A Plague Tale: Innocence is 2019’s Sleeper Hit

It’s easy to look back on 2019 and pick out some of the biggest games that were released. Games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Control are two fine examples, both having secured nominations and awards for game of the year from many outlets. With games like these in the spotlight, it’s common that others don’t get the recognition they deserve. A Plague Tale: Innocence is an unfortunate victim of this.

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and Hugo de Rune, two young siblings forced to fend for themselves after their family homestead is attacked by the English Army in the midst of the early stages of the bubonic plague. As swarms of rats overrun the land, Amicia must ensure Hugo’s safety, who has dealt with a mysterious illness since birth.

A Plague Tale exceeds in so many areas. The game’s writing is stellar and is easily the best thing about the game. Amicia, Hugo and their friends are developed wonderfully as the game progresses. By the final act, you’ll find yourself attached to these kids. With the amount of trouble they’re forced to go through in this game, it’s hard not to be.

Gameplay in A Plague Tale is approachable, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s easy. While primarily focused around stealth, the game does provide you with a sleuth of abilities to make offensive combat possible, especially towards the end of the game. Amicia’s tools allow her to ignite flammable objects from afar, lure a pack of rats, and more. She’s also able to craft upgrades, increasing her ammunition and improving her sling.

The focus on stealth-based gameplay works great here. Ultimately, Amicia and Hugo are just kids, meaning they’re highly vulnerable and this focus only helps to cement the tense-atmosphere that lingers throughout the game. The abilities are fun to use, with all of them feeling like they truly serve a purpose. There is one ability obtained in the late-game that doesn’t play as well as it sounds, but outside of that, it’s hard to complain about the gameplay experience here. 

It’s a shame that it took me so long to play this game, but having completed it I’m so happy that I got the chance to do so. A Plague Tale: Innocence nails everything that it sets out to be, delivering an experience that is not only unique but a joy to play from start to finish.

With a free trial available across all platforms, I highly suggest you check out A Plague Tale: Innocence.

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