control was easily my Game of the Year in 2019, so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be getting its expansions, a decision unusual for me because I almost never buy DLC. The Foundation, the game’s first story-based DLC, continues Control’s penchant for weird horror with its own signature brand of humor while we delve deeper into the Oldest House. It doesn’t break the mold and completely change up the formula, nor does it deliver a ton of new content, but instead delivers on everything that made the base game so great.
Despite some repetitiveness with the missions, The Foundation does exactly what it needs to: give you more beneath the Oldest House for you to explore while expanding upon the world introduced in the base game. Plus, the stakes are higher than ever. The Astral Plane is bleeding into the Bureau, and it’s only a matter of time before it destroys everything.
The Foundation excels at delivering what made Control so good to begin with. It explores the backstory of the Oldest House and its relationship with the Board and the Astral Plane. Jesse and the Board are at odds throughout The Foundation, and this tension remains even after the story is resolved. Is the story still a bit confusing? Sure. But that’s part of what made me love Control to begin with. It’s almost like David Lynch decided to make a video game. It’s surrealist and bizarre and none of it should make sense and you can’t help but get sucked in.