Review: Control

Control is a very unique game because it may be the first game I’ve reviewed here that I’m not sure on what my recommendation is. Usually I go into a review leaning either positive or negative on a game. Control…I’m conflicted on.

Control is Remedy’s latest, and they’re a favorite studio of mine – they produced Alan Wake and the first two Max Payne games. Ten minutes into the game I was all in on the world, the aesthetic, the lore of Control. Remedy knocked that out of the park and I was ready to put this game at the top of my GOTY contenders.

Then the rest of the game happened.

I love Control. But I also hate Control. I’ve never felt so strongly for and against a game – normally either I love it despite its flaws, or it’s terrible despite a few bright spots. Control is somehow both. So I’m going to hash out everything I love and hate about this game in this review and let’s see where I end up.

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Episode 44 – Am I Kojima?

Sorry for the slight delay, but here’s this week’s episode of Make Me A Gamer! We hope you enjoy!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Netflix vs. Disney+

Main Course #1: The King’s Avatar and Kojima’s comments on Death Stranding

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Lost Odyssey

Main Course #2: Alan Wake & Control

TMan’s Game of the Week: Kind Words

(This episode was recorded on September 19, 2019.)

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The Case Against Fail States

So I’ve been thinking a bit and I’ve decided that video games need to rethink the “game over.” In fact, I think the idea of a fail state in games is an unnecessary holdover from the games where you had lives and continues. Yes, having a game over and having to restart from a certain point adds challenge to the game. But in general, with the way games are developed nowadays, often times the fail state just adds aggravation to what is otherwise a wonderful gaming experience.

The problem, of course, is that most games are based around death. Killing enemies to progress is a large chunk of gameplay loops, and the easiest way to add challenge to the loop is for the enemies to, you know, kill back. Health bars/indicators/numbers are the main tracking agent and when you hit 0, time for a fail state to show you didn’t live up to the challenge!

But, and bear with me here, what if that wasn’t the case? What if we figured out a way for games to keep their challenge but eliminate the need to make the player feel bad because they didn’t shoot the guy with the one-hit KO attack fast enough? What if we eliminated the silly QTEs that if you missing pressing a single button you have to do an entire sequence over again?

I’m going to talk about some games that have recently opened my eyes to how good a lack of a fail state is, and how some games have been hindered because of fail states, and how some games have given you an illusion of a fail state but don’t actually have one and that’s what games should try to live up to.

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Episode 43 – Norman Reedus & Norman Fetus

Another episode of Make Me A Gamer is in the books! We hope you enjoy our witty banter!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Hoverboards vs. Flying Cars

Main Course #1: Tokyo Game Show – Death Stranding & Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Mischief Makers

Main Course #2: Nintendo’s Ring-Con & Ring Fit Adventure, and the Apple Arcade

TMan’s Game of the Week: Creature in the Well

(This episode was recorded on September 12, 2019.)

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Episode 42 – I Can Be Your Keanu

It’s been one whole year of Make Me A Gamer! Join TMan and HarveyZ as they celebrate one year of podcasting by doing what they do best – making everything up as they go along!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Genesis Mini vs Switch Lite

New Segments: Topic Thunderdome and the Make Me A Gamer Minute!

Main Course: The Nintendo Direct (Smash Bros characters, Overwatch on Switch) and what co-op games we’ve enjoyed.

TMan’s Game of the Week: Control

(This episode was recorded September 5, 2018.)

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Episode 41 – You Can’t Spoil The Iliad!

It’s almost a Tuesday release! We’re sort of back on schedule after Labor Day Weekend!

This Week on Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Sony vs. Disney

Main Course: A Question From the Question Bucket! – “What are your gaming pet peeves?” (Games discussed include Bloodstained, the Uncharted series, Dark Souls, Overwatch)

TMan’s Game of the Week: The Uncharted series

Random Discussion of the Week: Preferred hot dog condiments?!

(This episode was recorded August 22, 2019.)

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Episode 40 – Don’t Be A Pickle Rick

It’s episode 40 of Make Me A Gamer! That’s 10 away from 50!!! (I can do math!) Another Friday episode because T-Man has been ultra tired and maybe playing games instead of editing podcasts! Enjoy!

This Week on Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies vs. All other Spider-Man movies

Main Course: Washington Justice’s win streak in Overwatch League, and the history of Fire Emblem

TMan’s Game of the Week: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

(This episode was recorded on August 8, 2019.)

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