A Plagues Tale: Innocence Review
June 22, 2019
I avoided watching any gameplay videos or trailers of the game to ensure that I’d come in blind, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting and in all honesty I wasn’t expecting this… because what I got was a breathtaking, immersive and engaging game that literally had me hooked from the first hour of the game. It’s not to say I didn’t have faith in the game, more so that I just didn’t expect the game to be like this at all. The story of A Plague Tale is excellent and as I previously said, it had me hooked from the start. Within moments of the game starting the entire tone shifts from a pleasant one to quite a dark one. Tragic events quickly unfold before your eyes, and before you know it you’re thrown into the wild to fend for yourself.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is an action-adventure stealth game, one in which heavily relies on the player using their initiative to overcome the obstacles that the game throws at them. Although you can run in slings blazing so to speak, it’s something you’re encouraged to avoid. Enemies and obstacles can be difficult to handle when in groups, or even just when the games main enemy, the rats, are scattering about the area. This is where the games combat gets really interesting, you can either slowly and sneakily make your way through the area, by distracting enemies with noise or you can go for a more brutal approach and sling shot the living hell out of anyone who dares stand in your path (this was me). Although the game encourages stealth, there was just something so satisfying about obliterating enemies with the sling, amongst the abundance of abilities you get to make traversing this games harsh environments a little bit easier.
The game falls short of 20 action packed chapters, in which you get to explore a vast world with plenty of challenges and obstacles to overcome. A Plagues Tales story was gripping and by its climax I had felt that it’s story was rounded up quite well for its characters, leaving it open to a potential sequel, in which I hope becomes a reality. Although the characters story was rounded up, I still felt myself longing to learn more about their world, the plague and everything in between. The game took me by surprise, and in days of recent I find that very difficult for a game to achieve, especially being able to get me invested so easily.
The games soundtrack also helped get me invested even more, it’s audio was excellent and helped make scenes throughout the game far more impactful due to how well composed the music tracks were. I also found them sticking in my head for quite some time. Not only was the soundtrack solid, but the presentation of this game was spot on and incredibly detailed, which only encouraged you to explore every possible nook and cranny that was open to you.
I did encounter a few bugs during my playthrough, mostly ones that provided laughs if anything. For example, there was a time where I was about to launch a sneak attack, but was spotted and had the enemy make their approach to slaughter me. I somehow managed to hide in plain sight, my companion did not though and literally walked around him and then I was able to prompt him to snap their neck. You can watch the chaos below!
Other than the occasional hiccup, the game was an absolute pleasure to play from start to end. In regards to difficulty, there wasn’t a point in the game that I did not feel that I couldn’t overcome the obstacles in front of me. Due to the variety of methods that you can use to deal with enemies, traps and progressing through levels in general, the game stays quite exciting throughout.
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I Give This Game A
9 / 10
A Plagues Tale Innocence is an excellent game, one of which I would easily recommend to anyone looking for a rich story driven experience, with great gameplay mechanics and enjoyable puzzles and challenges scattered throughout the journey. The plague aspect of the game was quite interesting, and makes a good change compared to the normal enemies you would encounter. It never did help that when I was playing this game, I was having issues with mice in the house (yes, not rats, but still), not that I’m scared of them, but after playing the game for a few hours and then having to go set traps in the loft, things did feel quite intense…
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