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The Council - Episode 3: Ripples

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

37%

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 24, 2018
Xbox OneJul 24, 2018
PCJul 24, 2018

Developer: Big Bad Wolf

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Ripples is the third episode of The Council’s 5-episode season. The Complete Season of The Council grants access to all 5 episodes. Louis de Richet continues his investigations and adventures on Lord Mortimer’s island, where he seeks his mother. After endless intrigue, Mortimer is finally starting to unveil his ultimate plan… The stakes continue to grow in this third episode, and Louis must decide where he stands. Many guests are growing desperate, and it will take all of Louis’ influence to prevent the situation from growing out of hand. Louis will also have the chance to finally come face-to-face with his mother – but this may not be the family reunion he wishes for. Continue your adventure in The Council Episode 3: Ripples, where plots are laid bare, characters reach their breaking points, and an unexpected, terrifying truth is uncovered.

The Council - Episode 3: Ripples Reviews

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After the awful showing of Episode 2, I had absolutely no expectations going into this one. But hey, I came away relatively pleased and somewhat looking forward to what is to come next. The underlying issues that have plagued every episode thus far still persist here, but at least The Council is finally utilizing its strengths in the best way possible, despite its flaws.

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While it can be argued that is entertaining, it also means those moments feel glossed over. Yet Ripples does keep your attention and its actual end really does set up a showdown of words that has great potential.

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In the previous episode, The Council proved to be more than a one-episode wonder. Now it's shown it can even avoid the dreaded middle episode slump that so often befalls episodic games such as this. With a huge plot twist, the story is beginning to take on a whole different shape. Meanwhile, smart RPG-infused conversations and more interesting branching paths keep it all well worth another trip to the mansion.

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Ripples took my every criticism of "Hide and Seek's" core experience and fixed it, focusing more on The Council's incredible dialogue system than the puzzles of the manor.

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