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Press Start’s Game Of The Generation #8 – Control

What a generation it has been, full of incredible stories and countless incredible games that have kept players company for hours upon hours. It’s no secret that we at Press Start love our gaming and there has been a lot to love over the last console cycle.

In that time we’ve awarded five Game of the Year awards, given a perfect 10 to fourteen games, and reviewed a lot of others. We’re here to continue our countdown towards the Press Start Game of the Generation.

For an overview of the rules we set for ourselves in determining this top ten, click here.


#8 – Control

After Alan Wake and Quantum Break, many were curious to see what Sam Lake and Remedy might do next. Control feels like a veritable greatest hits of the developer’s brand of game design, from the alluring sci-fi thriller at the heart of it all to the gratifying psychic powers at Jesse’s fingertips.

There’s a level of quality that can be expected from a Remedy title, and the industry-leading animation and visuals do not disappoint for a second. Control isn’t only an enjoyable third-person action game, it’s a master class in atmosphere and tone, and The Oldest House and its shifting, brutalist aesthetic makes for the developer’s most tantalising setting yet. 

The game is said to have sold well when measured up against its meager €30 million dollar budget. It was the recipient of several awards last year, including our own Game of the Year award last year

In his review, James said: 

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“Control is a slick and stylish win for Remedy, their best work yet. With strong combat, an engaging story, and striking visuals, Control is a masterclass in both style and substance. It’s abstract, it’s bold, and it’s wicked fun.”

You can read the full review here.

He gave it a 9.5/10, while it carries a Metacritic average on PlayStation 4 of 82.

Congratulations to Remedy for Control’s place on our countdown, it’s only (para)natural.

TOP 10

10. Super Mario Odyssey
9. Horizon: Zero Dawn
8. Control.

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