Condemned (Xbox 360)
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- Next-gen lighting, mapping and filtering techniques provide for environments of unprecedented detail and visual quality
- Intelligent enemies respond strategically to your offensive and defensive manoeuvres
- High-level physics allow players to manipulate background items, which respond realistically when picked up, kicked or bumped
- A tightly wound story is backed with strong character development and major plot twists
- Meticulously crafted 5.1 surround-sound will cue players to the location of off-screen enemies.
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- Platform: Xbox 360
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
Developed by award-winning Monolith Productions for next-gen consoles and PC, Condemned revels in an unnatural level of psychological tension as you use instincts, forensic tools and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice.
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...
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Top Customer Reviews
At first,when all the preview videos were being released for the 360 i was a little sceptical about this title,i am a huge Resident Evil fan and obviously saw Condemned as yet another pretender....man,was i wrong!!!
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!!
However, where the game succeeds is in creating a gameplaying environment that is both intense and disturbing - thanks in no small part to the excellent graphics and chilling sound effects on offer. In many respects, Condemned is a brilliant showcase for what the XBox 360 can and will achieve in terms of atmosphere and the ability to generate strong emotive responses from the gamer. Playing this game will unsettle you!
Plot is reasonably generic. You're a detective hunting a serial killer, but who's doing the hunting? etc. etc. Parallels can easily be drawn with the film The Bone Collector.
Levels are varied and nicely themed - from an underground tube station to an abandoned apartment store. The actual level maps are a nice mix of tight corridors and open areas - providing the feeling of claustrophobia and exposure in equal measure. The level maps are not available to view however, so getting lost is likely. Some will consider this frustrating, others will see this as helping to crank up the atmosphere and sense of cautious exploration.
The levels are not nearly as interactive as the developer wants you to believe. Interaction with barriers and jumping over ledges for example, are limited to set points in the game. For the rest of the time, you are prevented from pushing blockages such as clothes rails out of your path, and are forced to find alternative routes.Read more ›
Presented in first-person, you guide Ethan around each scenario in an attempt to find clues and evidence. When he (i.e. you) is in the vicinity of one (the gift that he has is that he has incredible instincts) you can pull out the relevant forensic tool to gather evidence and send it electronically via his specially-adjusted mobile phone. You get guidance on how to use the tool to amass evidence (e.g. if you need to take a photo with Ethan's digital camera you'll be told how to focus it and how to snap), and you get verbal comments from your contact via your phone.
While doing this, there are lots of vicious foes (some appear to be drug-takers) out to beat you to a pulp, and you can defend yourself against them via various weapons lying around (or take them off other defeated foes). Guns have limited ammo (which you can check), although you can turn them around and use them as melee weapons to club your opponent, although if you use them too frequently in this way they will break and become useless. The other weapons are melee-only, and usually take the form of pipes of various sizes, 2x4 Bolts, 2x4 Nails, crowbars, shovels, sledgehammers and fire-axes (some later ones seem less obvious, but when you are close to anything that you can use as a weapon you get an on-screen prompt that allows you to grab it).Read more ›
The story is definitely gripping, with fairly good voice acting. You play FBI agent Ethan Thomas, a hunter of serial killers who becomes hunted himself. The cut-scenes are effective, moving you from one chapter to another with effortless ease and advancing the narrative. These cut-scenes aren't important for the gameplay (the game tells you what you need to do at the start of every chapter), but it definitely adds to the immersion. It's quite easy to lose yourself in the story. Every time I meant to turn the machine off and do something else, something kept me going to find out what would happen next. Yes, it's fun to bash the bad guys and the action is intense, but often it was moving the story forward that kept me going.
My one major problem with this game is the length. On Normal difficulty, with me not being an expert on these types of games, I still finished this in about 10-15 hours, maybe 20, of playing. I bought it on a Saturday, played a *lot* of it over the next couple of days, and finished it on Monday. I think the game is fun enough and I'm definitely glad I played it, but I did feel a little ripped off paying this much money for that short of an experience. A major strike against an otherwise awesome game.Read more ›
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Amazing game that works on the Xbox One. Probably the best Detective/Adventure/Horror game ever.Published 1 month ago by Mr. B. White
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One of The best Horror Games I've played...intense, terrifying, and really scaryPublished 6 months ago by Nikl
Quick delivery, worked great very happy would definitely recommend thanks.Published 10 months ago by Mrs c potter
I have heard a lot about this game and cant wait to start playing watch this spacePublished 12 months ago by Stephen Lee