A Plague Tale: Innocence took me completely by surprise, in the best way possible. From trailer and gameplay footage I had watched, Asobo Studios‘ latest game seemed like a solid stealth experience set in an intriguing world. It is both of those, and so much more. It’s a heartbreaking, brutal, yet beautiful story about love, family, and survival in the face of dire odds. To say this is a sleeper hit is a massive understatement.
You play as Amicia, a young woman who must take her ill younger brother Hugo to a doctor. Things aren’t that easy, though. This is in 1348, and there is a massive rat infestation and plague causing the city to quickly die. Tragedy has already stricken these two, and more is to follow. As Amicia, you must quietly sneak past guards and figure out how to bypass the deadly rats on your journey. The journey itself is pretty linear, but I found that helpful in the fact that I wasn’t distracted from the amazing narrative. I became extremely attached to Amicia, Hugo, and your fellow compatriots you encounter during your playthrough.
The graphics are absolutely breathtaking. I played this on an Xbox One X, and the HDR is crisp. Every detail is pronounced, every color vibrant, every character realistic, and every inch immersive. I would regularly stop to take screenshots of the gorgeous vistas. The audio is also impeccable, with solid voice acting and perfectly placed audio cues.
The gameplay is tight and easy to learn, with the game teaching you how to craft different alchemical potions on the fly and how to distract guards without being detected. The puzzle solving isn’t too taxing but does present a nice challenge without being frustrating. The boss fights are suitably difficult and creative, with an incredibly rewarding feeling of satisfaction after you take one down.
The only gripe I had with A Plague Tale is very minor, and that is the fact that two achievements I definitely fulfilled didn’t trigger. It’s not game breaking by any means, but knowing I had completed those tasks and didn’t receive the achievements was a little disheartening. Otherwise, this is an incredibly immersive game that lasts about twelve hours, give or take if you’re a collectible hunter and are tracking down every last one or are fully committed to stealth. A Plague Tale is already a contender for my Top 10 Games of 2019 list, and I highly urge you to play it.
- Amazing story
- Characters are easy to become attached to
- Stunning graphics
- Intuitive gameplay
- Solid audio/voice acting
- Very little replayability
*Review code provided by Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive
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