• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2005
  • Also On: PC
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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: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42
  1. Dec 28, 2017
    10
    This is one of my favorite games ever, along with the 2nd one. I play both once a year, and enjoy them every time. Still waiting for a 3rdThis is one of my favorite games ever, along with the 2nd one. I play both once a year, and enjoy them every time. Still waiting for a 3rd Condemned... please make it happen! Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    if you dont own this buy it. dont pay rent dont pay the power buy this. Very freaky one of the most scary games of the xbox, it has thatif you dont own this buy it. dont pay rent dont pay the power buy this. Very freaky one of the most scary games of the xbox, it has that feeling bout it when you find a good horror game. cant say too much as it will spoil it but a must for every collection. Oh and buy a 12 pack of undies you will need them Expand
  3. May 27, 2012
    9
    A true underated gem! One of my favorite games this generation and of all time. This game is true survival horror that is actually fun toA true underated gem! One of my favorite games this generation and of all time. This game is true survival horror that is actually fun to play! It contends with Dead Space for best survival horror series of all time. I've been wishing for a Condemned 3 game forever now! So many great moments in this game! Expand
  4. Bass
    Jun 21, 2006
    8
    Although not a perfect game, Condemned is a well executed and original survival horror that made a nice addition to the 360 launch line up. Although not a perfect game, Condemned is a well executed and original survival horror that made a nice addition to the 360 launch line up. Both graphics and audio are impressive and help to create a vivid and tense atmosphere, and there is a nice balance between exploration and FPS melee combat. However, whilst Condemned is by no means dull or unforgetable, you come away with the feeling that the title could have been so much more. The excellent presentation is slightly undermined by some repetitive gameplay and a at times unresponsive control system, and the sections where you must investigate and use your forensic equipment feel underdeveloped. With only 10 chapters its also a short game as well that can be finished in a weekend, but overall Condemned is an enjoyable and creepy experience that should satisfy both survival horror and FPS fans alike. 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. Jul 18, 2013
    8
    This is one of the very few horror video games that i have ever been genuinely scared by. It's feels claustrophobic, you always have thisThis is one of the very few horror video games that i have ever been genuinely scared by. It's feels claustrophobic, you always have this creepy paranoid feeling that someone or something is just around the corner waiting to kill you, and a very dark and at times unsettling environment. This game also has what is probably the best use of detective skill ever. A true gem of a game. Expand
  7. 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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