Control: Critical Consensus

first_imgControl: Critical ConsensusCritics rave as Remedy’s bizarre supernatural third-person shooter shows the studio “has reached its final form”Brendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 26th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRemedy Entertainment”Control continues the basic formula that Remedy Entertainment has been playing with for all these years — third-person action with a hint of unreality — but it feels like the studio has reached its final form.”That’s a snippet of Mike Williams’ summary paragraph from his USgamer review of Control, which he gave four out of five stars. While the “final form” phrasing was distinctly his own, the sentiment behind it was one we saw repeatedly while surveying the assortment of reviews published Monday for Control.Like the studio’s Alan Wake and Quantum Break, Control has an ambitious narrative bent that sets it apart from the AAA crowd, even if the gameplay tends to rest on some tried-and-true concepts.In Control, players take the role of Jesse Faden, the newest employee of the Federal Bureau of Control, a government agency focused on the supernatural. The FBC’s office is The Oldest House, an impossible building whose layout and obedience to basic laws of physics are frequently shifting. But no sooner has Faden entered the scene than everything at The Oldest House goes haywire — more so than usual — and she tries her best to survive the chaos and make sense of the situation, often through third-person shooter combat.As Edwin Evans-Thirlwell wrote in Video Games Chronicle’s 4 out of 5 stars review, “Stewed in a fondness for eerie Americana built up through games like Max Payne and Alan Wake, it can be triumphantly bizarre. But so much of the game’s design, and so much of Jesse’s purpose within its story, is about reining in the concept and reducing everything to the cleanness and clearness of a third-person shooter.”Christian Donlan supported that assessment in giving the game a “Recommended” nod from Eurogamer, calling it “an obligingly straight-ahead blaster mounted in the most ornate of frames.”For some reviewers, this was a mark against the game. In reviewing the game for The Verge, Andrew Webster said the game’s reliance on cover-based shooter tropes can make it drag.”The problem is that the game relies too much on combat,” Webster said. “Often, enemies would respawn seemingly at random, and I’d be forced to replay simple but tedious combat scenarios multiple times. This discouraged exploration. You can get around the battles somewhat with Control’s fast-travel feature, though, of course, that isn’t really exploring at all. Worse still are some of the boss-like battles, which seem downright unfair, throwing wave after wave of bad guys at you. It’s a frustrating way to slow your progress, and there were times – particularly one egregiously long battle toward the end of the game – where I almost gave up on Control because I didn’t want to replay the same fight for the dozenth time.”Even so, Webster stressed “it’s worth pushing through to see the uniquely uncomfortable world Remedy has created.”Other reviewers had fewer misgivings about the combat. In an 8.8 out of 10 review for IGN, Jonathon Dornbush praised the psychic combat abilities that are a key part of the game’s fighting, in particular a telekinetic ability called “Launch” that lets players pummel enemies with anything in the environment not nailed down.”While it’s not quite the same level of tactile satisfaction as Kratos’ Leviathan axe in God of War, the oomph of hurling heavy objects around with my mind is as close as I’ve felt since,” Dornbush said.Reviewers loved the Launch abilityAnd even though Donlan had had plenty of praise for the Launch ability (and the joy of eliminating enemies by throwing armchairs, photocopiers, and various bits of old, heavy technology at them), he acknowledged how the straight-forward nature of the combat stands in contrast to the story.”There’s a little trickery in the narrative some of the time, but Control refuses to descend into all-out mechanical weirdness for the most part. It never forgets the pleasure of being a shooter above all other things, and with a few exceptions it’s more eager to hit you full-on with architectural beauty than warp your brain with the kind of spatial shenanigans you get in something like Portal.”A number of reviewers also noted the game’s somewhat open structure, where backtracking is required and new abilities will help open up previously inaccessible parts of The Oldest House.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “This isn’t the kind of experience that pushes you in any one particular direction,” Webster said. “There are no big glowing arrows showing you where to go and the mini-map is pretty hard to use. I found myself getting lost a lot, particularly early on, as I stumbled through the confusingly maze-like structure of the Oldest House. But it also felt appropriate. At the beginning, Jesse is a newcomer to this world… You learn alongside her, and it’s very rewarding.”GameSpot’s Peter Brown said that structure also helps give the game a bit of longevity in his 8 out of 10 review, as Remedy filled Control with side quests and things that could be easily missed on an initial playthrough. What’s more, the world Remedy created makes those extra bits more than just busywork.”It’s not often that a game invades my thoughts the way Control has,” Brown said. “I’m at the point where I want to consume every last thing it has to offer. And if I’m honest, it also makes me want to go back and replay Remedy’s past games, too. Sure, it’s a faulty Metroidvania in some respects, but there are so many exceptional qualities afoot that Control handily deflects any momentary ire. I can’t wait to take part in discussions about the game, to see what others have figured out, and to better understand where it all fits into Jesse’s story.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesBeyond Control: What’s next for Remedy?CEO Tero Virtala on Vanguard, the shared universe of the Epic-funded games and why two million sales still doesn’t class Control as a major hitBy James Batchelor 2 months agoRecord year for Remedy despite no new game releasesOngoing success of Control boosts Finnish developer as it ramps up work on next game and two Epic-funded projectsBy James Batchelor 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

More than 1000 New Species Discovered in Southeast Asia in a Decade

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver a thousand new species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia in just the last decade, according to a new report launched by WWF. Discoveries include 519 plants, 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, 4 birds, 4 turtles, 2 salamanders and a toad. The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is estimated thousands of new invertebrate species were also discovered during this period, further highlighting the region’s immense biodiversity. Among the 1,068 species newly identified by science, between 1997 and 2007, were the world’s largest huntsman spider, with a leg span of 30 centimetres, and the startlingly hot pink coloured cyanide-producing “dragon millipede”. While most species were discovered in the largely unexplored jungles and wetlands, some were first found in the most surprising places. The Laotian rock rat, for example, thought to be extinct 11 million years ago, was first encountered by scientists in a local food market, while the Siamese Peninsula pitviper was found slithering through the rafters of a restaurant in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. “This region is like what I read about as a child in the stories of Charles Darwin,” said Dr Thomas Ziegler, Curator at the Cologne Zoo. “It is a great feeling being in an unexplored area and to document its biodiversity for the first time… both enigmatic and beautiful,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Stuart Chapman, Director of WWF’s Greater Mekong Programme. “We thought discoveries of this scale were confined to the history books. This reaffirms the Greater Mekong’s place on the world map of conservation priorities.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

People’s United Bank acquires Vend Lease

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank(link is external), NA, a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), has acquired Vend Lease Company(link is external), a nationwide provider of equipment financing to suppliers and vendors primarily in the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease will become a division of the bank’s operating subsidiary, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.”We are pleased to welcome Vend Lease to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, Chairman and CEO of People’s United Financial. “They share our client-centric approach, have a highly specialized skill-set, and a recognized brand in the markets they serve. The strength of our combined expertise will provide for an exceptional client experience, foster positive growth and be a valuable addition to our growing equipment finance business.””With People’s United and LEAF, we are confident in our ability to accelerate growth from expanded sales resources, strong marketing capabilities and sophisticated technology automation,” said Michael Paszkiewicz, President of Vend Lease. “Leveraging the bank’s expertise in equipment leasing and access to capital will allow us to better serve our clients.”Established in 1979, Vend Lease will maintain their existing brand and operate under LEAF, a $1 billionequipment finance company. Since its founding in 2002, LEAF has financed over $6 billion for more than 250,000 customers nationwide. People’s United’s combined equipment finance units have over $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the U.S.”Our goal is to create a deep network of specialty finance experts who understand the evolving equipment finance industry, to generate an environment that drives growth. The addition of Vend Lease will help us achieve that goal,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman & CEO of LEAF.Keefe, Bruyette & Woods served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United.CrestMount Advisors served as financial advisor and Baker Donelson served as legal counsel to Vend Lease.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with approximately $45 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MO and Orange, CA. From the server room to the office to the factory floor, wherever customers need equipment, we make it affordable. Trusted by nearly 250,000 companies of all sizes across the U.S., LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., with the expanded strength of People’s United Bank, offers customized financing that helps customers solve real problems. When businesses need financing, or need to offer financing – they achieve more with LEAF. Learn more at is external).About Vend Lease CompanyFounded in 1979 and headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease is a premier financial services company that provides nationwide equipment leasing services across many industries, focusing in the hospitality sector. With a commitment to helping its customers obtain the equipment they need to grow their business, Vend Lease strives to satisfy customers beyond expectations with a focus on integrity, professionalism and quality. For more information on Vend Lease, please visit is external).SOURCE People’s United Bank is external)last_img read more

Snowed in: Massive winter front freezes business-as-usual in northeast Johnson County

first_imgThe Winden triplets used matching shovels to help their mom clear the driveway in Prairie Village.The massive winter front that parked over much of the central plains Tuesday ground business as usual to a halt, and it likely to continue hindering it Wednesday and beyond.Reports suggest parts of northeast Johnson County received nearly a foot of snow, with accumulation piling up over nearly a full day of snowfall, hampering street clearing efforts. Prior to the start of the storm, Prairie Village public works director Keith Bredehoeft said the city’s eight plows were planning to start work at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, but warned that the size of the storm would pose challenges to his crews.“Public works departments in this part of the country aren’t really equipped to deal with a storm like this,” he said. “We do ask a little patience.”The street clearing issues were compounded early Tuesday in Fairway where a broken water main on Shawnee Mission Parkway just west of Mission Road blocked part of an eastbound lane. WaterOne crews were able to clear the scene by the early afternoon:WaterOne crews fixed a broken main along Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway.Challenging as the day may have been, the school closures left some time for fun — particularly before the accummulation made the roads increasingly difficult to manage. At SM East, the Riscovallez family relaxed in their car with hot chocolate and homemade pumpkin donuts (…which they were kind enough to share. It was amazing) between stints on the sledding hill:Here’s what sledders Michael and Stella had to say about their day on the slopette:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Today, though, attention turns to clean up. Forecasts don’t call for a temperature above freezing until Saturday, with especially cold air predicted to fall on the area today and Thursday.last_img read more

Represent City on the biggest ride in football

first_imgOn 5-7 June 2020, join over 400 football fans who will be taking part in Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship Football to Amsterdam bike ride. The extremely popular event, now on its 8th year is set to be bigger and better than ever before.Sign up now at and get £25 off registration with the code F2A25.Putting rivalries aside, fans will unite as they ride 145 miles through 2 countries, reaching Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena from their choice of two start locations – either London at the Olympic Park or in Yorkshire at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.Join Paul Parker as he takes on Football to Amsterdam for the second year! “Prostate Cancer UK is a terrific cause and is making huge strides in football and beyond. Events like Football to Amsterdam are playing a massive part in driving change for men but there’s still a lot of work to be done.That’s why I’m calling on football fans across the country to join me on the starting line next summer. With your support, we can help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”This is your opportunity to represent City, meet like-minded people and most importantly raise money and awareness to beat our toughest opponent of all.Find out more.last_img read more