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  • Summary: The Council is an episodic game like no other. Delivering a fresh take on the narrative adventure, your choices and character growth truly matter.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 17, 2018
    85
    Interesting take on classic adventures adding a dose of roleplaying aspects to a captivating mystery story and a varied dialogue system.
  2. 85
    Though the modest technical execution tarnishes The Council to an extent, it remains an innovative and clever adventure which does that rarest of things - it treats the audience as intelligent, educated individuals. With its sophisticated geopolitical backdrop, occult themes and in-depth RPG style progression and decision systems, The Council sets a compelling blueprint for the episodic adventure to follow.
  3. Dec 16, 2018
    79
    Now that all 5 episodes of The Council are available to play through from beginning to end, it's a must-buy for fans of story-driven adventures who are looking for something a little different. If you can get past the strange voice acting and character models, you'll enjoy diving into the complex and devious story that gradually unfolds within Lord Mortimer's mysterious manor.
  4. Dec 13, 2018
    70
    For those looking for an investigative adventure, The Council is worth checking out. It makes good use of its setting to create the initial intrigue, even if it veers away from it a bit too much at the end. The use of RPG and skill elements gives players a sense of progress as Louis learns more about the situation and becomes more adept at dealing with the other characters. While not all-powerful, The Council certainly has some interesting things to say.
  5. Jan 28, 2019
    70
    Gameplay is far more superior to any other episodic title on the market, with Big Bad sending an important message to other developers that this aspect should never be overlooked in episodic gaming. From the opening moments of The Mad Ones, it’s clear as day that the RPG mechanics would bring forward an engaging experience over the story. The developer didn’t hold back from introducing a new mechanic in the later stage of the title and it seamlessly worked in harmony with the features that have been there since the opener. While it doesn’t boast mind-blowing visuals or sounds, The Council has a simple art direction that makes it feel right at home in the period that it takes place.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 27, 2019
    70
    Though the chat is scintillating, however, it feels cut short. [Issue#158, p.90]
  7. 60
    The Council starts strong and manages to liven up the adventure genre with some smart decisions. As the series drags on though, the bugs, unappealing visuals, and lackluster plot development mar an otherwise engaging adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 15, 2018
    10
    Like the other reviewer here, I was not expecting much.
    I did not hear anything about this game - came across it on PS store today
    Like the other reviewer here, I was not expecting much.
    I did not hear anything about this game - came across it on PS store today accidentally.
    Well, I checked some trailers and reviews, decided to give it a go and buy it, four hours later I can say this is the best investment of 8 dollars I could have made.
    This is a telltale game done good - with much more freedom and more RPG elements (skills, exp, inventory) that allow you to develop unique traits of character that actually have an impact on the plot. I'm really hooked on the story now, I hope these guys don't screw up in the next episodes, right now it is a 10/10 for me. Some of the decisions were also damn hard to make, like in key moments of Game of Thrones form Telltale or Life is Strange. Some people complain about the graphics and controls, but on PS4 they are just fine.
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  2. Apr 1, 2018
    10
    One of THE best and THE most interesting games I have ever played - PERIOD!
    I am a lover of RPG's. In my honest opinion, I would estimate
    One of THE best and THE most interesting games I have ever played - PERIOD!
    I am a lover of RPG's. In my honest opinion, I would estimate that anyone who likes good stories and characters will cherish this gem.

    I can recommend this title wholeheartedly.
    I true AA-indie jewel!

    On a side note: In a time where "Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice" makes a stand for AA-titles, the title "The Council" makes me hopeful for an era of better games ... "far, far away" ... from all toxic AAA-industry-influence.
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  3. Mar 11, 2019
    8
    Story is interesting and different from all ive seen so far. Skill systems is dope. But some of the puzzles are just ridiculously hard.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    8
    The game is really cool if you are into narrative driven games. It has some technical issues but the story and the dialouges are interestingThe game is really cool if you are into narrative driven games. It has some technical issues but the story and the dialouges are interesting enough to keep playing Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2018
    8
    This game was actually better than I expected. The characters’ faces are wonky, sure, but the game still stands up well on its own. TheThis game was actually better than I expected. The characters’ faces are wonky, sure, but the game still stands up well on its own. The leveling system is very engaging, and directly impacts your interactions with other characters as you move through the game. My girlfriend and I played through together and the plot/interactions were engaging no matter which one of us was holding the controller. Well worth the $6.99 they’re asking for Episode 1 and definitely looking forward to the future releases. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2019
    6
    До 3-го эпизода игра хороша. Пускай в ней нет передовой графики и не самая лучшая анимация. Но в неё действительно интересно играть.До 3-го эпизода игра хороша. Пускай в ней нет передовой графики и не самая лучшая анимация. Но в неё действительно интересно играть. Персонажи, визуальный стиль, диалоги, загадки и ролевая система действительно хороши, но 4 -ый и 5-ый, ОСОБЕННО 5-ый, портят всё впечатление от игры. Так же бесят постоянные загрузки и техническое несовершенство. Финальная сцена поставлена просто отвратительно. Но The Council объективно неплохая игра, но разработчики не смогли или не захотели поддерживать качество игры до конца. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2018
    1
    I was excited for this game the moment I heard about it, I love this era and love mystery games even more. That's why I was appalled at what aI was excited for this game the moment I heard about it, I love this era and love mystery games even more. That's why I was appalled at what a horrible mess this game was, I uninstalled after the first half hour.

    The voice acting is *HORRIBLE*, many characters sound like they don't belong in their own skin and unfortunately this is most true about the protagonist, he sounds more like a whiny Hannah-Barbara character than a period correct scholar and the lip syncing that accompanies the voices is also atrocious, it feels like watching a bunch of cheap ventriloquist dummies. The graphics are something I would have expected out of a game made a decade ago, the controls are absurdly clunky, and for the foul cherry on top the story is terrible! Within the first thirty seconds of the game we're introduced to three characters and about five plot items at a rapid fire pace, none of which are immediately expounded upon before it cuts to a '1 month later' scene cut. this is NOT the way to get someone hooked on your narrative! I have no drive to keep playing to figure out any of details behind whatever you just vomited all over my eyes and ears! The whole thing feels as if it was written by a teenage fanfiction writer, I wanted to love this game but I simply can't waste any more of my time on such an unpolished turd.
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