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#1144574 - 03/13/18 09:46 PM The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available
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The first episode of The Council is now available. The complete season includes a total of 5 episodes.

View the release trailer here.

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The first episode of Narrative Adventure game THE COUNCIL releases today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC - celebrate with today’s Launch Trailer! THE COUNCIL is an episodic game like no other - it delivers a fresh new take on the genre, where your choices and also you character growth truly matter. Make hard-hitting decisions, develop an array of skills and directly impact how the story unfolds. With permanent, long-lasting consequences, there is no going back…

In The Council – Episode 1: the Mad Ones, you begin your journey with Louis de Richet on Lord Mortimer’s private island as you attempt to discover the fate of your secret-keeping mother – before it’s too late. Joining you are a number of high profile guests, including Napoleon Bonaparte and President of the newly-formed United States of America, George Washington. The strange nature of this private reception goes beyond just the prestigious guests –Richet’s own mother has recently gone missing on the island, while each and every one of the colorful cast seems to have their own hidden agendas.

In a new twist for the genre, the core of THE COUNCIL’s gameplay comes from manipulating and maneuvering through character encounters using the unique Social Influence system. During confrontations, skills and limited resources can be used to gain the upper hand and achieve the desired outcome. Players will be rewarded for their knowledge of each character’s psychological vulnerabilities and immunities, as well as their preparations made during prior exploration and investigation. Failing an encounter does not mean ‘game over’, and no action can be taken back. The consequences are permanent and may result in persistent physical disfigurements or mental traits that help or hinder the rest of the player’s adventure.

Richet’s numerous skills can be developed to align with your chosen approach to the adventure. Solve issues with diplomacy, delve into occultism to expand your historical and scientific knowledge, or play detective and see what others do not perceive. Your skills will have uses that extend far beyond your conversations with fellow guests. With 15 diverse skillsets to use and invest in, players are free to uncover THE COUNCIL’s mysteries how they see fit, with wildly varying consequences depending on their methods. The results will forever alter the life of Louis de Richet, of those around him, and shape history as we know it.

THE COUNCIL’s first episode, THE MAD ONES is available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The complete season will include a total of five episodes, with new episodes releasing regularly in 2018.



Happy Gaming!

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#1144578 - 03/13/18 09:53 PM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thank you for the news and for the information, Ana. wave

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#1144588 - 03/13/18 10:16 PM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Fantastic, thanks for the news, Ana! I'm really enjoying this unique adventure game so far. woot
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#1144600 - 03/13/18 10:52 PM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Looks interesting, thanks
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#1144613 - 03/14/18 04:45 AM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: Winfrey]
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thanks BrownEyedTigre thumbsup
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#1145877 - 03/24/18 02:15 AM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I finished this episode tonight, and Steam tells me I took six hours, so it's pretty substantial. thumbsup The mechanics were a little overwhelming to me at times, but I enjoyed the fact that they were so unique. I like to explore and see everything in one playthrough, and that's impossible in this game, so that was enjoyably frustrating at times. lol

I really like the story, setting and characters, and I'm intrigued to see where this is going in future episodes. Apparently, there are radically different endings as well, as I "rewound" to see what would happen if I made another choice near the end and got a completely different outcome. There are some conversations that are timed (only some, not all), but even if you "fail," the game goes on, and you may get different opportunities afterward.

Controls are similar to Dreamfall Chapters and Life is Strange - move the camera with the mouse and the character with the keyboard. There are many hidden things to find in the environments and some fairly large environments to explore. The backgrounds are very beautiful. I found the characters a bit strange looking but well detailed, and they grew on me as the game progressed.

For those that may enjoy narrative, choice based games with some unique elements, I highly recommend giving this one a try. thumbsup
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#1145904 - 03/24/18 11:02 AM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks for your info venus.

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#1145941 - 03/24/18 08:14 PM Re: The Council, a New Twist on Narrative Adventure Now Available [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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You're welcome, oldbroad. wave I hope some people decide to try it out. smile
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Interrogator: [True or false?] All mangoes are golden. Nothing golden is cheap. Conclusion - all mangoes are cheap.

Helena: Where are these mangoes?

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#1149950 - 05/02/18 06:41 PM The Council
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I'm loving this one.

Not sure what I'm supposed to be doing some of the time but I've made progress anyway.

Graphics are gorgeous.

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#1149958 - 05/02/18 08:51 PM Re: The Council [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Glad you are enjoying it!
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#1149970 - 05/02/18 10:54 PM Re: The Council [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Tessoc, it's great, isn't it. thumbsup I know what you mean about not knowing what you're supposed to do sometimes. It definitely has a learning curve, at least it did for me. Now, playing it for the second time, I think I understand some of the "rules" more, so I'm doing better. For example, I think it's a good idea to concentrate on giving yourself points outside of your chosen "class" when the opportunities come up. That way, you gain skills in other areas, as you already start out at "Level 1" in your own chosen area. I didn't get that the first time I played and concentrated on my own class, when I probably shouldn't have.

I agree, it is a beautiful game. thumbsup Glad you are enjoying it and making progress! smile
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