Review by Mathodical
"A bright light in a dark city."
Condemned Criminal Origins was a very original game, and one of the first games we saw on XBOX 360. With the sequel, Monolith doesn't offer anything groundbreaking, yet offers a fresh experience that can't be missed by horror lovers.
Graphics: One of the games highest points. The atmosphere is incredibly immersive, and when the game is played with the lights off and with no one in the room, you'll see for yourself. Great lighting, level design and presentation. However most of the game takes place in rooms with little or no light, so the full potential of the graphics engine may not be seen.
Sound: Some of the best I've heard in a game this year. Sounds in the background and foreground are all well done, and will provide some good shock moments, or make other moments more intense. You'll find yourself listening for enemies more often than you'll be looking for them, which makes for a unique experience. The first time you hear a meth addict running down the halls or footsteps behind you, you'll never forget it. Surround sound is recommended.
Gameplay: The fighting system has been revamped and is more complex this time around. I found however that there were too many moves, and didn't end up using more than half of them, it also detracts from your fear when you can kick the crap out of everyone in the game easily. Lots of weapon variety and good environment interaction, although sometimes enemies take far too many hits to go down. Some felt that there were too many guns in this game, however unless you think 3 levels is too many I didn't feel this was true. The gun levels were more fun than they sound and add a nice change of pace to the constant darkness and pipe-swinging.
Replay: Fight Club and the extra difficulties add some replay value, but unless you want the achievements this game won't offer much on a second playthrough unfortunately. The game is a decent length, but you could finish it in about two days if you are eager to get it done. Also trying to get gold on all the levels increases the replay value, which can be done by completing all the bonus objectives in the level.
This is a great game if you go into it with the mindset that you want to be scared. Just don't expect anything that will change the face of gaming, and you'll enjoy this game alot more than you would expect.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/14/08
Game Release: Condemned 2: Bloodshot (US, 03/11/08)
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