Gameplay from A Plague Tale: Requiem. A boy is sitting on top of a young woman in a crowded area.

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A Plague Tale: Requiem is a title that I was excited to play and get into. From it’s description, the game seemed promising. I enjoy not really knowing much about a game before jumping in as I feel like this can make my reviews much more fair. This game is available to play on Xbox via Xbox Game Pass, you can also enjoy it on your PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5. You can learn more about this game on the official website.

In this review, I’ll be giving you an overview of the story, discussing the gameplay, and talking about what I liked and disliked about this game. At the end, I’ll give this game a review which we like to call the Fun Factor Score. 

Since A Plague Tale: Requiem has a high emphasis on it’s story, I’ll not be giving out any spoilers in this review so you can enjoy this game if you decide to play it after reading my review. 

So without delaying any further, let’s get into my review of A Plague Tale: Requiem

What Is A Plague Tale: Requiem About? 

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A Plague Tale: Requiem is an action-adventure game where you play as Amica, a young woman that is on an epic journey to save her younger brother who’s been stricken by a curse. This game’s overall description from the developer states you will have to fend off soldiers and rats that are spreading the black plague. This is the overall setting of the game, but there is much more to this game’s story than this simple description. 

This is a story first and combat second type of game. So if you’re not a fan of lengthy dialogue and cutscenes then A Plague Tale: Requiem may not be for you, but with that being said the overall story is really an epic adventure that I do think is deserving of a play-through if you have the patience. If you’ve enjoyed games like Horizon Forbidden West, or Tomb Raider, then this game may be one you need to check out. 

Keep in mind that A Plague Tale: Requiem is not an open-world game. You will explore the world, but the player is kept on a much more linear journey. So if you forget to explore a particular area just be mindful that you will not be able to go back and explore it. As I played through the story I was intrigued by the dynamic between our two main protagonists and I became heavily invested in the story. So much so that I wanted to continue playing just to see how the story unfolds. Some characters you meet are just concerned about survival, while others you meet have great depth that will really make you care what happens to them. 

The Gameplay 

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Now the combat and gameplay has several faults, but it’s manageable enough to still make playing A Plague Tale: Requiem an enjoyable experience, while not distracting too much from the overall story. It took me a moment to get used to games controls, but this games pace is relatively slow so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the hang of it. 

You will have to combat soldiers, as well as deal with the plague’s of rats that swarm the battle field. You’ll need to use your wits to solve puzzles, and work with your companion to make it past enemies. Along the way you will need to upgrade your abilities to craft tools that will aid your survival. You will need to be extremely cautious when using the few weapons the game gives you. You will be provided with limited ammunnition and will have to choose which targets to take out and which ones to keep alive. 

The Progression System 

Image of the progression system in A Plague Tale Requiem. The stats on the left read, Prudence, Aggressive, and Opportunism.

This game has a very different progression system, and honestly, I didn’t like it at first, but the implementation didn’t hurt the experience for me like I thought it would. Basically, there are three primary skills that are upgraded over time, but the thing is you don’t upgrade these yourself. They are automatically upgraded depending on how you choose to play. 

You’ll need to craft more ammo in order to upgrade your opportunism, your combat will improve if you choose to play more aggressively. In a way, this rewards you for playing the game in a particular way, and depending on how you play many characters can change the way they view you. As I mentioned, all of this is a slight adjustment at first, but I don’t think this will hurt the experience for many players. 

Final Thoughts 

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Overall I enjoyed my time playing A Plague Tale: Requiem. The combat, character movement, and gameplay aren’t the most fluid, but this game’s story is worth every minute of the time you’ll spend playing it. For these reasons I’ve decided to give a A Plague Tale: Requiem a 7 out of 10. 

That’s it for my A Plague Tale: Requiem review. Have you played this game or are you considering playing it. Let me know know by leaving a comment below this article.

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