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17 Great Games Like Control

These are hand-picked games similar to Control. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Control. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify 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 games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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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

Developer: @RemedyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

The Last Of Us Part II

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @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 Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @KineticGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

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...

Virginia

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 22/11/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @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...

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/08/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer, and seek the Tusk of Ganesh in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war. It's the first Uncharted game not to feature protagonist Nathan Drake.

Twin Mirror

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 01/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @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,...

Hollow Knight (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @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...

Dreamscaper

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: @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...

Beyond: Two Souls

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres:

Developer: @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

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @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...

Returnal

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @HouseMarque

Players: This is a single player game

Returnal is a sci-fi adventure 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 problem.

Bioshock (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @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. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...

Detroit: Become Human

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @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.

Little Misfortune

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Waking

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

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.

Heavy Rain

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @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.

Deathloop

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @ArkaneStudios

Players: This is a single player 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. At the end of each night time resets and starts again.

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:

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.
 

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.
 
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Portal

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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 the:
  • 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.

 

Free With PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a subscription service that provides hundreds of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to play on demand. The games are streamed to your PS4, or Windows PC like a Netflix film but with interactions. Because of this you need a fast internet connection of about 5Mbps. Additionally, PlayStation Now also lets you download some PlayStation 4 games to play locally on your system without streaming.
  • PlayStation Now costs £8.99/month

PlayStation Plus is the other subscription service and is required for most online games. It also offers discounted and a two free games each month. It also grants discounts on games, add-ons and pre-orders. PlayStation Plus also enables you to backup your progress to the cloud.
  • PlayStation Plus costs £6.99/month

With PlayStation Plus you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is not required for either party
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PlayStation Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is required for both players

 

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:
 


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