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A Plague Tale:
Innocence Review

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A Plague Tale: Innocence (2019) follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another. This plight of the innocent is extended as the pair call on other children to help them on their way.

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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked A Plague Tale: Innocence 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Stealth game with Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

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Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 18 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

This game is rated PEGI 18 due to scenes of extreme violence and strong language. Violence varies from strong to extreme with scenes of people being consumed alive by rats, leaving half-eaten corpses with their entrails scattered across the floor. Characters can be hit over the head with rocks, stabbed, shot with arrows and even impaled on swords and spears. Blood and gore effects are shown throughout including close up scenes of people who have been hung, tortured or burned alive at the stake.

Moderate swearing and strong language occur frequently and includes words such as ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’ and the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanies (MA 15+) for Strong Themes and Violence, also with Moderate Language.

Skill Level

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 usually costs £10.49 to £35.99. 

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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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 80% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Stealth (Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

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