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Genre: Action / Published by: Sega / Release date: 2008-04-04

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      19.06.2009 20:31

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      Sega Has Done Well

      Condemned 2 Bloodshot is an excellent game...and follows Ethan Thomas as he spirals out of control on Alcohol following the events of Condemned: Criminal Origins. The voice of the character has changed for the second installement, to highlight Ethans change in mental state following his recent history.
      Bloodshot again lets us walk through the damp dark world...using what we can grab to defend ourselves and fight our way to finding Serial Killer X. Playing this game in the dark with surround sound is excellent....i am not ashamed to say that on more than one occassion i jumped out of my skin when i creature emerged from the darkness...or i heard a babys laugh coming from behind me. The gameplay was chilling.....the game definiately created the atmoshphere it desired....and has me desiring the third installement...come on Sega...sooner rather than later.
      The same as the first the graphics are excellent and help create the eery atmosphere that makes us all jump.
      Fantastic 'horro' gaming. Its what Silent Hill wishes it was

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      23.12.2008 13:50
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      Violent action games don't get much better (or violent...) than this!

      As far as violent computer games go, Condemned 2 is pretty much as far down the line as you can possibly imagine.

      A sequel to the equally gratuitious Xbox launch title, Condemned 2 could probably best be described as a horror FPP title - that is, First Person Puncher.

      Whereas in most first person action games (the excellent Mirror's Edge aside) the focus is 99% on the use of firearms to dispach your adversaries, with melee combat as a sort of extreme last resort, in Condemned 2 the melee combat is the raison d'etre.

      The control system is simple, with the left and right triggers used to punch and block, and the L1 button used to perform an outrageous kick. This might sound dull and limited, however, this is excluding two brilliantly implemented beat-em-up influenced factors.

      The power bar at the top of the screen builds as you inflict pain upon your enemies. As you would expect, once it has amassed you can pull off one of a range of stylistic slow motion ultraviolent special attacks. Not for the faint hearted.

      Similarly, there are many many places in the game levels where you can perform 'environment' kills. Just look for the little grey skull - you see that TV over there? Wanna smash a baddie into it face first? How about that industrial saw.... yeah you get the idea. It's gruesome, but undeniably fun.

      Level design in Condemned 2 is similarly grotty, and the designers have done a good job. The world you roam is suitably, well, condemned, as you dispense bloody noses in derelict shops, amusement arcades, old factories, you get the idea.

      For a game concept that may seem a bit base and indulgent, the storyline is surprisingly captivating. The voice acting is great, and throughout you'll meet some memorable characters as the plot grows ever thicker!

      Graphics and sound wise, Condemned 2 is as good as you'd expect from an Xbox 360 game. The detail is great, as are the animations... and they have to be, for a game based so much on gratuitous violent combat! A word of warning though, the visualisation here, both graphically and sonically, is not for squeamish people!

      If you're okay with the violence, the only real problem here is the tacked on multiplayer. Due to the focus being away from guns, multiplayer combat is a confusing mess, and it's not really that much fun. Hopefully one day the two genres will collide, but at the moment this side just aint working.

      Overall, Condemned 2 is a fun and engrossing single player experience. Yes, it's really very graphically violent. But if you like that thing, and you like the idea of roaming around darkened corridors beating people up, you can't get much better a gaming experience than this!

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        26.09.2008 19:57
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        An awesome game but not suitable for everyone

        Condemned 2: Bloodshot is a horror, action, adventure game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Sega. Before I begin my review , I think I should make one thing clear right from the beginning. If you are a soft-hearted person or if you are a kid, then this game is not for you. This game is NOT for softies or kids. This is a scary game which has immense use of gore, blood and brutal violence to an extent you wont imagine unless you play the game yourself. The ruthless brutality in which you will kill or better to say 'squash' your enemies will even give you a chill. Yes you just wont kill people here, but barber them like banging their heads into a spike wall, TV...., shoving their heads into a drilling press machine and tearing the head off etc. But if you are the kind of person who loves this style of gaming, well then this unique horror game has lots of entertainment to offer you. But one thing needs to be said here. This game doesn't rely just on the gore element to measure up as a great game but in fact there are more than one reasons, as to why lots of gamers have simply adored it and have reported a wonderful gaming experience. The reason is simple. Condemned 2: Bloodshot in its own right is simply an awesome game. Even people who would avoid playing this game due to the extreme gore and violence wont be able to deny its credibility. Lets see what makes this game so special :

        1. I personally think Bloodshot has improved upon the first release namely "Condemned: Criminal Origins" in a number of areas. One of them is the melee-oriented combat which in bloodshot is wonderful and realistic. The types of combat that the game allows :

        a. Bare hand-to-hand combat (in Bloodshot you can use both your fists)
        b. Melee weapon combat
        c. Use of firearms (both ranged and short-ranged)
        d. Combat using bunch of some fresh carnage tools like
        saws, lollipops, deer antlers, medieval swords, paper cutter blades etc.

        In bare hand-to-hand combat you also have powerful combo attacks and special finishing moves which are very effective.
        But the most notable of all, you can use the environment around you to aid your carnage and brutally squash your enemies like dragging them to a washing machine and pushing their heads in, banging their heads into a TV screen, tossing them into the flames of an inferno and in several other brutal ways.

        2. Condemned 2: Bloodshot has also improved on the game's forensic investigation part compared to its predecessor and infact made it more challenging and interesting.

        3. Another thing to talk about Bloodshot is the atmosphere that is maintained throughout the game. The game offers a grim and nail-biting atmosphere with nasty surprises time and often.

        4. The AI of computer controlled players is quite good and tricky which contributes to challenging fights.

        5. The in-game graphics is simply awesome and fits perfectly with the atmosphere.

        6. The in-game music and sound are truly noteworthy and one of the multiple assets of this game. So is the wonderful voice-acting.

        However the multi-player mode of the game doesn't appeal as much as the single-player mode.

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          09.09.2008 16:20
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          A worthy sequel, if a bit too similar.

          The launch of the Xbox 360 showed some impressive games. From Project Gotham Racing 3 to Perfect Dark Zero to Kameo: Elements of Power, plenty of games launched with the Xbox 360 got their time to shine with the beginning of the next-generation. But there was one game in particular that was a bit ignored and underrated by many people and that game was Condemned: Criminal Origins. It got repetitive near the end, but by then the game had ended. But it looked impressive, sounded excellent, had some of the most brutal melee combat ever made and was scary. It took them three years but Condemned 2: Bloodshot was finally released back in April. Does it scare or will you turn the lights back on and throw this game away?

          -(The Story)-
          Condemned 2 picks up nearly a year after the first Condemned game, Ethan Thomas is the ex-FBI member who after seeing some horrific things in the last game, quit the FBI and took his life into the slums as he drinks away the remainder of his life. After a distress phone message is sent to the police, asking for Ethan Thomas, they catch up to him and convince him to help them find this person. Condemned had a great plot behind its back, and Condemned 2 doesn't have a bad one either. The problem with the story is that characters can be unrecognisable because of the better graphics and changed voice-overs. Some of the events in Condemned 2 are ridiculous, and at the half-way point the game struggles to keep its momentum. And, sadly, the game goes in a different direction which isn't good at all.

          -(The Controls)-
          Condemned 2 has a very similar control mapping as its predecessor. The flashlight can be turned on and off with a touch of the B button, the A button is pretty much the action button where you pick up items, open doors and respond to characters with the A button, X pulls out your forensic tools and Y is to check your health and ammo. The changes mostly come with the changes to combat itself, where instead of the right trigger for attacks and the left trigger to block, both triggers are to attack and to block you must hold down both triggers. You can activate special attacks by pressing a trigger twice. Some changes aren't for the better, as moving the sprint button to the left bumper was a bad move. For the most part though, the controls are solid.

          -(The Gameplay)-
          Condemned 2's level design is pretty much the same as the first game. Condemned 2 is split up into 11 levels, each of which are linear and so dark that it's almost claustrophobic. The game is persistently keeping you in the first-person view during the game's levels, so whether you're falling down a pair of stairs, taking a tumble after a ladder falls over or even being eaten by a bear you will always be in the first-person view. This is cool because the game is very immersive. The only time you'll be out of the first-person view is during the non-interactive cut scenes in between levels. When you complete levels you are rated with medals. Depending on how well you played throughout the level, including combat and investigation, will earn you a higher medal and give you rewards like a stun gun, silent movement and more. It encourages replay value and can be quite addictive as you replay levels to earn gold medals.

          What made the first game a hit was its brutal melee combat, and that's the same for Condemned 2. Anything can be used as a weapon here, whether it's a pipe, sledgehammer, fire axe, 2x4 with nails dug in, a foosball piece, a Molotov cocktail or even an invisible pair of antlers, there are plenty of ways to dispose of your enemies in Condemned 2. It's a brilliant feat to include so many weapons in Condemned 2, and getting access to them is easy as you just pick them up in levels. You can use pretty much anything in the level as a weapon, which is awesome. Thankfully, this time around you can also use your fists in case you are unarmed, which is a good addition.

          The issue last time around was that there wasn't much depth to combat. You literally mashed the right trigger, only changing your weapons as you went through the game, rather than your tactics. Thankfully, Condemned 2 has some great new additions that add depth to combat. This time around you have to attacks-a left and right attack. You can mix these up to form combos as well as use moves like the sprint to do certain attacks like Bum Rush. As you perform attacks and combos, you build up a meter which, when one block is full, will let you perform a finisher which corresponds with a quick time event. You must hit the triggers when they show up on the screen or else the move will fail and you'll lose the meter.

          Another new addition is the environmental attacks. When you happen to do enough damage to an enemy they sometimes go into a state of dizziness, after which you can grab an enemy, drag them over to an object in the environment and kill them using that. Whether it's ramming their head into a television, squashing their heads with a vice or flushing their head into a toilet, the environment special moves are pretty cool. Unfortunately, they replace a cool aspect of the first game-the hand-to-hand finishers. It was satisfying to pull of moves like snapping someone's neck, head butting them to death or simply slamming them to the ground, but in Condemned 2 you can't do that. Also, some sick, twisted people may find ways of killing to be missing, though that's pretty nitpicky.

          The melee combat works well in one-on-one scuffles, where the A.I. does a pretty decent job of defending and attacking. Some enemies can be so tough that it can take a few minutes to kill them while they take chunks of damage off you. However, if you happen to get into a scrap with multiple enemies, the game is suddenly broken. Enemies will surround you and you'll have to mash the triggers hoping you take out enemies before they take you out. You can also run away and let them attack each other, though usually when you run away the A.I. is revealed as a joke. They will run around aimlessly until you enter their area and then they will attack again. It's pretty good when they attack each other, if a bit cheap, but the moments when the A.I. messes up are shameful.

          There's also gun combat in Condemned 2, but it's quite weak. Weapons don't feel powerful, mainly because of the lame gun effects for them. They do quite a bit of damage though, but it's not satisfying to use gun combat at all. There are some levels that revolve around shooting which feel ripped out of F.E.A.R. with bland corridors and dull offices. You'll use shotguns, assault rifles, pistols and even a crossbow, but it's sort of useless when all the weapons are as powerful as each other, when a shotgun surely is more powerful than a pistol. There is a bit of a twist in Condemned's gunplay in which if Ethan doesn't drink alcohol regularly then his aiming will be poor and you probably won't get a decent aim on anyone. It doesn't affect melee combat sadly.

          A great improvement to Condemned 2 is the investigations. In the first game, investigations were simplistic puzzles with no challenge or skill required with only the occasional investigation which were different, but only because they were optional. The new investigations add more challenge and require more thought than last time. This time you must choose from multi-choice options which if answered wrong will mean you fail the investigation and, in turn, get a lower medal at the end of the level. You will use your investigation tools from before like your camera, UV Light and Gas Spectrometer. The puzzles are quite challenging, as sometimes puzzle solutions aren't all that obvious. However, if you do find the correct solutions and get a perfect rating on investigations you will be on your way to a gold medal.

          There are also other improvements to Condemned 2 like a GPS to help you show the way to the objective through the dark levels. However, all the improvements in the world can't help make you feel Déjà Vu. Condemned 2 feels very much like its predecessor. If you played the original, you'll already know what it feels like to pick up a pipe and smash someone in their face. And the new combat additions don't exactly help you stop feeling déjà vu. Also, the game starts to lose some of its momentum as you play through, with the plot going into a poor direction and the game starting to feel a bit repetitive, especially if you completed the first Condemned recently. However, if you haven't played the first game, these might not be issues.

          However, one new addition to Condemned 2 is online multiplayer. There are four modes in Condemned 2 which can be played on either Xbox Live or System Link. There are the standard deathmatch and team deathmatch modes to accompany two more unique modes. The first is Bum Rush, where the bums try to take out the SCU member and the SCU member is armed with guns trying to survive. The other, Crime Scene, is where the thugs must prevent SCU members from finding these crates with heads in them. The crazy people can stop them doing this by moving the crates or putting these objects to stir up their equipment. If the modes worked, then this could have been great fun thanks to the melee focused combat, but sadly, the games are plagued by lag and you might have some trouble finding people to play with. It's a good idea, and can be fun for a few games, but not much else.

          The game is rated 18+ for strong bloody violence. I think my comment about squashing heads in the vice pretty much explains it all. With Ethan being an alcoholic there's plenty of alcohol references and strong language. Also, some moments in the game are scary so if you're a horror fan then play this in the dark. Not a game for kids.

          -(The Graphics)-
          Condemned was an impressive game at launch, though most people will say that it looks dated now. It has been nearly three years since it was released though. Condemned 2 looks better in quite a few respects. Character models are more detailed and animate more fluidly, lighting is even better than before, environments look a bit more detailed with less blurry textures and the games overall fidelity is better. Cut scenes in between levels look nice, with some good effects to creep you out. However, there are quite a few visual pull-over effects from the first game including some of the blurry weapon models from its predecessor, blurry textures for some objects and some weird visual effects that distract more than impress. Also the frame rate can chop up quite a bit when you happen to do some things like, say, blow someone's head off with a shotgun. As the detailed effect occurs, the frame rate just can't handle it. For the most part, however, Condemned 2 looks impressive.

          -(The Sound)-
          Ambience is once again Condemned's greatest feat. As you go through the dark environments you're only help will be to listen and the sound is great on this front. The crisp sound means you'll be able to hear things like people walking around upstairs, opening doors and many subtle sounds that add tension and surprise. The music is atmospheric in that there isn't much of it meaning the game is so tense because all you can hear is the footsteps of the guy upstairs. Weapons sound different depending on which one you're using and the sound of a baseball bat or pipe crunching into a hobos skull is a really treat. However, the lone sore spot of the sound is the gun effects, which sound weak compared to the rest of the sound. Pistols and Shotguns sound like cap guns and rarely entice you. You won't use this much though, unless you're in FPS mode.

          -(The Replay Value)-
          Condemned 2 is about as long as the first game. That being you could probably blow through the single player campaign in about a weekend. Its brief, to say the least, but that said the game is like the original where just as the combat was about to get annoying, the game ended. Condemned 2 does have more value over the original though, thanks to new modes. There's a special FPS mode where you play through the single player starting with guns and unlimited ammo for those shooter freaks, which can be some decent fun. There's also a Bloodshot Fight Club with some decent challenges and a practice arena to improve your skills. The achievements in Condemned 2 are a bit weak. There are 38, which might not sound tough, but the explanation for the achievements is poor and unclear, meaning you will probably randomly get achievements without even realising how to do it. If you are an achievement whore, you'll probably need a guide for help.

          -(The Score)-
          Controls 9
          Gameplay 8
          Graphics 8
          Sound 9
          Value 7
          Overall 8.2

          -(The Conclusion)-
          Condemned 2 is a great sequel to one of the most underrated launch titles on the Xbox 360. The game features stunning visuals and sound, a brutal atmosphere and chilling horror and plenty of brutal, fun moments. However, this sequel also feels quite similar to the first game, despite some of the new gameplay tricks up its sleeve. Also about half way through the game suddenly loses its momentum and, sadly, doesn't end very well. Top that off with weak new multiplayer as well. This isn't enough to detract too much from the game, but the minor issues build up a bit. In the end though, Condemned 2 lives up to its predecessor and the minor issues here don't break the game at all. If you loved the original then this is a must and if you haven't played the first game, buy that then play through this as well as they are both great.

          -(The Extra Info)-
          This was published by Sega/Warner Brothers Games and was developed by Monolith.
          This was released on April 4th and is also on PS3.
          This is available from Game.co.uk for £24.99

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            24.08.2008 16:52
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            Good if you have the stomach for it

            Condemned two Bloodshot, is A action horror game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

            In this game you take over your role as Ethan from the previous games. If you thought the first game was violent and gruesome this one takes it to all new levels.

            The combat is still very satisfying and is mostly melee combat, you use objects from all around the world, planks of wood, toilet seats, and so on to beat your enemies to a pulp.

            This game has an incredible atmosphere as the enemies are genuinely terrifying, they will knock things over and shout crazily as you approach which can really make you jump!

            The new feature in this game is the ability to stun an enemy and then use objects in the environment to kill them, for example you can use a drill to finish off an enemy, very bloody.

            This is a good follow-up of the first game and fans should pick this one up. It should cost you around £30.00.

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            12.08.2008 13:09
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            This game is not for the faint hearted

            Condemned is a gruesome and gory game. The game boasts a fantastic storyline, fit for a good novel with twists and turns you just wouldn't anticipate. The main character Ethan Thomas continues his forensic and detective work investigating crime in the city. Just when you think you answered one question you ask many more.

            Visual and sound complement each other very well. The game uses meagre lighting with sombre textures and visuals to create a depressing atmosphere. The sound adds to the creepy nature with moments of silence just to get you on the edge of your seats. It feels more like watching a horror movie.

            The games violence is almost insane. The numerous ways of killing someone such as impaling them through spikes in the game is so vicious and makes me wonder what kind of people made this game.

            I feel the game could have done with a bit of lightening up and not always have dramatic or dark and dreary places. If you play this game for a while you can feel the depression wearing of into you. However, the mystery of the crimes doubled with a plot that cannot be guessed keeps you focused.

            The online game play is decent. You will be part of a team that has to conceal evidence as well as possible or part of a team that has to track it down. Initially it is quite exciting but after a while you grow impatient and bored. The online mode could have done with a bit more variety also lag online makes you think your playing on a PS2 or Xbox.

            The graphic images of gory killings and blood spurting over objects and walls may appeal to some. To those of you who don't like anything of this nature its best to stay away. The campaign is quite short in terms of hours of game play, normally I would have complained about that but I am secretly glad to put this one down.

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              19.06.2008 12:54
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              A fast paced horror game, a must buy!

              The original condemned was designed to creep you out. It managed to put you into Depressive environments and have you worrying about the dark path ahead. It was a launch game for the xbox360 and really created its own horror genre.
              Now the sequel Condemned 2: Bloodshot is here just waiting in stores to freak you out even more.

              Bloodshot carries on directly were the first condemned ended. The main character Ethan Thomas is a forensic investigator in a city killers where the lines of good and bad are very blurred. Not surprisingly after the first game Ethan has fallen prey to the bottle, so now he must not only fight off the demons of the city but the ones in his mind. Bloodshot tells Ethan's grim story, be warned twists are a plenty and you wont see them coming. The story is definitely unique and at time you will be wondering who the enemy exactly is.

              Condemned 2 has eleven missions with plenty of save points along the way, the level design is linear but when your in the pitch black surrounded by creepy noises, the linear path is very welcome.

              The online multiplayer is also unique and fun. One gamemode requires one team to hide evidence and a second team to hunt the evidence down using specialist tools. Condemned2 certainly has more mileage than the first.

              The combat is mostly melee although firearms can be found, with limited ammo. Cleaver, crowbar and toilet seats are among my favorite weapons that can inflict damage. Enemy AI are smart they wont just run at your with their fists, if there is a weapon in site they will pick it up.

              Ethans drinking problem is superbly woven throughout the game. And he will suffer withdrawals if he doesn't get a drink.
              Ethan is a forensic scientist and so the game will present situations were you will need to investigate crime scenes, to find clues and causes of death.

              If you like walking around bum infested slums or seedy rat dens, then you're weirdly going to enjoy this game. This game is creepy, you've been warned!

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