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I fell in love with Control

May 23, 2020 | Games

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I recently played through Remedy’s action-adventure game Control. I was immediately impressed with the graphics; I really like how the game looks and feels. The atmosphere is fantastic.

I was also immediately hooked to the janitor, Ahti, who uses a lot of translated Finnish idioms. Ahti is portrayed by Finnish actor Martti Suosalo, who did excellent work with the character! I could fangirl all day about the character. I also like the fact that they used Finnish music in the game. I added the song Take Control by the fictional band Old Gods of Asgard to my Spotify playlist, and each time the song plays, I get an instant urge to play the game again. I really liked the part of the game where this song was playing. Funnily enough I had some difficulties getting through that part, so I ended up listening to the song quite a few times while playing.

I also really liked the story. The idea behind it was great and I was instantly hooked to the game itself. I must admit, though, that at first my fiancé had to mostly play the game because the eerie environment really creeped me out at the beginning. Luckily, I got over it and could play myself as well. But even that aspect got me impressed with Remedy’s abilities, I rarely get creeped out in any game except with things that trigger my trypophobia.

I had a blast trying to find all the references to Finnish language or Finland in general and I couldn’t help to think how the game would feel to someone outside Finland. What would the Ahti’s translated Finnish idioms sound like and if people are able to understand anything he says.

There were a few times we were basically screaming at the game because a battle or an event was so difficult but luckily always quite soon you could hear Ahti talk again and all was better again. The difficulty of the game was good apart from some really challenging battles.

We started playing the game at a great time, because the first DLC was released while we were playing the original content and we could continue with The Foundation DLC straight after finishing the main game. Now it feels like it's taking forever for the second DLC to release, even though it should be released already in summer 2020.

I totally recommend the game. I first bought the game on a disc but conveniently the Deluxe edition was on sale at PSN store while I was playing the game and I wanted to buy it. First of all, I prefer digital games over the discs but also the Deluxe edition had some gear and other vanity things to offer. With it, you will also receive the first two expansions. After the current situation allows me to go visiting my parents again, I will definitely take the Control disc to my stepfather, who also loves to play games. I might even persuade my mom to try it out just because of Ahti, the janitor.

If you wish to find out more about the game, you can check out the Control website. There are a lot of reviews and gameplay videos around the web, as well, you don't have to take just my word on it.

Image credit: Control website.