The Council – Episode 1: The Mad Ones

Rating Summary

Based on 55 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

63%

Critics Recommend

Based on 55 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

The Council gets off to an excellent start thanks to its brilliant characters, clever gameplay, unique RPG elements and the threat of long-lasting consequences, which ensured that I was captivated from start to finish. Twice.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2018

The first episode of The Council presents a promising world and perhaps some very dynamic experiences.

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Mar 14, 2018

I am hugely excited about the promise of The Council and can’t wait for the next four episodes. I hope it continues to surprise and intrigue me as much as The Mad Ones has, and the hints delivered so far begin to ramp up to a great conclusion.

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9 / 10
Mar 13, 2018

The Council is the next evolution of episodic storytelling and you will struggle to look at its competitors the same way after it.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

The Council offers gamers a tension filled journey purely fueled by character interactions and mysterious circumstances. Best of all is the evolved gameplay mechanics from what we're used to for an episodic endeavor. I truly felt that I had control of every situation from an ability standpoint and a cleverness one. Wrap up an amazing RPG progression mechanic into a great looking voyage on a mysterious island and you have an incredible start to a game. The seeds of a secret society's leader gone missing have been expertly laid and I can't wait until Episode 2 comes about. Here's hoping this first one isn't the end of where the title shines.

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86%
Mar 13, 2018

Episode 1 of The Council offers just the first taste of an intriguing narrative, wonderfully tied with an original approach to the narrative-adventure genre.

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Mar 26, 2018

The illusion of choice is something games often struggle with, and The Council’s first episode is no different. Rather than relying solely on its narrative and mechanics to create an “atmosphere”, it pressures the player into thinking that every decision is extremely important. Thus, creating often unnecessarily stressful situations. Let’s hope the next episodes can fix that.

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8 / 10
Mar 19, 2018

Episode 1 of the Council AKA The Mad Ones sets out to subvert the status quo of narrative based adventures but stumbles on some of the basics.

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9 / 10
Mar 18, 2018

The Council is a beautiful, diverse and complex game. although fundamentally it can be categorized as an interactive adventure game, its use of other complex mechanics and Role-playing elements make it stand out among its peers. the mysterious story that takes place during the French revolution and involves a fascinating story about a secret council manages to convey a truly joyful atmosphere.

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8 / 10.0
May 6, 2018

The Council successfully innovates on what has frankly become a bit of a tired genre in my opinion, but more importantly, how they have innovated works well and is enjoyable and adds value.

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