Many great games were released in 2022, making it a good year for video games overall. However, among all these games, two stood above the rest, and those games were Alden Ring and God of War Ragnarok.
The problem with these games was that they were too perfect. storytelling, graphics, gameplay, narration, and soundtrack; Everything about these two games was fantastic. This is why no other game, no matter how good or great it is, can never come close to the popularity that these two did.
Among all the games that were overshadowed by the popularity of Alden Ring and God of War Ragnarok was A Plague Tale: Requiem. A game that might have won the Game of the Year award had it been released in any other year.
A Plague Tale: Requiem was released on October 18, 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Barely a month before the release of the highly anticipated God of War Ragnarok on November 9, 2022.
A Plague Story: Requiem was produced by Asobo Studios Published by and Focus Entertainment. Focus Entertainment revealed that the game crossed one million players upon release. But this game could not maintain its popularity for long.
More than a million players have already embarked on an incredible journey with Amesia and Hugo. #APlagueTaleRequiem.
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Once God of War Ragnarok was released, all eyes were on the game due to its hype. It deserved all the accolades, but people forgot about the other great games in between, even if those games were objectively better in some aspects.
A Plague Tale: Requiem expands on an already fascinating sequence introduced in A Plague Tale: Innonce which came out in May 2019. The game has greatly improved on aspects that its prequel lacked.
The game features the wonderful development of its two main characters: Amesia and her younger brother Hugo. The two siblings continue their journey six months after the events of A Plague Tale: Innocence to find a cure for Hugo, who is suffering from a blood disease caused by dark magic.
The game features exciting visuals, an excellent soundtrack, and an engaging story-driven narrative. The only aspect the game lacks is probably the combat. A Plague Tale: Requiem greatly improves the combat system that was introduced in A Plague Tale: Innonce. However, combat and general gameplay remain mediocre.
Despite its shortcomings, this game was far better than almost any other game released in 2022. But did he get the popularity he deserved? At least not on steam. The game has barely any players on Steam, with a peak player count of 4,927, recorded around the game’s release three months ago.
However, most of the game’s audience comes from consoles, so it makes sense for the PC port not to have as many players.
A Plague Story: Innocence had many flaws. General gameplay was lacking, and even the story felt a little dragged at times. How A Plague Tale: Requiem, which came out recently, offers a better story, better gameplay, a better overall experience, and a satisfying conclusion to the story that came out 4 years ago. The prequel has the same number of players?
One might think that this game has no players because it is bad compared to other games. But, A Plague Tale: Requiem has a rating of 82 for the PlayStation 5 and 85 for the Xbox Series X port. Metacritic. The game was also nominated for the Game of the Year award at The Game Awards 2022.
In fact, the stealth/action genre is not as popular as other genres. However, watch The Last of Us Part 1 or Uncharted. These games have a massive following across multiple platforms. Maybe things would have been different if the game had gotten better marketing, but there’s nothing for it now.
Plague Story: Request received. Several nominations Game Awards in 2022, including Best Performance, Best Narrative, Best Score and Music, and Best Action/Adventure awards. However, despite being objectively better than the real winners in some departments, the game didn’t manage to win a single one of them.
The Game of the Year award was never going to Plaguetale: Requiem; This was very evident in the presence of Alden Ring. However, ironically, A Plague Tale: Requiem lost every other nomination to God of War Ragnarok.
If anything, A Plague Tale: Requiem should have at least won the Best Narrative award at the TGA 2022. But what’s done is done. The game is still fairly underrated, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.
However, it does make you wonder if the game had come out in another year or in the absence of major rivals like God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring, would it have been more popular?
Maybe studios and publishers should plan their game releases more carefully so they don’t go up against another highly anticipated title and, in turn, kill their game’s hype.
Despite not winning anything at TGA 2022, A Plague Tale: Requiem is an overall great game with a great narrative. We need more games like this that can deliver a beautiful story with characters like Amicia and Hugo that can make the player feel many emotions at once.
Not to mention the satisfying conclusion the game produced. Storytelling in modern video games is already pretty lacking and is only getting worse with time. Games that can deliver a good story with a good ending are rare.
While brainless hacking and slashing has its own charm, games like A Plague Tale: Requiem, with a tragic yet interesting story, have a niche in the video game market. If this game was more popular and had more players, we would see more of this kind of thing.
Even if we do get something like this often, it’s rare for a video game to provide a satisfying conclusion to a story like A Plague Tale: Requiem. We don’t often get to see good stories in video games. Finding a perfect performer is even rarer.
But, A Plague Tale: Requiem is better than any other game coming out in 2022 in this department. It has its flaws, but it deserves more players than the few it already has. In the end, this is a game that might have been more successful had it been released at a better time of year.
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