Games that come with Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus can be hit or miss. The free offerings are often titles that players may already own or are projects that weren’t that great to begin with. Once in a while, the services’ offerings hit that sweet spot: A title comes along that has won acclaim and may have been missed.
For me, that game is “Control.” Now being offered on Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus, Remedy Entertainment’s 2019 action title was praised when it launched, but that was a busy year and I didn’t have enough time to play it. Fast-forward to 2021 and 505 Games has released an updated version for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
The iterations take advantage of the hardware by supporting ray-tracing and 4K visuals at 60 frames per second. Keep in mind though, the next-gen upgrades are only available to the Ultimate Edition of the game, and that happened to be free via PlayStation Plus on the PS5. The Xbox Game Pass version is the Standard Edition and doesn’t have the extra content or improved visuals.
Sometimes it’s better to be late to the party. “Control: Ultimate Edition” throws players into shoes of Jesse Faden, who finds herself at the secretive Federal Bureau of Control. Think of it as a U.S. agency committed to “X-Files”-type cases and run by people who have a penchant for making videos in the style one would see in “Lost.”
The executive hub is where players begin their efforts to retake the Oldest House in “Control.” (505 Games)
The secret institution is tasked with the handling and investigating Altered World Events. These para-natural occurrences are tied to Altered Items or Objects of Power. They can be as innocuous as a rubber duckie that quacks and follows a person, or as dangerous as a merry-go-round horse that murders people.
When Jesse enters the Control headquarters, which is itself a para-natural Place of Power called the Oldest House, she finds it in disarray. She has personal motives for visiting the agency but ultimately finds herself involved in the bureau’s struggle for survival. Transdimensional entities called the Hiss have invaded the base, and the employees are battling to retake the facility.
“Control” throws players immediately into the deep end, almost like an “in media res.” It doesn’t offer any background and forces players to solve its inner mysteries. They have to adjust to the odd reality in the Oldest House, a facility that’s always in flux with shifting walls and rooms that contain enormous quarries that sit alongside offices and soaring atriums.
Players also learn that when Jesse picks up an Object of Power called the Service Weapon, she becomes director of the bureau and everyone magically acknowledges that. The firearm also has the special ability to transform into a shotgun-type weapon, a submachine gun, a rail gun-type contraption and other weapons. It also reloads automatically. In addition, Jesse has para-natural abilities that let her handle Altered Items and Objects of Power she finds in …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment