albedos_shadow's Condemned: Criminal Origins (Xbox 360) review

Creepy as hell.

 Let's face it: the majority of 360 launch titles sucked. Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero weren't exactly shining examples of the technology. Out of all the titles available at launch, Condemned stands out as the best, and it may even be one of the best horror games. You take the role of Ethan Thomas, a cop investigating a series of serial murders. when he is suddenly framed for the murder of 2 police officers. You spend the game chasing the man who framed you and generally getting the shit scared out of you. Believe me when I tell you Condemned will make you jump out of your seat more than once. The department store level is, in my opinion, the most well-constructed scare factory in the history of survival horror. The gameplay all takes place in a first-person view, with an emphasis on melee combat. This part of the game is extremely well done, with every swing of a pipe or 2x4 conveying a realistic sense of weight and impact. There are guns littered throughout the game, but the aiming and general feel of the firearms makes sure you stick to the melee weapons for the most part. Since you play as a police officer, you will sometimes be required to investigate crime scenes, although this is relegated mostly to pressing the X button when prompted and shining a light on some blood, taking away any puzzle-solving element whatsoever. As a total package, Condemned is a great first-person action game, and one of the top survival horror games of all time.    

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