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Penumbra: Black Plague (PC)

by Paradox
Windows XP
 Ages 16 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Immersive setting and engrossing storyline Uncover vital information from a trove of discarded letters,scattered journals and forgotten diaries. Discover the secrets of the past and the present
  • Compelling world imbued with realistic physics effects A Unified Lighting System allows you to selectively harness light and shadow to illuminate and confront, or remain cloaked from terrifying adversaries. A complex physics model provides all game-world objects with realistic behaviour in all circumstances
  • Fully interactive world Interact with the environment via an accessible and intuitive Physical Gesture System. Manipulate an array of perfectly rendered objects and gadgets by maneuvering them in a realistic manner. Using this system you can overcome a myriad of fiendishly baffling puzzles and hordes of terrifying adversaries
  • Simulated Fear Factor Experience first hand the terror of Philip's journey. Through the use of Multi-channel 3D Positional Audio and Adapted Motion Blur, on-screen abilities will suffer as Philip's willpower fails him.Laboured breathing can be heard as his panic begins to grow.

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0010SAY20
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm ; 109 g
  • Release Date: 15 Feb 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,553 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Penumbra: Black Plague is a creepy and dark psychological horror experience featuring the adventures of Philip as he sets of in search of his dead father. Trapped in a shadowy, underground complex, intrepid explorer Philip is determined to discover the truth behind his father`s disappearance. Surrounded by enemies and assaulted by terror from all sides, Philip must collect clues and solve vexing puzzles while combating the gnawing psychological terrors that assail his mind and threaten to strip him of his sanity. Can Philip master his fear and finally uncover the truth behind a mystery that has haunted him for a lifetime? Only you can decide...

Cutting-edge game engine featuring modern 3D and physics technologies

Adapted motion blur effects and a new unified lighting system with real-time lightning create great depth with a realistic atmosphere of psychological horror

Finding the answers to questions of the mystery of Philip`s lost father throughout the game, with new explanations and a complete storyline wrap up

You can interact with any object not nailed to the ground! Focus on, pick up and move around objects through a simple drag and drop interface

The sounds of the different environments are contributing to the atmosphere and give the player scaring hints of dangers

Horror adventure game in puzzle-like style with bonuses and incentives to challenge the player throughout the game

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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying 19 Mar 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I played this game completely through; it has a great atmosphere, it's a little twisted and the puzzles are all (from what I recall) logical!

Some bugs I was faced with that the update fixed BUT stopped me from progressing from the third level (playing the game again) so I urge some (if not all), for now, to play with no updates until mid-way through the game unless there's a second update available by time of purchase!

To continue from far into the game I had to get someone's saved file due to a severe crash and thus the save file was just after the crash.

There's hardly any enemies and there are no 'REAL' weapons which means no one dies without scripting which was dissapointing since "Overture" you could atleast throw a bucket and put an end to an adversary.

All said and done, the game has a good personality, simple and straight forward; the storyline is well told and written even if a slight cliché but thats overshadowed by the games ability to make you come back for a slow and relaxed (ahem, and tense) game ;)

I gave it 4 stars because it feels like there was a low budget to make the game and there wasn't, from what I believe, team members on production.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 9 July 2012
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
As a reviewer of many video games, I have to admit I only recently stepped into the horror genre. Sure, many years ago I certainly did play through Doom 3 (as a lot of people have already done), but that type of game is, although also being "horror" per se, understandably not the same as the truly frightening types of games, in which category the Penumbra series on the other hand, certainly belongs. The distinction can be made in the fact that here, you have no weapons. No gun to blow the brains off bad guys. To me, this is what makes a game really terrifying: running away from monsters instead of confronting them head-on.

So please bear with me that I have just recently taken up interest in the "true horror" genre of video games, the Penumbra series being the first I have gotten into so far. Also, bear in mind that despite having finished both Overture and Black Plague (and not having started Requiem yet), I've decided to review Black Plague right now, even before reviewing Overture. Maybe these are factors that affect the overall score I have given for Black Plague, you be the judge.

I had a real tough time trying to decide how many stars Black Plague deserves, for so many factors come to my mind that would praise this game or tear it apart. Let's start by a comparison with its Predecessor, Penumbra Overture.

If you are new to the Penumbra series, you must realize that so far, this is a single story arc that has spanned two games. It is recommended you play Overture first before buying and playing this game (heck, nowadays you probably get the whole 3-game bundle for cheap anyways).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great traditional adventure and puzzle game 7 Nov 2011
By Halo572
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
which isn't my normal type of game. And whilst an FPS it is really a traditional point and click adventure game with puzzles and a cross between the broken Dark Corners of the Earth and Sam and Max.

While I enjoyed Dark Corners it was unfinishable due to the bugs and I can't get on with games like Sam and Max, I don't think the way you need to to complete them. But unlike Sam and Max the puzzles are somewhat logical and most importantly the solutions are confined to the area you are currently in. This means that you don't need an item from the beginning to solve a puzzle half way through, you have the item in the locality and then it disappears from your inventory once not needed.

It could be said that the puzzles are a little contrived, solving them in most instances means examining the locality for items and features that don't appear anywhere else in the game, i.e. a coin and vice in the first room. This, if thought about, should lead to solving the puzzles somewhat easily, although until you have done that they are not necessarily simple and even when you know what you are supposed to do doing it is not always that straightforward.

There are some scripted bits in it where you keep dying and are thinking 'what did I do/am I supposed to do?' and it takes a little while to get past these, but again they are logical if a little irritating.

Like Dark Corners you can't fight your antagonists, running/hiding is your only real defence and once you have worked this out deaths can usually be avoided. It also leads to the atmosphere of helplessness that DC also had, no fighting and action and only your wits to keep you alive.
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