Last year, Control released and subsequently became one of 2019’s best games in our opinion. The incredibly story driven gameplay and excellent use of graphics made it truly stand out even amongst some really tough competition. The Foundation DLC explores Control’s expanded world of The Oldest House even more by introducing a range of new areas to explore.
Players will take on the role of Jesse Faden once again and this time around, she’s been buffed with some brand new abilities. The Foundation can only be accessed upon completing the main game and reporting to the hotline in the executive sector of the game. The Board get’s Jesse on the line and tells her to immediately head down to the Foundation to investigate what’s going on down there.
Upon arrival at the Foundation Jesse discovers a stone doorway of sorts. Upon touching it, she is thrust even further down into the Foundation where she eventually encounters a broken monolith known as the Nail. However, things are obviously not as they seem and soon enough she’s tasked with repairing the broken Nail. This is where the story really grips you since Jesse is upgraded with a brand new ability by the Board. The Board allows this upgrade in order to assist her with repairing the Nail.
Jesse has a new region of the Oldest House to explore in the Foundation which involves a substantial amount of exploration and collectible gathering. As players explore, they’ll pick up notes and other collectibles which explain some of the Oldest House’s mysterious past. There’s a lot on offer here and fans of the base game will be glad to know that the same level of intrigue maintained throughout the base game is still present here. Why was the Nail damaged? Who damaged the Nail? Why doesn’t the Foundation shift around like the rest of the Old House? These are all questions players will be asking as they continue to press on further and try to repair the Nail.
The gameplay in The Foundation DLC is rather unchanged from the rest of Control. Jesse has access to Foundation DLC specific abilities and these are front and centre throughout this DLC. Without spoiling too much, players will be able to interact with crystal growths and this is key to solving numerous puzzles and getting through platforming sections in the DLC.
The Foundation DLC follows the tried and trusted formula established by the base game and does it well enough to keep you entertained from start to finish. There’s one section in the DLC that particularly stood out thanks to its execution and gamers will be in for a treat when they get to play through it. Especially since it was quite challenging. The overall story of the DLC is great and has an adequate ending that still leaves some questions unanswered which will hopefully be addressed in the final DLC expansion still to be released.
Graphically, The Foundation DLC is gorgeous. The DLC features a lot of dark cave environments but this has been contrasted quite well with the bright white light of Astral Plane itself so as to not be too dark. The rust red sand looks gorgeous and the particle effects are as beautiful as ever. The soundtrack of The Foundation DLC is exceptionally good too with a specific new track that is flat out amazing to listen to.
Overall, The Foundation DLC is worth every cent for fans of Control. It expands upon the already great base game and will keep you entertained for around 5 to 6 hours or more depending on your play style and speed. Highly recommended!
Control Foundation DLC is developed by Remedy Entertainment and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
This Review is based on the PC Version of the game available on the Epic Games Store.
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Control The Foundation DLC
The Foundation Expansion includes new story content and side missions as well as new weapons and mods inspired by the Oldest House's mysterious origins.
Product Currency: GBP
Product Price: 11.99
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