Set to release on 27 August 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, “Control” is the newest game from Remedy Entertainment set in an alternate America. This supernatural 3rd-person action-adventure is packed with lots of creepy and unpredictable beings and environments.
You play the main character Jesse Faden who is on a personal search for answers to her missing brother and a secretive agency in New York called Federal Bureau of Control. As you enter the federal building, you quickly find that the place is invaded by an otherworldly threat and the Director dead. From here, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control.
Along the way, you’ll meet allies like other Bureau agents to work with and uncover strange experiments and secrets. The supernatural threat is called “the Hiss” and to fight it, you have to use supernatural abilities and modifiable loadouts. Because of the nature of the threat, the environments become reactive and the world around you unpredictable.
What will keep you on your toes is the mastering of the gameplay with Jesse’s telekinetic power combos and futuristic weapons. Unlike Remedy’s other games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake, Control is “a more open adventure” that uses environment, character dialogue and optional lore to convey the story, as reported by The Verge. Andrew Webster recalls, “I found myself floating through encounters, using my powers to toss concrete blocks and couches at enemies. But I was also able to grab grenades mid-air and toss them back, as well as take control of guards so they’d fight for me.”
So you can’t rely on the game telling you what to do. Instead, you’ll have to discover things yourself. “We want people to feel like they’re in this world and that it’s up to them to figure it out,” game director Mikael Kasurinen explains. “We won’t hold their hands.” Wow, how awesome does that sound?
Having the freedom to explore an open game world alone is exciting, but then add unpredictable supernatural stuff to it? That’s a deliciously terrifying thought, though it could be a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night.
Sadly, “Control” isn’t available for preorder in Singapore at the moment. We’ll keep a lookout for updates.