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Video Game Review: The Council – Episode 4

October 4, 2018 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
The Council - Episode 4
Things get weird and supernatural in Burning Bridges.

Please note that since each episode of The Council features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our complete thoughts on that, refer to our review of The Mad Ones.

Since its launch, The Council has squandered some of the initial goodwill gathered from its innovative “RPG meets interactive fiction” due to its technical glitches, recycled layouts and obtuse puzzles. Episode 4, entitled Burning Bridges, pulls along all of the good and bad of the series.

You’re still stuck in the mansion for long stretches, looking for clues or items or conversations for a large chunk of the episode. There are still puzzles that are both too simple and too obtuse at the same time. There are still technical problems — in fact, these feel worse as the game continues, as character lip sync is completely off in the episode’s most pivotal conversation. In fact, there are moments in the conversation where mouths don’t even move.

That’s the bad. The good? The story itself is unfolding at an intriguing rate, and the big twist/reveal answers a lot of world questions and unveils the truth behind Lord Mortimer. The writing is overly expository and clunky at times, but it is clever and raises the stakes of the series as it approaches the finale.

In addition, by now the leveling system has taken a firm hold, and your chosen path has become distinct. Abilities are used quite a bit and give you many paths to completion. It is still a little uncertain just how much actual branching is happening — it doesn’t feel like things are truly veering off course, though the way you get there is unique. And after the big reveal moment, a new mechanic is introduced, one that can help give you a leg up in conversation battles.

So the good news is that the guts under the hood of the game are evolving in a smart direction, and the story itself is unfolding in an intriguing way. It’s the execution that remains problematic at times, and with only one episode left to go, it feels like that will be the legacy of the title.

OVERALL (3.5/5)

Burning Bridges brings both the good and bad of The Council as its penultimate episode. Problems are exaggerated, but the story takes interesting turns and the core mechanic is still fun. If you’ve played it this far, you’ll get exactly what you expect.

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Video Game Review: The Council – Episode 3

July 30, 2018 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
The Council’s second episode ended with a cliffhanger regarding missing matriarch Sarah de Richet. The third episode, Ripples, picks up immediately where this left off, but the result is mainly exposition and some band-aided explanations.
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Video Game Review: Vampyr

June 18, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Set in a sickness-ridden London in the aftermath of World War I, Vampyr casts you as Dr. Reid, who earned a reputation during WWI for his work (conveniently enough) with blood transfusions. He awakes in a grave, reborn as a vampire, and immediately kills his sister in a fit of blood lust. In the aftermath of that incident, Reid vows to track down the one that turned him and make them answer for it.
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Video Game Review: Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition

June 8, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Teammate A.I. is terrible during the single-player campaign. In theory, your Librarian is flanked by a couple of certified bad asses, both decked out in heavy armour and even heavier weaponry. In practice, they’re borderline useless. Apparently the burden of firing any direction but straight ahead is too much for them, and they’ll happily wander into your line of fire or stop in an entryway you’re trying to seal just for good measure.
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Video Game Review: The Council – Episode 2

May 16, 2018 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
The Council promised to shake up the interactive fiction genre established by Quantic Dream and popularized by TellTale. By bringing in RPG elements and abilities, The Council’s first episode offered new takes on branching storylines and leveling up to customize your character. The second episode, Hide & Seek, brings more of the same but goes deeper.
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