PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence

Last updated date: July 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2019:
Checkout The Best Adventure Game for a detailed review of all the top adventure games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
42 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
You start with nothing but your sling and a few stones, which you can use to down enemies that don’t wear helmets. Over time your arsenal grows, thanks to a number of alchemy recipes that allow you to craft bombs, sleeping draughts and rat bait. In theory this should make for a wealth of options in how to get rid of or around enemies, but Plague Tale always strongly communicates the preferred solution, either by placing specific alchemy ingredients nearby or by literally having your companion tell you what to do.
- PC Gamer
May 24, 2019 | Full review
Much of what makes A Plague Tale: Innocence a success is the admirable way in which the developer spins magic from the routine. The game’s substance borders on cliched, and rarely do its environmental puzzles enjoy more than one solution. Your time, then, is spent tracing the guidelines laid by the designers, without much in the way of meaningful agency. Still, submit yourself to the spell that’s being cast and A Plague Tale: Innocence succeeds in sketching an affecting story of the child’s indefatigable spirit in the face of rats and men.
- The Guardian
June 2, 2019 | Full review
The game refreshingly has no noticeable bugs or glitches which is a rarity in this day and age when games so often get rushed out before they're ready. The graphics are also much better than one might expect from an indie game: for example, one can see the textures of the clothing distinctly, hair flows in a very natural way and the movement of characters is fluid. That leaves nothing to complain about: this title is about as close to perfect as games can get. It successfully combines horror, action, survival, combat and story in a way that so few games do in this modern age. A Plague Tale: Innocence is also a reminder that the world still needs single-player story-based games, especially those that are as wonderfully beautiful and heartfelt as this one.
- Screen Rant
May 13, 2019 | Full review
I was pretty nervous going into A Plague Tale: Innocence given what the game was attempting to do and the studio’s history. Needless to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the end product. The game does start slow and has occasional pacing issues but none of that detracts from the fact that the vast majority of it is a brutal joy to experience. The way the narrative and gameplay fit together to make Amicia and Hugo’s journey both compelling and emotional is an impressive accomplishment that put A Plague Tale up there with the best of them. If you are in the market for a somber, story-driven game, I cannot recommend A Plague Tale enough.
- Dark Station
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Emotive storytelling, particularly the relationship between the two de Rune siblings. The cast of characters are genuine and likeable. The rats never cease to be horrifying, and their appearances are some of the most spine-chilling scenes in the game.
- GameSpot
May 13, 2019 | Full review
A Plague Tale: Innocence deserves respect for daring to be different, funnelling you through a bleak European backdrop that’s seldom seen. Despite some neat ideas, though, the stealth and puzzle mechanics drag, and the story can’t quite make up its mind about what it wants to be. Furthermore, while the presentation is spectacular, the project lacks polish in key areas and overstays its welcome at times.
- Push Square
May 14, 2019 | Full review
Stunning setting. Intriguing mechanics come later in the game. Amicia gets inventive new tools regularly.
- Games Radar
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Plague Tale: Innocence proves that feisty young women are the new heroes of single player narrative adventures, and Amicia can proudly stand alongside Aloy and Senua. Asobo Studios have knocked it out of the park with a compelling story, superb graphics, and excellent music. Loved it.
- The Sixth Axis
May 13, 2019 | Full review
A Plague Tale: Innocence is a powerful game built on the spectrum of human emotions. The crippling sadness of losing loved ones, the joy of a small victory, the pain of ultimate sacrifice. Through Amicia and Hugo, players are given one of the most resounding narrative experiences in recent memory. An incomparable soundtrack and deep world-building only serve to elevate the game to a higher tier of quality. Only after its relentless, taught grip on your heart does A Plague Tale: Innocence finally let you breathe and even then, it’s a feeling you won’t soon forget.
- Digital Chumps
May 13, 2019 | Full review
A Plague Tale is, at its core, an action stealth game. To start with, you are equipped with a slingshot, which can be used to distract enemy guards or as a weapon against un-armoured enemies. As the game progresses, there are more ammo types to unlock and upgrades to be purchased for your equipment that make your slingshot quieter or help you sneak around more silently.
- Cultured Vultures
May 14, 2019 | Full review
A Plague Tale: Innocence is more than justified in its focus on the narrative presented and of the journey its main protagonists Amicia and Hugo go through over the course of the game’s events. While the core gameplay’s puzzle-solving and stealth aren’t wholly inventive from a structural standpoint, it’s the integration of the swarm-like, horror-styled rats and their intended influence on the tone of such moments that comes to define the experience and is all the better because of it.
- Hardcore Gamer
May 28, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Unfortunately your actions in Plague Tale for the most part don’t support the oppressive atmosphere the narrative builds, mostly because it’s a game that isn’t challenging to begin with, progressively only becomes easier and eventually almost callous. The first time you have to use violence, face a giant swarm of rats or see a pile of dead bodies all feel momentous, until all of these things turn into business as usual.
- PC Gamer
May 24, 2019 | Full review
The knights of the Inquisition can be hilariously oblivious and obtuse at times, which tends to break immersion. Painfully one-dimensional villains.
- GameSpot
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Sibling relationship feels a bit hollow in the long run. Intriguing mechanics come later in the game (again). Fairly easy.
- Games Radar
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Fairly generic stealth. Puzzles are a bit too easy. Facial animation rather basic at times.
- The Sixth Axis
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Some crafted items and upgrades don't feel essential. Stealth and combat can be finnicky in larger areas.
- Digital Chumps
May 13, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.

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An Overview On Adventure Games

Looking for the best adventure game for your game day with friends? Whether you play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, there are adventure games galore. You may find it a bit overwhelming, so let’s make it easy for you and show you some top-rated options for those consoles. Let’s first take a look at the different consoles and what they have to offer the adventure game-lover in you.

PlayStation 4 is a pioneer in original, exclusive titles for console game players. With outstanding ratings for their exclusive games, players will surely find a unique, intriguing game experience through the PlayStation 4 console. For PlayStation 4 players, there are two fantastic recommendations for adventure games. “God of War” by Sony takes the player through the experience of Kratos, who lives and has to survive in the world of monsters and Norse Gods. This game is packed with unparalleled graphics and incredibly realistic, unique monsters that may make you shake in your boots. Another such adventure game for the PS4 fanatic is “Final Fantasy XV.” In this game, the player can explore freely through the world in multiple modes of transportation, use incredible action moves such as double jumps and enjoy realistic graphics.

If you are an Xbox One owner, you will find a great selection of games. In addition to games designed for Xbox One, the console also allows for Xbox 360 and Xbox games. This makes your choice of games much wider and more diverse than the PS4. Besides the games, Xbox One has a leg up on other console games with endless access to entertainment apps and media servers, including Kodi, which PS4 does not offer. For an excellent Xbox One adventure game, check out “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.” This game has it all, from old-time game features to improved graphics that impress even the toughest critics.

Both PS4 and Xbox One allow for compatibility with third-party games. Some of those games include “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Mortal Kombat 11” and “Resident Evil 2.” This creates an even bigger pool of options for console game players.

Now throw in the Nintendo Switch for comparison. The Switch has exceptional controller choices and super portability. With the option to use it as a home system or an on-the-go handheld system, the competition has nothing on it in that category. While it has awesome gamepads of its own, the Switch also offers compatibility with third-party gamepads if you so choose.

In terms of game selection, Nintendo is extremely exclusive with its trademark games, such as the “Mario” series. The item does support third-party games, which has been a huge selling point for the console. In addition, the Switch is accommodating to the indie genre of games, including “Night in the Woods”.  This is a huge plus for Nintendo Switch users.

One highly recommended adventure game for Switch players is “The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.” This super popular game is a favorite because of its open-air roaming that allows you to explore a beautiful kingdom with all different landscapes available.You will happen upon adventures as you switch from each climate and landscape.

When comparing the console games, it’s important to note the subscriptions that may be needed to access the games and all their fabulous features. Every console has its own service, and some are better than others in terms of what they offer. For PS4, players will want access to and subscribe to the PlayStation Network; the Xbox One users will want access to Xbox Live; and Nintendo Switch Online services the Switch users. The PS Network and Xbox Live offer substantially more services than the Nintendo Switch Online, but players will also pay quite a bit more for the subscription. These services are absolutely essential if players want to connect online with friends or fellow gamers when playing their favorite adventure game.

DWYM Fun Fact

“The Brown Box” was created in 1967 by a team led by Ralph Baer. This was the first video game system used in the home. It was sold with the name “Odyssey” in 1972 after Baer sold it to Magnavox. This would, as most video game consoles do, phase out over just a few years. During those years, it had 28 games that the player could choose from, one of which inspired the uber-famous “Pong” that would later be seen on the Atari systems in 1975.

“Space Invaders” came out in 1978, and in 1979, Activision was the pioneer in console game creation without making a console, or as some would call them, ‘third-party’ game developers. This opened the door for many other companies to get into the business.

The early 1980s welcomed the still-popular “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and Microsoft’s first “Flight” simulator game, before the crash of 1983. The crash was a direct cause of oversaturation in the industry. Consoles were being released by new companies constantly. The games were extremely low-quality and not very captivating to players, and the competition between third-party developers was causing the market to dive.  It caused multiple home console creators to go into bankruptcy, which ultimately brought the market back up in 1985. Nintendo was a huge contributor to bringing the video game market back to the United States. It offered the incredibly long-lasting games “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Metroid”.

In 1991, Genesis created the “Sonic the Hedgehog” game that finally gave Nintendo some competition in the market. The game became super popular, and Nintendo and Genesis entered a rivalry. That year, Nintendo released a new console to compete and thus began the console war that is still happening today between several companies.

The Adventure Game Buying Guide

  • Always keep in mind the ratings on adventure games, especially when looking for kids. Many of them have explanations for their ratings, such as violence or crude image, so you can make a well-informed decision on the right adventure game for your player.
  • Getting a subscription to the console service networks will make gaming super convenient. You will have countless games at the click of a button. Having the subscription will allow you to track your progress and see how you match-up against the competition.
  • Try multiple different types of games in the adventure game genre. Diversify your library of games so you never get bored of playing.
  • Create your dream team within the online networks with friends or fellow gamers and set up game times for you all to meet and play together. This keeps things interesting and fun.
  • Stay on top of the best adventure games for your console through your subscription. You will get updates about new games coming out and how they compare to the most popular adventure games today.