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 gemGmen | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »
From the makers of F.E.A.R. comes Condemned: Criminal Origins. The atmosphere and environments you find yourself in are somewhat similar in theme to what you would have encountered in the aforementioned title, but the gameplay is rather different. You have to engage in close quarters combat with the foulest psychopaths the city has to offer. There aren’t many firearms around, and ammunition is scarce, meaning that this game could quite easily fall in to the survival horror genre.
But it isn’t as utterly brilliant as F.E.A.R. in my book. First off, the PC version is a rather subpar looking port. The graphics are rather ugly, even when it was first released it wasn’t going to win any awards for its looks – the character models are particularly bad, and the animation isn’t much better. Rather strange considering it uses the same engine as F.E.A.R., but I would chalk it up to being "optimised" for the console version. I will say that the enemy AI is as cunning as it is deadly.
But on the plus side it does give you plenty of unlockable content in exchange for finding various items in the game – this was common for games in the mid 2000s, like Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay – a somewhat similar title.
It is also easily one of the scariest games I’ve played. So if you’re disappointed with the direction that most survival horror series have taken nowadays, try this one. It won't let you down.
A must have gamecrisman | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all crisman's reviews »
Condemned is a pretty good solid game, I think it was the first game to have a melee-centric combat system in a FPS. The plot is also interesting: you are an FBI investigator, and you must find looking clues and evidences to find a very dangerous criminal. Sounds quite generic, but has some very good plot twists. The AI is one of the most advanced I ever see (this game was made by the same guys who made F.E.A.R.). When other criminals see you, they start looking for weapons around, like lead pipes, wooden boards, generic tools, and so on. Some of them will attacks you directly, some of them will hide so they can ambush you. Overall is a really enjoyable game, crude and really violent. Too bad the sequel is only for Xbox… damn you!
Well rounded classiconedigi | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all onedigi's reviews »
I remember owning the Disc copy of this and the nostalgia i felt buying it for steam and playing through again put the warm gamer feeling in my heart ;) The horror is more psychological and subtle, as opposed to being in your face and obnoxious, so it makes it much more scary the creepy sounds and bewildering effects and the seemingly endless feeling of being watch all add to the intensity of the scares this makes every bump corner or look a jumpscare
This game is a must to play if you have not already.Darkhate | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all Darkhate's reviews »
These is a great horror/adventure game. It has a variety of weapons: locker doors, paper cutter, guns, pipes, fireman axe, etc. not to mention a stun gun. It has a creep atmosphere that draws you in to the game. This game is a must to play if you have not already, now is your chance don't miss out.
Few games get my heart racing, this is one of themBlockAgent | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
This game made me jump quite a few times. When you least expect it, a bad guy will sneak up behind you, or pop out of a stairwell and scare you half to death. This game's combat focus mostly on melee fighting and it does that fantastically. Usually in games, when you run out of ammo and have to fight with melee weapons you get a sense of dread because the experience of is so bad. But with Condemned, you will actually find yourself preferring to use a fire ax or a crow bar rather than a handgun or shotgun. The graphics are good, but are starting to show thier age. This game is a definite must buy if you remember when this game came out and wanted to play it, but never got around to it.