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Fanboy QuickTake: Condemned

CondemnedI've played scary games before. The first one that literally had me jumping out of my seat was Aliens vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar (hey, who are you laughing at?!). But that game (and most "scary" ones since then) only made me jump because of cheap theatrics (such as something jumping from a dark corner suddenly).

Sega's Condemned: Criminal Origins is one of the first games I've experienced that creates a constant atmosphere of complete and utter dread. That's a compliment. You're not going to be "scared" just when something jumps at you, you're going to be on the edge of your seat for most of the game.

The gameplay itself is one part 1st person shooter mixed with one part adventure game. You'll quickly find yourself battling waves of insane (literally!) enemies while searching the dark rooms and halls of the game for the forensic clues that can help you clear your good name.

I've been purposely vague about the story, because the set-up and subsequent twists are much of the fun. Try to avoid any spoiler filled reviews if you can.

Pros:
Immersive graphics, compelling story, truly frightening

Cons: No multiplayer, combat could get repetitive

Verdict: Buy it!

Agree or disagree? Contribute to this QuickTake with your comments and help your fanboy brothers (and sisters) make an informed buying decision. 

Reader Comments

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1. This Xbox 360 Fangirl is too much of a scaredy-cat to play Condemned again. Ten minutes on a pod was enough. Fear factor through the roof...

It's certainly one I'll not be buying--unless I feel like torturing myself, of course.

Posted at 11:23AM on Nov 24th 2005 by jennie

2. I loved A vs P on the jag.. i still have my jag but the only game i have is that shity one that came with it

Posted at 1:20PM on Nov 24th 2005 by Bedpanjohn

3. Max Payne's dream sequences always scared me. As did Conker's graveyard sequence (crying babies always freak me out). Also, anything with haunted little girls makes me cry :'(

Posted at 5:44PM on Nov 24th 2005 by Jeremy Wright

4. Not a fan of American McGee's Alice, or F.E.A.R. then, Jeremy?

Posted at 6:24PM on Nov 24th 2005 by jennie

5. Once you get through the 1st few minutes of condemned, its not as scary... because the game changes you... really! I found my mind state went from terrified to blood thirsty, just like the crazies running around those abandoned buildings =]

Posted at 8:49AM on Dec 9th 2005 by JC

6. Fun, Scary, and very gruesome game. I have this game, and it is a must buy.
Buy if:1. you like horror games
2. you like violence

DO NOT Buy if:1.You dislike horror games
2.you do not like grisly enviroments and
violence.

5 STARS

Posted at 9:44PM on Dec 10th 2005 by MadHaTtEr365

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