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Join 15-year-old Amicia de Rune and her 5-year-old brother Hugo on a journey through the perilous landscape of Aquitaine during the Hundred Years’ War between England and France in 1348. Asobo Studio and Focus Entertainment deliver a compelling narrative and gripping gameplay in this atmospheric action-adventure stealth game. At Player Opinion, we were captivated by the storytelling and immersive world of A Plague Tale: Innocence, truly spellbound by its enthralling setting.

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A Plague Tale: Innocence Game Review

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Gameplay Experience: 21/25

Asobo Studio has absolutely nailed intuitive controls in A Plague Tale: Innocence, guiding players through the intricacies of each new skill or ability. The game seamlessly introduces mechanics, allowing ample practice without undue punishment, fostering a sense of mastery before plunging players into challenges. This meticulous design creates a gameplay experience that is both demanding and gratifying. Set within a meticulously crafted medieval backdrop, the game immerses players in the harsh realities of the era, keeping them engaged and alert throughout. Decision-making in the game is nuanced, offering multiple solutions for navigating each area stealthily. This flexibility not only enhances player engagement but also contributes to a sense of rewarding progression as players overcome obstacles and advance through the narrative.

Presentation & Immersion: 22/25

Crafted with meticulous care, the storyline of A Plague Tale: Innocence completely captivates its players, evoking an emotional need to progress. The bond between the protagonist and her in-game brother feels remarkably authentic, compelling players to go to great lengths to protect him. While the level design is undeniably beautiful, it tends to be somewhat linear. However, coupled with the incredible sound design, it effectively immerses players in the bleak and often terrifying environment of the Hundred Years’ War. Well-placed cutscenes seamlessly blend gameplay with narrative, enhancing the cinematic experience. The game’s polished interface adds to the overall immersion. At Player Opinion, we found ourselves completing levels in bursts, deeply invested in the gameplay to the point where we experienced the stress of the situation as if we were truly there.

Design & Technical: 18/25

A Plague Tale: Innocence showcases incredibly well-crafted game design by the developers at Asobo Studio. However, where the game falls short is not in the quality of its content, which is top-notch, but rather in the quantity. Despite the intelligence and terror of the AI—immersing players in reliving childhood vulnerability against overwhelming foes—and the compelling storyline, the game’s brevity is noticeable. While the 10-hour runtime allows for thorough exploration, it leaves players wanting more. Though technically sound and well-optimized, the short length of the actual game may disappoint those seeking a longer gameplay experience. While the emphasis on quality is commendable, it raises questions about whether the game was rushed to completion prematurely, especially when compared to other games in the same genre developed by competitors.

The Skinny About A Plague Tale: Innocence

Final Considerations: 16/25

Our journey through A Plague Tale: Innocence (Steam Link), following the trials of Amicia and Hugo, was deeply satisfying. The game’s exceptional quality, breathtaking visuals, and immersive narrative, all there to be experienced without resorting to microtransactions, were truly remarkable. However, due to its relatively short duration, we suggest waiting for a sale to maximize value. With an average playtime of 10 to 16 hours, the cost per hour ratio limits its replayability. Once you’ve experienced the game’s content, the likelihood of a repeat playthrough diminishes. Despite this limitation, the unforgettable narrative experience warrants at least one playthrough, ideally without spoilers, and is worth your time. So, don’t hesitate—grab it now and immerse yourself in this captivating journey. 

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