Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a dungeon crawler that looks modern, but acts like a classic. Zen Studios does something new for the studio, emulating games like Legend of Grimlock or Labyrinth before it, but have given it a fresh spin using Central European folktales as the backdrop for its story. Operencia: The Stolen Sun is hampered only by design decisions that don’t give you the freedom of choice that you’re inclined to believe. It is however, a fantastic adventure start to finish with excellent gameplay to back it up.
A director’s job is never done. In the first expansion DLC: The Foundation, it aims to explore the depths of The Oldest House with the Bureau’s newest Director, Jesse Faden. CONTROL blew me away last year, and became my Game of the Year for 2019; which set high expectations for the expansions to follow, and The Foundation does not disappoint. Remedy’s weird, occult narrative-driven shooter is still very much present and accounted for here. It falls short in a few areas, but continues investing in and inventing bizarre problems for Jesse to solve. CONTROL – The Foundation in a lot of ways feels like the second season of a television show: some of the mystery is gone, but you know the characters, and now there’s a rhythm to it that keeps you interested.