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.
In 2011, Koji Igarashi and a small team launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a contemporary successor to the golden age of Castlevania games; a true successor to Symphony of the Night. The campaign was a resounding success, and after a long development cycle with multiple delays, a lukewarm beta period for backers and a complete overhaul of the game’s art, at last Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is released and available to the masses, and it is spectacular.