Review: A Plague Tale Innocence (PlayStation 4)

Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 38.24gb download size.
  • HDR support.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Two control layouts.
  • Action gameplay.
  • Camera-invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Full Hud settings as to what shows and when.
  • 16 chapters.
  • Chapter select.
  • Powerful soundtrack.
  • Strong stealth game, you can incorporate many ways to deal with stealth like causing distraction or hiding in the long grass.
  • Find materials in the game to unlock/upgrade parts to your arsenal.
  • Decent voice work.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • Chapter select to replay previous chapters.
  • Collectibles are hidden throughout.
  • Immersive environment.
  • Dripping in the atmosphere.

Cons:

  • Long load times.
  • Awkward animations/actions.
  • Materials feel like bread crumbs and act more like its part of the story than going out of your way to finding them.
  • Not very good facial expressions.
  • Early stealth is very clunky.
  • Not always clear where you are going.
  • Cutscene transitions are jarring as the quality and brightness change drastically.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a masterclass in single player games and really shows why we need this genre to not o ly survive but thrive. By having a story as interactive and immersive as say a Telltale game, rat plague also has a strong *game*to it with stealth and puzzles a plenty. The enemy being rats is a clever one. I mean it reminds me of the bat’s section in gears of war 1 but it is still just as powerful. Harnessing the light and making it work for you as you go through a tremendous story is why I really appreciate and love rat plague. I would turn it on for a quick few chapters and just lose myself in the world. OK it has a few facial expressions malfunctions but the story man, the story is one that is paced well and makes sense, it’s believable yet over the top, I won’t look at rats the same again that’s for sure. I loved the characters, the set pieces and just how well they are sewn together the story and game parts. I will not go into detail on the story, doing so would water down the experience and that is this games bread and butter. Much to say rat plague is a game you will really like straight from the off, you won’t care for the collectibles and for that it has no real replay value but for those dozen or so hours, you are entertained.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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