Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked A Plague Tale: Innocence 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 5 months ago.
Play involves working through the world while keeping both siblings safe. You work individually and together to solve puzzles, fight enemies and find ways forward. You must carefully search for materials and resources to enhance your abilities and make the later levels easier.
Fights are quite tough and involve targeting enemies multiple times. The auto-aim can help this, but it is still a challenge for newer players. You also flee from the infestations of rats, using light for different sources as a means of safety which leads to more complex puzzles.
The result is a game with surprisingly convincing chemistry between the children, and a compelling story to discover as you interact with the world and inhabitants you find. The unique game-play with the siblings combines with survival elements from other games like The Last of Us to create a compelling experience for older teenagers.
On PlayStation 5 the game has improved visuals and makes extensive (and nuanced) use of the haptic feedback vibrations. Most successful is feeling the movement of the younger brother's hand fed through the right trigger when you grab it to run.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanies (MA 15+) for Strong Themes and Violence, also with Moderate Language.
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's a hard game and there are no substantial difficulty settings. You need good timing and resistance. Players also need to have good observation and problem solving skills as the best way forward isn't also the direct route.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
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- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Accessibility: 24 features
Components: 3D Third-Person
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