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The Council – Episode 1: The Mad Ones

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Available on:PlayStation 4Mar 13, 2018
Xbox OneMar 13, 2018
PCMar 13, 2018
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Big Bad Wolf

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Genres: Interactive Story, RPG

The Council is an episodic game like no other. Delivering a fresh take on the Narrative Adventure, your choices and character growth truly matter. Make hard-hitting decisions, but also develop an array of skills to directly impact how the story unfolds. With permanent consequences, there is no going back. Plunge into a tale of intrigue and manipulation, with a cast of alluring characters each hiding their own dark secrets. Take the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of 1793 England. Joining him are a number of guests, including Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. The strange nature of this reception goes beyond the prestigious guests – Richet’s mother has gone missing on the island, while each of the colorful cast has their own hidden agendas. The Mad Ones is the first episode of The Council’s 5-episode season.

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Despite its promising new mechanics that make conversation a game of strategy, the interaction between its characters lets The Council episode one down.

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Irritations don't entirely diminish the charm and ambition of the entire endeavor.

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I was able to get into this game in a way I've been unable to with adventure games for the last few years. It was a treat to play, and I can't wait for the remaining four episodes.

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There are five acts of this game. While I'm sure some of my concerns like janky animations and a lack of interesting exploration options can be addressed, I think that most of the game's issues will plague each and every episode. They can't shake the bad voice acting. Maybe they can increase the quality of the writing. There is a great blend of RPG and narrative mechanics here, it just isn't worth muddling through everything else to experience.

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