You are Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent in the Serial Crimes Unit, whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through murky urban environments saturated with sociopaths, lurking with intent on the periphery of humanity.
A visceral, atmospheric thriller, Condemned is best played with the surround-sound cranked up and the lights switched off. The power of next-gen hardware enables Condemned to feature photorealistic backdrops, lifelike physics and highly sophisticated artificial intelligence. Weapons and ammunition are scarce, leaving you vulnerable to the game's gallery of mentally deranged criminals. Careful detective work and precision reflexes are your primary means of survival.
Inspired in part by films of the psychological thriller sub-genre, Condemned strikes an intense, breathless pace. You'll never be sure what horror lies in wait...
For me,this is the best of the launch titles along with Call Of Duty 2 & Kameo.
The first thing that will hit you when you load this beauty for the first time are the incredible graphics and the intense atmosphere that sucks you in.
The gameplay,although is more like an FPS,borrows alot of its 'scares' and 'pant-filling' jumps from Resident Evil series mixed with a few of the developers favourite movies...so the best way to describe Condemned is to say it is a FPS Resident Evil game,mixed with story elements and atmostphere from 'Seven' and enemies from '28 Days Later',and it all works brilliantly.
The enemy AI is nothing short of genius,if they see you coming they'll either charge at you in full force,hide or run away.
A group of enemies will also talk to each other and prepare for an ambush. The best thing however,is that they will actually run off to find a more powerful weapon,ie: if you have a crowbar and they have a stick,they will search for a large pipe or even a fire-arm.
So overall,this game is well worth a look and i'm confident you will not be dissapointed!!
But WOW!!! This game is like a film. Really exciting and very hard in places. I loved it. Really loved it. Played in 3 days flat.
The only bad thing that I have to say about it, is that it has really hightlighted a gap in the games market. If only there were more games that develop characters, follow a narrative approach it from an complete entertainment experience. If more games were like this, I would be seriously addicted to Xbox 360.
Cannot see how anyone wouldnt find this game a thrill.
The mood is relentlessly grimey and dangerous as you play from a first person perspective using mostly melee weapons like floorboards and gas pipes to mercilessly beat leigons of mad degenerates. The combat is quite simple being either swing, kick (not much use), taser or block - at first this seems clumsy and slow but as you settle into the rhythm of it you'll find timing your blocks and blows is alot of fun. Your assailants babble expletives and react realistically as they run about, hide behind things, and slug it out with you.
The whole game is played out in dim to pitch black environments and it would have been nice to have one or two brightly lit levels as contrast. There is a little bit of CSI sleuthing and gadgetry but it's pretty inconsequential. It's a pity that the terrifying circumstances are undermined a bit the main character who looks more freindly than intimidating and never really sounds that excited or scared - although he does look a bit like an old bruiser (albeit a freindly one) and that is a nice change from the usual.
On balance this is a good game, I think I took around 12 hours to play though it and I'll do so again.
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