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Penumbra: Black Plague

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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Realm of Gaming
20 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Episodic development provides developers with an excellent opportunity to receive feedback from players, allowing them to improve their games in further installments. Sadly, some developers either fail to take advantage of such opportunities or surrender if the first episode is a financial or critical flub.
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Overall 7
7.0

Penumbra: Black Plague

GamesRadar
24 June 2012
  • Pros: Uniquely interactive environment, Great mood-setting, Smooth and fast pacing
  • Cons: Wimpy enemies, Some lame puzzles, Weak ending
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Overall 8
7.5

Penumbra: Black Plague

Strategy Informer
6 October 2011
  • Conclusion: So it's all about the puzzles then, and the obvious point of reference here would be Half Life II, which many players still consider to be the undisputed king of physics-puzzling FPS action. Indeed in many ways still is. Whilst the integration of the physics system within the environment in Penumbra is certainly more deeply-ingrained, the puzzles themselves never quite reach the same level of ingenuity as the classic Valve title.
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Overall 8
8.0

Penumbra: Black Plague review (PC)

HonestGamers
11 March 2009
  • Excerpt: looks better, sounds better, plays better and reads better than its predecessor.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Adventure Gamers
28 February 2008
  • Conclusion: The story, as I have mentioned, sometimes falls short of its initial promise, and in a series originally planned as a trilogy, one wonders if a little too much wasn't lost in condensing it to two parts. It is unlikely that the developers will ever revisit the world of Penumbra, having concluded the current storyline here, but whatever Frictional Games make next, consider this reviewer first in line.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 9
9.0
Addiction 8
8.0

The Horror"The Horror

GIN
21 February 2008
  • Excerpt: There is something about a gaming experience where you are sitting around in a dark room wondering if the sounds you hear whispering into your headphones are real or just another sign that your character is going crazy, as both answers turn out to be true at different points. Never overdone, Penumbra: Black Plague uses audio and visual hints, sort of like a gentle scratching at the back of your brain, to tap into the psychological side of horror like no other title...
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Overall 9
8.5
Gameplay 9
8.9
Graphics 7
6.9
Sound 6
6.4
Longevity 8
8.3

Penumbra: Black Plague

NowGamer
15 February 2008
  • Summary: Contagious? This series is seriously going to catch on...
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Overall 8
7.8

Penumbra: Black Plague

Auracore MediaWorks
13 February 2008
  • Summary: Come into the darkness, it beckons, and beckons well.
  • Pros: Frightening atmosphere; logical puzzles; removal of clumsy combat; immersive interactions.
  • Cons: Muddy graphics; slightly slow-pace.
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Overall 8
8.0

Penumbra: Black Plague PC Review

DarkZero
27 February 2008
  • Excerpt: Penumbra: Overture, the dark psychological horror has had a big episodic baby, and it’s looking up at you dripping in fresh birth juice, telling you its name is Penumbra: Black Plague. Penumbra: Black Plague slips you into the eyes and disembodied hand of a fellow named Philip, no last name here, there’s no time for a last name where he’s going.
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Overall 8
8.0
Gameplay 8
8.4
Graphics 9
9.1
Sound 8
8.3
Lastability 5
5.4
Originality 9
9.0

Penumbra: Black Plague Review

TVG
18 February 2008
  • Summary: Scares galore as Philip makes a final return in Frictional Games' first-person-adventure...
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