A Plague Tale: Innocence, Asobo Studio’s medieval France-set stealth-action game, is unbelievably tense from the start and rarely lets up across its 10-hour runtime. An excellent, level-based structure keeps the setting fresh, and new tools are often introduced just as interest is beginning to flag. A grounded tale of friendship and family eventually gives way to wonderfully weird fantasy, and, for the most part, APT:I is gripping in both iterations. While the Assassin’s Creed games have long looked to history for inspiration, APT:I breaks new ground by showing us that some eras were beautiful, yes, but also terrifying.

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