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Mini Review: A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5) – Rats a Good Next-Gen Upgrade

French fancies.

Would it be a push to call A Plague Tale: Innocence an overlooked gem? We don’t think so; what Asobo Studio achieved on PlayStation 4 deserved a lot more recognition. The somewhat historical tale of Amicia and younger brother Hugo can hold its own amongst many of the greats, and while its stealth-based gameplay may prove formulaic for some, the 10-hour undertaking is a special one when taken as a whole. Let’s hope then this upgraded PS5 version can be the game’s true coming-out party.

Under the hood, a rock-solid 60 frames-per-second coupled with a 1440p resolution (technical analysis reveals it’s not actually 4K) makes for a better playing game than the original 2019 launch. The glow up is particularly noticeable in the faces of character models and many of the more colourful locations, with some beautifully lit environments that really pop under the heat of the French sun. Contrasting them are the hauntingly dark sequences through whatever the gigantic rat horde had to munch on for its breakfast. It’s every bit as dire yet captivating as The Last of Us.

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