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REVIEW | ‘A Plague Tale: Innocence’

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a dark narrative of survival set in 1300s during the Great Plague. You play as young Amicia, thrown into the dying world with the harrowing mission of protecting her younger, sick brother, Hugo. Amicia and Hugo set out to cure Hugo’s sickness but The Inquisition stand in their way.

Created by French developers, Asobo Studio, this original third-person action-adventure is satisfying and refreshing. A Plague Tale is filled with deathly action, simple (yet, greatly rewarding) puzzles and a whole lot of adventure… All of that, plus literally hundreds and thousands of rats.

The puzzles are generally consistent in each level, comprising of ‘push this big box here to climb on that ledge’ and ‘slingshot a rock at this object to move forward’, but there’s still a fair amount of thinking required.

Suspenseful and frightening chase sequences will keep you on the edge of your seat – but you’ll find your self crouching behind a box more often than not.

The AI is basic, enemies hardly flinch at the sight of their own men being devoured by a hoard of rodents. A quick slingshot to an armour pile will lure them away in a flash.

Amicia’s weapon of choice is her slingshot, given to her by her father. The slingshot is not only used to sling rocks, a variety of other objects can be launched.

Every so often you’ll stumble upon a workbench. If you’ve collected the required amount of resources you can upgrade your weapon so it’s faster/quieter or you craft a larger pouch that can hold more ammo.

A slingshot to the head is usually all it takes to take down a bare headed soldier. Once you make progress, simple alchemy will enable you to take those helmet heads down.

Stealth is a major part of A Plague Tale, hiding in long grass, sneaking around behind crates – all the classics. The stealth elements aren’t dissimilar from other stealth games. Avoid detection, use distraction.

There’s nothing more frightening than being caught and having a heavily armoured knight slash you down without a thought or having a spear skewer you in the middle… This game is graphic.

As you begin to make ground the game is notably easier in some parts – yet increasingly challenging at the same time. The bad guys are easier to take down – but the rats are relentless. The puzzles are detailed – but you’ve got more resources at your fingertips.

The game features beautiful environments; lighting is key in this game. From sunlit forests to fields of corpses and decay – each chapter is unique in its own way. You’ll need to harness the light to survive.

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a near perfect example of story-driven gaming.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – SHOULD PLAY

A Plague Tale: Innocence OUT NOW on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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