Love Playing Control? Here Are More Games, Shows, And Books You Might Like

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Control is one of the more unique games we’ve seen–there really isn’t anything else like it. Sure, its blend of superhero-like action and Metroidvania-style exploration reminds us of the Infamous series and Batman: Arkham Asylum (both of which you should play), but it’s the supernatural surrealism that makes Control so unique and alluring.

That combination of “What am I seeing?” and “Can I trust what I’m seeing?” is so rarely done with the confidence and mastery that we see in Control. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve already scoured the internet for new experiences that scratch that same itch. That’s why we put together this list of games, movies, shows, books, and more that you should check out after playing Control.

We’re always on the hunt for surreal experiences like Control, so we’ll come back to update this article if anything else catches our eyes. For now, we hope you enjoy our suggestions–feel free to drop your own recommendations in the comments below!

The best games like Control

Alan Wake (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

With its connections to Control–not to mention, the DLC teaser image Remedy recently released–Alan Wake is a no-brainer. It’s an incredible journey about a man searching for his missing wife while battling supernatural forces and small-town folk questioning his sanity. | Mat Paget

Xbox One/360 at Amazon

Xbox One/360 at GameStop

PC at Steam

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

The follow-up to Alan Wake, American Nightmare explores what’s going on with the protagonist after the first game. While not the satisfying conclusion some hoped for, it’s still worth playing for anyone who wants to spend more time in this universe. | Mat Paget

Xbox One/360 at Xbox

PC at Steam

Quantum Break (Xbox One, PC)

This Remedy game released between Alan Wake and Control and isn’t as linked into the larger fiction, but Quantum Break feels like a proving ground for a lot of the gameplay ideas that make Control feel great. It’s also a weird, science-heavy time travel story with lots of similar elements and plenty of cool story stuff to uncover. | Phil Hornshaw

Xbox One at Amazon

Xbox One Digital at Xbox

PC at Steam

Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Supernatural powers, a huge space station inhabited by monstrous aliens, and a sinister, secretive organization make Prey a compelling adventure that had me hooked from beginning to end. | Mat Paget

PS4 at Amazon

Xbox One at Amazon

PC at Steam

The Evil Within 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Trapped in a shifting mindscape full of unnatural terrors, The Evil Within 2 opens up the ideas of the first game in a more open setting. It’s much more of a horror game, but it still captures the same strange, shifting aesthetic and the weird collision of worlds seen in Control. | Phil Hornshaw

PS4 at Amazon

Xbox One at Amazon

PC at Steam

The best movies like Control

Annihilation

A film adaptation of the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation finds its characters losing themselves in a frightening locale that could have been the setting of an Altered World Event in Control’s universe. It’s built around the same frightening uncanny feeling that makes the game so compelling. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

Stream it with Prime Video

Stalker

Following a writer, a professor, and a guide into a mysterious “zone,” Stalker transforms the familiar and mundane into something altogether foreign and inexplicable. As Control’s Oldest House bends reality, Stalker toys with our expectations of nature. | Mike Mahardy

See it at Amazon

The Resolution

What starts as a simple story of a man trying to forcibly detox his drug-addicted friend takes on a sinister bent as unexplained phenomena start to show the two protagonists their future. Like in Control, there are forces at work beyond human understanding. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

The Endless

Another film by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, The Endless is something of a follow-up to Resolution (in much the same way Control is a follow-up to Alan Wake). It further explores the weird stuff that goes on in Resolution, playing on ideas of unknowable forces intersecting with unsuspecting people, finding themselves suddenly mired in supernatural phenomena. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

Stream it with Netflix

The best shows like Control

Twin Peaks

David Lynch’s masterpiece has influenced Remedy’s work in the past, and it’s certainly got “weird” covered in spades if that’s what you find yourself craving post-Control. Season 3 is most like the game with its focus on governmental investigations, but make sure to start at the very beginning for a strange, wild ride. If finishing Control has kept your mind busy with devising theories, just wait until you watch Twin Peaks. | Chris Pereira

See it at Amazon

Stream it with Prime Video

Stream it with Netflix

The Twilight Zone


Image: CBS.com

Remedy has clearly drawn a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone over the years (Alan Wake’s Night Springs is essentially a short-form riff on it). The show is full of stories of people getting wrapped up in the unexplained, as it uses all kinds of supernatural, paranormal, and just plain strange phenomena to explore the human condition. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

Stream it with Prime Video

Stream it with Netflix

Dark

Dark follows the characters of a small town as they struggle to unravel a murderous conspiracy that spans decades. The twisting story goes to some–ahem–dark places, and is mired in the same frightening dread Control trades in as its characters try to wrap their heads around the things happening to them. | Phil Hornshaw

Stream it with Netflix

The X-Files

If the investigation of paranormal phenomena and government cover-ups in Control appeal to you, The X-Files–with its mixture of horror and comedy–should be right up your alley. | Chris Pereira

See it at Amazon

Stream it with Hulu

Fringe

A slightly lighter follow-up to The X-Files, Fringe leans hard into the idea of other dimensions crossing over into our own, bringing all kinds of weird and spooky stuff with them. Fringe is kind of like what one imagines the Investigation wing of the Federal Bureau of Control gets up to out in the world. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

The best books like Control

The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer’s trilogy focuses on the investigation of an AWE-like event. Starting with Annihilation, the books deal with the incredibly strange things its characters encounter, and more importantly, how the characters are changed by those things–in more ways than one. | Phil Hornshaw

(Note: Area X (pictured above) compiles all three books.)

See it at Amazon

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Intertwining two stories, House of Leaves deals with a character who finds a document called the Navidson Report, which details people investigating a house that’s larger inside than outside. The building’s shifting walls and interior labyrinth sound a lot like Control’s Oldest House, while the story also deals with the increasingly unnerving effects the report has on its reader. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

The Secret History of Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost

The Twin Peaks books by series co-creator Mark Frost are incredibly interesting reads for any fan of the show. It’s a lot like reading Control’s in-game documents; the two books reveal details about characters, places, and events that fill in the blanks of the wonderfully weird world of Twin Peaks. | Mat Paget

See The Secret History at Amazon

See The Final Dossier at Amazon

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell again uses multiple protagonists and time periods to tell a larger story, but this one is decidedly more paranormal. The Bone Clocks concerns immortal creatures, psychic phenomena, and more things you’d expect to read about somewhere in redacted Bureau memos. | Phil Hornshaw

See it at Amazon

The best podcasts like Control

Welcome to Night Vale

Presented as a community radio broadcast in a strange desert town where the supernatural or odd are treated as normal, Welcome to Night Vale seamlessly blends together humor, drama, and the bizarre. The very beginning of the podcast is the best place to start, but the standalone novels are a fine place to dive in as well. | Chris Pereira

Listen at Welcome to Night Vale

See Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel at Amazon

Alice Isn’t Dead

Alice Isn’t Dead is a disturbing but endearing road trip adventure that stars a young woman looking for the wife she thought she had lost. Much like Control, it supposes a version of the world we know where much more is going on than the average person realizes. | Chris Pereira

Listen at Night Vale Presents

See Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel at Amazon

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