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12 Games Like Control

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:

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.

 

 

Returnal

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Phasmophobia

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Duration: Between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) 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.


Dreamscaper

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Waking

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Beyond: Two Souls

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres:

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 35 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Uncharted (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a series of five adventure games that share the same cast of characters. The format is similar in each game. It starts as an adventure into the jungle for treasure, where an onslaught of fisticuffs and shooting henchmen is punctuated by...


Twin Mirror

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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,...


Bioshock (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


The Last Of Us II (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 4

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

Duration: Between 24 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


 
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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.
 

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

 
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