The Council - Episode 5: Checkmate

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

22%

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8.7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

The Council: Episode 5:- Checkmate has returned back to the outstanding quality of the first episode. I feel the game was nicely brought to an end via the various pathways you can go down, each resulting in a similar yet different final conclusion. All of your actions up until this point will be brought to your attention and you’ll be made aware that the game has been watching what you’ve been doing, but the situation won’t change as much as you may hope it would. Regardless, I feel a lot of info and exposition was placed within this episode, as the last episode rushed in some new mechanics to prepare you, and overall it felt like a satisfying end to a nine-month journey.

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85 / 100
Dec 6, 2018

The Council Episode 5: Checkmate ends the series on a high note, manifesting all decisions you've made since the beginning for one last run. Right until the end, the consequences of your choices can lead to one of the multiple endings. The constant load times, stoic animations, and game breaking issues can disrupt the experience but The Council Episode 5: Checkmate has provided a solid ending to this journey.

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GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 22, 2018

The Council - Episode 5: Checkmate is the perfect ending to a nice story with an interesting characters, unexpected development of events and a sharp ending. Of course, this is not the best adventure of the year, but definitely one of the most exciting on the market.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

The fifth episode of The Council as the last episode of this series delivered an acceptable ending for this game. in this game all the choices made by the player matters and make an important role in formation of story and game's different endings. The Council is a great example for the games in its genre that give the players the right to choose and it's the player who determines the way story unfolds with they choices that are given to him.

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72 / 100
Jan 11, 2019

The Council – Episode 5: Checkmate serves as an excellent last episode for the Louis de Richett's story. Although the narrative of this episode is interesting, the technical problems linger throughout the whole story and here it would not be any different. The Council is that game which deserves to be played more than once due to its different endings based on your choices through the episodes.

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7 / 10
Dec 4, 2018

Although not lacking in some weaknesses, principally due to sluggish editing and acting, Checkmate is a decent conclusion to the journey of Louis de Richet on the ominous island of Lord Mortimer. More fast-paced than the previous episodes, these last chapters are also more fascinating since the demonic realm is involved.

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RPG Fan

Top Critic

70%
Jan 1, 2019

While The Council's meager finale is indicative of its inability to meet the lofty expectations it set for itself early on, there's still a lot to like for fans of the genre. Your acceptance and enjoyment of the story's twists and shoddy lore will determine just how much you like it, though.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

When looking at the episode alone, The Council: Episode 5 - Checkmate is fairly weak. Its brevity feels rather unfulfilling, and that feeling is only reinforced by some of the abruptness of the decisions made here. When looking at this episode as the conclusion of the season, the abrupt changes aren't enough to cancel out the intriguing story that has developed over the course of the season. Despite the low score given to this episode, the game as a whole lives up to the promise of being different and interesting, and there is hope for the development team's next effort (whatever it may be).

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6 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

The Council began strong, but for whatever reason as become weaker with more or less each entry. This finale feels like the death rattle of an interesting, albeit failed experiment.

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3 / 5.0
Jan 1, 2019

When The Council debuted with The Mad Ones in March 2018, there was limitless potential behind the episodic title.

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