In the puzzle oriented expansion Penumbra: Requiem long lost friends will return and aid Philip on his quest, but can they really be trusted? In the bizarre world of Penumbra: Requiem players will experience another psychological thrill on a level unheard of. This time telling what is real and what is not will be even harder and not always trusting your senses will be essential in order to survive.
It's marketed as a horror game, and expansion to Black Plague, however this is not a Penumbra game. It's an eerie puzzle game. The only real fear presented in this game is the paranoia you get simply from knowing it's supposed to be a horror. Other than that, you've just got a puzzle game with some very minor Penumbra story sprinkled in. And the bits of story actually ruin it, in my opinion.
The puzzle aspect however is pretty spectacular. Many puzzles leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment, and some even make you feel like a genius. They're well executed, pretty, and the atmosphere is wonderfully executed.
The story is negligible, and best if you just ignore it. Trust me. Pretend this game never happened in Penumbra canon.
Penumbra: Requiem suffers because it doesn't try to be scary like the previous installments. Rather then fearing for your life while playing, you're left with only a creepy atmosphere that is thrown out of focus by the numerous puzzles littered throughout.
Instead of having enemies around every corner and nothing to defend yourself with, you're left solving puzzles the entire map, which becomes quite repetitive after a while.
Not only this but a number of the puzzles are extremely confusing and make no sense at all.
The only thing going for Requiem is its immersive environment.
It is drawn beautifully, attention to detail here is magnificent. You feel like you're actually solving the puzzles for real.
If you're into repetitive puzzle solving, then this is the game for you.
If not, give it a shot just for the creepy environment, which can be ruined if you're too busy solving the puzzles to notice it.
If neither of these suit you, forget it even exists.
7 out of 10.