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Condemned: Criminal Origins

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
81
3.9
Xbox 360
81
4.0
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Description

In Condemned: Criminal Origins players take on the role of agent Ethan Thomas, a member of the FBI's Serial Crimes Unit (SCU). He is part of an investigation looking for a serial killer known as The Match Maker, who kills people and then arranges their corpse with a department store mannequin. During the search Thomas comes across another serial killer who seems to be very interested in Thomas and his cases. It is up to you to determine who the true serial killer is, and who is behind it.

The game is played from a first-person perspective with a variety of weapons to attack your enemies. Focusing on melee combat Thomas can grab items directly from the environment, such as signs, pipes, 2x4's, concrete, rails, planks of wood, even desktops and desk drawers. There is also a supply of firearms, such as the standard pistol and shotgun, but all of those only have a limited amount of ammo.

The hunt takes Thomas across several different areas, from an abandoned office building to a subway station to an elementary school to an apple farm on the outskirts of town, battling all kinds of deranged people along the way. Combat is brutal and Thomas is able to perform a number of graphic finishing moves. The game is largely set in dark and narrow environment, with many horror elements. Lighting is scarce and Thomas has to use his flashlight at all time to light the environment. Enemies are also able to pull fuses to turn off lights and use the new darkness to their advantage. Movement is generally slow, but Thomas is able to sprint for a short moment. Health is replenished through kits scattered around. Enemies engage using the same weapons and they are also able to grab Thomas, which requires moving around frantically until they let go, with a dark haze over the screen visualizing the effects of strangulation. The screen also often turns grainy when Thomas has strange visions related to the serial killers.

Next to the combat there are also many moments where Thomas has to investigate the scenes, using several different types of forensic tools to find clues and help further the story. Use the UV light to find traces of blood, get a blood sample using the sample guy, use your laser light to find evidence that may be hidden. You also have a scanner to scan certain items, and a digital camera for any photographs which need to be taken. Most of the importation is processed at the bureau and Thomas keeps in touch with them through his phone.

Screenshots

Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox 360 you can only carry one weapon at a time and you must chose wisely!
Condemned: Criminal Origins Windows When you've beaten your foe down a bit you can "finish" him off with a choice of moves.
Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox 360 It looks like they don't want Agent Thomas snooping around
Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox 360 Game switches to a CSI mode when you're searching for evidence (720p).

Alternate Titles

  • "死刑犯:罪恶起源" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Condemned: Psycho Crime" -- Japanese title
  • "Condemned" -- European title

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User Reviews

FBI Agent Ethan Thomas, Open Up! Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)
Condemned is Monolith's best game since NOLF 2, and is a unique gem of a game. Windows Kadath Bird (706)
An incredibly effective mixture between gripping horror and smooth gameplay Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)

The Press Says

GameCell UK Xbox 360 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Jan 12, 2006 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Freaks 365 Xbox 360 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Xbox 360 May 03, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
1UP Windows Apr 18, 2006 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Dec 08, 2005 8 out of 10 80
That Gaming Site Xbox 360 Sep 21, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
SEGA-Portal.de Xbox 360 Sep 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Game Shark Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2005 B- 67
Game Critics Windows May 31, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Plotholes? Lazy writers? 3 WildKard (12149)
Jun 22, 2007

Trivia

German version

Condemned was supposed to be an Xbox 360 launch title in Germany, but had to be removed from the line-up when it did not get the approval of the German rating board USK.

References

On the 4th level, the Grid 4 Subway Tunnels, you get a message informing you to "Find Valve, shut off steam." A little jibe at the FPS development studio and downloadable store giant?

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #3 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – The Boxcar Willie Award for Best Hobo Killing Sim (Xbox 360)
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