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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 in this supernatural 3rd person action-adventure from Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games
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Control: 18 Minutes Of Reality Bending Gameplay | E3 2019
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
  1. Sep 17, 2019
    100
    I don’t want to use the word masterpiece lightly, but what else do you call the combination of gleefully chaotic gameplay with earnest storytelling in a setting as refreshingly unique as Bioshock? What else do you call a combat system that goes so far beyond the simple act of shooting a gun without drilling down into a set of intricate menus and complicated controls? What else do you call darkly malevolent horror that doesn’t feel like it was cribbed from someplace else? What else do you call the crowning achievement of a studio with a unique voice, an uneven track record, and 25 years of experience? If there’s a better word to describe what Remedy has achieved with Control, I can’t think of it.
  2. Aug 26, 2019
    90
    Remedy Entertainment is back with a great game, sporting an intriguing story, solid gameplay and excellent graphics. The sporadic frame drops are a bit of a letdown, but in the end you won't be too bothered about this. Sincerely recommended.
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    90
    From its narrative to its world to its puzzles and combat, Control intrigues its players and invites them to think and rewards them handily for doing so; a true remedy for overly linear and coddling game design.
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    The flawed storytelling squanders its full potential but even with a few missteps this is still one of the most enjoyable action games of the year.
  5. Sep 16, 2019
    80
    The world is so carefully crafted and the combat so great, they both carry all the weight the story doesn’t, and then some. After being unimpressed with Remedy’s previous work, Control feels like a powerful final draft after those early false starts and marks a strong new creative direction for the studio.
  6. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    Control is a mesmerising dive into the warped world of the supernatural that sets a new high bar for world design alongside its bizarre, yet compelling story, and power fantasy combat.
  7. 40
    Thanks to poor “bigger is better” design choices, technical gaffes, obtuse exploration, a bromidic narrative, and zero atmosphere, Control is soul-crushingly disappointing, and a mere shadow of the studio's far superior Alan Wake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 211
  1. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    Very high quality action game. Unique story and excellent game mechanics. Beautiful graphics!
  2. Aug 29, 2019
    10
    Incredibly satisfying gunplay engaging story although the characters could've spent more time in the oven they get the job done
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    This game is GREAT ...GOTY **** WHAT TOPDOG SAID ....Man don’t even game ......back tracking was brilliant ......Remedy really goat for this game
  4. Sep 12, 2019
    9
    I played this game on PC and had a fantastic experience from start to finish. In 1440p on high settings it was gorgeous to look at and had aI played this game on PC and had a fantastic experience from start to finish. In 1440p on high settings it was gorgeous to look at and had a constant frame-rate between 40-50fps on my 1.5 year old system (Ryzen 5 1600, nvidia 1060 6GB and 16GB RAM).

    I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first moment ant it kept me hooked until the very end. It was entertaining and enjoyable but it has its flaws and is clearly outshined by the exploration and the combat. Let me emphasise for the combat system alone I recommend this game to anyone who loves for action games. It is that good!

    For me the fighting mechanics are one of the very best in video game history. This is the combat system EA wishes they had for their Star Wars games because in Control some of your powers like Levitation and Telekinesis have never been done so snappy and satisfying. Period. I could literally play hours after hours killing randomly spawnings waves of the same enemies due to how perfect and satisfying the combat is. And I haven't even talked about the service weapon and its five modes which each can be individually upgraded with weapon modifications. In combination you're always switching between slinging huge rocks at enemies and levitating above their heads while barraging them with bullets from your service weapon. It is a dream come true.

    Combine this with the vast and intruiging game world of the "Oldest House" which is the home of the Federal Bureau of Control. There's so much to explore in this game. The world strongly rewards players for checking out every corner. It is jampacked full of mysterious memos and audio files which adds to the dense atmosphere of this mysterious building. I think I read/listened to more than 90% of the > 200 collectibles. I couldnt get enough of it and am looking forward to the DLCs.

    I also quite liked the characters of the game which are interesting and unqiue.

    The only things that frustrated me were the convoluted mini-map (you really get lost too often), too few stand-out missions (More missions like in the Maze please) and some intense difficulty spikes in a couple of optional boss fights. It is a real shame that Remedy hid the two coolest and by far best boss fights in optional side-missions while presenting some rather bland and boring encounters in the main campaign.

    That being said. I had a lot of fun with this game and recommend it to anyone on PC. I have heard that there are some problems on consoles though so you might have to be careful there.
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  5. Aug 28, 2019
    9
    I played Control on regular PS4, for this review.

    Remedy's new IP Control is a mind-twisting game with an interesting plot and lore. The
    I played Control on regular PS4, for this review.

    Remedy's new IP Control is a mind-twisting game with an interesting plot and lore. The world feels unique and organic and if you invest yourself in it you will enjoy it! Telekinesis powers are awesome and with mods you can make yourself powerful, Remedy made a superhero game without superheroes oh, and the environmental destruction? my god its beautiful! There are also couple powers you will miss if you don't play side missions, so you should invest yourself exploring The Oldest House trough and trough. Map is huge and there are lots of details you could miss if you don't pay attention. Like i said this game wants you to invest yourself in it so there are lots of collectibles to read more about this unique world. Some collectibles are funny and some are creepy. Also i loved small references to previous Remedy titles, and you gotta love Ahti the janitor. Puzzles are sometimes simple but unique. There are more stories to tell in this world, but you need to fill the planks!
    Simply The Oldest House is a full season of Twin Peaks with cast from X-files.
    After end credits i just wanted more and I was thinking "what did i miss in this game.." i will recommend it, but there are cons.

    Rating is a low 9 almost an 8. This game has performance issues and after installing the game playing it couple hours, having a 8 hour break and starting it again, it worked better ?? Even thou those frame dips are still sometimes presents. Small patch could fix this issue because it could be a deal breaker for someone. This game is Vania-like so there is backtracking but that is not a issue for me i just wanted to point that out! The main thing about this game is powers and if you just run and shoot you will have bad time. Remedy wants you listen closely every detail if you don't you will get lost. Map has issues sometimes, which could be a problem if you don't focus. I noticed some npc's T-posing. Environment is pretty boring but still, there are couple good surprises on the way!

    Now without effecting on rating, people say its repetitive, I saw it but I even thought God of War is repetitive sometimes, but then I understood that I didn't play this game on its full potential. Facial animations are fine. Someones says that this game is short.. i don't know it took me 16 hours to beat so for a single player game that is more than enough! Use all game mechanics! i mean i saw big youtubers playing this only "Running and gunning" they made this game look boring even thou I didn't have this problem! "Game doesn't tell you where to go" It does, or I'm just smart! (....I'm not smart) Game is generic, yeah if you don't invest on it.. and yeah, Epic exclusive was a bad move...but i think its more 505games fault.

    Even thou this game had issues mostly performance vise, it didn't ruin my experience that's why i give it an 9 but those issues could ruin experiences with some players. Writing is different and the story is weird so if you don't like weird stuff this game could be a bummer, so lower ratings will happen. You don't need to buy every game right away. If you are not sure wait for sale or watch game play or read reviews. This game is not for everyone, but giving this game 0 or 2 is unprofessional and good example of troll reviews that Metacritic has.

    But I must say, Welcome back Remedy this game made me happy!
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  6. Aug 31, 2019
    7
    Control is a a confusing game. No, not the ideas and concepts behind it but the implementation. The concepts and ideas explored in this gameControl is a a confusing game. No, not the ideas and concepts behind it but the implementation. The concepts and ideas explored in this game are unique and downright ingenious and there's one section where the game really takes off, the ashtray maze. I just wish there were more moments like that in the game but with a few clever twists and turns it still managed to hold my attention and fascination. One of the problems I ran into was the confounding map system that was completely terrible and could seemingly have you wandering aimlessly despite following it.

    Which brings me back to the implementation of the wacky ideas. It would have been great to explore more of what was contained in the case files rather than the straight forward plot marching. The side quests were fine but nothing too memorable. Even the boss fights were largely forgettable. The one interesting fight was repeated a second time and I felt that could have been a slot reserved for a different enemy but repetition bogged down the game quite often. There was a lot of world building yet surprising not enough exploring and I hope that's changed with some DLC so we can get into more of the mythos behind the FBC. I won't even get into the console frame rate issues. That kept me from giving it a higher score.

    Very cool ideas in a very good game that needed more time to develop itself.
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  7. Aug 29, 2019
    0
    Such a mess. The storyline wrecked by the devs, confusing AF and huge problems with the narrative details. At least the gameplay was funny butSuch a mess. The storyline wrecked by the devs, confusing AF and huge problems with the narrative details. At least the gameplay was funny but not innovate at all, Psi-ops made it more than ten years ago. Expand

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