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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2019

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

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

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

Control usually costs £24.99 to £34.99.
 

Control

Control Standard Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Control Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99

Control: Ultimate Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
 
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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has received a PEGI 16 because it features moderate violence, sustained depictions of violence towards human characters and use of strong language. 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.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 14+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

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.
 
Our Control Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:

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