Summary: And the series just keeps moving upward. Overture is a very good game, but Black Plague is a few steps up. The clever writing, characters, scares and atmosphere is still there. The puzzles are still well done. Anyone who enjoyed Overture has no reason to not enjoy this one.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Penumbra Overture was a flawed masterpiece which demonstrated Frictional's knack at creating an unsettling atmosphere and well-done pacing. In Black Plague, Frictional immediately shows signs of learning from Overture: the combat has been fixed i.e. removed; the writing and storytelling are both well-executed and heighten the sense of solitude and terror.
Summary: This, as a sequel, did an amazing job to improve on the down sides of the previous game and brilliantly follow the story on! I definitely recommend this game to anyone wanting a dark, atmospheric game to pay that isn't typical like Doom 3 or Dead Space is! An only major downside is that puzzles can be extremely difficult to complete and there are a lot of them but otherwise, a great game!
Summary: Penumbra: Black Plague is a horror-survival first-person-puzzle game where the protagonist is tasked with finding his father in an underground research base which seems to have fallen victim to a virus. Mutants now roam the hallways looking for survivors. When you're not busy solving puzzles, reading logbook entries or otherwise exploring the underground complex, you're either hiding or running away from the enemy.
Summary: Penumbra: Black Plague is quite simply, a continuation of Penumbra: Overture. It might as well be considered one single game. The engine seems to be the same used in the first game, and most mechanics are identical. The atmosphere continues to be dark and creepy, with the addition of some new surprises that surface throughout. Everything is basically the same, with only the plot and storyline developing further.
Summary: Black Plague is the second game in the Penumbra series. Admittedly I have not played the first game (Overture), but Black Plague picked up right away and did not leave me confused. The game's most notable feature perhaps is its incredibly effective spooky atmosphere and suspense. The dark, derelict areas, as well as the ambient music really do manage to absorb the player. Just as with one other game by this developer, Amnesia, there is no combat system, i.e.
Summary: This game starts where Overture finishes and the game was a lot better than the first one. We now have creatures and people lying around and the imersion it creates scares me a bit, also the puzzles are a lot more harder now but also funny. Frictional Games really did a very good job in this game, bring it to a higher level where people could enjoy fun and scary moments.
Summary: As the Spiritual Prequel to Amnesia, Bravo I say, Bravo! Whilst Amnesia was a Flawed game, this game has it's flaws too. The Combat is sticky, and a bit **** up. The... Subtley of it makes me want to turn off my PC and ahve a Breather-In. But it's a Survival Horror, it's supposed to be tense and with terrible combat! Amnesia tried to capture what was so great about Penumbra, but Frictional failed.
Summary: Nothing is as exciting as looking forward playing through a horror game on a rainy night with a buddy. That's what i did, someday i will replay them alone but playing it with company is a great way since you can figure out puzzles twice as fast. With the same game atmosphere as Overture, Black Plague goes even scarier and a bigger experience. Totally worth playing. The atmosphere will get sort of ruined in the end of the game, more than that i cant say.