How long to beat Control is one of the biggest questions surrounding the game at this point – apart from “is it any good”. If you’re interested, you’re probably wondering how many hours you’ll get to sink into it before you’ve wrung it dry. Or perhaps you’re asking how long it’ll take to finish just the main story, so you can jump onto the next thing. If you’re wondering about the game’s length, this guide will show you how long to beat Control main story, side missions.
The official estimate, coming from communications director Thomas Puha, is that the average player will need around 10-15 hours to complete the main story. That includes doing the odd side mission and not worrying about collectibles. However, we’ve heard reports about people needing around 8 hours for the story alone. If you’re not interested in exploring, that’s probably the shortest amount of time you can spend with the game.
On the other hand, there is a lot to do beside the story. There are eighteen side missions and more than two hundred collectibles. The devs claim you might need around 20 hours if you’re a completionist, but we’ve heard of players needing around 30-35 to collect each thingamajig, complete every side quest and obtain every single trophy.
Control difficulty settings
There are no difficulty settings in Control. Everyone gets the exact same experience, in that regard at least. While that might be a downer if you were hoping you’d get to tweak the challenge according to your skill level and amount of free time, there’s an upside here as well. There’s no reason to replay the game, and no achievements tied to beating it on a certain difficulty, which means your first playthrough will likely be your last as well.