#4 The Sinking City
The Sinking City is a new video game title that released in 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while Nintendo Switch owners are receiving the game next week. If gaming on the PC is your preferred choice then you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the game as it’s slated to release at some point in 2020. Within The Sinking City, players follow a new Lovecraftian style video game with players taking on the role of an investigator named Charles W. Reed. This private investigator receives a plea of help and it will prove to be his greatest case yet.
Set in the 1920s, a town in Massachusetts has ended up dealing with the occult and its proved to leave this place in shambles. A flood has struck the city, people are vanishing, and its begun to create mass hysteria to those that dwell within the town. Something is out there, what it is and what it’s after is unclear, but hey that’s what you’re here for right?
There’s a bigger play on the horror aspect of The Sinking City while, in my opinion, Control is more of a tense game leaving you in a bit of suspense at times. You very well may view this game as more of a survival horror title with an open-world to explore, gather resources and unlock clues.
#3 Deadly Premonition Origins
Okay, I know what was said earlier in this post, we’re trying to stick with video game titles that are a bit newer and available on a current-generation platform. Deadly Premonition doesn’t really fit that bill as it’s pretty dated today, but that was until the video game received a new port out of the blue for the Nintendo Switch. It’s called Deadly Premonition Origins, but for the most part, it’s the original game which players can enjoy right now in preparation for the Deadly Premonition sequel.
This is a game that is often referred as Twin Peaks the video game and if you’re not familiar with Twin Peaks then we can’t be friends. But in all honesty, Twin Peaks is a television series that got its start back in the 1990s and was only just recently picked up again for a limited run series through Showtime. In Deadly Premonition, players step into the role of a young FBI agent who is sent to a small town in North America in order to solve a mysterious murder.
As you enter the town it’s clear that things are a bit offbeat and the deeper you dig the real horrors of the town being to show itself. It’s your job and duty to solve the crime which will have players going through the hostile supernatural creatures that flood the town in order to solve the perplexed case.
#2 Quantum Break
Can you blame us for putting down Quantum Break? It’s a video game title developed by the same folks behind Control so if you’re really wanting the same kind of vibe from Control you can’t go wrong with hitting up Quantum Break. This is a third-person action-adventure title that is a bit unique in the sense that it’s part video game and part live-action series. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go over the main game narrative.
Quantum Break sets players up in a fictional university where a group of individuals, one of which being our protagonist Jack Joyce, conducts an experiment. Things don’t go as plan leaving Jack alongside our main antagonist of the narrative, Paul Serene, with time-manipulating powers. With a rift building between the two, it’s clear that Jack must stop Paul from potentially ripping time apart altogether.
As mentioned, this game features a live-action series as well with players getting to sit through a couple of episodes that further progress the plot. As such, if you’re a narrative junkie and crave a rich and vivid story then you may want to give this game a shot. Published by Microsoft Studios, you can only get the game on either Xbox One and PC, but because it released back in 2016, you’ll likely find a good deal.
#1 Alan Wake
Again, you can’t blame us if our top pick goes to Alan Wake and I think it’s one game that most people are going to compare Control with. In a lot of ways, they play somewhat similar with a narrative journey that slowly unfolds as you progress forward rather than unleashing a full plot point right away. Likewise, Alan Wake plays out quite a bit like a cinematic experience which we’ve come to expect from the development team Remedy Entertainment. Both follow a story where players are mainly on their own dealing with a supernatural enemy that lurks within the in-game world.
If you happened to miss Alan Wake when it first released then let’s get you a bit acquainted. Alan Wake is a young man who holds a world renown status for his best-selling mystery novels. After hitting some serious writers block for his next novel, our protagonist is in desperate need from a break of life in the bustling city. Alan along with his wife head to a small town called Bright Falls, a location that was meant to be a place of relaxation and tranquility. Shortly into their stay, Alan’s wife disappears and it’s become a quest to track her down.
It’s during this search that Alan finds pages of a book he doesn’t remember writing and that clearly something unnatural is hunting him down. With the use of a flashlight and an old revolver, players must battle against these supernatural creatures and locate Alan’s missing wife. Much like Control, this is a third-person action-adventure game mixed with being a psychological thriller. This is one of the older games on our list as well but you can still pick up a copy for the PC platform. In fact, if you’re a part of the Epic Games Store scene, you’ve probably already received this game thanks to Epic Games giving away free games weekly.