During the Dutch revolt from 1566 to 1648, a cruel general of the Geuzen used rats as a torture method for captured troops. Hed take a starving rat, a pottery bowl, and embers of charcoal from a nearby fire and show them to the defendants. More often than not, the rat and the prisoner would die. In an attempt to self-preservation, the rats were destroyed.
As the world falls apart, your protagonist duo, Amicia and Hugo, drives a naive path of destruction through 14th Century France. They take on the responsibility of death and death as they seek for justice. Cruelty and inhumanity push them forward as they strive to be human. They do some of the greatest damage that you''re liable to see this year in a video game.
The central story of A Plague Tale: Requiem is a frightening reflection of a human race that is inherently cruel. It is a game about how even the most compassionate and most compassionate of us can be pushed to our limits and punished, even if you don''t want to. It''s a game about how it makes you kill, and it''s destructive and barbaric, and you''ll find you just can''t stop eating once more no matter how much it hurts you.
Asobo Studio, which you may otherwise know from Microsoft Flight Sim, has done some basic work with animation and rigging, as well; there are times the facial expressions are so good, you forget youre playing a game and may be convinced this is a particular CGI film, or something. One moment in particular when Amicia recalls a violent outburst that will causing severe consequences, has shown how astute Asobo is with its technology. She starts off by moving, focusing
With an engaging script and cinematic, emphatic moments like this, you''re tempted to compare Requiem to Sony monoliths God of War, The Last of Us, and A Plague Tale: Requiem. It''s an unlikely trilogy, but in some ways this double-A gems punches land as heavily as its genre-defining peers. However, all that focus on storytelling, historical detail, and visual fidelity means there are no blindspots elsewhere.
This is a big undertaking than its predecessor, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and by some margin. Some chapters go more open than the series has had previously (and in great measure; playing around with a windmill puzzle before sneaking up to a forbidden area, all of which you can see from some wide open, flower-packed fields is a fantastic feat), but in doing so the tightness of Innocences well-curated stealth puzzling falls apart, like a crumbling viaduct under the weight
In death, you learn. Maybe it was a gnawing pack of rats that made you forget when your fickle, burning torch was thrown back. Perhaps it was a guard who saw you a second too late and impaled you on his spear. Or perhaps youll find some grass to hold your breath in as a patrol passes, or perhaps you will use your meager resources to ignite a pile of rats to ensure you safe passage.
The true stealth often is readable, engaging, and corresponds to the notion of being a dejected teenage lady who will do anything to save Amicia. For better and worse, killing endless hired goons by feeding them to rats or flinging rocks at their head is essential for her. This isnt some Lara Croft (2013) ludo-narrative dissonance. Your friends revel in their displeasure, however.
In games, the results are less like offal than foie gras. Some parts of Requiem are opener; there is a goal at the end, and you must make sure you follow the rats up. In attempting to force stealth mechanics, combat engagements, guest character abilities, the floor is lava systems, and light/dark physics challenges into one engagement.
Despite being overloaded and clumpy, the game tries to maintain its pace. Requiem never disappoints in 18 hours (at a brisk pace) and deftly uses Uncharted-like downtime to introduce you to a breathtaking, richly-detailed world that perpetually feels on the brink of destruction. Amicia becomes more and more detached and unhinged, as well as any cinema youd expect at Cannes or Tribeca.
Rats are often embodied by their desperation; as creatures that wear their own claws away by scratching desperately to survive or eat through the hot, wet meat of a living person in despair theyll see freedom once more. Requiem feels like a game that isn''t just built on rats, but based on them. It asks: What kind of person would it be like a rat under the bowl had a conscience? And it feels like a game that is not just designed