Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins is a first-person survival horror game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Sega. It was released in 2005 as a launch title for the Xbox 360 and ported to the PC in 2006.
It was followed by a sequel, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, in 2008.
Why It Rocks
- Interesting plot.
- Ethan Thomas is a likable protagonist.
- Unlike most first-person games, Condemned emphasizes melee combat rather than shooting (though you do get to shoot guns in this game).
- Objects can be taken from the environment and used as weapons.
- Engaging combat.
- You can't simply swing a weapon repeatedly to beat an enemy; you must learn when to block and carefully take opportunities for attack, which makes the gameplay more engaging.
- Smart and unpredictable enemy AI.
- If you find yourself overwhelmed, you can use a stun gun to taser your enemy. You can also steal their weapon while their dazed.
- Excellent graphics for an Xbox 360 (pre-)launch title.
- Good voice-acting.
- In the Xbox 360 version, there's no death animation when you die; the game flashes white and cuts to a screen saying "You are dead."
- Investigation scenes in which you use your detective tools to investigate a crime scene are far too easy.
- The taser can remove tension in the game.
- While the game succeeds in making a dark, mysterious, and gritty atmosphere, the plot is a complete and utter mess.
- The Steam port has entire audio bytes removed.
- Firearms are rather clunky.
Condemned was met with positive reviews and received a sequel, Condemned 2: Bloodshot.