Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Feb 22, 2021
    If you missed this game on the previous consoles, now is the perfect time to buy as it contains everything plus RTX and more importantly, it is a fantastic story that draws you in and drives you on. If you are a fan of The X-Files or similar genre shows, material… I have no doubt you will enjoy this. An exceptional job from the whole team!
  2. Feb 21, 2021
    Those who are fortunate to have a next-gen console will be able to experience Control at its best, but even those who are playing on the last generation still have the benefit of an awesome game that has had the annoying issues fixed from the original release. If you haven’t yet experienced Control, now is a perfect time.
  3. Feb 2, 2021
    If Control was “weirdness, perfected” then Control: Ultimate Edition is weirdness, perfected and fully realized. Bundling all of its content in one place is a decent proposition as it was supported supremely well after its launch, but the technical advancements are what make this “ultimate edition” so ultimate. Its swift combat is finally stable enough to move at the pace it was supposed to originally move at. The immersive world is made even more immersive with its many visual upgrades. Control was so obviously built ahead of its time as these enhancements aren’t just surface-level touch-ups; they’re instrumental improvements that help this game become its fullest self and the best Director of the FBC it can possibly be.
  4. 95
    Control: Ultimate Edition is the definitive version of Remedy's adventure. Bringing together the worlds Remedy has created under one roof and looking stunning while doing so, Remedy has done a fantastic job of upgrading and improving the experience in meaningful, additive ways, such as the use of the DualSense controller and Ray-Tracing. There isn't a universe more worth exploring and losing yourself in than the one in Control.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 8, 2021
    Not being able to carry over save data is a huge drawback. However, we enjoyed uncovering the bureau’s secrets all over again, with ray-traced drama. [Issue#186, p.88]
  6. Feb 2, 2021
    Overall, the current-generation upgrade of Control is a stark improvement in terms of loading times, overall graphics quality, and smoothness compared to the original release during the previous console generation. With no stuttering and the added benefits of raytracing, the latest iteration of Remedy Entertainment’s action-adventure title should make fans both returning and new feel like their hard-earned money was well-spent on a PS5 or Xbox Series X, if they are lucky enough to get their hands on one.
  7. 90
    Control: Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 5 is a real treat. Gone are all the technical issues that plagued the game on the old generation of consoles: loading times are lightning fast, textures load instantly, and the game runs smooth as silk. Ray Tracing is also an impressive addition to what is already one of the best games of recent times.
  8. Feb 2, 2021
    Control was already a good game before Ultimate Edition, with obvious negatives but impressive gameplay, but Control Ultimate Edition in PS5 is amazing: graphically it is in a whole other level, with a very stable performance at 60fps (if you set the performance mode) and a good resolution (1440p). However, the best part is how Control Ultimate Edition takes advantage of the DualSense features such as the adaptive triggers or the haptic feedback.
  9. Feb 2, 2021
    For those who've never played Control before, Ultimate Edition is a must-buy.
  10. Feb 2, 2021
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. 90
    Control shines on next-gen hardware. Whether you're delving into the Oldest House for the first time or are revisiting the facility to get a taste of the new ray-tracing features or 60 FPS performance mode, Control: Ultimate Edition is a stellar experience that provides the definitive way to play Remedy's latest title.
  12. Feb 2, 2021
    On PS5, Control is sublime. The atmosphere is almost palpable, helped by sound direction that keeps you on edge all the time.
  13. Feb 2, 2021
    Control is a great action shooter game, with solid gameplay and a compelling story. The Ultimate Edition adds two expansions and the long awaited next-gen upgrade, that lets you play at 30 fps with ray tracing or 60 fps without it.
  14. CD-Action
    Oct 12, 2021
    My first experience with Control was underwhelming due to my base PS4 not being powerful enough to do this great game justice. Now I wish I waited for the next-gen version. The Ultimate Edition finally looks and runs as it should (however, if you want ray tracing, you’ll have to accept 30 FPS) and also offers two expansions that tie the story to Alan Wake. [04/2021, p.34]
  15. Feb 2, 2021
    One of the best games of the previous generation better than ever. The two graphics options are worth it, and the expansions will delight those who enjoyed the base game. Remedy is in control.
  16. Feb 2, 2021
    This Ultimate Edition is the best way to play Control on consoles, with the best graphic quality available and solid framerates. It doesn’t address some of its issues, like the ridiculously large amount of documents you need to read, but the gameplay is still fantastic and it plays better than ever before.
  17. Jun 22, 2021
    Control is an amazing experience that is befitting of the next gen consoles. It has killer Ray Tracing features, unfortunately hampered by their implementation, and a rock solid performance mode which feels amazing. The truly twisted dystopian world of the FBC is one that will persist in player's memories for a long time with its strange otherworldly places, alongside its humanising story. Highly recommended to all PlayStation 5 owners looking for an action-adventure with some real depth and fun combat!
  18. Feb 9, 2021
    The Ultimate Edition is definitely the best console version of one of Remedy’s finest games. But even with all DLC included it lacks the fidelity that you can get on a high-end PC.
  19. 80
    The best version of Control so far, that makes good use of the PlayStation 5’s features and leaves plenty of hope and anticipation for a future sequel.
  20. Feb 2, 2021
    On top of being a great game, with satisfying shooting mechanics and a universe that goes well beyond the main story, the next-gen version of Control Ultimate Edition is a visual showcase. It's a shame that early adopters of the original game can't benefit from this upgrade.
  21. Feb 2, 2021
    With its graphical add-ons, the stability and performance enhancements, and the inclusion of all of Control's DLC, the Ultimate Edition really is the best way to experience Control--and the PS5's haptics really add an extra layer of intensity to a game that already feels great to play. If you haven't experienced Control yet, this is the best way to do so. If you have, this is a good excuse to jump back into its beautiful, strange, inventive world once again.
  22. Feb 2, 2021
    Control Ultimate Edition on PS5 is still a great game, and its enhancements are pleasant - Ray Tracing or 60 fps, it's up to you - even if we could have asked for something more with the DualSense. If you've never met Jesse Faden and never been to the Bureau, it's time.
  23. Feb 2, 2021
    Control: Ultimate Edition represents a great achievement. Between its already impressive gameplay and a robust number of performance upgrades, Control both looks and feels like a next-gen title. Sussing out secrets and uncovering the myriad mysteries and suspicious happenings tied to one of gaming's most unique and interesting places are better than ever. For anyone who had been holding off on playing the game, there’s never been a better time to give it a shot.
  24. Feb 2, 2021
    Exclusive to the PlayStation 5 version of the game, Control Ultimate Editon features Activity Card integration, a natural fit for an expansive, Metroidvania-style game such as Control, making it great for those wanting to easily track and manage some of the side quests present in the game. Another exclusive feature reserved for PlayStation 5 owner’s of the game is its excellent use of the Dualsense controller.
  25. Feb 2, 2021
    Despite the precision of the reflections provided by the “graphics” mode, we especially appreciated a “performance” mode capable of bringing an epic to life in 60fps. Thus, exploring the Office and the many clashes becomes more enjoyable than ever. The included DLCs extend an adventure that retains the same qualities and flaws as in 2019. If you're still new to Jesse Faden's story, it might be time to catch up.
  26. Feb 1, 2021
    Without being a graphical revolution, Control Ultimate Edition's Next Gen patch freshens up the game a bit and gives good reasons to discover Jesse's paranormal adventures on PS5 or Xbox Series. The quality of life and immersion improvements are welcome, but the focus should have been more on solving some of the original game technical problems.
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  1. Feb 2, 2021
    Again, loads are quick, the DualSense is up to the task (and feels great with the heavy emphasis on gunplay in Control), and the game itself runs extremely smooth: especially on performance mode.
  2. Feb 2, 2021
    If Alan Wake was an introspective, crepuscular and dreamlike thriller, Jesse Fayden's adventure adheres more decisively to the logic of genre, recovering (from House of Leaves as well as from the Area X Trilogy) a sprawling, obsessive narrative, in a strongly intimate and in any case allusive science fiction.
  3. Feb 2, 2021
    If you can get over having to rebuy the game again and not being able to transfer over old saves, Ultimate Edition on next-gen consoles is the best way to play Control outside of a solidly powerful PC. If you didn’t like Control back when it first came out, because it was too hard or you didn’t find the world engaging, this new port won’t change your mind. But if you bounced off the old game due to long load times or performance problems, this might be the best time to jump back in.
  4. As a next-gen update then, Control does a decent job of taking advantage of both the power and unique features of the new generation of consoles, especially if you happen to be playing on a PlayStation 5. While the ray-traced effects might not make this a must-replay, it’s still a far better and (crucially) more stable experience than the game has ever been on consoles, not to mention the joy of playing with the 60fps option instead.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 265 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 265
  1. Feb 3, 2021
    The same beautiful game that we play some years ago, amazing history, wonderfully well done, if they want this could be a goty again.
  2. Feb 16, 2021
    Visually and technically this game shines on the PS5. The lighting and art styles are mesmerising, and the third person shooting, combinedVisually and technically this game shines on the PS5. The lighting and art styles are mesmerising, and the third person shooting, combined with a variety of telekinetic powers, make for some of the most fluid, fast-paced action sequences I’ve ever experience in gaming.

    The game is quite challenging, as it follows a Dark Souls checkpoint-based progression system and lacks difficulty options (aside from assist options). Some sequences can feel frustratingly difficult and repetitive. Alongside this frustration is an obscure map design that makes navigation a chore.

    The major downfall of this game is it’s storytelling. Whilst the lore of the supernatural world they have created is fascinating and well presented, the main character delivers countless inner-monologues that provide unnecessary expositions. These only serve to ruin the tension of the story and lead to countless eye-rolls. After trudging through Jesse Faden’s clumsy writing and delivery, hoping for an interesting endgame narrative reveal/twist, I was instead severely underwhelmed by its mediocrity.

    Overall, a very enjoyable gameplay experience that shows off the fancy next-gen tech, however if you’re looking for a quality narrative experience, this isn’t it.
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  3. Feb 8, 2021
    At first, when I started playing this on my PS5 I thought wow this game is amazing. The action, the characters, the art style and graphics allAt first, when I started playing this on my PS5 I thought wow this game is amazing. The action, the characters, the art style and graphics all are top class; but then came the mapping and maneuvering around the environments that ruined everything.

    Honestly I get a head ache every time I have to find a location in for a simple mission. I literally spend more time figuring out how to find a mission than actually doing the mission, and in the end to just speed things up I just go on google or youtube to watch a map guide. If players are going on google to figure understand your map you failed as a developer. If it's not a puzzle or a hard boss, a player should not be on google looking for answers. You fail as a developer when ever a player is stuck not because of an amazing puzzle or a hard boss, but because of poor design choices and lazy execution. The goal of gaming is to have your hands on the controller, not on a keyboard looking up google answers. If the map itself was intentionally a puzzle I think it would have felt like that, but in reality the map itself is an unintentional hinderance to the game and the experience.

    I've been gaming for a long time, and I think the map in Control is probably the worst map I've ever played with in a modern game. I kind of wish they never put it in, at least that way I could have conditioned myself to just use the building signs to find my way. Sadly it's too late and the bad taste of this game has ruined the experience for me. They shouldn't have put the map in if they were going to be lazy about it.

    I wanted to get platinum on this and it has an easy trophy collection but I just don't think it's worth the headache. Not enough variety with monsters and the bosses either and this makes it super repetitive. The repetition of gameplay wouldn't be an issue if the momentum and rhythm in the story wasn't so affected by its horrible mapping system. IT feels like a train that never reaches full speed.

    If they make Control 2, I'll definitely be interested because it has potential. Hopefully they don't put in a map next time and think of something more creative.
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