The PC, PS4 and XONE release of The Council is an episodic adventure game developed by Big Bad Wolf and published by Focus Home Interactive.
The action of The Council begins in 1793. The player assumes the role of Luis de Richet – a member of a secret society who gets invited onto an island owned by mysterious lord Mortimer. Among other guests, there are such games as Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington; each one with his or her own plans and ambitions that players discover during their adventure. Moreover, one is tasked with solving the mystery of the disappearing of main protagonist's mother.
The first season of The Council comprises five episodes.
Unlike most episodic adventure games, the PC, PS4 and XONE release of The Council features quite elaborate gameplay mechanics and (apart from exploration and dialogues) offers multiple logical challenges. The most important element of the game is the system of fifteen abilities, most of which are focused on different fields (e.g. history, science, occult) and talents revolving around interpersonal relations.
The main protagonist's skills help you solve diversified puzzles and shape the interactions with other characters affecting the later stages of the story. Each one out of the fifteen talents can be developed in order to gain access to new possibilities. The game features also the decision system – each decision has certain consequences that affect how other characters perceive the main protagonist and both his physical and mental health. Luis de Richet can also be injured – this does not bring the adventure to an end, however, players have to change their strategy in completing their objective.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8370 4.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 380 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-4100 3.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card GeForce GTX 750 1 GB / Radeon R7 360 2 GB or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit