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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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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 30, 2020
    85
    While it certainly isn't a feast for the eyes, The Council exceeds expectations in all other regards, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable and occasionally thought-provoking experience.
  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 17, 2018
    85
    Interesting take on classic adventures adding a dose of roleplaying aspects to a captivating mystery story and a varied dialogue system.
  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: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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. Dec 16, 2020
    10
    Excellent jeux je le recommande vivement . Tout est bon dans cette série des graphisme à l'intrigue qui est juste WTF .
  3. Nov 29, 2020
    9
    The best action game I played from years... I appreciate so much the story: history, politic, world order... so beautiful!
    The characters are
    The best action game I played from years... I appreciate so much the story: history, politic, world order... so beautiful!
    The characters are well defined, and you can obtain different ends
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  4. 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.
  5. Sep 16, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While it doesn't boast good visuals The Council makes up for it in story and gameplay, some of the voice acting is meh, but overall, it's a very good episodic mystery-detective game. Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2020
    7
    Очень качественное интерактивное кино с интересными головоломками и необычными механиками. Минусы : баги, 0 эффектов и эпика в концовке,Очень качественное интерактивное кино с интересными головоломками и необычными механиками. Минусы : баги, 0 эффектов и эпика в концовке, странный сюжетный поворот в конце 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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