Product Type: Sega Xbox 360 games
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Condemned (Xbox 360)
Member Name: masterpj
Condemned (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Interesting enemies and weapons
Disadvantages: Investigations are more annoying than an interesting part of the game
The age rating for this game is over 12 years old. There is a bit of bad language and violence in the game but I personally wouldn't have a problem with under 12's playing it, there would be very few games available for them to play if we all took notice of the age rating.
You play the character Ethan Thomas, who is investigating murders and crime scenes. You will meet many enemies along the way and can pick up weapons along the way to defeat these. The weapons are quite interesting, you can pick up guns including a shotgun, machine gun and a range of pistols. There are not many guns and you cannot pick up ammunition so if you run out you must find another gun. If the gun is out of ammo you can use it to hit enemies.
Along with the empty gun, you can also hit with your hands. You may need to pick up a crowbar to open doors and you can also use this as a weapon. A fire axe may also be used as a weapon and as a useful tool to gain access to areas.
You can find some sort of weapon just about anywhere, planks of wood with nails can be collected, a pipe from a wall and even a crutch and prosthetic leg can be collected in the hospital and used to whack an enemy.
A taser gun can also be used and a meter will be on the screen to show when it is fully charged and ready to use.
You will be taught how to perform combos to increase the amount of damage you inflict on an opponent. Some combos may also be used to knock out or stun an enemy rather than killing them which will be required in some missions when you have a secondary goal not to kill anyone.
The enemies are also something a little different, there are some guards, plenty of zombies and also some funny enemies like a zombie with a huge pigs head.
The game isn't all about killing enemies though, you must also investigate crime scenes with the help of some tools such as a cell phone, GPS, UV scanner and camera. You may be required to take photographs of evidence (fingerprints, fibres etc.), follow blood trails and collect information.
This aspect of the game could do with some improvement. On one particular level I was asked to find out where a wheelbarrow came from. No more instructions or hints are given - you need to turn on hints on the main start menu, which I stupidly didn't do. After battling enemies for the previous half an hour I forgot all about the investigation and wandered around a room for ages before remembering the UV scanner and using it to follow the tire trail from the wheelbarrow.
When gathering evidence, especially with using the camera you may need a couple of attempts as you have to zoom in and out until and adjust the focus until the picture is good enough.
The evidence collected will be processed by Rosa who is on the other end of your cell phone and will get back to you with results and further instructions.
Also on your screen is a health meter and endurance meter. Endurance is used to sprint, this meter builds back up when you are stood still. The health meter obviously decreases when you are injured when being attacked. You can pick up health packs along the way to use to replenish health. Some health packs are in glass cabinets which you will need to smash to acquire them.
The graphics are quite good, although the game is quite dark in a lot of scenes both indoors and outdoors. You will need to use your flashlight quite a lot.
The music and sound effects are also fairly good and do build up quite a bit of suspense, it's one of those games where you know someone is going to jump out on you but still have a bit of a jump when they do.
I enjoyed playing this game, I did expect the investigative side of the game to be more interesting than it was. The game took quite a while to complete and by the end I had got a bit bored of it. It has it's good points though, the ability to use a lot of items from your surroundings as weapons is good and the difficulty level is also good, not too easy or difficult.
You can choose between three difficulty levels: easy, normal and hard.
The game is also available to play online with Xbox live.You can't play multiplayer with 2 controllers on the same Xbox though which is annoying.
This game would be a good choice for anyone that likes zombie shooting games, with a bit of extra investigating included. I personally prefer something which requires a bit more thought and tactics. I like to have a map on screen all the time too as I don't find the gps very useful and wander around until I find what I'm looking for.
It's not a favourite of mine, but I know many people who really enjoy this game and it was definitely worth the price I paid so I'm going to give it an average 3 stars.
Summary: Not a bad game
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