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Control (2019) is a narrative shooting game set in 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.

Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Control 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Shooting game with Action and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete. The additional content and collecting everything will take considerably longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence and Language. Strong violence includes bullet impacts from firearms. When human enemy characters are shot, they recoil and their life bar is reduced. Once the life bar expires, the character falls to the ground. Other characters may explode into abstract shapes when hit. In some cases, the player character can use supernatural powers, which also causes enemies to explode into abstract shapes, which then disappear. There is infrequent use of strong language ('*!@?*'). The game features scenes of smoking, which are presented in a neutral manner.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Control usually costs £24.99 to £34.99.


XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £34.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £34.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

Switch Store Switch -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/08/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Shooting (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

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