Remedy Entertainment's latest action adventure shooter Control is out tomorrow, but reviews went up this morning to almost universal acclaim. The team that created Quantum Break, Max Payne and Alan Wake are back at it again with another sci-fi shooter. This time it's more in the vein of The X-Files, putting a paranormal genre twist on their elevated power-driven action.
The conceit of Control places players in the role of Jesse Faden exploring the paranormal government agency headquarters The Oldest House. Home to Federal Bureau of Control, the ever-shifting Oldest House contains an evil that gets unleashed into the world.
In Game Rant's Control review, we called it "quite possibly Remedy's best game yet" and gave it four and a half stars out of five. Other reviews from around the web are heaping on the praise too with some minor reservations.
Game Rant (Dalton Cooper)
"Control is a short game and has occasional technical hiccups, but it's still a fantastic experience all-around and quite possibly Remedy's best game yet. The combat is exciting and satisfying, the game is gorgeous, and horror fans will enjoy the creepier elements."
Screen Rant (Zak Wojnar)
"Control is both a departure for Remedy Games and a familiar warm blanket for fans of their previous work. It beautifully combines the developer's trademark pillars – deep storytelling and high-adrenaline gun combat – within a whole new shell of exploration-based gameplay and a whole universe of deeply fascinating lore."
IGN (Jonathon Dornbush)
"Control is set in an engrossingly weird paranormal world that I couldn’t help but explore. Jesse’s versatile psychic skills and main weapon make for thrilling ranged combat. And thanks to a strong supporting cast, a well-written script, and plenty of intriguing breadcrumb trails, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my adventure through the shifting rooms of Oldest House."
USGamer (Mike Williams)
"The dialog is still odd, and the mission structure can be obtuse at times, but Control is great. With the Oldest House and Federal Bureau of Control at its back, Remedy Entertainment has fully realized a place where all its game development quirks finally fit."
Polygon (Dave Tach)
"Remedy Entertainment is fully committed to its pulpy, surreal premise, and Control is as much a technical marvel as an artistic achievement."
Score: Polygon Recommends
Eurogamer (Christian Donlan)
"There's a little trickery in the narrative some of the time, but Control refuses to descend into all-out mechanical weirdness for the most part. It never forgets the pleasure of being a shooter above all other things, and with a few exceptions it's more eager to hit you with full-on with architectural beauty than warp your brain with the kind of spatial shenanigans you get in something like Portal."
GameSpot (Peter Brown)
"It's not often that a game invades my thoughts the way Control has. I'm at the point where I want to consume every last thing it has to offer. And if I'm honest, it also makes me want to go back and replay Remedy's past games, too. Sure, it's a faulty metroidvania in some respects, but there are so many exceptional qualities afoot that Control handily deflects any momentary ire."
Twinfinite (Ed McGlone)
"The major problem that Control runs into though is that it is split in all of these different directions and it never really excels at any of them, and the result is a game that is at its core enjoyable, but suffering from problems that go hand in hand with an identity crisis."
Game Informer (Ben Reeves)
"Despite a few drawn-out battles near the end, Control is a complete rush. With the power at Jesse’s fingertips, I walked into every room ready for an amazing fight. When I walked out, it often looked like a tornado had torn through the building. The Federal Bureau of Control is a fascinating place to explore, and I loved every bizarre encounter inside its creaking hallways."
Sounds like Control is exactly what Remedy fans wanted from a new title. With a reasonably short run time and plenty of side content and collectibles to acquire, the game offers a focused experience rich with action and character.
Control launches August 27 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.