Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox 360

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  • Summary: Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to hunt serial killers and bring them to justice. Agent Thomas, an FBI investigator in the Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), pursuesCondemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to hunt serial killers and bring them to justice. Agent Thomas, an FBI investigator in the Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), pursues relentless serial killer through detailed urban environments filled with deadly sociopaths lurking on the periphery of humanity. Presented in a first-person view for maximum visceral effect, Condemned: Criminal Origins is best played with the surround-sound up and the lights off. Given the power of next-generation hardware, this atmospheric thriller features photo-realistic backdrops, life-like physics, and highly sophisticated artificial intelligence. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Though the game could be longer and could stand more diversity, the cold shivers that run down your spine while playing it are an undeniable rush.
  2. Not only does it do the normal "look at the pretty graphics" common in other 360 games, but it also has excellent and engrossing gameplay to back it up.
  3. More of an “experience” than a game. You’ll come away from each game session emotionally and physically exhausted and even a bit timid about walking across the dark room to flip the light switch.
  4. A great break from the standard FPS, combining gadgets, thinking, searching and good old fashioned combat. This is a great game.
  5. This first-person action game hits you like a sledgehammer with its astounding, stunningly creepy presentation, but it sacrifices opportunities for more shocks and surprises by settling for repetition.
  6. AceGamez
    80
    Although at times the gameplay is monotonous and it doesn't feel like there's much to the game, Condemned makes up for all of this by being one of the scariest and atmospheric games ever made.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    50
    The combination of slow pacing and boring, nondescript environments makes for too many dull stretches. [Feb 2006, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Feb 23, 2015
    10
    One of my favorite games of all time. Its one of those games for me that the graphics do not matter because everything else about the game isOne of my favorite games of all time. Its one of those games for me that the graphics do not matter because everything else about the game is so solid and satisfying. I love playing through this game every couple of years. Totally reccomend playing this game still to this day. Definitely worth the $10 it will probably cost. Expand
  2. J.Aronovitch
    Jan 20, 2006
    10
    Just when you thought that an original videogame was few and far between, along comes Condemned. The game is scary and intense. First person Just when you thought that an original videogame was few and far between, along comes Condemned. The game is scary and intense. First person view enhanses the scare factor. Condemned is richly detailed with sound effects that immerse the gamer into the creepy Condemned environment. The AI is top notch and there are plenty of weapons to choose from. This is the Halo of survival horror games. Turn down the lights, turn up the sound and be prepared to be afraid. Very afraid. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2013
    9
    Awesome game still after all this time, love it and remember it in my nightmares even now.
    One of the first 360 games i ever played, the
    Awesome game still after all this time, love it and remember it in my nightmares even now.
    One of the first 360 games i ever played, the sense of immersion is at times over powering and very intense.
    This game really feels like you are fighting for your life and at times will get under your skin if you let it.
    Again i cant praise this early 360 gem enough, if you haven't played it yet do it you will never forget it.
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  4. ScottP.
    Mar 15, 2006
    8
    The first game I played on my 360 and certainly one of the most visually impressive games to date. The attmosphere in this game is fantastic The first game I played on my 360 and certainly one of the most visually impressive games to date. The attmosphere in this game is fantastic making it a real 'edge of the seat' game that has geniune scares. The hand to hand/melee attack that is mainly used in this game is easily the best I have found in an FPS and once you get used to blocking enemy attacks it really can be rewarding for such a basic system. However this does lead to some repettion and although the use of some great environments and already mentioned attmosphere due to both the fantastic graphics and wonderful sound does save the game, overall this game could have been even better with a bit more vareity maybe more guns and less of common trying to find a particular wepaon to open a door etc. Overall though one of the most original and overall great games from the 360 launch. Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2012
    8
    The best 360 game that hardly anyone has played. Others are complaining about it being boring because you just walk around with a pipe and hitThe best 360 game that hardly anyone has played. Others are complaining about it being boring because you just walk around with a pipe and hit people but seriously that's what this game is. You have to use your environment to your advantage, they aren't going to through you a AK47 so you can just blow through the game. Take the game for what it is and enjoy it. The atmosphere is the best part about it and it was very rewarding to play all the through to the end. Amazing. Expand
  6. Monkeyman
    Dec 7, 2005
    2
    I feel so ashamed that i got a consol thinking it was next gen. there is nothing realy new hear that couldnt be done on the previous I feel so ashamed that i got a consol thinking it was next gen. there is nothing realy new hear that couldnt be done on the previous generation but they are happy to still charge an extra $10 . Intresting game but the price doesnt justify the purchace. Expand

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