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FBI Agent Ethan Thomas, Open Up! Xbox 360 MasterMegid (902)
Condemned is Monolith's best game since NOLF 2, and is a unique gem of a game. Windows Kaddy B. (783)
An incredibly effective mixture between gripping horror and smooth gameplay Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (589)

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Combined User Score 81 4.0

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WindowsGameinatrix (Jun 28, 2006)
This week I reviewed Condemned: Criminal Origins from Sega for the PC. Condemned is a first person shooter that trades in its guns in exchange for the caress of a cold lead pipe. In condemned you play Ethan Thomas. Ethan has been falsely accused of killing two fellow police officers who were working with him while he was trying to solve several grisly murders. Ethan was framed by the very serial killer he has been trying to capture. Now everyone but a forensic scientist believes he is guilty. In order to clear his name and catch the man responsible Ethan must fight his way through crack addicts, bums and monsters who are all out to kill him and gather evidence that will clear his name.
WindowsGamezoom (May 08, 2006)
Wer die Filme Seven und SAW gemocht hat, der wird Condemned (zumindest von der Story her) auf jeden Fall lieben. Grafisch und Soundtechnisch steht das Spiel den älteren F.E.A.R. in nichts nach und bis auf kleinere K.I.-Schnitzer könnte das neue Sega-Game fast als zweiter Teil des Horror-Shooters durchgehen. Condemned bietet viele nette Ideen und fast alle davon wurden gut ins Gameplay verpackt. Einzig die Kämpfe gegen die Mutanten können auf Dauer etwas nerven, vor allem wenn man keine starke Waffen zuhanden hat.
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic (Oct 28, 2006)
Despite its detrimental effect on my blood pressure, I found myself drawn into Condemned. In this dark, first-person thriller you play the role of a wrongly-accused cop fleeing the law while in pursuit of the "real" killer. The atmosphere maintains an ultra-high level of intensity as you creep through abandoned buildings, collect evidence, and bash the skulls of crazed wandering drugs addicts (who love to sneak up on you). The dark alleys, grungy abandoned buildings, and dank subway corridors look amazing. Don't let anybody tell you that graphics don't matter, because these "next generation" visuals make you feel "in the game" like never before.
WindowsAtomic Gamer (May 01, 2006)
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.
WindowsPlayback (Jun, 2006)
Podsumowując, czy warto zagrać w Condemned:Criminal Origins? Ja osobiście uważam, że jak najbardziej warto, lecz nie mam najmniejszej chęci wrócić tam z powrotem.. wystarczy mi to, co już zobaczyłem. Choć nie ukrywam, że dodatek przywitam z otwartymi ramionami. Niskie wymagania w zamian za wspaniałą grafikę, duża ilość innowacji, wspaniale zrobione walki czy sugestywny klimat to elementy, dzięki którym Condemned zdecydowanie wyróżnia się na tle innych gier. Nie jest oczywiście projektem doskonałym, lecz na tyle dobrym, ze amatorzy mocnych wrażeń nie będę żałowali ani chwili spędzonej z tą produkcją.
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360 (Feb 14, 2006)
Condemned is definitely worth owning. The game is very immersive, many times I felt like I was in a dark empty hallways with crazy criminals hiding behind the next door, just waiting to bash me in the face. All the levels were very impressive and although the story may raise a few eye-brows in confusion, I felt that it was good enough most of the game. Condemned is probably the best Single-Player experience you can have for your Xbox 360 at the moment.
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD) (Jan 12, 2006)
Mich hat das Spiel von der ersten Minute an gefesselt. Ich konnte mich nur schwer nach ca. 6Stunden vom Spiel losreißen und habe die andere Hälfte dann in einer anderen Etappe von 5Stunden gespielt. Über die Gameplay Fehler kann man klar hinwegsehen und das Spiel ohne sich andauernd aufzuregen Genießen. Durch die teilweise fehlende Musik, hat das Spiel an Atmosphäre eingebüßt aber Notfalls tuts da auch die eigene Musik. Wer eine 360 hat und brutale Spiele nicht verabscheut, der sollte zugreifen oder das Spiel mindestens einmal gespielt haben.
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central (Dec 08, 2005)
Out of all of the launch titles available for the Xbox 360 CCO manages to set itself apart from the competition providing an action packed, spine-tingling adventure that hasn't already been done to death on the current gen consoles. If you're a thrillseeker who isn't afraid of things that scream in the darkness, you just found your next challenge.
Xbox 360GameCell UK (2005)
Condemned is my surprise hit from the launch titles for Xbox360, I loved it. And if you like a good scare, and have no doubt – this is THE scariest game you will probably play – you can’t afford to miss this.
WindowsGotNext (May 05, 2006)
But what Condemned does, it does very well. The gritty atmosphere, the tense paranoia, and the absolutely brutal combat are all top-notch. The amazingly creepy environments that wowed on the 360 are just as impressive here, and the FPS-style keyboard and mouse control scheme fits the action perfectly. Some might not be satisfied by the story, which ends darkly and ambiguously in the classic horror tradition. Some might wish there was more real detective work to do. But those that came for the thrills and the screams will find one of the scariest and most intense game experiences out there.
Xbox 360FOK!games (Jan 18, 2006)
Condemned is aan prachtige en super-enge horror-game met CSI invloeden erin verwerkt. Het kan je echt de stuipen op het lijf jagen en de manier waarop je de vijanden kunt neer meppen met de verschillende slagwapens is prima uitgewerkt. Het is erg leuk dat je allerlei verschillende wapens kunt gebruiken en dat je deze gewoon kunt vinden in de levels als normale voorwerpen. Dat er bijna geen vuurwapens worden gebruikt in dit spel is alleen maar positief te noemen, want zodra je een vuurwapen in handen hebt wordt het een gewone FPS en kun je de vijanden van een afstand neer knallen. Als je geen vuurwapen hebt zul je toch echt dichterbij moeten komen om de vijanden af te maken.
Xbox 360Game Chronicles (Jan 12, 2006)
Condemned is truly a showcase title for the Xbox 360 and a must-own title for anyone who loves FPS games, scary movies or a frighteningly good time. Turn off the lights and prepare yourself for the thrill ride of the year.
88 (May 15, 2006)
Even though the beginning is a little slow, the second half is downright exhilarating and the ending is a bit surprising as well.
WindowsCheat Code Central (Apr 12, 2006)
CCO has all of the gameplay, story, visuals and atmosphere that you could possibly want in a mystery game and I think does them all to a proverbial "t". It's not the longest game you'll have ever played the first time through (10 hours or so), but since it offers a selection of difficulty modes, the robust roster of collectibles which unlock movies that shed more light on just the hell is going on and rewards you for meeting various objectives, there is a decent dose of replay value. Monolith is definitely onto something and I can see Condemned: Criminal Origins becoming a franchise along the lines of Silent Hill featuring changing protagonists. If you've already played CCO on the X360, there is absolutely no reason to return again. But if you're a thrillseeker who isn't afraid of things that scream in the darkness, you just found your next challenge.
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2005)
But even with some complaints, I have no qualms about recommending Condemned to horror fans grabbing a 360 at launch. It packs some true scares, a fresh approach to its genre, great graphics, and fun gameplay mechanics. In short, Condemned: Criminal Origins is the start of the next great horror series.
Xbox (Dec 15, 2005)
Unpacking a new game, let alone a console, is for men an experience that holds the middle between the feeling women get when they're shopping in overdrive or kids when they're heading down the stairs on the day Santa passed by. In other words: it's fun! If you've gotten yourself an XBox360 by now and next to PGR3 you've gotten yourself Condemned, the fun won't stop after unwrapping the plastic!
Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven (Mar 01, 2006)
At the heart of Condemned lies a solid storyline with an in-depth combat system and a haunting atmosphere, but there isn’t enough variety to keep gamers coming back for more. Still, playing the campaign the first time through is an absolutely bone chilling experience that makes this game easily worth a rent, if not a purchase.
Xbox 360IGN (Nov 17, 2005)
When you were in elementary school, didn't you at least once fantasize about what hitting someone with that gigantic razor on the paper cutter would do? Of course you did. Well, thanks to Monolith Productions Condemned: Criminal Origins, you can actually live out that fantasy as well as do the world a favor by brutally ridding it of drug addicts and their pesky homeless cohorts. This game is dark, it looks great, the sound is insane, it's got an engaging melee combat system, and it's one of the scariest games I've ever played. Even though the game's level progression and puzzles are extremely linear, you'll have a hard time being disappointed by this one. That is, unless you've got a severe aversion to ramming your head into the pulpy face of a grotesque sledgehammer-wielding sewer-dweller.
Xbox 360XboxAchievements (Jul 09, 2007)
A short single player game and a non-existent multiplayer means you could potentially knock this game out in a weekend, if not a single day. Clever achievements provide some incentive to revisit the game but a completely linear story means there is little or no reason to replay the campaign rather than to get both endings, though the Propaganda Reports do add slightly to the experience.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (May, 2006)
Dit spel is niet voor iedereen weggelegd, maar in z'n genre zeker een topper. Een aanrader voor horrorfanaten!
Xbox 360DarkZero (2005)
I advise you to pick up Condemned and give it a go, if you find it too scary, let your friend play it. Condemned helps round out a solid Xbox 360 launch as it is contains all the qualities of a ‘AAA’ game but doesn’t offer enough replay. They could add in more weapons to use, a jump button to help out your attacks and even diversify the enemies you encounter. Overall though, Condemned is worthy of your $60 and is a definite pick up.
Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA) (May 01, 2006)
Condemned: Criminal Origins is one of the finest horror games to date, managing to mix the traditional scares with action-packed, enjoyable combat. The atmosphere is palpable, the audio downright chilling, and the storyline is compelling and well executed. The game isn't without its flaws - the framerate should be better and the action can get a tad repetitive - but overall, if you're looking for an engrossing experience, real scares or just an intense first-person fight, then you really ought to pick up Condemned.
Xbox 360Jolt (UK) (Dec 10, 2005)
Stylistically Condemned is more like the bastard child of Max Payne 2 and Manhunt, with the latter being most evident through the faux film-grain effect, violently detrital environments (coincidently including a shopping mall) and ten-a-penny psychopaths just itching to bludgeon you to a lifeless, unrecognisable corpse. In Condemned you play a cop – or more specially a fed, working on the city’s most violent crimes. In true sci-fi style it pretty quickly emerges that your call to the profession was more than mere morbid fascination, when during the course of a serial-murder investigation you begin experiencing a very specific form of psychosis, giving you insights into the killer’s prior actions. It’s this ‘ability’, for want of a better word, that makes you such a keen crime-scene investigator, but it’s also what sends you on a perilous journey through a violently depraved underworld, hot on the heels of an enigmatic killer who has singled you out for the special psycho treatment.
Xbox 360Gamigo (Dec 22, 2005)
Knallharte Action mit Gruselgarantie. Wer meint, so etwas ist nur auf dem PC mit F.E.A.R. möglich, der hat wohl noch nichts von Condemned: Criminal Origins für die Xbox 360 gehört. Nein, keine Panik, das hat jetzt nichts mit mangelndem Zockerwissen zu tun! Wer sich nicht täglich mit dieser Materie beschäftigt, dürfte eventuell gar nicht mitbekommen haben, dass dieser Titel bereits im Handel ist, denn offiziell zu kaufen, gibt es ihn in Deutschland nämlich gar nicht.
Xbox (Apr 17, 2006)
Perhaps seen by many as the 'Dark horse' of the Xbox 360 launch line-up (now fading from memory), Condemned is a surprisingly satisfying and original first-person survival horror game that really shows off the Xbox 360. The copious use of violence means that this isn't for the squeamish, but anyone looking for a next generation exemplar in this genre should definitely check it out.
WindowsWorth Playing (May 05, 2006)
Forgive the lack of variety and sometimes-baffling storyline, and Condemned is a brilliant undertaking.
WindowsComputer and Video Games (CVG) (May 31, 2006)
As long as you're not some kind of hippy who abhors violence, besides the slightly repetitive level design, the game is a masterpiece of nerve-jangling tension the first time round. However, the linear levels, short length (ten hours of play), story that's never fully explained and lack of multiplayer don't offer much in the way of replay value.
Xbox 360VGcore (Jan 25, 2006)
Condemned: Criminal Origins is simply put, an awesome game. The compelling story, the insanely good graphics, lighting, animations, and the great audio are what makes the game great. The storyline was well put together, and the scary and realistic graphics make it happen. The audio adds a great deal of suspense to the game, just like you were in a scary movie. Condemned is really more about the interesting story than gameplay, and this is probably why there was no multiplayer included in the game.
WindowsIGN (Apr 11, 2006)
If you're looking for a game that you can spend many hours on in single and multiplayer, this isn't for you but if you're looking for a terrifically creepy single-player game with brutal action thrown right in your face, Condemned is the goods.
Xbox 360Game Freaks 365 (2006)
In the end, the slow pacing might turn off gamers looking for a straightforward shooter. The game isn't very long, either. Including all of the deaths and retries that I had during the game, I finished the adventure in about eleven hours. There aren't any other gameplay modes, so once you've finished the single-player game, you've experienced everything Condemned has to offer. Does this make it a bad game? No. Is it still worth buying? I'd say so, especially if you're a fan of this type of game. If you like to breathe heavily and feel your heart pound, this is definitely the game for you. The story will captivate you and the ending will have you excited for more. The unique gameplay, thrilling story, and disturbing graphics make Monolith's Condemned: Criminal Origins worth playing, and as an Xbox 360 launch title, it's one of the top five in my book.
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine (Nov 28, 2007)
But for the ride alone, Condemned’s super-creepy serial-killer yarn cannot be beat. It looks great, but more than that,  it doesn’t rest on its visuals to get its gruesome point across: Next-generation gaming is just as much about gameplay as it is about graphics.
WindowsGame Freaks 365 (2005)
In the end, the slow pacing might turn off gamers looking for a straightforward shooter. The game isn't very long, either. Including all of the deaths and retries that I had during the game, I finished the adventure in about eleven hours. There aren't any other gameplay modes, so once you've finished the single-player game, you've experienced everything Condemned has to offer. Does this make it a bad game? No. Is it still worth buying? I'd say so, especially if you're a fan of this type of game. If you like to breathe heavily and feel your heart pound, this is definitely the game for you. The story will captivate you and the ending will have you excited for more. The unique gameplay, thrilling story, and disturbing graphics make Monolith's Condemned: Criminal Origins worth playing, and as an Xbox 360 launch title, it's one of the top five in my book.
WindowsPC Powerplay (Mar 29, 2006)
Bei keinem anderen Spiel habe ich vor Anspannung ständig mit den Füßen gewippt, noch nie bin ich so konzentriert durch dunkle Gewölbe geschlichen. Condemned stellt in Sachen Mittendrin-Gefühl alles in den Schatten. Heruntergekommene Schauplätze, eine alles verschlingende Finsternis, durchgeknallte Drogenjunkies - die Atmospähre hat mich schlichtweg vom Hocker gehauen. So viel Spaß mir das Gruseln auch macht, die lahme Spurensuche hat mich enttäuscht. Das war beim nächsten Schlagabtausch aber wieder vergessen, denn die Kämpfe spielen sich phantastisch. Wenn Sie schockgeprüfte Nerven haben, dann müssen Sie Condemned kaufen. Mein Tipp: nachts im stockdunklen Kämmerchen spielen.
Xbox 360XBox Evolved (Nov 22, 2005)
Condemned is honestly the sleeper hit for the Xbox 360 launch. When I picked it up last week, not much was available so my choices were narrow. It’s freaky, bizarre, eccentric, horrifying and will make players trembling at times. Well maybe not trembling but it will scare you I can guarantee you that. It isn’t the typical “what’s hiding in that dark corner over there” scare either. You’ll be surrounded by all light and still find the same scares that you wouldn’t normally experience in such games as DOOM 3 that rely on cheap tricks to scare the players.
WindowsAbsolute Games ( (Apr 21, 2006)
Я не зря помянул «старшего брата» Condemned. Меняя декорации с каждой новой главой, она перешагнула через старые грабли однообразия… и угодила в капкан с наклейкой «Интерактивность». Падающие бутылки, разлетающиеся картонные коробки, бьющееся стекло — предел возможностей обоих отпрысков Monolith. Им остро недостает «casual physics» — взаимодействия всех без исключения предметов, или, по крайней мере, более добросовестного подхода к дизайну. Чертовски здорово, что тут не взрываются бочки, но зачем их наполнили бетоном и приклеили к полу? Почему книги в библиотеке не летят со стола и почему сам стол не желает сдвигаться даже на миллиметр?
WindowsGameguru Mania (Apr 26, 2006)
Overall this game has exceeded my expectations. I loved playing F.E.A.R and this one from Monolith doesn't disappoint either. These Monolith guys know how to make a game look exceptional and with a high powered card you can smell the sewers it's that real looking. Top notch work guys. I'm looking forward to a sequel! If you can stomach the violence, and have a decent enough PC to run it, by all means, get this game.
Xbox 360Game Over Online (Jan 12, 2006)
The Xbox 360 launch was marked by a selection of games that mostly featured sequels (or a prequel in the case of Perfect Dark Zero) and ports of popular sports titles. King Kong was based on an already-existing intellectual property so in fact there were only two titles based on original properties. Condemned: Criminal Origins is one of those two titles. From the twisted minds at Monolith, Condemned is a first-person psychological thriller in the vein of the serial killer movies Se7en and Resurrection starring Christopher Lambert (how's that for an obscure film reference). So grab your crime scene kit as we begin our investigation of Condemned: Criminal Origins.
WindowsGame Chronicles (Apr 11, 2006)
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.
Xbox 360Deaf Gamers (2006)
Condemned is a brutal action game that's fully deserving of its 18 classification. It's not a game for the squeamish or delicate and might come as a bit of a shock to those who normally enjoy action games in general. The brutality of the combat aside though, Condemned definitely deserves praise for its presentation and creating an atmosphere that is truly soaked in fear. The combat system is a well thought out one and having to deal with an enemy AI that's fairly sophisticated makes the experience all the more rewarding. The level design could have been better though and some will point to the game's length as also being a problem. The addition of captions for the out of sight enemies (that can be heard) would really have been a nice touch (and made the game more accessible for deaf gamers) but sadly there are none. If you want a fear soaked action game for your new Xbox 360 Condemned is certainly well worth it.
83 (Mar 28, 2006)
Wer sich auf die Macht seiner Instinkte einlässt, läuft Gefahr die Kontrolle über sich zu verlieren. Monolith's neuestes Werk "Condemned: Criminal Origins" spielt mit der Kraft von Hass und Wut und ist mit Sicherheit nichts für schwache Nerven. Wir haben uns dieser waghalsigen Kombination geöffnet - lesen Sie selbst ob wir sie auch (psychisch) überstanden haben...
Condemned combines inventive melee-based game play and a real life horror theme to create a terrifyingly gritty, crime themed action game.
WindowsGameSpot (Apr 11, 2006)
Condemned's success in delivering the best-looking first-person melee combat of any game to date is truly admirable, along with its unusual premise. It's just that the longer you play, the more you'll wish that there were more substance to the experience. Fortunately, the game's main area of focus is executed on incomparably well, and it's thrilling for a good while, if not all the way to the bitter end.
Xbox (Nov 23, 2005)
The best words that can be used to describe Condemned: Criminal Origins are violent, creepy, and chilling. Placing you in the shoes of Agent Ethan Thomas, this game is all about creepy settings, visceral combat, and solving a mystery. Who is this mysterious Matchmaker? Why is he so interested in Agent Thomas? What has turned ordinary citizens into psychotic killers?
Xbox 360UOL Jogos (Feb 20, 2006)
"Condemned: Criminal Origins" acerta no quesito mais importante num jogo de suspense: a capacidade de "sugar" o jogador para dentro de seu mundo de cenários desolados e de horrendos inimigos, aliado a um sistema de luta que obriga o confronto cara-a-cara. Por outro lado, as partes de investigação são simples demais e até mesmo as lutas acabam ficando repetitivas. E o enredo, que promete muito, não justifica as expectativas. Mas, mesmo com apenas um truque, o título é capaz de ganhar o jogador.
80 (Apr 12, 2006)
Condemned delivers an experience that's worlds apart from what is usually on offer for PC gamers. At its core it's about as simple as a game could be, but it's presented in such a deranged and immersive way that it's hard not to get caught up in it all.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Apr 19, 2006)
Condemned slaagt bewonderenswaardig goed in het neerzetten van een bloederig hand-to-hand combatspel, en ziet er nog eens fantastisch uit ook. Maar je zal merken dat je na een tijdje op je honger blijft zitten, wegens teveel van hetzelfde. Als je er toch in slaagt om je tot het einde te knokken, dan heb je een spannend en ietwat vreemd verhaal achter de rug waar je waarschijnlijk niet meer terug aan zal beginnen. Er zijn een paar extra's die je kan unlocken, maar die zijn amper het vermelden waard.
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network (Jan 12, 2006)
You know those warnings in the front of a games manual? The one that says take a break every so often but you never pay attention to? Well don't worry, Condemned makes you want to take a break every 15 minutes. We're not lying, it's not often that you'll find the Totally360 staff walking away from a game, especially one as good as Condemned. The crushing atmosphere, combined with the visceral attack on the senses combine to create one hell of a scary game; even with the lights on. Monolith has managed to create a game that blends genres, impresses graphically, and fills you with fear of what's round the next corner.
Xbox 360MS Xbox World (Dec 08, 2005)
Condemned Criminal Origins is a welcome game to make the launch of the 360 and offers something different to the other games on offer. Condemned is naturally full of suspense and will no doubt make many players jump in their seat at times or genuinely feel anxious whilst playing. It’s great when a game can accomplish this especially for the right reasons; and this puts Condemned as a must play launch title. It’s gritty, it’s destructive and it’s dark but most certainly it is a highly involving and entertaining game.
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games (Dec 12, 2005)
Even still, I’m pretty pleased that I purchased Condemned: Criminal Origins. Once I bought it, I couldn’t put it down. The game is pretty different than a lot of the other ones that I’ve played, and it was a refreshing change of pace from the more typical first-person games that I play. The storyline is really good, especially during the concluding portions of the game. Monolith has once again delivered a memorable experience that challenges a lot of expectations and norms and proves that they’re probably one of the best in the biz. There are some problems, and this is probably a one-time journey for most of you, but Condemned: Criminal Origins does deliver an excellent experience if you’re willing to give it the time.
Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Jan 23, 2006)
Anyway, I still highly recommend this game to horror fans, detective novel readers, or anyone that enjoys a nail-biting, gut-wrenching tale. I won't advise anyone to purchase this title due to its high price and short length unless you are going to resell it immediately on Ebay, but it's definitely a must rent. Don't miss out on the absolute best action/horror title on the Xbox 360.
80 (May 03, 2006)
Sega did a great job with Condemned: Criminal Origins and I hope they do a follow up to this game. The one downside of the game is it was very short. Ten chapters sounds like a lot, but you can easily finish this game in 10 to 15 hours with no problem. I thought the gameplay worked well and was nice for a change from the run and gun games that are out. Sega did a great job with the sound by not adding anything that was not needed. If you would like to play a game that keeps you on the edge of your seat then Condemned: Criminal Origins is the game for you, but make sure your heart can take it.
Xbox (Nov 29, 2005)
Condemned puise dans les bas-fonds de nos peurs les plus primaires : la peur du noir, la peur de ce qu'on ne voit pas, et la peur de ce qui pousse des cris bizarres. Cette atmosphère pestilentielle et horrifiante enverrait au tapis les ténors du survival horror, en particulier quand on la couple à la violence des combats. Dommage cependant que le gameplay soit aussi tristement dirigiste, Monolith ne laissant pas la moindre initiative au joueur. Pour autant, Condemned n'en reste pas moins mon coup de coeur de boeuf faisandé sur Xbox 360.
Xbox 360EL33TONLINE (Aug 02, 2007)
It is a game I would recommend to anyone that has any interest in survival horror games. For those that like guns, stay clear. It is not about blasting but rather about strategic planning of how to batter someone with a sledge hammer. Gore is also something that is plentiful so if you are weak at the knees ensure that you never play this game as you might feel condemned thereafter.
80 (Apr 24, 2006)
Condemned puise dans les bas-fonds de nos peurs les plus primaires : la peur du noir, la peur de ce qu'on ne voit pas, et la peur de ce qui pousse des cris bizarres. Cette atmosphère pestilentielle et horrifiante enverrait au tapis les ténors du survival horror, en particulier quand on la couple à la violence des combats. Dommage cependant que le gameplay soit aussi tristement dirigiste, Monolith ne laissant pas la moindre initiative au joueur.
Xbox 360GotNext (Oct 24, 2006)
The game is also short, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Any longer and it might lose its tight pacing, which culminates in one of the most intense final levels that plays like something straight out of The Hills Have Eyes. The amount of replay you'll get out of Condemned depends on how much of a completist you are, because there's a bit of optional collecting to be done here. If for some reason, as a 360 owner, you missed out on this game, at least give it a rental and brave its grotesque world for a couple of nights. You'll never look at your surroundings the same again.
WindowsDeaf Gamers (2006)
Condemned on the PC is just as an intimidating experience as it was on the Xbox 360. With a high-end PC you can have the game looking pretty much the same too. The problems that the Xbox 360 version had are still here though. The disorientating level design and the lack of captions are the major problems. I'm pretty sure most will appreciate the quicksave option that has been added but in some ways it strips some of the fear factor from the game. Overall though it's the same tense action horror game that you won't want to play just before you go to bed and if the survival horror genre is to your liking and you didn't experience the game on the Xbox 360, now's definitely the time to do so.
Xbox 360Gamestyle (Dec, 2006)
In a game such as this, sound is everything. Playing your favourite tracks whilst experiencing Condemned will not only spoil the atmosphere, but also limit your ability to track opponents. Monolith resort to every trick in the book to scare and confuse players (along with cut sequences and voice direction that are professionally placed to enhance the experience). It's just a shame the developer couldn't expand upon the promise of forensic options and truly deliver something novel and terrifying. However, as its stands, Condemned: Criminal Origins overtook all our fears and certainly points the way forward for survival horror.
Xbox 360Gamezine (Nov 16, 2005)
Condemned est donc au final un jeu bouleversant, avec une ambiance extraordinaire digne d’un premier jeu nouvelle génération. Reste que les joueurs PC ne seront peut-être pas forcément convaincus, car le genre est déjà bien représenté sur ce support. Mais les joueurs consoles seront ravis de pouvoir apprécier un jeu de cette qualité sans se ruiner dans l’achat de la dernière carte graphique (même s’il faut acheter la console sur ce coup-là). Et dire que ce n’est que le premier titre… On se met doucement à rêver…
Xbox 360Christ Centered Game Reviews (Sep 23, 2006)
This is a masterpiece for the next generation of gaming. I wouldn’t recommend it wholeheartedly to a person of age as I would RE4, but it is the first great horror experience on the 360.
Even if the brutality of it all doesn't prevent you from eating while playing, the scare factor will. This is the essence of what we should expect from a new generation of consoles, and while it still carries some of the basic design flaws we've come to expect from the previous generation, there's little doubt that Condemned doesn't try to do everything to ensure the player has the experience the developers wanted.
WindowsActionTrip (Apr 19, 2006)
Overall, however, Condemned seems like a good buy, or a rental at least. Performance-wise, it is a hardware hog, and this seems even less justified than in F.E.A.R., where the special effects seemed beefier and more spectacular. If you are looking for a good survival horror title with a unique twist, however, I definitely recommend this one. It's not the second coming or anything, but it's good enough to surprise you in more ways than one.
80 (May 08, 2006)
A l’origine, Condemned est sorti comme jeu de lancement de la Xbox 360. Remportant un certain succès sur la console de Microsoft, il a été porté sur PC par Monolith, un studio assez ancien dans le développement de jeux vidéo, qui s'est illustré avec des titres comme Blood & Blood 2, No one lives forever 1 & 2, Tron 2.0, Alien vs Predator 2 et l’excellent F.E.A.R.. Tel le jury de la Nouvelle Star, Monolith semble chercher à ne produire que des jeux ayant un univers et une ambiance propre, un peu plus profonde que ce à quoi le genre des FPS nous a habitué.
WindowsGameZone (May 05, 2006)
Have you ever sat around and wondered what it would be like to be a detective? You know … go out on the crazy back streets of a major city investigating crimes and hanging out in the dark and seedy corners of the earth looking to take out the dark criminal element of society? Now, have you also ever sat around and wondered what it would be like to haul off and drill someone across the face with some heavy blunt object to see what it would do to them? Well, if you answered “yes” to both of these questions … you’re in luck! Sega has taken a left turn into a dark, creepy, crime infested world with it’s newest entry to the PC world with Condemned : Criminal Origins which allows you to search for clues, try to track a nasty serial killer, and kill lots of crackhead-like criminals hellbent on taking you down and probably doing some really disgusting things to you.
Xbox 360GameSpy (May 03, 2006)
When compared to the horrific world of Condemned: Criminal Origins, you get the impression that other survival-horror games or shooters are merely playing when it comes to creating fear or depicting violence. Boiled to its essence, the gameplay is run-of-the-mill: you wind your way through linear levels, kill enemies, and grab some health kits. On paper, it's pretty thin stuff. Yet Condemned packs serious scares and manages to tap right into your id as it embroils you in utterly brutal violence. After all, that's where true horror lies: not with the monsters of fiction, but in the cruelty, depravity, and violence that can spring from even good men.
Windows1UP (Apr 18, 2006)
The survival horror genre, popularized by Japanese originators like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, is one characterized by limitations. As fear is derived from helplessness, survival horror titles design through restrictions as a check and balance to your gaming prowess. The age-old formula isn't exactly subtle, nor is it hard to spot; in a survival horror adventure, player movement is more sluggish and encumbered, ammunition and health packs are sparse, and inventory is always a tough choice between necessity and luxury. In that sense, developer Monolith's Xbox 360 debut, Condemned: Criminal Origins, falls almost too neatly into a survival horror niche -- only this time, the terror is from a perspective the developer knows best: up-close and personal first-person g(l)ory.
WindowsGameSpy (May 03, 2006)
The gameplay in Condemned: Criminal Origins can feel a bit repetitive and simplistic at times, and the ending is a letdown, but it's the type of game you play more for the emotional rush. And Condemned offers just that: 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.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Nov 18, 2006)
Raw, savage beatings are the order of the day in Condemned: Criminal Origins, an original first-person action game developed exclusively for the Xbox 360. You play as an investigator tailing a serial killer while struggling to keep your own sanity as you face off against what seems like an army of depraved sociopaths. Condemned's impressive graphics and bone-crushing hand-to-hand combat sequences make for a visceral, highly atmospheric experience that's quite unlike anything you've ever played before. But as great as that may sound, Condemned is also something of a one-trick pony, whose monotonous gameplay doesn't quite live up to the quality of the presentation and underlying concept. Don't you dare let that stop you from making this one of the first Xbox 360 games you play if the concept intrigues you, though. Despite its shortcomings, Condemned offers a compelling sneak peek at some of the incredible potential of the next generation of games.
Xbox 360Quebec Gamers (Aug 15, 2007)
J'ai trouvé dommage que les environnements soient plus pénibles qu'amusants, car j'aurais peut-être pas détesté rejouer pour mieux comprendre l'histoire ou voir quelques subtilités que j'aurais manqué, ou encore amassez tout les items cachés. Malhreusement, je ne me vois pas rejouer des environnements aussi génériques dans lesquels ils est impossible de se retrouver naturellement. Malgré tout, c'est un jeu que je conseille à ceux qui aiment les FPS et les jeux d'horreur. Le finir une fois est recommandable car c'est tout de même un jeu avec de belles qualités, et il se peut que vous l'aimiez bien plus que moi, car selon plusieurs, il est excellent, ou du moins, plus excellent que je semble l'avoir trouvé!
WindowsGamers' Temple, The (2006)
Like the story, there are some cool ideas here but they’re not built upon enough to make a truly great game. You’ll probably enjoy the first part of the game as long as you can stomach the premise and the violence, but soon after that the repetition will begin to set in and you’ll be disappointed that there’s not more to it.
Xbox 360JustPressPlay (Jan 03, 2006)
Despite its short amount of gameplay and little to no replay value,Condemned: Criminal Origins is a welcome addition to the horror genreof video games. Its visual and audio concepts show just how strong theXbox 360 can be. Condemned: Criminal Origins, with its dark atmosphereand its lust for violence, is a game that horror fanatics and gamersalike will find to die for. My only suggestion is to play this game inthe dark with a good sound system; only in this element you will beable to take full advantage of the horrifying and disturbingconstituents that make this game unforgettable. Well done Monolith!Well done Sega! A sequel is inevitable.
Xbox 360That Gaming Site (Sep 21, 2008)
A great find for cheap and invest some time in, just a few rampant glitches that take away from the overall experience.
WindowsGame Shark (May 04, 2006)
If you have the muscle to run it at high detail and don’t mind a good horror romp with a nice blend between difficulty, action, and storytelling, then this is one game that can definitely deliver, and is unquestionably “the best hobo-murdering sim of 2006”, as many call it.
Xbox 360Gaming Age (2005)
By mixing some of the best elements from games like Silent Hill and The Chronicles of Riddick and with a little CSI thrown in for good measure, Condemned turns out to be a great, original title. Like a number of 360 games, replay value is significantly enhanced by a smattering of interesting and sometimes difficult achievements. If you enjoy games like Fatal Frame and Silent Hill, Condemned should be right up your alley.
Xbox (UK) (Nov 25, 2005)
Having created this wonderfully ambient platform to build an amazing investigative horror epic on, Monolith and Jason Hall settled for making something that's entertaining on a basic, primal level, but then failed to capitalise on that. The way was clear to make Condemned something truly outstanding, but in the end its place in gaming history will go down as merely 'a pretty good horror-adventure' - which is a great shame. In terms of getting an original game to go with your 360, this is definitely recommended on that level, but in the broader context it's a sign that next generation gaming may offer a wonderful audio visual experience, but it needs to be a tad more ambitious in the game design stakes.
Xbox (Sep 20, 2009)
Brutaler Horrortrip: Dreckig, dunkel, und kein bisschen lustig. Schlagt Psychopathen und Mördern die Zähne aus der Fresse, oder brecht ihnen das Genick. Schockmomente lassen eure Hände verkrampfen, und zwar so, dass ihr schon Titan-Nerven braucht, wenn ihr mit 5.1 Sound und nachts spielt. Condemned ist eine Mischung aus Manhunt, Breakdown und Silent Hill, wobei auf echte Rätsel so gut wie verzichtet wurde. Zwischen Nahkämpfen und Tatort-Check sucht ihr immer nach dem passenden Werkzeug, um voranzukommen. Dabei wiederholen sich genau diese Elemente sehr oft, und der Einsatz der forensischen Gadgets wird fast komplett vom Spiel übernommen – das schränkt die Handlungsautonomie stark ein. Schade, dass der XBox-Live Support schwach ist, ein coop-Mode fehlt, und der Wiederspielwert gering ist.
Xbox 360Factornews (Dec 13, 2005)
Condemned : Criminal Origins s’avère être un des tous meilleurs titres du lancement de la 360. Original dans son approche, techniquement au poil et, plus important qu’il n’y paraît, exclusif (du moins pour l’instant) à la console. Le concept pourrait même être amélioré dans l’éventualité d’une suite en donnant encore plus d’importance aux scènes d’investigation et en enrichissant les combats de quelques mouvements supplémentaires. Peut-être un peu court (une dizaine d’heures de jeu) pour les plus hardcore gamers d’entre vous, mais son intensité n’est jamais diluée.
WindowsTTGamer (Apr 25, 2006)
Unfortunately, what makes Condemned unique is also its downfall at times - the immersive environments are great at first and the down to earth approach to combat offers an initial unique challenge, but after a while, running around the same rooms and hallways killing random baddies the same way each time has its limited appeal, and the investigative aspects of the game are hardly going to offer much of a challenge to anyone. With that said, Condemned is probably best enjoyed in short stints of gameplay at a time, even if it is an odd mix of stimulating storyline, boring investigations and almost completely irrelevant mindless combat.
Xbox 360GamePro (US) (Nov 21, 2005)
While much of the Condemned experience will leave you sleeping with the lights on for months, the actual game itself will last you little more than a handful of hours. Our first run through the game clocked in at little over four hours, which was quite disappointing. The game does have a ton of collectibles to find, including some cool Xbox 360 Achievement Awards, but just don't expect an epic 20-hour experience.
Windows3DAvenue (Apr 25, 2006)
It has its faults, but Condemned is still a game that will surprise a few people, even if it's only because of its differences to most FPS games. While it is effectively "yet another FPS", it manages to separate itself from the norm with its approach. 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.
WindowsGamePro (US) (May 17, 2006)
Condemned: Criminal Origins wants so badly to be Seven: The Video Game, it's almost embarrassing at times. The opening scenes show a flickering, grainy montage of over-exposed police memos (with words like "mutilation" and "extremely dangerous" placed oh-so-prominently) and a scattered collection of crime scene photos. Meanwhile, the audio track pumps out an array of frantic rustling, tapping, and muffled moaning. It's so damn edgy, it's almost trite -- what you might get if David Fincher and Trent Reznor decided they just had to collaborate on a video game.
Xbox 360Game Shark (Nov 30, 2005)
While it is a worthy first survival horror game for the Xbox 360, Condemned: Criminal Origins is a bit of a one-trick pony. Once the campaign is over, the player can go back to unlock more extras, but the game is pretty much done, and it has probably gotten repetitive to the average player by then anyway. Fans of the genre who have a shiny new Xbox 360 will almost surely want to check it out to experience the immersive and disturbing atmosphere the game can create using the new technology, but those just looking for the best launch title should keep looking.
WindowsGame Critics (May 31, 2006)
Condemned provides players with some of the creepiest imagery ever to appear in a video game, along with some truly tedious combat and enough concentrated human misery to darken even the most radiant heart. While by no means a terrible game, and not even a bad one, this is a game designed to increase the overall amount of sadness in the world, and for that reason alone, and despite its many high points, I can't recommend that anyone play it. Ever.
Xbox 360Lens of Truth (Oct 23, 2008)
This is a fun game. Not a short game, not a long game, and as my wife pointed out, not an original game. I’m not even sure I’d recommend this game to anyone. If you like horror games, this might not even be interesting, but it might be a fun break from your Resident Evil marathon. I would put the replay value pretty low. Once you beat the game, you can’t wait to move onto another game. So why did I play this game again? My wife needed gamer points. Since this game was a launch title Microsoft pushed this game to give out more gamer points over the easiest tasks then most other games. So if you see this game in the bargain bin, pick it up, get your points, get a little entertainment, and move the heck on.
WindowsGaming since 198x (Feb 27, 2008)
Trouvable à 10 Euros voire moins, Condemned reste un jeu d'ambiance plutôt prenant, mais on reste sur sa faim, en attendant le prochain !
Xbox 360X-Power (Dec 31, 2005)
Toch stellen we ons de vraag waarom Monolith niet wat meer variatie in het hele opzet van dit spel heeft gestoken. De hele rit lang vroegen wij ons af wanneer we eens andere gameplay zouden voorgeschoteld krijgen, maar helaas bleven we op onze honger zitten. Het resultaat is een spel geworden dat erg sfeervol (is “angst” een sfeer?) overkomt, maar veel te lang teert op dezelfde, relatief simpele gameplay.
60 (UK) (Apr 23, 2006)
There's not much point in my getting too deeply into how the tension is kept nice and high, the grit of why the 'investigative instincts' don't really work, and how the whole thing plays too simply...
Xbox 360Diehard GameFan (Nov 28, 2005)
I simply can’t recommend this game to anyone under any circumstances. It is much less fun than even The Matrix Online, which is saying a lot. It just doesn’t look like they tried hard enough. And I think I know why. I think in their deal with Sega and Warner Brothers to make The Matrix Online, they were required to make this game as well. It’s rather appropriate that Monolith’s two worst games are connected like that. But either way, if you want to, give the game a rent, but do NOT, under any circumstances, buy this game yet. It’s running $60 in the stores and is barely worth $20. And I feel TOTALLY ripped off. It just isn’t fun at all.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Jul, 2006)
1 scored Condemned’s Xbox 360 version an 8.5 out of 10—which, to me, feels high for this PC port. Maybe it’s just that it pales (in both the gameplay and the graphics) next to Monolith’s previous PC games—F.E.A.R., Tron, and No One Lives Forever. Maybe it’s the annoyingly incomplete story line. (Just what is my connection to the killer? And what’s the deal with the dead birds?) Still, the atmosphere is great, and we never get good survival-horror games on the PC, so maybe I should just shut up and stop complaining. Kill the homeless!