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Control is a surrealist low-fantasy game about a secret organization that deals with the paranormal activities.

Plot

The game follows Jesse Faden, a woman with superhuman powers. She works with the Federal Bureau of Control, a secret governmental organization that deals with the paranormal phenomena, often by annihilating it as a threat. The Bureau headquarters, known as the Oldest House, is taken over by a supernatural power called the Hiss. The director of Bureau, Zachariah Trench, is killed, and Faden is unexpectedly promoted to his place, while the ghost of her predecessor haunts her. She has to travel the endless corridors of the Oldest House and defeat the Hiss using magical Director's Pistol.

Setting

Most of the game takes place in the FBC building, which is a high-rise on Manhattan. The Oldest House is a non-euclidian space, which is larger on the inside. Its corridors and rooms change shape and positions depending on the rituals its inhabitants perform. The Oldest House stores the magical artifacts called Altered Items.

Gameplay

The player controls Faden from the third person view. To defeat her enemies, she uses various superhuman powers, such as telekinesis or levitation. She also wields the shape-shifting Director's Pistol and the magic artifacts she can obtain as a reward for completing quests. Jesse's skills grow throughout the game.

There is no multiplayer mode.

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505 Games
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Remedy Entertainment
Publisher
505 Games
Age rating
17+ Mature
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https://www.controlgame.com

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      Control reviews and comments

      I found this frustrating A.F. I spent most of my time lost and running round aimlessly. the lighting goes from pitch black to too bright, so you end up blind most of the time. the story is not told in a good way and the acting is really bland and don't even mention the frame rate, don't bother unless you have a ps4pro. i'm not going to waste any more of my life on this turd of a game. 
      2019 compared to 2018 was a weak year in the case of big AAA titles. So Game Awards awarded Sekiro (i didnt play that game but I'm sure it is spectacular too), and IGN awarded this game, Control, as GOTY.

      From outside, I just thought it was mainly about the new so called ray trace tech and some fancy graphics with supbar story... Boy, was I wrong. Game had great story telling mechanics, alongside with a great story. All fantasy fiction theories are somehow fitted in wonderfully in a believable way that makes you believe they are real! The scientist Darling clips, all the letters and multimedia found, I consumed them with a great interest. I was like, "more, give me more Darling! More scientific letters about cool unnatural devices, such as human eating refrigator!".

      And game was accompanied with great graphics. I dont have a ray tracing gpu so i didnt get to play with the prievelege of ray tracing but still, I found the non ray traced graphics still gorgeous. Besides graphics, the game's engine was spectacular, the physics and all. Everything almost everything can be interacted with which makes the game even more fun.

      All an all, I understood why IGN chose this as a GOTY. I would say this game surely deserved a big GOTY award!

      I greatly look forward for the second game, if there will be one. 
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      «Blew my mind»
      «Constantly dying and enjoy it»
      I joined this website just so I could rate Control. Quantum Break was ok, just ok, and it got a novel and TV episodes meanwhile this lovechild between X-Files and Men In Black (while Eyes Wide Shut was watching from behind a curtain (that didn't exist and yet was in the room)) didn't? Ugh, not cool, Remedy. And yet very cool. You learn and explore with Faden as she does know more than you but only by so much and the things/events you witness/engage that are meant to be hidden from the outside/real world are so strange and compelling that the aesthetic and narrative delivery devices more than make up for samey shooting. I'm starting to think Control is better than Max Payne in terms of what I respect Remedy for making more and I can't fucking wait for the DLC. If only just to watch/be Faden navigate through the Oldest House some more. Also, like QB, 80% of the writing is found in the bevy of optional collectibles which are honestly worth reading if you've 1000'd the game and need more. In a year where we got REmake 2, Ace Combat 7, Toejam and Earl and other great titles, I feel like I was proudest of experiencing this weird, weird thing.
      «Blew my mind»
      «Underrated»
      The story is interesting enough, even if it falters in the third act big time. 

      But for the life of me I will never understand why the devs decided to tint the screen the same color as the enemies the more damage you take, making it harder to see the people that are killing you as you are being killed. That is, in my mind, a failure. 
      Had a lot of fun picking up objects and smashing them on people. Star wars games games can take some pointers from the implementation of the "force" in this game.
      «Blew my mind»
      Finally Remedy game that I really enjoyed
      Can't wait for DLCs
      «Blew my mind»
      «Can’t stop playing»
      Favorite Thing: The story was really weird and pretty great.
      Least Favorite Thing: The ending turned into "just kill a bunch of these baddies until they stop spawning".

      Date Completed: 2019-09-06
      Playtime: ~ 15h
      Enjoyment: 9/10
      Recommendation: The powers and crazy story make it a must play.
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