Control (PC/PS4/Xbox One)



  • @bam541
    There's multiple documents mentioning stuff from Alan Wake (6 that I've found) plus a certain band being used during the ashtray maze
    Speaking of that song is on Amazon music (and I assume other streaming services)



  • Two things I saw mentioned in the comments of the EZA's Spoiler Mode video that I then had to go and take a look myself:

    One: What does the NSC stand for? That was pretty jaw-dropping, especially if you'd found a document describing the chamber's contents earlier. Now in post-game (or maybe earlier as well? I hadn't stumbled upon this particular spot before) Jesse comments what she sees written on the thing.

    Two: Concerning Alan Wake there was still the biggest surprise left in the game. Or I think Brad actually mentioned this during the spoiler discussion.

    In Panopticon's lvl 5 you can levitate to a more secluded part of the level and find a page there which will actually trigger a vision of Alan Wake himself speaking to himself and writing, like actual audio and visuals. O_o



  • @sentinel-beach
    And now I'm going to search for that vision



  • @bam541

    I definitely appreciate that they balance the collectibles out into categories: Correspondence, AWE, and one more I can't remember. It makes it easier to digest and follow the plot along. I don't think these were super maliciously placed though. They'll have a bunch about the same AWE all scattered in one area for the sake of finding more things when one maybe two collectibles would have been fine. I don't need to find "AWE- Ordinary 4.b" - read it - walk a few steps and find - "AWE - Ordinary 1.B" - read it - walk a few steps and find - "AWE - Ordinary 1.A" - rinse and repeat 5 times. It really makes the game feel so stop n start at a bad time near the end.

    With that said, I loved finding this collectible in AWE - Ordinary "Closed Files" location

    Spoiler The Alan Wake AWE. I haven't even played Alan Wake but its super cool that they not only throw this in, but it seems possible we might go back and play it in DLC?! I'm going to have to play Alan Wake now.

    An update on the performance - the patch helps a lot but it still chugs and crashes A LOT. I've had two main menu crashes and one gameplay crash since the patch. But at least the loading screens and general performance is a lot better. Still not great but waaaaaaaaay better than 1.0.



  • Played a bit more of the game after weeks of not having the time to properly play it. Finally got the levitate ability, which changes the game so much for me. I've been dying to explore some of the high places I've seen up until this point so this feels great. I just found out that Dead Letters has high places to explore after looking up for the first time ever in there, lol. Also got my first new suit after solving the puzzle in the Luck and Probability room.



  • Wish this had a Bloody Palace-type mode or something. Multiplayer might have been fun. Anything to extend the combat after most of the quests have been done.



  • It's getting a free mode called Expedition mode some time before the year is over, so that might fill the void your feeling



  • Just did the talking to the plants side mission and I think that's the most fun I had in this game so far, it's pretty wholesome.

    Also just found the secret location that references this album. Listening to it now, it's pretty dope.
    Youtube Video



  • I finally got around to finishing the main missions! It's been quite a ride, really loved this game. Some thoughts about the whole game. and a score:

    • I like that they made the last big shootout in the main missions quite easy, it's just blasting level 30 folks with the power boost the Board gave you. It feels great for me since the game hasn't been on the easy side for most of the time. The ending does feel flat, but I'm not really disappointed by that.

    • I still can't get over the lore stuff in this game. It's so interesting and well written overall, it feels great to read new documents, listen to the Bureau recordings, and watch some really weird stuff (like that Threshold Kids thing). It made exploring the Oldest House even more exciting, as if it needs that boost. I feel like the whole game hinges on the dynamic between the Oldest House's structure and things in it, and it's a pretty strong hinge.
    • I think Dr. Darling might be my favorite video game character from this year. His presentations are really entertaining, I just smile everytime I came across a new presentation. Props to the actor, he's done a great job showing his charisma, passion, and ultimately, his progressive downfall.
    • Shoutout to the Grip and Shatter combo, nothing else beats it for me. So effective and satisfying. Well, maybe Launch kinda beats it.
    • I still don't think that the aiming controls really feels as good as it could have been. It doesn't feel snappy, quick, and accurate enough, and in a game like this, where the combat is pretty much about dodging around and not staying in one place, it hurts the whole thing a bit. Still loved the combat though. I do wish it was slightly easier.
    • I also feel that the random enemy spawns during regular exploration of the Oldest House got a bit tiresome, and I just ended up skipping more and more the game goes on. Thankfully the main missions got some cool scenarios/shootouts.
    • The Astral Maze shootout is pretty dope. The music that was playing the whole way through really sells it for me.

    8.5/10



  • A teaser for the first DLC, The Foundation. Coming March 26.

    I remember this dialog being available right after the last main mission of the game, Remedy have hinted it all along.



  • It will be my first time ever buying a dlc.



  • Was starting to wonder when we'd see something about the DLC, although I'm more interested in AWE



  • A trailer for the new DLC just released. I love the music they're using, it's a pretty good trailer.

    The PS Blog has more details about it. The premise is pretty sick.

    Since my current copy doesn't match my PSN account region, I'll be waiting until the game comes on sale to try out the DLCs, hoping they'll turn out great.



  • @bam541 said in Control (PC/PS4/Xbox One):

    Since my current copy doesn't match my PSN account region, I'll be waiting until the game comes on sale to try out the DLCs, hoping they'll turn out great.

    You could just make an account of that region and get the DLC from there.



  • @thedemonpirate I've been considering that, it's probably easy to do but I dunno, I'll probably just wait until the DLC comes out before making a decision.



  • Think there will be more Old Gods of Asgard?



  • @dmcmaster I wouldn't mind them showing up again, or maybe another band that the Janitor guy likes.



  • The OST has just released!



  • Also, Ian has played the newest DLC, here's his impressions.
    Youtube Video



  • @bam541 Sucks that will only come to Xbox much later. I wish this kind of exclusivity deals stopped.