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Control

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After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control. This supernatural 3rd person action-adventure will challenge you to master the combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts, and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world. Control is Jesse Faden's story. The main plot focuses on her personal search for answers as she grows into the role of the Director. The world of Control has its own story, as do the allies Jesse meets along the way. Side-quests and Secrets are everywhere. Jesse works with other Bureau agents, decodes cryptic ciphers and discovers strange Bureau experiments. Explore diverse environments and shifting architecture in a deep unpredictable world, set within a sprawling New York building.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

After playing it to its full extent, earning all the Achievements and engaging with every single lore piece, I can safely say that this is one of the gaming masterpieces.
The gameplay takes a while to take off, but after a generally boring first few hours, new abilities and weapons start coming in a steady stream together with the story picking up intensity. Each combat upgrade (ability and weapon) shakes it up quite a bit. Once you gather them all? The game becomes one of the best action-adventure games with real powerful combat. Basically imagine Star Wars but better + phenomenal gunplay. Sounds epic right? Because it is.
The story, characters and lore are so deliciously written. Some things can go over your head if you're not immersed enough. The devs made sure that you are, though. The atmosphere, art, graphics and even the "miscellaneous" docs you can pick up and optionally read are masterfully crafted, and fill in the world real nice. It all hits ESPECIALLY hard if you're an SCP fan or generally of horror and secret labs and that good stuff.
It even has its touch of quirk and humor which really got me smiling/laughing at times. The MC even inspired me while playing it. That's how you know you're playing something great.
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Take Control.

Review from Steam

I'm sad I can't play this for the first time again!

Review from Steam

Another amazing and fun game if you enjoy progression based action games.Story might feel a little twisted at first but it will get much more clear and straight as we progress. By the end of the game, you feel amazingly powerful and combat feels incredibly smooth. A very satisfying game with it's meaningful amount of hours, but not so much that you get tired of the game before it's over. overall a great game with a one of a kind story,

Review from Steam

"We live on a quiet island called ignorance, surrounded by an endless black ocean, and we should never have set sail."

Review from Steam


- And please, call me Fred
- Thanks, Langston
I'd say this game was a bold (and succesful) attempt at making something more special in both gameplay and story.
The story is quite confusing and it feels like you're not properly introduced to it, rather, just thrown into it, and it also has some quirks in it.
It's not a bad story at all, but i wish the devs made it more clearer on some aspects.
Gameplay? Well, this is where it really gets awesome.
If you loved Alan Wake and/or F.E.A.R, well, this is kinda like their baby, with some subtle hints of Murdered Soul Suspect.
Actually, playing this gave me a crippling nostalgia about the F.E.A.R series and now i want to play it again.
And, without giving spoilers, i want to say, if X-Men ever decides to make some more games, they better hire Remedy.
The main story plus few side quests took me about 12 hours maybe(?), but there's tons of extra stuff you can do on top of the main story, however, for me, at least for now, the journey will be paused as i have a big backlog of games i need to play.
The music is also pretty good and has a certain chilling feel to it, i would've loved if the Ultimate Edition also included the soundtrack, or at least give us the option to buy it sepparetely, but i guess i will have to settle with YT in this case.
9 in 10 dentists would recommend becoming the director of FBC.

Review from Steam

The ashtray maze segment alone makes this game a 10/10 for me, so cool.

Review from Steam

There is just something I love about this game that I cant quite explain. This is, in my eyes, the perfect kind of game. The visuals, the gameplay loop, the skill tree and unlockable abilities. It all comes together in a perfect conglomeration of a video game. I almost never saw any bugs out of the 47 hours I've put into Control. It is also very well optimized for performance. Good job Remedy. This is your best work yet.

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