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  • Summary: After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control. This supernatural third-person action-adventure game will challenge you to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactiveAfter a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control. This supernatural third-person action-adventure game will challenge you to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactive environments, while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 22, 2019
    100
    Control feels like Remedy firing on all cylinders, resulting in a smart and sensational action-adventure.
  2. Aug 26, 2019
    93
    Remedy outdid itself by creating an impeccable narrative experience so intimately interconnected with a bewitching setting, raising the bar for anyone who wants to break into the action adventure genre.
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    90
    A gripping descent into something between alternate history and fever dream, realised beautifully in audiovisual flair, and lacking just slightly in the combat itself.
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    85
    Control is an intriguing, fascinating experience. The third-person action, while slick and elegant, is perhaps a little pedestrian - but the completely bonkers story and the rewarding sense of exploration and discovery help cement Control as one of Remedy's best games.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    80
    An audio-visual action banquet that will entertain you with physics and flirting with the supernatural. The story could have been better, the enemy line-up can be quite monotonous towards the end, but the great atmosphere overcomes these shortcomings. And most importantly, the gameplay is great. [Issue#298]
  6. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    Control does have its fair share of issues, like the useless map and the subpar pacing of the story. These flaws, however, are not enough to take away from the ever-entertaining fights against enemies, the great atmosphere and the strong worldbuilding. I for one will not leave the Federal Bureau of Control until I’ve unsheathed the last of its mysteries.
  7. Sep 11, 2019
    68
    It’s definitely not the worst way to spend 10-12 hours, especially if you're into supernatural fiction and the new weird. Yet Remedy lacked determination (or maybe skill?) to go the distance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 323
  1. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    Very high quality action game. Unique story and excellent game mechanics. Beautiful graphics! PC with RTX on is just pure candy for your eyes!
  2. Apr 5, 2020
    10
    Nice game overall. Just want to make a remark on RT. Maybe this is the first RT game that I play and can tell the difference. Like, I don'tNice game overall. Just want to make a remark on RT. Maybe this is the first RT game that I play and can tell the difference. Like, I don't remember my console games to look and reflect like that. If you have a GPU that supports RT maybe this game is worth checking out. I played on a 2070 and made some tweaks to the auto graphics settings, I did get some performance issues but minor I'd say. With RT on I can only remember some drops in frame rate in non-crittical stages of the game. I mean, like during boss fights or enemies encounters in general I don't remember having major issues even with RT on which is great (AFAIR).Lastly, a game where you play like a Jedi having the skill to manipulate objects from a distance, that's a cool mechanic, how has no one thought about a game like this before? :-) (if there's a game with this mechanic out there I just don't know it or don't remember it right now) Using these special powers is nice. The game is a bit more challenging than usual but it's still playable. If interested maybe one of those spring sales that are going on right now might be worth checking. Happy gaming :-) Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    Best game play 2019, nice graphic and design, love remedy, thanks. Buy ™ max Payne and create max payne new 2020 new game, very interesting
  4. Feb 5, 2020
    8
    Finished the game the other day and feel like I had to register and leave my thoughts on it.

    Despite hellishly boring action part of the
    Finished the game the other day and feel like I had to register and leave my thoughts on it.

    Despite hellishly boring action part of the game even with all those paranatural powers until you get one specific that make you feel more like a God, what makes it bearable and story that focuses rather on the world of the game than key characters (everyone forgot word "balance" apparently), I'm gonna rate the game 8/10 due to creativity put into all those OOPs' effect, Threshold kids cartoon + live cinematics - actor playing Casper Darling was just perfect + environment destructibility.

    And at some point, when I stepped into Ashtray Maze with janitor's walk-man, I kept asking myself again and again: "Why the hell doesn't entire game look like this? This is just epic".

    So, I'd say Remedy need to remind themselves how to keep balance between game aspects, cause the game could be much much much better than it is. It's still good enough, though
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  5. Jan 17, 2020
    8
    Excellent game, good story although it is easy to get lost on the map and not achieve the objectives easily, after finishing the game I didExcellent game, good story although it is easy to get lost on the map and not achieve the objectives easily, after finishing the game I did not want to continue doing the secondary missions because I got bored Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    6
    They did a great job of telling an interesting, well paced story that still made me feel like I was in control. No aggressive cutscenes, noThey did a great job of telling an interesting, well paced story that still made me feel like I was in control. No aggressive cutscenes, no heaps of exposition, just letting me figure out stuff for myself.

    Then came the next 15 minutes of the game, and I found myself mostly in the role of the co-pilot. Still, things were interesting, and the destruction physics quite nice. Except that they only really worked in the tutorial when it came to crushing enemies who turned into bullet-spongy annoyances from the first encounter onwards.

    And yes, you could still destroy everything except for the stuff that you couldn't destroy, which is quite a lot and therefore makes it seem like a gimmick. It never was really used as a game mechanic, as a way to get from A to B without having to shoot the same set of increasingly hard to destroy mobs, or to uncover the unseen, or do anything else except for making your attacks way more impressive than they were, and of course that kind of destruction is great material for videos and trailers.

    It couldn't keep me from getting bored really fast. If this had been an animated movie, not longer than 150 minutes, where I could just sit back instead of going through waves of clones and bosses and having to pick up shinies along the way just to get on with the story, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The feeling of disconnect with the character due to the direction and presentation was less dominant than in Quantum Break, but still left me wondering why these people make games instead of films.

    Really liked the tone and atmosphere and the general style though, and if you enjoy shooting and blasting your way through a decent movie while collecting stuff you will find a polished experience that gives you exactly that. Or watch someone else playing it, because - and that's my main grieve here - it doesn't really feel any different.
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  7. Mar 13, 2021
    0
    Boring.
    There is no idea in it.
    The gameplay is max payne 5.0 (max payne 2-mp1 2.0, alan wake -mp1 3.0, quantum break-mp1 4.0. The
    Boring.
    There is no idea in it.
    The gameplay is max payne 5.0 (max payne 2-mp1 2.0, alan wake -mp1 3.0, quantum break-mp1 4.0.
    The animation system is awful (you run into something and run in a place, as you slide walking, not to mention jumping).
    The sounds of the usual quantum breakes a rumble whisper.
    The music is detto
    Typical remedy games copy-paste waste.

    Gfx 7
    Sound 6
    Gamplay 1
    Idea 0
    All 1/10
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