About Consortium: The Tower
Consortium: The Tower for PC, PS4 and XONE is another creation by Interdimensional Games. The game is a sequel to Consortium (2014). It constitutes an extraordinary mixture of an FPP shooter and an RPG, which also features elements borrowed from adventure games.
The game is set in 2042, and the player is given another opportunity to assume the role of an agent working for the special unit known as Consortium – Bishop Six. This time the goal is to rescue a group of people kept hostage in London’s Churchill Tower by Kiril Angelov. What makes this situation espacially complicated is that the building is filled with cameras broadcasting the protagonist’s actions to the entire globe.
The story present is non-linear, and its course depends on the player’s decisions. The player encounters reperesentatives of different factions and one can build more or less friendly relations with them. The player will meet terrorists in possesion of an orbital, biological weapon, police forces, or other agents working for the titular Consortium. Interestingly, the player can even act against the organization the protagonist is hired by.
Since the story is a continuation to Consortium, the game offers a summary of the events depicted in that first installment. Those who have completed the previous adventure have an opportunity to import their save files here – both the equipment gathered and experience gained are encompassed by the transfer, apart from the choices one made.
Consortium: The Tower for PC, PS4 and XONE is played from the first-person view, and a non-linear story is followed by diverse gameplay. Possible conflicts can be resolved using weapons or diplomacy. There is nothing to restrict the player from trying to bribe their potential foes or intimidate them, but one can also resort to fraud. It is worth to remember however, that following a certain path brings consequences that affect further developments in the adventure – as a result, Consortium: The Tower has a high replayability value.
Exploration is one of the pillars the experience was based on, and this element was improved by special abilities of the protagonist – Bishop Six can both run and perform high jumps, but he also breathes under water and can fall from great heights without taking any damage. Those fond of stealth action should be satisfied by opportunities to use visual and sound camouflage. It is also good to remember about conversations with the encountered NPCs, as it can be a source of useful information and clues.
Consortium: The Tower for PC, PS4 and XONE comes with decent-quality 3D visuals. Although the in-game textures are not very detailed, the creators managed to build a unique, cyberpunk atmosphere thanks to applying unusual color patterns.