When it comes to innocence, it is far left out thought when medieval France comes to mind but this game manages to capture this essence in the bond between two siblings who grew up apart from each other. A Plague Tale: Innocence takes you into the deep and darkest part of medieval France where humanity was facing one of its biggest crisis. The story is wrapped around this phenomenon but it is not the only factory pushing it forward.
From early on you learn that you must take care of your little brother who had been locked up inside a castle and only now has gotten the chance to roam free by himself. This leads to him making errors and leading you both to danger as his childlike behavior is the cause of many issues that you will face, as you progress in the game, your bond grows stronger and you can connect with the story which tries to show an elder sister and younger brother dynamic which hasn’t changed all that much in the centuries that followed.
You will play as Amicia mostly throughout the game and with your little brother by your side holding hand, you will have to navigate through some of the most haunting and rat infested places in all of Frace. With all of France against you, you have to make sure you make the most of the lights and shadows to manipulate your path and maneuver certain aspects to your benefit. Always remember that the light can be blinding and darkness can offer comfort.
The major plot of this game is stealth and often the game feels relaxed giving you a moment to think about your next steps, the game does its best to show both side spectrum in being a heart touching tale and gruesome morbid reality of the disease that caused so many deaths at the time.
In total, the 17 chapters take you on a journey throughout France where you begin to unearth the reasons and learn about yourself and the illness that your brother suffers from. A teenager and a young boy traveling alone make for an interesting tale in the game, while you will have dangers all around you. Light and darkness can be used to your benefit in the game, you will have to constantly be on the lookout for items that can ignite a fire or douse a flame. Both these things will come in handy as you progress.
The game feels more like a puzzle-solving stealth-driven game, it evokes memories of Dishonored which too was set in medieval France, but what A Plague Tale: Innocence does is it gives you a perspective about how things were during humanity’s darkest days, with a few fictional elements.
If you are looking for a heartfelt tale about love, care, and relationship which with a great eye-opening ending then this game will certainly do the job for you.