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29 Great Games Like Control

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Control and have found the following:

This game is an outlandish paranormal fantasy where you are swept into a role as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control agency of the ‘paranatural’. With impressive cinematic visuals and storytelling, your interactions involve exploring, finding cover, shooting, and using new psychic abilities to throw objects and rip apart the fabric of each room. It’s far-fetched but well delivered and exhilarating to play, and surprisingly coherent.

Unfortunately, Control is not available on Android, Mac, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

27 Hand Picked Video Games Like Control

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Control. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Control, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer and your counterpart Nadine Ross seek the Tusk of Ganesh. Set in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war, it's the first Uncharted game not to...

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into...

The Last Of Us Part II

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Price: 67% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 49 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

Phasmophobia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Kinetic Game (@KineticGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.

Hollow Knight (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Detroit: Become Human

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

Heavy Rain

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single-player game

Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.

Little Misfortune

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/11/2019

Price: 65% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Kill Monday Games (@KillMondayGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Misfortune is a dark adventure where you play a small girl called, Misfortune, who, guided by a voice in her head, seeks the prize of eternal happiness for her mother. It's played side-on and unfolds a narrative about the girl's family as you...

Virginia

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 22/11/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Variable State (@VariableState)

Players: This is a single-player game

Virginia is a mystery adventure game where you play a graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver as she investigates her first case: the disappearance of a boy in rural Virginia. You explore the world and find clues to solve the crime, all the time aware that other...

Beyond: Two Souls

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/10/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres:

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single-player game

Beyond: Two Souls is from the same developer as Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain. Although not a series, they follow a similar style and approach. They provide a filmic interactive experience of a story that branches in substantial ways depending on...

Alan Wake

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s...

Bioshock

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ghost Story Games (@GhostStoryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy, and what happens when a society develops with a power mad genius in control. It's an unusual combination of...

Twin Mirror

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: DONTNOD Ent (@DONTNOD_Ent)

Players: This is a single-player game

Twin Mirror is an narrative adventure where you play Sam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up who returns to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend. As you explore the world and interact with different characters, a twisting,...

Returnal

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: House Marque (@HouseMarque)

Players: This is a single-player game

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Hidden Agenda

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

Psychonauts 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single-player game

Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...

Bioshock Infinite

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Ghost Story Games (@GhostStoryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...

Dreamscaper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/04/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: Dreamscaper Game (@DreamscaperGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dreamscaper is an adventure where you control a woman's subconscious whilst she dreams. In the dreams you battle enemies with different surrealist abilities and weapons: finger guns, move the earth, control time, warp landscapes, many melee weapons and...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Friend and Foe Dev (@FriendAndFoeDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

Bioshock 2

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 09/02/2010, updated in 2016

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Bioshock 2 is a horror shooting game. A sequel to the original Bioshock, it's also set in the underwater city of Rapture. This time you play as a Big Daddy, the heavily armed bodyguard of zombified Little Sisters. It's another...

Deathloop

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC and PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...

Waking

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: Jasonoda (@Jasonoda)

Players: This is a single-player game

Waking is a world exploration game where you play a character in a coma. You enter their dreams, The Mindscape, in the recesses of their mind and follow voices calling you home.

Demon Spore

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Ed Form (@EdForm)

Players: This is a single-player game

Demon Spore is a shooting game set in a lab with an escaped alien creature that grows organically as you play. You take on the role of a failed lab experiment that gives birth to a rapidly growing viral horror.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: The Astro Crew (@TheAstroCrew)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a narrative mystery game about Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter saying he is in danger. It turns out that Ethan vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. You...

Red Faction (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Price: 66% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Red Faction (@RedFaction)

Players: This is a single-player game

Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or...

Quantum Break

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2000

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Quantum Break is an adventure shooting game with action-packed combat sequences. You explore and influence a world where the time has been distorted, make important decisions in intense narrative scenes. Play in punctuated with live action TV-style...

Selaco

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal

Developer: Selaco Game (@SelacoGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Selaco is a shooter game with a focus on fast movement and staged battles in a destructibile underground facility. In many ways it's an update of classic fast shooting games like Quake and Doom, but the detail elevates Selaco to be something more than...

3 Video Games Like Control Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Control. This includes games from the Action, Shooting and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Control

If you like the sound of Control but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

3 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Control

If you like the sound of Control but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Control Accessibility Report.
 

Control is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Control in the following lists:

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to 2021. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Gaming Projects: Photography

The spaces and places that video games create are often designed with a particular interaction or way to progress through them. However, because games are open to the player, how you play, the direction you move and what you do in the game is up to you.

This means that you can often put video games to unusual uses. Photography is one aspect of this as Paul Buttle recently highlight on Twitter. All modern video game consoles enable you to capture an image of the screen. At a rudimentary level this allows you to take pictures of your adventures. Beyond this, many games offer a Photo mode that allows you to freeze the action and take control of the camera -- even letting you control effects, depth of field and shutter speed in some cases.

This means you can take really beautiful and engaging pictures in the games you play. Some families have tasked their expert players with capturing a certain type of photograph as they play:
  • Portraiture - capture images of the people you meet.
  • Photojournalism - create a photo diary of the events of the game to be annotated later.
  • Fashion - document the different outfits and wardrobe styles your character chooses.
  • Sports - capture sporting moments, including not only players, but the crowd and coaches.
  • Still Life - capture the inanimate, mundane and overlooked elements that make the game world what it is.
  • Architectural - find ways to photograph the buildings in various states of build, decay and renewal.

Some examples of these projects include:
 

Great Guidance From PlayStation 5 Activity Cards

PlayStation 5 Activity Cards are a part of the operating system that provide a quick and easy way to see your progress, and get helping progressing (or finding what you’ve missed) in games. It’s a really neat part of the system that you can pop-up while playing by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller.

They are like your very own guide, tailored to your current play through, providing information on progress, tips on things you've missed, more things to do (and how long they will take) and short videos of how to complete objectives (that you can pin to the side of the screen while you are playing).

However, as with the use of PS5 Dual Sense features, different games do this in different ways. Some just include Activity Cards to load and save your game or access a game mode (which saves time but isn't a game changer) while others go to town on tips, hints and other helpful ways to get more from their game.

As one player put it, "Honestly, I'm just really enjoying them in Control where they tell me where to go when I'm lost in the wonderfully convoluted building. Then in Maquette it's extremely useful to just get a step solved for me when otherwise I'd switch to another game. These are the kind of frustrations that generally stop me from beating games. It's like having a Prima guide on my PS button."

The games in this list are those we think do a great job with Activity Cards. This not only provides quick travel, fast loading, how long main- and side-quests will take, tips and video guides but is a real reason to consider buying the PlayStation 5 version over the Xbox Series X|S.
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Get Children Into Architecture

We spend our lives in buildings every day. Our homes, offices, shopping malls, cathedrals, stations, bridges and even public toilets have all been designed. Video games mirror and magnify this built environment in different ways.

Some, like Assassin's Creed, Grand Theft Auto and Forza Horizon recreate virtual versions of familiar places. Others, like The Witcher, Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Eastshade, create their own cities and buildings. Then there are games like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Biomutant, Enslaved or The Last Of Us that drop you in a once-great but now ruined architecture.

Along with these pre-built spaces, there are also games that invite you to affect and rebuilt the architecture of a world. Games like Townscaper allow you to easily create series of buildings and consider how one structure relates to those around it -- like a street-scene generator. Then there are games like Animal Crossing, that offer a social context in which to apply your architectural and landscaping skills.

Then there are games that build spaces that would be impossible in real life. From the Escher-like Manifold Garden to the scale-confounding Superliminal, these games can play with perspective and movement to not only confuse the player but open new possibilities in perceiving buildings.

Finally, there are games with breathtaking architecture. Whether it's the atmospheric lighting of Control, the climbable buildings of the Uncharted series or Shadow of the Colossus vast cathedral-like structures, video games often create original spaces that stop you in your tracks.

The video games in this list create space to notice, reflect and try your hand at architecture. They are fun, but they are also important because the design of the spaces we spend time in have profound effects on how we feel, think and move.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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