PS Plus has added one of the best 'free' PS5 games ever this month

A Plague Tale Requiem recently joined PS Plus Essential and is easily one of the best 'free' games that Sony has ever added to the service!

PS Plus has added one of the best 'free' PS5 games ever this month
Sean Lawson

Opinion by Sean Lawson


Get ready for a rat-tastic time as you earn all of the A Plague Tale Requiem trophies — no, I'm not sorry for that pun. A Plague Tale Requiem came to PS Plus in the PlayStation Plus January 2024 Essential lineup and is free to redeem through your PS Plus subscription until Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

A Plague Tale Requiem is one of the best PS5 games I have ever played

I was quite late to the party getting into the A Plague Tale series. I first played A Plague Tale Innocence at the end of November 2023 and then jumped straight into its sequel, Requiem, in December 2023. The coincidence of A Plague Tale Requiem being announced as a 'free' game on PS Plus Essential in January 2024 is not lost on me.
I really don't care that I spent money on this title as I can happily say that it was one of my favorite gaming experiences of 2023 alongside Baldur's Gate 3. The series is a work of art and the narrative is truly one of the most engaging storylines I have played in a long time. The game is dark, the game is bleak, but damn is it spectacular on a whole other level.

Both games follow protagonist Amicia and her younger brother Hugo as they try and survive in a world that is descending into chaos with flesh-hungry rats lurking in the shadows and evil dooers hoping to take advantage of Hugo and his unique abilities. Requiem amps all of this up and introduces even more horrifying ways for you to be taken out of this grim and depressing world.

I love how both Amicia and the gameplay have evolved in Requiem

Amicia has also grown from the first game and is far more determined and far more deadly this time around. Honestly, Amicia's growth from a strong-willed protective sister to a full-on warrior is one of my favorite aspects of A Plague Tale Requiem alongside the refined gameplay. I love how the gameplay has been changed up for the sequel, yet all of the things we loved in Innocence are still there.

We can still approach battles stealthily and take down enemies or leave them alone altogether just like in Innocence. However, we can also run out crossbows blazing and take down anything that moves. I personally prefer the latter as the crossbow feels beautiful to handle and throwing firebombs at enemies is a hoot. Safe to say, I fully indulged in Amicia's bloodlust and enjoyed every second of me shouting "You go kill girl."

Throughout the story, you can really feel Amicia's unwavering will to do whatever it takes to survive and keep Hugo safe from any threats that come their way. Amicia and Hugo's relationship is a highlight of the game and propels the story forward into a heart-shatteringly potent ending. I really can't stress how incredible this series is and why you need to check it out while you can on PS Plus!
Lastly, for all my trophy hunters out there, the platinum 'Requiem' is incredibly easy to earn. With nothing being missable and there being no difficulty-related trophies to worry about. Thanks to chapter select you can revisit any of the levels you may have missed collectibles in and still earn the associated trophy without needing to replay the entire game. Currently, the platinum sits with an overall completion rate of 2.40% on PSN.

So, have I convinced you to check out this incredible gem that is now 'free' through PS Plus Essential? I will be having words with Editor Kes in the coming days and petitioning to add A Plague Tale Requiem to the list of the best PS5 games. Let us know all your thoughts and feelings in the comments below and I will see you there!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Tekken 8, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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