Condemned: Criminal Origins
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"Even the hardened veterans of the world's best horror games will find this to be a fine addition to their collection." - AtomicGamer.com
"CCO has all of the gameplay, story, visuals and atmosphere that you could possibly want in a mystery game and I think does them all to a proverbial "t"." - Videogamer.com
Developed by Monolith Productions, Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. Gamers will play as Agent Thomas, an investigator in the FBI’s Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through urban environments filled with sociopaths lurking on the periphery of humanity. Weapons and ammunition are scarce, leaving the player vulnerable to a gallery of mentally deranged criminals. Careful detective work and precision reflexes are a player’s primary means of survival.
Underrated Horror-Action Game From Last Gen's DebutMabaseSlums | April 17, 2015 | See all MabaseSlums's reviews »
It's funny to think that the FPS-riddled Horror climate of nowadays left behind one of its stronger entries. Condemned 1 is a half-action half-scare game with a thick atmosphere that's bound to set the mood. Most of the scares are either initiated by attacks from crazed criminals, or in semi-scripted events that are paced pretty well (especially for an FPS horror game). The game's combat is also surprisingly fun, as well. There's a bit of nuance to the attack/defense dance they have you perform many times, and the idea of improvising weapons is both pretty cool and surprisingly well executed. The only flubs in this system arise when you get sideswiped by an attack you were pretty sure you blocked correctly. It's a little finicky, but seeing as how it's several years ahead of its time it's also pretty cool. Overall, I think this is one FPS horror game that should be remembered. (It also has a sequel but I never played it.)
Them Chills !Ghostbacks | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all Ghostbacks's reviews »
Condemned: Criminal Origins is psychological horror at it's best. The atmosphere of this game is very chilling and dark which makes you perpetually watching your back throughout the game and till the end. This is the sort of stuff that makes clothing store mannequins menacing. Worth it !
Sinister Underated GameKingTed | Oct. 28, 2014 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Condemned is a survival horror from Monolith Productions, the guys who made us scared of a little girl in FEAR. This time, you play FBI special agent Thomas. You investigate serial killers' crimes on a daily basis. But this time, it's different. You're alone. You have hallucinations. Violent hobos and junkies are trying to kill you and even worse... Using forensic tool to investigate crime scenes and lots of hand-to-hand combat to fight for your life, you have to find your way in the linear but very atmospheric levels. The game is scary. Thanks to the pretty good visuals (For its time). Unfortunatly, the story is not that great but it's still a good experience.
Nice and atmospheric gametadys0 | June 6, 2014 | See all tadys0's reviews »
I thought to buy this game because i saw gameplay on youtube and i was shocked. This game is kind of old today but still looks damn good and the atmosphere in this game is so good. I already got scared in this game by enemies even tho i played it hour. Worth to spend money for this game. :) Definitely recommending it to friends:)
One of the few genuinely scary games.TomWeise62305 | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all TomWeise62305's reviews »
This is a fantastic psychological horror game. The story is about tracking down a serial killer who you've been framed as. The combat is primarily melee based with very limited ammo for guns. The combat is simple but satisfying and visceral. The levels are great and contribute to the atmosphere greatly. The enemy AI is pretty decent and they will regroup to ambush you when they've taken too much damage which can lead to some great unscripted scares. Visually the game has aged well and still looks somewhat contemporary even though it's going on 8 years old. Audio design is good with great sound effects, atmospheric background noise and good them music. It's a shame Condemned 2 never saw a PC release even though the original is quite a bit better.