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Control Review: Remedy Unleashed (Page 4)

By Derek Strickland from Aug 26, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%

Memorable things I saw and did in Control:

(Some of the best things are omitted from this lists due to spoilers)

  • Pulled a light switch, teleported to a motel that's basically a waystation between worlds
  • Dead Letters - Singing Fish and Fake Airplanes
  • I fought a boss that was a haunted anchor that spewed out clocks as its main attack.
  • I explore an area very much like an M.C. Escher painting
  • The post-it note room was hilarious
  • The millions of clocks in the Threshold
  • Threshold Kids, a warped kids TV show with puppets
  • Discovered some nifty easter eggs for Alan Wake, including Night Springs, mention of Bright Falls in documents, and a dream from Dylan Faden
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There are various side quests available, too. One quest had me solve a puzzle with a bunch of clocks in that in-between worlds Oceanview Motel and Casino, then teleported me to some distant threshold. Everything had that Giant's Causeway volcanic-style geometry mixed with the blood-red taint of the Hiss. We were chasing an Altered Item that cloned a bunch of clocks--there were millions of clocks in the area, just littered everywhere.

Innocuous everyday items are imbued with supernatural energy, almost like they're cursed. Objects like picnic baskets, thermoses, postboxes, refrigerators, and even a rubber ducky can all be super deadly. Altered Objects are basically possessed by ghosts and react wildly unpredictably, and as you play, you collect notes on these weird enchanted items. Keep an eye out, and you'll even see them peppered throughout the game in carefully contained observation areas.

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I saw a bunch of altered items including a haunted clock, a child's toy hammer, a birthday party balloon, a swan ride boat, a water cooler, and even a normal every day standing fan. But like the objects in Prey 2017, these objects are anything but ordinary.

The refrigerator is special, though. It has to be watched at ALL times or it "deviates." You meet a guy who's sole job is to stare at this spooky fridge from the 1950s complete with children's drawings plastered on its front â€" poor guy.

Remedy pulls inspiration from The Twilight Zone, The Night Gallery, and even Friday the 13th: The Series with its cursed objects. These weird, otherworldly Objects of Power will affect reality in bizarre ways and even cause things to duplicate randomly, often to hilarious degrees. We mentioned the clocks above, but there's also an office that suddenly spawned thousands upon thousands of sticky notes without warning.

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