Control Review – A Thrilling Paranormal Journey
2019's biggest contender for artistic brilliance wrapped around with surreal narrative driven story
Control often makes you feel as if you are sinking into the madness of the game, it holds you and does not let go. One of the best noticeable things is the fact even though danger is always lurking around, Control lets you examine the feat that the developers have achieved in moments between. From the cinematic close-ups where Jesse is thinking to herself or trying to make sense of what’s going on.
- Gameplay 9
- Graphics 9
- Story 8
- Background Music 9
Control is clearly crafted right between the realms of nightmare and the worse possible day, you play as Jesse Faden, a girl who comes to the Federal Bureau of Control in search of her brother who has been taken away 17 years back. Control manages to be a suspenseful thriller with elements of horror which make you question the reality these characters are involved in and most of the times it gets harder to distinguish.
A prior incident in a place called Ordinary causes the Federal Bureau of Control to investigate and take away Jesse’s brother during their childhood and Jesse intends to find him. As she enters the Federal Bureau of Control’s building before things start making sense she is handed the responsibility of being the new Director. This single incident is the cause of a mysterious power called the Hiss being released from containment and Jesse must get to the bottom of this while also finding her brother.
Control is visually visceral, the more time you spend in the game, the more it draws you in. Control is designed in such a way that you will often spend time looking at the finer details crafted in every possible inch of gameplay. It just not just the visuals that will overwhelm you though, the background music accentuates the feeling that the game is forcing you to feel.
A visual representation of anxiety mixed with some of the most innovate gameplay is what defines Control the best. The game features only one weapon, which you can upgrade and user supernatural powers, but it’s not limited to just that. You can transform the service weapon as it is called to various other types. This ability of immediately being able to change the weapon will often take you out of tighter spots, and the more you explore in Control the more this game has to deliver to you.
If you just stick to the campaign, Control will only deliver you a captivating story, but as you deviate from that and take on the side missions you will not only unlock more abilities for yourself and your weapons you will most certainly see a different type of game.
There are only a few things in this game that feels tiring and one that needs to be addressed is the map of the game. Not only is the game dark and barely lit, but the game makes going from one point to the other very confusing at time. There are only a few levels and elevators to take you up there, but often looking at the map it gives a weird perspective and makes it easy to lose your way.
Control Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Performance Test:
Control is a perfect game for Nvidia RTX 2070 Super with Ray Tracing that turns the game environment more immersive. You need a decent pc config to get an amazing graphic output, in our case Ryzen 2600x with 16GB RAM was decent enough to give us what we were expecting. RTX 2070 Super is an expensive card but it designed for next-level performance. The light and environment are near to reality, you will not notice a glitch or cartoonish type images. Sometimes it looks too real as you are playing into a live movie.
No perfect tuning is required to configure best graphics when there is an RTX 2070 Super setup, Nvidia pitched Control with the GPU and delivered what is promised. The light balance is something that makes Control surreal, I am quite sure the output we got on RTX 2070 Super is not possible on lower-end cards. It delivers an error-free graphic output and dynamic lightning, that turns Control into an outstanding game. The crux of Control where mystical paranormal entities are dominant and this game demands a unique environment. This is where RTX 2070 Super plays a vital role in making the story look and feel real.
Control Gamers’ Insight:
Thanks to the game developer for Review copies and our friends in PR, we tested out the game on two platforms. We received an early copy that allowed us to get deeper into in terms of gameplay of Control. PC and PS4 both offer different experience, on PC with Nvidia RTX 2070 Super FE, the game is visually stunning. It will take a few minutes to get immersed in the thrilling environment of Control where paranormal entities rules. The world is mystical and magical, with supernatural powers you think it will give you an edge over the monster, but not. We bring two insights from gamers who played for almost 5 days on a PS4 & PC, check out their opinions in this review on Control.
Raaj (PS4 PRO)
Control is amazing, I am sure it will consume your complete weekend once you landed into that weird building. It is hard to judge the gameplay through videos when you start playing it will consume you slowly. Control is amazing with tons of challenges and the story is interesting. As Jesse, the lead character, she is unique. You will feel a little connected to her struggle of finding her brother revolving around paranormal phenomena. It is scary and challenging. One thing that annoyed me a lot was not having auto Health Regeneration, kill enemies and then they drop blue thing you get your health restored. This mechanism is frustrating to some extent when you are dealing with bosses or reaches the ending part. Because on another side there are enemies with rocket launchers, grenades, etc, and your health does not regeneration on its own. I might have died a hundred times in many levels, especially Salvador you will see on your own when you reach that level.
Control is amazing, after quite a long time I found a challenging game with an interesting storyline, especially the geeks and sci-fi fans will love it. The map is a bit confusing, and I wish to have auto Health Regeneration feature.
Captaincouch (PS4 PRO)
What amazed me about Control was the fact how unconventional the game is crafted, it looks and feels like a work of art that has been labored to craft to perfection. Control starts playing games with your mind and before you know you’ll be engrossed in the story of Jesse Faden and try to uncover the secrets of her past.
Not just that but the fact that Control has a really good enemy AI system at the place and the hiss controlled enemies will try to attack you with their supernatural powers combined with proper tactical awareness which adds to the anxiety you feel as you run and dodge for cover.
Everything in Control works harmoniously to confuse you inside the trance of the hiss which brings up multiple questions, the developers have created Control in such a way that there is usually a fine margin between good and evil which you will question multiple times as to whom you are pledging your loyalty to.
Add a bit of family drama into the mix and even with so many supernatural elements in the game, Control seems reasonable and justified. A true work of modern art is presented by Remedy Entertainment in the form of Control.
Control is complicated and challenging, puzzles, monsters, a whole messed up building everything complied with a girl who talks to herself. Really this game is something with next-level graphics, and on Nvidia RTX 2070 Super the detailing are just perfect. I never enjoyed anything like this before. After Wolfenstein: Youngblood, I was looking for something refreshing and Control lands on high scores.
Remember Control is not something that will end soon, it will take time, certain challenges will put in a non-stop loop of the die and respawn. The game control points play a big role to travel fast, but it is not easy to memorize the map, I find a little confusing. I enjoyed the game graphics, amazing details, and the story. Jesse is awesome 🙂
When I started playing Control, at first sight, I fell in love with the gameplay, I first thought it would be something like Resident Evil, but it is completely unique. The story in particular and the characters. They are not horrifying but secretive. To some extent, you will not able to figure out what really is happening, a ton of sci-fi things goes around in Control. I played it on PC and enjoyed it a lot. Control is a game for every gamer, especially for those who will not love to leave their couch for hours. The superpowers Jesse has especially levitating that unlocks later in the game is awesome.
Control often makes you feel as if you are sinking into the madness of the game, it holds you and does not let go. One of the best noticeable things is the fact even though danger is always lurking around, Control lets you examine the feat that the developers have achieved in moments between. From the cinematic close-ups where Jesse is thinking to herself or trying to make sense of what’s going on. Control will scare you and brings comfort when you confront these supernatural beings. A game where you will instantly fall in love with what you are delivered, Control looks likely to be 2019’s one of the biggest contender for artistic brilliance wrapped around with the surreal narrative-driven story.
Developed By Remedy Entertainment, Control is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4.