We rather like Control here at Push Square Towers, but it's hard to ignore the game's technical shortcomings. It generally looks great and plays well, but things have been slowing to a crawl whenever combat gets a little too heated. The frame rate drops to single figures at times, the map has struggled to load in properly, and it's put a bit of a dampener on the overall experience.
Remedy Entertainment has been working hard to, er, remedy this situation, and yesterday released patch 1.03. The main goal of this major game update is to improve the game's dodgy performance, but has it really worked? The answer is a frustrating yes and no.
Playing on a standard PlayStation 4, Control has been frustratingly choppy -- mainly, as mentioned, during combat. After installing the recent patch, there are some improvements. The map loads in properly now, which is handy, and frame rate issues have definitely been lessened to a degree. However, the game is still noticeably framey when all hell breaks loose.
It's not the end of the world. As we've said, we really enjoy playing Remedy's latest; it has some good ideas, fun combat, and fantastic atmosphere. It's just a shame that the Finnish studio hasn't been able to optimise the experience properly. Patch 1.03 is a step forward, but there's still a lot of room for improvement.