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Weekly PC download charts: Good launch for ‘Control’, renaissance for ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Dead by Daylight’, ‘Slender’

/ 07:40 PM September 03, 2019
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Cover art for “Control”. Image: courtesy of 505 Games via AFP Relaxnews

Action-adventure game “Control” has been hailed for its distinctive visual style and blend of “Star Wars”-style powers with otherworldly and Lovecraftian elements.

The game has players assume the identity of a secret agency’s newest director, while a supernatural breach manifests throughout the imposing building.

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Having launched as a 12-month exclusive for the Epic Game Store (EGS), it does not appear on Steam’s chart for now, but pops up on the Humble Store, which is an authorized reseller of EGS game keys.

The one-versus-many online survival-horror games “Friday the 13th” and “Dead by Daylight” also enjoyed a resurgence on Humble.

The former is based on the 1980 slasher movie of the same name, in which hockey-masked Jason Vorhees terrorizes a summer camp. Meanwhile, the latter was made independent of any particular horror film, and has managed to tie up deals with a number of them as a result.

Thanks to those post-release updates, “Dead by Daylight” players with extra money to spend can play as, or flee from, any number of iconic antagonists, from Freddie (“Nightmare on Elm Street”) and Leatherface (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) to a Demogorgon from “Stranger Things” in this month’s update.

Itch.io’s most popular download, the free “Slender – New Hope”, continues the horror theme, this time looking to 2012 success “Slender: The Eight Pages” and the urban legend spook Slender Man for inspiration.

Graphical updates, better artificial intelligence, a larger environment to roam around in and plans to implement local and online multiplayer are among its improvements to the classic “Eight Pages” formula.

Next week sees the release of “eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020”, action game “Gears 5”, survival massively multiplayer online game “Greedfall” and the well-hyped “Borderlands 3” which, like “Control”, is to be an Epic Games Store exclusive at launch.

Steam*
1. Remnant from the Ashes
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Valve Index VR Kit
4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
5. Counter-Strike: GO – Starladder Berlin 2019 tournament pack
*Steam chart based on revenue rather than units.

Humble Store
1. Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition
2. Control
3. Friday the 13th: The Game
4. Dead by Daylight
5. Grand Theft Auto V

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Itch.io Top Games
1. Slender – New Hope
2. Flutter
3. The Krusty Cellar
4. Ghost of Tomorrow
5. Inheritance
RGA/JB

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