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Control: AWE

Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games
Aug 27, 2020 - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

65%

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IGN
8 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
Destructoid
8.5 / 10
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4.5 / 5
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8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Control: AWE

AWE is an enjoyable few hours back in the world of the Bureau and a great first step into Remedy's Connected Universe.

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AWE is full of fun lore tidbits linking Control to Alan Wake, but it underwhelms as an addition to both the latter's universe and the former's weird game world.

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I finished AWE with a yearning for more Alan Wake and a yearning for more Control. Remedy has more or less confirmed we'll get more of both at some point in the future, although they might be presented through the lens of yet another series. That's the reality of the Remedy Connected Universe. As a trial run, AWE manages to be a great double-dip on some beloved narratives, even though it's not necessarily a great representation of either Control or Alan Wake individually. Sometimes the sum is greater than the parts, sometimes the lake is really an ocean.

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AWE is an awesome, wondrous expansion with an Alan Wake experience that appropriately weds earlier Remedy titles with Control.

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Smaller and more focused than The Foundation, Control: AWE is sold entirely on the return and crossover with a certain Mr. Wake.

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In the end, AWE is another solid but lacking chapter of Control. The gameplay is fun, and a fantastic boss in Hartman is introduced. But there's not much more to it besides that. The new weapon form isn't necessary, and I'm not even sure it fits in the narrative.There aren't new abilities, and you're going to finish AWE pretty quickly. But detractors aside, I got two things I really wanted, more of Alan Wake and more of Control, which is all that really matters. Here's to hoping the Remedyverse has more of both for us out there.

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Control's AWE Expansion will satisfy a lot of Alan Wake fans who have been theorizing for nearly a decade about what happened to the writer. While it does introduce some great ideas, you'll ultimately have to wait for whatever Remedy does next to get real resolution.

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Control AWE does a great job of bringing the events of Alan Wake into a shared universe, without ever breaking its own identity or gameplay conventions. Almost all of Control's technical issues are gone, leaving behind a great nugget of gameplay that pushes the universe forward into interesting new placed. Highly recommended for fans of either franchise.

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OpenCritic Coverage

Remedy Strongly Teasing Alan Wake 2 in New Control DLC

Remedy Strongly Teasing Alan Wake 2 in New Control DLC

The final piece of DLC for Control is now available, one year after its original launch, and for fans of Remedy's past work, it's a must-play experience.

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