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Genre: Action, Rating: M - (Mature),up to 2 players, Manufacturer: Sega

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      26.04.2012 23:47

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      Scary!

      Right from the start this game scares the life out of you! you visit a serial killer murder scene, creepy, dark, eerie music sets the seen perfectly, here you collect several clues, then its off in search of the killer as it looks like he is watching from within the building.
      When you set off you have nothing but a torch, lighting a small area exactly as a torch would and a hand gun with limited bullets! once these run out you grab anything to hand, conduit, pipe, crowbars, axes and shotguns to name a few. While hunting round the building you are attacked by various drug addicts that live within the building. Sometimes you see these running in front of you / towards you with various weapons in hand, lurking in the dark, other times you just hear them rustling about, breathing in the darkness or kicking something on the floor. You know they are there, close by and then all of a sudden they jump out on you with a piece wood with nails in! this is creepy you know its coming but it still scares the life out of you.
      I read several mixed reviews on this game before buying, most seemed to range from between 6 and 10 out of 10, personally I would go to the higher end, an 9. This is a great game but could be slightly improved in that it is slightly linear, certain areas are big but with many closed areas, others are open and you end up walking round for ages and ages wondering where you are going. I have never played a game like it and would reccomend it, the game is most similar I guess to resident evil.

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      26.12.2009 14:55

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      Tedious...

      In Condemned you play as a cop who ends up framed for murder by a serial killer he has been investigating. There is more to this than meets the eye, as various other characters play games with the protagonist, and something is seriously wrong with the street people, and it is spreading.

      There are some interesting elements in the game and the atmosphere is leadenly oppressive, which seems to be the point.
      The problem is, I just didn't find it that scary for a horror game, and the gameplay can't really make the game stand on its own merits.
      I know that the grimness is partly the point, but together with the mundane gameplay, this is something I really just wanted to be over, frankly.
      I guess the cardinal sin of this particular game is that for most of the time, it's just boring, and I played better games about 5 years ago.

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      27.01.2009 09:59
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      Are you scared of the dark- you might be after this....

      This is the fourth game that I have played on my new xbox360 that I got last year in part with some of my Dooyoo points, but the first of my games that I have both finished and decided to review. It also ranks as one of the best games that I have ever played and certainly ranks high on my xbox experiences so far.

      You play Ethan Thomas (wasn't that the name of the guy in Mission Impossible? As played by Tom Cruise?), an FBI agent who specialises in hunting down serial killers. Your current case is The Match-maker killer and the game opens with you attending one of his crime scenes in the dead of night. A body has been found posed in a run-down derelict building (something that soon becomes a theme of the game) and it is here that the game introduces you to one of the most original touches that I have ever come across in a console game; you are supplied with a selection of forensic tools so that you can gather clues in situ and transfer the evidence via mobile phone to your colleague, Rosa, back in the lab. This adds a highly unique touch to what might otherwise have become a fairly standard survival-horror piece, though lining up samples for collection occasionally can be tricky at first and can get a little tiresome in the early stages.

      As the game progresses, you find yourself framed for the murder of two of your fellow officers and on the run from your colleagues whilst tracking down a uber-serial killer X in a bid to clear your name. You are aided in your efforts not only by Rosa, illicitly using her lab to process your sample evidence but also by a mysterious man named VanHorn. What he has to do with everything is slowly revealed but you can bet your bottom dollar that he is involved in your investigation right up to his balls!

      In 360Gamer magazine recently, this was named as one of the 360's scariest games and though it is not always scary, it does have it's moments on more than one occasion when you are made to jump out of your skin. Most of the levels are pitch black apart from your flashlight, ala the X-files, and there is nothing worse than patrolling through the dark only to have your screen flash red as you are attacked from behind or to turn a corner to find a maniac junkie bearing down on you with a piece of two-by-four! Your viewpoint is first person and this only serves to make the game more jumpy and believable. One of the scariest levels for me was one in the subway tunnels under the city where you are beseiged by what appear to be clones of the little girl from the Ring movies. Seeing one of them striding through the dark towards you carrying a fire ax or other nasty damage wielding weapon is real brown trousers time and there are some levels you will find yourself replaying again and again. Thankfully, on normal setting, there is plenty of health in handy first aid boxes scattered arounf=d the levels. If you can stay alive long enough to reach them that is....

      The controls are easy to master and the visuals very, very good. One flaw is that in replay you cannot skip the cut scenes but this is my ONLY complaint. Achievements are easy to rack up and, in my first play-through, I managed to get 40 out of 50 with little worries; most of these are obtained by collecting dead birds or pieces of metal and some of the achievments that I missed relate to the fact that, in the later levels, some of these get pretty tricky to find. That said, this is one of the easiest games I have played so far to gather those valuable Gamerpoints that show how good and experienced a gamer you are to others once you go Live.

      Initial levels are fairly easy but, by the time you get mid-way through the game, it does begin to get harder as more and more enemies beseige you. By the time you reach the game's climax with no flashlight and no handy taser to subdue the biggest bad guys ( did I forget to mention you get a nifty taser? The only downside to this is waiting for it to recharge when more junkies and loonies are rushing to attack you but it works well at stopping attackers in their tracks!), the game is throwing all it's got at you in a bid to stop you completing the game. Thankfully there is no shortage of weapons as pretty much any debris lying around can be used as a melee weapon and this, in itself, completes one of the achievments; using every different piece of debris in the game!

      What appears to be a straight forward crime-solving game also becomes much, much more the further you progress and the story is one of the best I have witnessed in all my years of game-time and as good as any hollywood movie. Overall, this is a supberb game and leaves the gamer gasping and desperate to play it's follow-up, Condemned 2!!!!!

      There is no multi-player or co-op but that for me is a good thing as it means you can get all the achievments in single-player. One of my pet peeves about 360 games is that, of the 50 achievments allocated per game, normally 10 of them are only obtainable in multi-player. This game doesn't have that and it is not missed though you do need to play the game at least twice to get all achievments or at least the last level and there is only one ending so the outcome never changes. That said this is an oldie but a goodie and definetly a game Xbox360 gamers need to be playing!

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        23.10.2008 14:49
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        A great scary game, really captured what makes something chilling!

        Turn off the lights and crank up your surround sound for this game, it's going to keep you on the edge of your seat with the hairs on the back of your raised!

        I love scary films, something games (apart from bioshock and oblivioun) have managed to capture. Isn't the suspense great when you don't know what's around the corner? You know something is there, you can see a shadow or hear it breathing.

        The game is a first person shooter using CSI style tactics to find your way around levels. You need to do certain things to unlock doors and passageways, whilst always looking over your shoulder for the bloody scary enemy.

        You use a series of weapons, crowbars, hammers, bins and all sorts! There is so much variation to the game of routes to take which all effect the outcome.

        You don't automatically regenerate health, THANK YOU! A game which requires you to find health packs to survive, store them in your Itenery.

        The game is spooky, that's what it is! Playing it in a dark room will have you holding your breath listening out for footsteps.

        The A.I. is vey good also, the enemies run away and hide, come from different direction, regroup and come at you in numbers, bloody fantastic.

        Then there's the gore! Not for the faint hearted!

        The camera is excellent and realistic, when you move the camera moves 'with you'. If walk up steps, it jolts! With every footstep you take it will sway, increasing speed when you sprint.

        Overall a 9/10. Lack of multiplayer would have made it utterly awsome!

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        28.08.2008 23:43
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        Great game, but is old now.

        Condemned: Criminal Origins is a first person survival horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 published by Sega and developed by Monolith. It was released at launch with the Xbox 360 in the UK.

        You play SCU (Serical Crime unit) agent Ethan Thomas who is framed for the murder of a couple of cops that he didn't commit. The city that it all takes place in is overrun by psychotics, which obviously get in your way to clear your name.

        The game itself isn't the prettiest games i've ever played, but it doesn't look bad at all. The game itself is most comprised of you going around the city trying to solve the mystery of the murder you were framed for. You get to use your forensic tools that you have as an SCU agent. Which help to mix it up nicely.

        You are mainly fighting melee combat against the psychotic people. Most of the time you are walking around a dark building, and all you can hear are noises around you. This all makes for an incredibly emmersive gaming experience. So many times i was playing this game and things were jumping out at me and making me jump out of my skin. Just wondering around sometimes and hearing noises is enough to make you tense while playing.

        Overall i really enjoyed playing Condemned. I recently started the 2nd one and am hoping to just as an enjoyable experience.

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        24.08.2008 05:31
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        Great game.

        Condemned Criminal Origins is a Action Horror game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

        In this game you play as a policeman who does CSI like detective work. This gets you into all kinds of situations where lunatics tried to kill you.

        The combat in this game is mainly melee, there is some gun play but the guns only have very limited ammo, I'm talking like six shots, but the melee combat is so satisfying you weren't really miss your shooting.

        The enemies in this game are quite terrifying and they will knock things down in a crazed frenzy to get to you, in a fight it is really tense as it is either you or your opponent that is going to die.

        You can use weapons from all around the environment, planks of wood, fire axes, and so on.

        This is a great and scary game not suitable for young children. You can buy it for around £10.00 so fans of action horror should definitely pick this up.

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        21.06.2007 01:08
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        if you loke scary games and great looking games, this is a must have!

        Condemned,
        First off I will say that, I Haven’t completed the game...I fact I only got 2 or 3 levels into it.
        Now this is not because it is rubbish game, far from it, and I will explain my reasons later.

        Graphics, the game is pretty stunning, its light in the right places, dark in the right places, it doesn’t matter what the lighting is, the game still looked great (in the first few levels).

        Gameplay,
        Weapons first,
        Guns!
        Unlike most games there aren’t any ammo pickups in the game. Guns become like disposable cameras, use it, throw it, get a new one, and because of this it makes you think, play and aim a lot more carefully as you don’t know when the next time your gonna have any ammo.

        Melee weapons!
        First off, I will say that guns fit in here as well, mainly because they run out of ammo and you can still smack people round the head with them.

        You will never find your self without or far from a melee weapon, just look on any wall or shelf,
        Waters pipes, rip one out and use it, 2X4 beams, and the lot.

        Each weapon also has its own stats, e.g. damage, and some weapons do take longer to swing than others.

        I love the physics in this game.
        I was walking through a big office level, it was dark, could hardly see anything, couldn’t hear much except background noise water pipes, wind etc.
        I was playing in the dark, sound turned up...and a lone.
        Walking through the offices...there was none at all...no sounds, until I bumped into a shelving unit, all the stuff was knocked off and made one hell of a noise, I jumped like hell. But it was really great.


        Now, I do play a rather large amount of games, new and retro, so it’s not as if I don’t know how to play them.
        But I just couldn’t get into the combat system, primarily blocking,
        Most games you just walk around the levels with block held tightly into the controller and nothing can hit you,
        With condemned though, you cant do that, you have to press block at exactly the right time to parry their blows else their attack goes through.
        With time I could probably master this as it is, truth be told, a pretty simple thing...but i just couldnt do it.

        My friend on the other hand, was perfect at it straight away

        So really the only reason I can’t give this game the marks it really deserves is because of my gaming flaws.... But due to this I couldn’t enjoy and get involved in the game.

        As I said before this review can only be from what I play of the first few levels and who knows in the future I might be able to get the hang of the blocking system and if that happens I will change my review, but for now this is it.

        Some people might be better off renting this first, but if you find it to buy cheap enough I would say, pick it, even like me if you don’t play it very often it is worth it.


        Overall a very good game, don’t let my inability to block put you off

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          10.04.2007 14:45
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          A truly uniqe experience, but one you should not miss.

          Condemned: Criminal origins is the next game made by Monolith Productions and I in the same category as there last game F.E.A.R, survival horror. Is it scary? Well we shall soon see.


          Gameplay:
          You begin the game as a forensic officer investigating a crime seen that was discovered in an old abandoned apartment block. However the suspect is still inside the building and it is up to you to find and stop him, as your team mates have more or less ran for there life, ok so they climbed up a ladder, but its still trying to get away.

          Straight from the off, before you get to fight or even see any enemies you are put into the role of a forensic officer, you need to use various tools to find bits of evidence around the crime scene and then send the data collected back to the lab for analysis. This sort of thing makes the game more atmospheric and makes you feel like you are actually there. These scenes where you need to use the forensic tools are scattered all over the game and really add to the experience, a great feature for the game.

          The combat system in Condemned is also different from any other games that I have seen. The first thing you will notice when you start playing is the fact that you have very, and I mean very limited ammunition for your weapons, there are no ammo pickups in the game, if you run out of ammo you will need to find another gun, either off of an enemy or lying around in a cupboard or desk. However if you do run out of ammo, it does not mean that the weapon is useless, you can just turn it around and start beating the enemies with the handle side of the gun, which is extremely fun.

          This is where the gameplay gets interesting, thats right, the melee weapons. There is a huge number of weapons in the game from a plank of wood with nails in it, a station sign all the way up to a huge fire axe. There are about fifteen different melee weapons in total which may not seem like a lot, but trust me it is, as you will need to play the game through more than once in order to find them all. When using a melee weapon you have two options, attack or block, if you block at the right time, and you need to get the timing right, it will cause the enemy to fall backwards giving you the chance to ram your weapon into the enemies skull. Once you are done battering the enemy to death there are a number of things that ca happen, usually they will just fall to the ground dead, however sometimes they will only fall to their knees, this is the point where you get the option to perform one of four finishing moves, these moves are a more gruesome way of killing the enemy, such as snapping their necks.

          The physics in condemned are very good, you can be walking along and accidentally bump into a bucket or table and it will move according to how t would in the real world, if you knock a bucket on its side it will roll away depending on how the ground is sloped. You can hit nearly any object in the game and it will fly off just how it should. The AI in the game however is not as good as it could be. The enemies will see when they are in trouble and they will then run away and hide behind a pillar or around a corner and then pop out and attack you when you go near, however a lot of the enemies will get confused, and start randomly running away and never coming back or just simply running round in circles, which while is very entertaining, does somewhat ruin the experience. The AI however is a lot better when facing each other, I know this sounds strange, but if you sit back and watch the AI fight each other then it can not only give you a bit of breathing time, it also gives you something that is sometimes spectacular to watch.


          Graphics:
          The graphics used in Condemned are excellent. The surrounding area and the environment that you are in are rendered very well, the walls have darkened areas with blood splattered everywhere, the blood from an enemy that you have just hit round the head with a mallet will fly onto the wall and stay there, making a very realistic experience. The environments are musky and dark, just like you would expect from a survival horror game. The fire effects in the game are impressive but not amazing, there are better fire effects in games such as Call of Duty 2, however the fire effects on one of the weapons is very good, it acts as a torch lighting up the surrounding area, which once again adds to the atmosphere.

          However one of the downfalls of this game is the main characters animation, his face looks more like a cartoon than anything else and does not match with the rest of the game. However the animation and looks of the enemies make up for this. If you are about to hit lets say a hobo in the subway with a fire axe, you can actually see his facial expressions change from anger to fear as the axe comes crashing don towards his face. This adds a whole new level of character interactivity.


          Sound:
          The sound matches the atmosphere and adds to it as well. Just walking along and accidentally bumping into a bucket or walking on top of some glass, will make you either jump or shiver as you will begin to think that there is something stalking you. Not only does your own movement make you turn around and become worried but so does the enemies movement, if you are downstairs in a house, you can actually hear the enemies running around upstairs, this makes you wonder if it is safe or not to go up stairs and adds to the dramatic situations.

          The voice acting in the game is done very well, you can hear it very clearly and the way that they speak also matches what is going on in the game. The enemies voices are also pretty clear and easy to understand, when they are shouting at you telling you to go away, it really makes you feel as though you are there.

          The music in the game once again matches in with what is happening in the game (yes I know you are tired of me saying that now), but it truly does. You may be walking down an abandoned school corridor, then as you step into a classroom some haunting music will start, this lets you know that something is going to happen however it gives you no indication of what it is.


          Longevity:
          The game is not the longest game there is but it does have some replay value. It will take you roughly eight to ten hours to complete on easy and a lot longer on a harder difficulty. The replay value that I spoke of is that there the two different things that you can do at the end, I will not say what they are because that would most likely ruin the game for a lot of you, but they are life altering decisions, and worth playing again to see.


          Price:
          You can pick up condemned fro between £25 and is well worth it at that price.


          Overall Verdict:

          Condemned: Criminal Origins is an excellent game and very atmospheric and will draw you in and make you jump. If you like survival horrors or just want a scare, then pick this game up. It is a great game and one that you should check out.

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            28.03.2007 20:45
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            Good game, But you will probably find yourself trading it in for something different pretty soon

            Dark scenery, intense atmosphere and crazed people roaming the street around every corner. Welcome to the world of Condemned.

            You play the part of an FBI detective, on the trail of a crazed serial killer.The graphics are good, the scenery especially. And this only adds to the very intense atmosphere. For example, you arrive to investigate a murder scene in an old empty building. There is no light other than that from your torch, and all you can hear is the pouring rain and people running on the floor boards above you.

            The gameplay itself is good but can get a little tedious after a while of playing, hitting people with a plank of wood only entertains you for short time.

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