Asobo’s A Plague Tale Requiem, the sequel to 2019’s Innocence has launched and plenty of reviews are in to help players decide whether it’s worthy of their time.
Both Plague Tale games feature cinematic gameplay with stealth mechanics in a medieval setting; great for those looking to share a single-player experience with a partner and/or backseat gamer. Unfortunately, there have also been reports of technical issues, frame drops and graphical glitches present in the game; hopefully an optimization patch comes out at some point to keep gameplay smooth and consistent.
That being said, here are what a few critics think of the game and how their experience was.
“A Plague Tale: Requiem is far more than a jump in visual fidelity or an increase in the number of rats — it’s larger, more approachable, more emotional, and a fitting conclusion to the arduous adventures of Amicia and Hugo. Despite some minor complaints and a world that sometimes feels too lifeless, A Plague Tale: Requiem is an absolute must-play title in 2022.” – Zachary Boddy
“Asobo’s sophomore effort is seriously impressive, delivering a balanced adventure that knows exactly when to mix things up, whether that be a introducing new story beat, a fresh location to explore, or a different combat option to make use of. Requiem is exactly the kind of new AAA narrative adventure we’ve been craving for a while on Xbox Game Pass, and we can’t wait to see what this developer does next. Asobo Studio is really hitting its stride.” – Ben Kerry
“A Plague Tale: Requiem is a sometimes compelling adventure weighed down by poor technical performance, and simple, frustrating and repetitive gameplay. While the stealth action can be enjoyable, and the puzzle elements of using the impressive hordes of rats to your advantage can be engaging, it’s a game that introduces compelling ideas but never really capitalizes on any of them. Pair that with some dodgy AI and it’s a game that’s at its best when the characters are simply walking through the world, talking to each other.” – Jordan Middler
“This year has not had many options when it comes to high-quality narrative experiences. Most of the big game releases have been multiplayer-centric or focused on other things, so those who have been starved for a good story to sink their teeth into should rush out to play A Plague Tale: Requiem as soon as possible. The story is briskly paced with shocking plot twists and constant forward momentum bringing everything to a powerful conclusion that will stick with players long after the credits roll.” – Dalton Cooper
“A Plague Tale: Requiem is an impressive sequel to one of my favorite action-adventure games, upping the ante in almost every way. It doesn’t do a ton to distinguish itself from its predecessor in terms of its actual gameplay mechanics, but with a depressing yet awesome story, fantastic graphics, and rat-filled moments that I’ll never forget, this unique adventure very much deserves your attention.” – Travis Northup
These are only some of the A Plague Tale Requiem reviews out in the wild, but the average score for A Plague Tale: Requiem is on the high end. Metacritic currently has a weighted average rating of 85 on Xbox Series X and an 81 on PC; at the time of this writing. All in all, plenty of folks seem to think that A Plague Tale Requiem looks to be a worthy sequel.
A Plague Tale Requiem is available on PC and Xbox Series X|S, and is a day one launch on Game Pass for both those platforms.