The Best Games Of 2019

In Control, players take on the role of telekinetic Jesse Faden, director of a paranormal wing of the US government, to navigate a strange building that's larger on the inside and battle an invading army that corrupts reality itself. If nothing else, it's nice to see Remedy Entertainment – developer of supernatural Alan Wake and time-twisting Quantum Break – is maintaining its reputation as a home for big, weird ideas. Thankfully Control delights as an action title too, packing in inventive powers and strange weapon upgrades to get to grips with, and a combat system that rewards balancing the two. It also reinforces 2019 as something of a resurgent year for the 'Metroidvania' format, with the ability to revisit previously blocked off sections and explore new areas as Jesse's abilities evolve adding a refreshingly non-linear approach compared to Remedy's past efforts.Buy now on Amazon

"The Shawshank Redemption." When Andy goes to the library to begin work as Brooks' assistant and Brooks' crow, Jake, is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?" so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him, since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to adapt to this and time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which Writer and Director Frank Darabont praised him. Robbins' improvisation is noticeable, as he watches the bird carefully while approaching it, waiting for it to squawk, and doesn't begin his line until after it does so.