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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than You Might Think., 20 Feb 2007
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: White Label: Condemned (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
Initially released as an early Xbox 360 title, this didn't do much business on the PC, but it's well worth the re-released discount price. It's a first person adventure, with some pretty visceral violence and a lot of nice touches. You're an FBI forensic investigator being framed for murder during a serial murder investigation.

The FEAR game engine is used again, generating the expected high-quality visuals and effects, and in general, it's really quite a creepy and unsettling title. There's not a lot of music, but a lot of sound effects, and a lot of darkness, relieved only by your faithful torch. The title is clearly intended to mimic the ambience of the film "Se7en", and it succeeds quite well in this. Enemies will appear, often silently, or sometimes in an area you can't reach yet, and I've spent quite a bit of time jumping unexpectedly as things happen without warning, including being bowled over down stairs or smacked with a lead pipe. Other touches rachet up the tension nicely too; dust settling from overhead floorboards as someone stalks you from the floor above, crazed characters fighting each other, and so on.

There are only two downsides. Firstly, the use of the FEAR engine. It requires a fairly heavyweight PC to switch all the visual options on, although when you do, it looks terrific. You'll want at least 1GB of RAM (2GB is better), at least a P4 3.4Ghz equivalent, and a video card in 7900/X1800/X1900 with at least 256mb of video RAM to see all the bells and whistles. It'll run with slower hardware (I first played FEAR on a 6600GT video card), but you won't know what you're missing.

The second downside is reminding yourself that this isn't an FPS. The gameplay can seem a little slow in places, and there isn't a lot of the "S" (shooter) in it either; most of the combat is actually of the melee kind using planks, pipes, axes, hammers, and other things you can pick up at close quarters. It can be a little difficult in places too; your character can't take too much punishment.

All in, you could do much, much worse than this for £9.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature and horrific masterpiece, 19 Aug 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: White Label: Condemned (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
I got this game on a bit of a fluke, i was in PC world with my mum and step-mum choosing a game, i picked this up and glanced over the back of the box, but having no idea of the gameplay or story i decided to leave be and opted for a sure-fire choice.
But my step-mum had seen it and thought it my thing so bought it for me, and, quite simply, it was the best gaming suprise of my life.
Condemned is THE survival horror.
You see while the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games were fun you more than often felt you were on an unstopple mission to kill zombies and own leather people laired in fog rather than surviving against all odds.
In Condemned it completly rips apart the old survival horror template and replaces it with somthing diffrent, and so immersive you'll find it hard to return to reality.
Condemned does somthing incredibly unique, you are never loading up your gun saying 'come on you sons of b****s' and taking on a hoard of mad men.
You are forced to fight however possible, using anything from draws, lead pipes, and pieces of wood, guns are sparce.
Imagine the scene, your in an old library with your partner, the place has been ransacked by a mad man known as Serial Killer X, up ahead you hear mad screaming and manic laughing, you advance slowly down the corridoor, glancing at Rosa just to remind yourself your not alone, then from beside you a window smashes and your forced to go and finish off your stalker, and after hitting him over the head with a pipe a couple of times you exsit, fear drenched on your face, fearing what else lies ahead, and, just after you think you'll get a breather theres a crash, a scream, and Rosa is gone, the insane drugged up tramps are swarming ahead, all that runs through your mind is fear.
In short Condemned rips apart what is sacred about survival horror and ensures you will never look upon a street bum the same way again.

*random information*: the game has a brilliant compabillity setting, i have a balls computer yet it still runs it brilliantly and smoothly, Sega and Monoloth clearly noted we don't all have insane amounts of money to burn on Graphics and Sound Cards, i'd recconmend XP but 2000 and Vista work well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for those looking for suspense... but not action, 11 April 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: White Label: Condemned (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
I was also surprised at the large number of negative reviews about this: Condemned has to be one of the most haunting and unsettling games I've played for a long time. I hadn't actually heard of it until a couple of weeks ago but I'm very glad I went ahead and bought it.

Condemned is certainly not a game for those with little patience. There is some melee combat - not a huge amount - and a lot of the game consists of creeping round urban, deserted environments, looking for evidence as an FBI agent and fending off adversaries as you search for a serial killer. Sounds boring? Not a bit of it. This game is dark - very dark indeed - with some of the best graphics I've ever come across, they're just a short step away from reality. Everything is beautifully done and the realism, added to by the physics, is breathtaking. I imagine that you'd need quite a high spec PC to take full advantage of the graphics, I was playing this on a Core Duo PC with 3GB of RAM and a X1950Pro GPU so this wasn't a problem, though with lower spec hardware it would still look very good.

If you're a fan of games such as Silent Hill I would definitely recommened this - you won't be disappointed. The only thing that faulted it for me was the soundtrack which could have been better and it would have been nice to be able to turn off the ambient music. Apart from that, it's a fabulous game though not for those expecting thrills every five minutes. Take your time and revel in its atmosphere.
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