system that reminded me of “The Last of Us”. You find items like for example leather, sulfur, stones or alcohol. With these you can create special ammunition with different effects or upgrade your equipment, weapon or inventory with them if you have a special item called tools and reach a workbench. I must mention that some upgrades are incredible useful. However there are rarer items you need for upgrades that are more hidden offside the main path in the levels. Then there are the puzzles. You have some to reach different parts of a level, continue the story or defeat enemies. Those are creative and enjoyable but follow often the same concepts. Fire and light play a big role in them. In total I really enjoyed the gameplay and will praise the game here too. The survival horror elements are (scare) item management, powerful enemies and scary situations that get you killed in ways I want not to think about. I must warn you here as some scenes are maybe a bit to much for some. Especially if you fear rats. Also the Inquisition does some pretty messed up things like they did in real life and there will be some awful choices the characters must do to survive. Presentation wise the art style is truly convincing. It looks like the medieval ages and gets the feeling of a plague ridden region right. The towns, locations and castles are immersive. The graphics look excellent and especially the characters feel alive and realistic. The soundtrack was really good and I often thought during the game how it enhances the atmosphere. There are some negatives: The levels are not that big outside the main path. Some will make the hallway walking simulator argument. You run into dead ends quite fast if you explore the levels. Also backtracking is not possible. Often I took the path that lead to the next part of the level and could not explore a branching part from before anymore. For me it is not a problem as the game does a good job to make the most out of the levels and it is satisfying for me. There is still a lot to explore but not on an open world game level. I had a bug in chapter 10 that left me in an unwinnable situation as a scripted event did not start. I replayed the whole chapter to continue. Lastly the variety in the puzzles might be not that numerous enough for others. Again I had no problem with this but it is valid enough to mention. Overall this was a remarkable game and I consider it an insider tip. The great story, characters and presentation are worth a 10/10 for me despite the flaws. I am hyped for the sequel and fully recommend the game Expand
  3. May 14, 2019
    10
    What can I say? Wow! I found out about this game by chance, this gem came out of nowhere, and what an experience it is! The story isWhat can I say? Wow! I found out about this game by chance, this gem came out of nowhere, and what an experience it is! The story is fantastic, the gameplay, the dialogues, everything is very well put together. Also the setting really draws you in and the world exudes with art and really makes you feel the unsettling feeling of plague as you roam around the village. Kudos to the developers for this incredible game! Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2020
    9
    Beautiful game with an interesting story. Generally I don't like games that are one big escort mission, but it never became tedious in this...Beautiful game with an interesting story. Generally I don't like games that are one big escort mission, but it never became tedious in this... just another obstacle to overcome. Loved the mechanics of it, the graphics, the story... very little not to recommend about this game. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2020
    8
    This game is dark with overtones of the black plague so I really enjoyed it.. I only have a few complaints about this game.

    Pros: excellent
    This game is dark with overtones of the black plague so I really enjoyed it.. I only have a few complaints about this game.

    Pros: excellent artwork and environments, challenging gameplay, well written characters, well written quests, decent crafting system.

    Cons: extremely scarce crafting materials, the entire game feels like it is one huge escort quest, extremely limited "ammo", weak combat system that relies on said limited ammo.
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  6. May 24, 2019
    7
    At the beginning the game looks very interesting and promising, but at one point it becomes too repetitive.
  7. Apr 18, 2020
    0
    Terrible piece of **** game. It's highest quality is that it's not the worst possible game, but it's a crappy disgusting messed up piece ofTerrible piece of **** game. It's highest quality is that it's not the worst possible game, but it's a crappy disgusting messed up piece of crap of a game. Expand

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