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  • Summary: Developed by Monolith Productions for the Xbox 360, Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. Gamers will play as AgentDeveloped by Monolith Productions for the Xbox 360, Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. Gamers will play as Agent Thomas, an investigator in the FBI’s Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through urban environments filled with sociopaths lurking on the periphery of humanity. Weapons and ammunition are scarce, leaving the player vulnerable to a gallery of mentally deranged criminals. Careful detective work and precision reflexes are a player’s primary means of survival. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Its brutal, in-your-face action will make you cringe, while the creepy atmosphere will have your heart fluttering as you wonder what's around that next corner. Even the hardened veterans of the world's best horror games will find this to be a fine addition to their collection.
  2. 85
    Condemned: Criminal Origins isn't a long game and it only has one game mode, but it's an unforgettable experience while it lasts.
  3. Condemned: Criminal Origins combines a visceral atmosphere; both auditorily and visually, that really does a bang-up job of immersing you into the world of Ethan Thomas. However, this is not the easiest game to pick up and just play on a Sunday afternoon.
  4. 80
    A rush of horror and brutality from the start, grabbing you by the throat, tossing you into the abyss, and laughing as you try to claw your way back out.
  5. As a plus for a console port, they even took the liberty of including a quick-save function, effectively issuing the middle finger to most other port developers out there and ultimately making Condemned: Criminal Origins a solid contender for the PC market.
  6. This isn't a run-n-gun type of FPS, it is an FPS that will have you creeping around quietly and cautiously, while you nervously check your anemic ammo supply around every corner, looking swiftly behind you to see if that rolling tin trash can was the result of an oversized rat, or a stalking drugged out psycho planning an attack, even if you as the gamer has no idea why it is everyone wants to kill you.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    It's still over too quickly, and there's little explanation why you're running around these ruined buildings beating up drug addicts. [Sept. 2006, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Oct 20, 2019
    10
    Очень странная игра и при этом нечестно сложная. Спасает все атмосфера, декорации и сюжет(правда он настолько размыт, что нужно ждать обзораОчень странная игра и при этом нечестно сложная. Спасает все атмосфера, декорации и сюжет(правда он настолько размыт, что нужно ждать обзора Зулина с объяснениями). Expand
  2. TiagoM.
    May 27, 2006
    9
    . It´s violent in a way that no other game was before.Dark raw and evil-scared me a lot. And the sound it makes when your head gets . It´s violent in a way that no other game was before.Dark raw and evil-scared me a lot. And the sound it makes when your head gets beated by a pipe is amazing and extremely real. The use of soft shadows is very good. FLAW: more questions than answers at the ending. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2019
    9
    Its not perfect game, but definitely my favorite horror. Graphics is much better than f.e.a.r graphics (both games made in the same year).Its not perfect game, but definitely my favorite horror. Graphics is much better than f.e.a.r graphics (both games made in the same year). Some levels looks like copy pasted, but music is GREAT!!! Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2018
    7
    The atmospheric environments in which Condemned: Criminal Origins takes place can only do so much, especially when both its promising gameplayThe atmospheric environments in which Condemned: Criminal Origins takes place can only do so much, especially when both its promising gameplay and storyline were executed so poorly. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2021
    7
    The basic plot was good. I really enjoyed this game, though I had to quit it few times and I almost broke one of my wireless keyboards :DThe basic plot was good. I really enjoyed this game, though I had to quit it few times and I almost broke one of my wireless keyboards :D
    What I did not like:
    1. You can equip only 1 weapon at a time... Why the logical f*ck can't I carry a pistol in my pocket, while keeping a shotgun in my hands????? Most probably for thrill factor or tactics, but really... LOL, There should've been even less shooting weapons, but keeping the option to carry 2 at a time...
    2. The ending. For me, it pretty much sounds & looks like the developers wanted to continue it, though they never released it on PC.
    3. "Boss"-fights. During these fights, you can't really interact with the environment. You have no time, and you can't use tricks--- just the same method you use against every other opponent.

    In spite of the negatives, I really enjoyed it (except the "pool"-scene, which I managed to re-try about 25 times, until I realized there are 2 machine guns at the left side and the further end of the pool), as the game really tries to keep the thrill factor all the time and it mostly work.
    I didn't tell about graphics. It's an already old game and graphics are so much subjective. I say the graphics are good for this kind of game.
    The sounds and cutscenes were also good to my taste.
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  6. Sep 30, 2015
    6
    Condemned: Criminal Origins is a creepy game, at times it can be absolutely terrifying, yet mostly...because of a rather bland setting...itCondemned: Criminal Origins is a creepy game, at times it can be absolutely terrifying, yet mostly...because of a rather bland setting...it can come off as rather dull. This game was so great, the amazing use of Melee weapons opposed to fire arms was a nice change of pace. Also the creepy setting and drugged out psychos instead of zombies or over creepy ghouls was also nice. The biggest flaws with this game is basically just the rather bland environments and the repetitive nature of the narrative. Its a fun game but very flawed, I recommend buying it at sale price. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2019
    0
    This is really horrible. I do not want to play this game. I'm glad i borrowed it before playing. Now I'm recommending that everyone save theirThis is really horrible. I do not want to play this game. I'm glad i borrowed it before playing. Now I'm recommending that everyone save their money and don't bother buy it. Truly awful. It is boring, tawdry, and the story is so derivative. The acting is third-rate, amateurish. The effects look like they were drawn using crayon. A piece of godawful trash. Expand

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