Control Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete. The additional content and collecting everything will take considerably longer.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

"The Foundation" is an in-game expansion on PS4 and PC that takes place after the events of the main game’s story. It significantly expands the experience both in terms of narrative and characters.

Control Ultimate Edition includes all the additional content. It also includes a version of the game to transition to playing on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has received a PEGI 16 because it features moderate violence, sustained depictions of violence towards human characters and use of strong language. Not suitable for persons under 16 of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Game contains the infrequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and its derivations, and moderate violence caused by firearms and the use of inanimate objects which can be thrown at an enemy character causing it to explode into abstract shapes.

The game features scenes of smoking which are presented as a neutral activity.

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Control has a mode where you are invincible. This offers an easier way to play and eases cognitive pressure because you can take your time with any element of the game. You can also customise the difficulty to reduce damage taken when hit.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Adjust After Setting

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Beginner Advantage: Select an advantage for weaker players

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @uncannyvivek and Andy Robertson


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