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A Plague Tale: Innocence review
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by thelittlereviewpage

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a story and character driven stealth game that holds its tension well over its 17 dark and hellish chapters. In a world filled with flesh eating rats and guards who are hunting down your estranged brother Hugo, stealth is very much the key to surviving - one hit and you’re done. One thing that really took me by surprise was how Amicia (you) evolves through the game, the first time she kills someone (as always, in self defence) she damn near has a breakdown and it doesn’t get any easier for her. The world is a horribly dark place where you find yourself literally having to hold your little brothers hand and walk atop hundreds of dead bodies and slaughtered farm animals. The gameplay is incredibly crafted, sitting somewhere between The Last Of Us and Resident Evil 4. All you have is a sling that hurls rocks and eventually some alchemy based alternatives to help you along so every bit of conflict feels close, tense and will likely cause palpitations - Enjoy!

Other reviews8

Incredible music, lighting, voice acting, writing, and a near game ruining ending that is just so incredibly bad from both a gameplay and story perspective. But really, it's just a sour 45 minutes at the end that doesn't undo the incredible work done throughout the game before that.
Going in with no expectations, A Plague Tale tells an engaging story with beautifully grotesque visuals and a talented crew of voice actors. The gameplay is hit or miss, and sometimes doesn't lend itself to the story the game is trying to tell. The crafting mechanics layered on top only served to distract me from the story and get me out of character to look for materials. Sometimes the scarcity made things more intense, but the game always provides you with the materials you need to get through any part of the game.

Keep expectations low and just enjoy the story. Ignore the crafting as much as possible, and take comfort knowing this isn't a branching story. Get immersed, get into character, and enjoy the ride.
Stealth combat and swarms of rats make the perfect marriage in this game that has an excellent story to tell. Not over staying it’s welcome, I cannot praise this game enough.
5/5
«Liked before it became a hit»
Completed: January 2, 2020
Playtime: 12h
Platform: PlayStation 4

Gameplay: ★★★½
Story: ★★★½
Visuals: ★★★½
Enjoyment: ★★★½

My overall rating: ★★★½
Great narrative with focus on stealth
Overall 9.4 / 10

Gameplay 9 / 10
Story 10 / 10
Visuals 10 / 10
Length 9.5 / 10
Enjoyment 8.5 / 10
Favorite Thing: I really liked the story and it went a bit crazier than I expected.
Least Favorite Thing: Hugo. Didn't much like having to play as him either.

Date Completed: 2019-07-11
Playtime: 8h
Enjoyment: 8/10
Recommendation: It's good, you should play it.