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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: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  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. Dec 22, 2018
    9
    Being heavily inspired by films like Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, Condemned Criminal Origins is a superb horror game conceived by MonolithBeing heavily inspired by films like Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, Condemned Criminal Origins is a superb horror game conceived by Monolith Productions.
    The story about a police called Ethan Thomas who end off being involve into the homicide of two of his partners and now he must clean his name and capture the suspect called serial killer X while fighting demented criminals and other paranormal stuff.
    A first person shooter which is heavily focus into melee combat is brutal. The player can use almost everything in the environment to fight back like: Hammers, bats, locker doors, pipes, etc. There are fire weapons in the game but they have little ammo and you can't reload the only ammo you have is the one that comes with the gun so make every shot count but you can switch them into a melee weapon if ammo runs out. Every single weapon has an indicator that informs you how strong the weapon is or if is heavy or not to take advantage in combat, eventually those weapons will break.
    There will be segments were you will use forensic tools to solve some crime scenes or to collect evidence that will unwrap more hints from the plot (this segments will not affect the overall gameplay and they are mostly scripted) but it's a nice touch.
    The music is tens, it will make you fell that someone will jump in front of you to attack. The sound design is visceral, while in combat or performing some finishing moves you will hear the enemy bones break and they sound way to real, i forgot to mention that you can use a teaser gun to incapacitate an enemy make him drop his weapon.
    Such like in F.E.A.R. the enemy AI is impressive, if an enemy is injured he will run trying to escape, in other occasions if they lose their weapon they will go looking for another one, they can pretend that they will attack you so you drop your guard down, they can hide to perform some "surprise attacks" and if your find yourself fighting against two ore more you can always confuse them so they can harm each other.
    The levels and the overall appeal of the game is creepy and dreadful you will be wondering if there's someone watching you. The game uses the "jump scare" mechanic, but, it is well implemented so you will never expect it when it comes, these jump scares come from the least expected moments... but they work really good.
    At the end, this is a great horror game with creepy and dark environments, dreadful music, gruesome sound design and a brutal melee combat system. I really find it hard to not recommend this game. so... go ahead and grab it on steam it's really cheap and believe me... you will enjoy it.
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  3. LeeWolfgang
    Oct 2, 2008
    9
    I have no damn clue why F.E.A.R. gets all this love from so many people when there's this awesome game to be proud of. Condemned:I have no damn clue why F.E.A.R. gets all this love from so many people when there's this awesome game to be proud of. Condemned: Criminal Origins, is the scariest game anyone will ever play. Unlike in any other horror game, you actually have to fight for your life instead of experience second-long hallucinations of random dead things. It's not actually scary to me, but that's just because I'm kind of stone-nerved.
    Many people say there isn't much story involved. There's a huge story involved, really. It's just at the end then it gets weird. In the loading screens, it gave a description of why people were brain hemorrhaging and become mentally ill. But then at the end you fight a ninja with metal pegs in his body and then the killing stops. That's the only really pointless thing about the story.
    Regardless of whether or not someone thinks of the story, the realistic gameplay, great sound, and effects make up for that and the fact that it's based on that abysmal Lithtech engine.
    The hallucinations the player experiences are done really well and show how he is undergoing brain hemorrhaging as well and is able to fight it off, though it takes over in some places to hype you up.
    It suffers some plot holes (I'll let you use my flashlight while yours is broken and walk around in the dark, Agent Thomas), but they're few and far between.
    The best implementation in this game, though, is that it's almost entirely based on melee combat. And that's done very well.
    The texturing is kind of low-resolution but the excellent effects and everything else make up for it. It's kind of slow, hence it's on an awful engine (though it's thoroughly improved), but everything is realistic as can be expected from a console launch title port.
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  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. Aug 10, 2020
    7
    The game is truly great, mostly because of its scary atmosphere and interactive gameplay.
  6. Mar 16, 2020
    6
    Поначалу механика кажется интересной и многообещающей. Но играть становится всё скучнее и скучнее. Сюжет вообще не интересен.
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    Поначалу механика кажется интересной и многообещающей. Но играть становится всё скучнее и скучнее. Сюжет вообще не интересен.
    Порадовала графика и первые час-два геймплея.
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  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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