I believe I've played every major release of 2022, and Requiem is head and shoulders above the competition. My GOTY is still Elden Ring, but the fact Ragnarok was the game nipping at its heels seems like a joke after completing Requiem.
I completed Innocence last week and felt like it was a solid 8/10 experience overall that held up well. Fantastic pacing, world, characters, plot, bosses, combat and stealth mix, soundtrack, and ending.
What I got in Requiem was everything from the original elevated far and above. The visuals maxed out are superb. Some of the best in the business. I was constantly using photo mode and soaking it in. The plot was very well written with some tremendous performances to flesh out these characters. It also never loses itself through superb pacing to keep the game going from highs to lows, and never overstayed its welcome. Audio here is bliss with some of the best music in a big name title of recent years. The combat in the original was more limited, but this was expanded on in so many ways to create every "area" with combat as a sandbox that allows you to strut your stuff on how you want to tackle it. With higher difficulties you'll be put to the test of stealth and action. The upgrade system this go around was far more fine tuned and intuitive than the original to boot.
This is a MUST play for folks who like games like Last of Us, Uncharted, or Metal Gear Solid. This stands shoulder to shoulder with long established AAA franchises like the ones I just mentioned. Any game forward from this studio is a day one must buy for me. Oh and on PC maxed out everything on a 3080 it ran like butter, PLUS it supported PS5 haptics on the xbox game pass PC version. That's HUGE.