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A Plague Tale: Innocence

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Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

One of the excellent single player, story driven games I've ever had a privilege of experiencing.
Visuals:
The transmission of the beauties of this universe is simply amazing! The quality of the graphics is at the highest level, I don’t remember a single game in my memory where they would pay so much attention to small details, working out grass, leaves, developing rags from the wind on the window.
A little about the game:
The game is pretty easy to learn. Variations of items that you can use with your sling, for different opponents and the ability to eliminate them differently each time, I really-really liked.
Ruined fortresses, temples, villages — all this is done so believably that you quickly begin to believe in the world of A Plague Tale: Innocence. The game does not skimp on showing a mountain of soldiers killed during the war, corpses bitten to the bone and guts scattered on the walls. All this occurs exactly as much as it is necessary to recreate the right atmosphere.
Storyline impression:
Story wise, again, this is a game in which you need to play if you're a fan of story driven narratives.t has it's moments conveying every emotion. Moments in which you'll remember for a long time to come, you will be completely imbued with each character and feel all this emotions for yourself. I think that this is something that should be present in every story game!
Verdict:
A Plague Tale: Innocence — is a visually beautiful piece of art, that's is both fun and heart wrenching, the passage of which takes place literally in one breath. This game stands out for its interesting storyline, great atmosphere, various puzzles and a well-implemented feature with hordes of rats that play an important role in the gameplay.
I would like to mention here cons of this game. But they simply do not exist! True, for all the passage of the game, I did not see a single cons for myself.
To be honest, such a wonderful game shouldn't have them.

Review from Steam

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a game that you get when you don't burden the developers with what is "hip" and "profitable", and just let them do their magic, let their creativity flow and make a game that they themselves would love to play. It is a triumph of quality over quantity, of a well thought-out narrative over lore for the sake of just having one, and of deep emotions over shallow feelings of excitement and accomplishment.
Its macabre setting, dark tone full of misery and suffering is magnificently pierced by rays of hope, sibling love and camaraderie that is seldomly found in this format nowadays. The story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely, of how innocence and purity faces death and desperation in a world in which the plague is just an allegory of human condition is thoroughly good, captivating and reaches the deepest recesses of a man's soul, making this game one of must-play experiences that you owe to yourself to attain. Truly a masterpiece in every way imaginable and a game that can stand proudly among the greats in video game history.
Asobo Studio - thank you from the bottom of my heart for this experience, and I hope you deliver more of it with the upcoming a Plague Tale: Reqiem - I will be sure to pick it up day-one, for devs such as you deserve 100% support.

Review from Steam

---{Graphics}---
☐ You forget what reality is
☑ Beautiful
☐ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ Paint.exe
---{Gameplay}---
☑Very good
☐ Good
☐ It‘s just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Starring at walls is better
☐ Just don‘t
---{Audio}---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ Earrape
---{Audience}---
☐ Kids
☐ Teens
☐ Adults
☑ Human
☐ Lizards
---{PC Requirements}---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☑ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boiiiiii
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{Difficulity}---
☐ Just press ‚A‘
☐ Easy
☑ Significant brain usage
☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{Grind}---
☑ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isnt necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You‘ll need a second live for grinding
---{Story}---
☐ Story?
☐ Text or Audio floating around
☐ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☑It‘ll replace your life
---{Game Time}---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☑ Average
☐ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{Price}---
☐ It’s free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{Bugs}---
☑ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs

Review from Steam

The Rats of Us. 10/10

Review from Steam

So this is a story of Amicia and her brother who are being hunted by the Inquisition for some reason. The story is set in the 14th century in France.
PROS:
- very interesting and immersive story with believable characters
- great voice acting with a touch of French accent
- the gameplay mostly focuses on stealth, so it was pretty challenging to figure out how to work around your enemies. By the end of the game you will have unlocked multiple possibilities to deal with them, but in most cases you'll still be unable to attack them head on. So you'll have to wait, observe, and come up with a plan
- it is possible to replay chapters without losing your progress through the game, so if you missed a collectible (flowers/gifts/curiosities), you can restart the chapter and find it whenever you want, you won't have to replay the whole game
CONS:
- after playing this game you're most likely to hate rats. And the Inquisition. And helmeted guards. But rats will still be the most hated
- the progression through the game is pretty linear. Nothing will stop certain deaths from happening and other events from unfolding the way they do. The only choices you make are mostly "do i make a detour to get this collectible or not". And you will still end up on the same path
Strongly recommend, it is worth the time and the money.

Review from Steam

---{Graphics}---
☐ You forget what reality is
☑ Beautiful
☐ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ Paint.exe
---{Gameplay}---
☑Very good
☐ Good
☐ It‘s just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Starring at walls is better
☐ Just don‘t
---{Audio}---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ Earrape
---{Audience}---
☐ Kids
☐ Teens
☐ Adults
☑ Human
☐ Lizards
---{PC Requirements}---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☑ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boiiiiii
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{Difficulity}---
☐ Just press ‚A‘
☐ Easy
☑ Significant brain usage
☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{Grind}---
☑ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You‘ll need a second live for grinding
---{Story}---
☐ Story?
☐ Text or Audio floating around
☐ Average
☐ Good
☑ Lovely
☐ It‘ll replace your life
---{Game Time}---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☑ Average
☐ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{Price}---
☐ It’s free!
☐ Wait for a discount
☑ Worth the price
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{Bugs}---
☑ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs

Review from Steam

A third-person ‘cinematic’ horror game, ‘A Plague Tale’ is one seemingly never ending escort mission that will take you on a journey through famine, war, pestilence, and death, as you explore a fantasy retelling of The Black Death, the plague which killed millions throughout the 14th Century.
You play as Amicia, a French nobleman's daughter who is unexpectedly tasked with protecting their sickly, sheltered and somewhat estranged brother Hugo as they’re chased down by The Inquisition, a zealous militaristic order, throughout a countryside teeming with carnivorous rats. I genuinely struggled to care about the siblings, the kid especially was annoying and it felt like the game was dragging on too much but overall the writing is pretty fantastic.
Despite the initial impressions I had prior playing, this game isn’t the most historically accurate. One of the best selling points about this game is how morbidly beautiful the settings are; vistas are gorgeous, the details immense but it is an alternative history that includes magic, alchemy and supernatural happenings. The levels are presented as very open but it’s deceptive and is otherwise very streamlined not unlike a theme park ride with the occasional collectible hidden in a corner. You don’t really get to see anything of actual Medieval life like you would in ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’ for example.
The gameplay primarily consists of stealth with action and puzzle sequences, levels are frequently broken up with cutscenes and sections of walking/running whilst the characters talk. The rats are the main obstacle throughout the entire game, they’re scared of fire/light so they’re often used as environmental puzzles figuring out how to make pathways to safety. Seeing some of the barricades had me thinking, this wouldn’t stop a rat, let alone a swarm.
Combat is all or nothing, Amicia is like paper so it feels good when you can get a tough enemy down with her only weapon, the slingshot. The rest… is okay, mostly, it doesn’t really stand out. It’s pretty basic stealth, hide in tall grass, wait til their back is turned kind of deal. The opportunity to be aggressive is there, if you’re quick, but it’s usually more optimal to distract and stay hidden. Exploring rewards you with resources that can be saved up for upgrades on Amicias equipment.
I was thoroughly disappointed to find out my native screen resolution (21:9 / 3440x1440) was not supported. Yes, there is a workaround to remove the awful black bars but it was tedious to find and I had to download additional software. Furthering on from this, the game froze on several occasions (never fully crashing) and I encountered several bugs including one that completely prevented progress. This was unfortunately discovered right at the end of Chapter VII where NPCs refused to do their animations. Nothing quite like thinking you have done a puzzle wrong for 20 odd minutes, only to look up a walkthrough to realise the NPCs were bugged and you have to redo a whole chapter.
I have my gripes with ‘A Plagues Tale’ but they're pretty negligible in the grand scheme and it is still a brilliant game with an interesting story to tell. Personally I recommend it for fans of ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’, although whilst they’re both unquestionably dark in subject matter and tone, ‘A Plague Tale’ doesn’t quite put the same level of horror intimately onto the players experience.

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