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 because of it's flawstayfuntuna | May 10, 2013 | See all tayfuntuna's reviews »
There's the game I cannot forget. Condemned, while being linear, made me play and finish itself several times. The main reason is that even after playing few times, there will be moments where you can be scared and shocked because you get hit by the thugs when you least expect.
Condemned is among the best Brutal-Melee-FPS games and since there aren't a lot them around, it's just engaging and thrilling.
Downsides? Our main character, Ethan, is so slow that he can't even jump. This is the exact opposite of Mirror's Edge, you can't even run for a long time. But ripping off the metro sign and smashing the enemies' heads? Sir yes sir!
Condemned for lifemilktea | April 26, 2013 | See all milktea's reviews »
Condemned provides some extremely thrilling and tense moments. Although, a bit repetitive at times. Once you get the basic of the melee and shooting it's basically the same thing over and over again. The weapons in the game breaks down over time so the player must analyze and determine it is necessary to use an object to thwart off enemies or face a situation where they find no good equipment to face a difficult battle against enemies. Investigations are intriguing and offer some great depth in interacting with the story. It's not a very long game, I completed in 8 hours. However, it was a great experience.
Extremely creepyTheGrizzlyB | April 24, 2013 | See all TheGrizzlyB's reviews »
If you are a horror fan this game is for you. This game is quite scary especially if you are wearing headphones. The AI is incredibly well done and will hide from you and chase you down as much as you can to sneak up on you at just the right moment to hit you. It will make you jump every time you see an enemy. Graphics wise, it looks a little bit old nowadays, but it is easy to look over. Overall, this is a fantastic game, and a must play for people like myself who like to be scared.
Scary but repetitivesl1ck | April 24, 2013 | See all sl1ck's reviews »
Condemned is a scary, albeit repetitive combat-based horror game. The game initially does well to provide up-close scary moments to the player. However, the game never changes settings or combat styles.
Every level involves the player going through dimly-lit somehow always abandoned buildings. Despite the different locations, the environment always feels the same. So by the end of the game you know what to expect and the whole environment seems much less scary.
The game does melee combat better than any other horror title I've played, and I would recommend it despite the faults I described above.
Thrilling horror FPSProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | See all Profoundly_Mad's reviews »
Condemned: Criminal Origins has you investigate crime scenes and look for forensic evidence and clues, fight psychotic and somewhat creepy denizens of Metro City using a variety of melee weapons. While firearms are present they are rather uncommon which forces the player to use improvised melee as well as blocking attacks. The game is dark and moody, forcing the player to use a light source to explore the environments as enemies frequently ambush the player from darkness.
If you enjoy horror games where you don't feel completely overpowered then check out this game.