Fanboy or Bum Fight lover recomended only
You’re drunk, you’re angry, and you’re sleeping in the streets of a city ready to tear itself apart — welcome back, Ethan Thomas. It’s been six months since the ex–FBI agent tracked down Serial Killer X through Condemned’s blend of horror and first-person gameplay — and if you’ve come to the sequel seeking answers to that spooky cliffhanger ending, you’ll get some…but nowhere near enough.
As homicidal homeless people assaulted us with scavenged weapons and vulgarity, we defended ourselves with wooden and aluminum bats, toilet seats, flaming 2x4s…and we won’t reveal any more, since finding new weapons is part of the fun. Plus, the new combo-based fisticuffs system offers hooks, blocks, one-two combos – it’s like (Bum)Fight Night.
Being an ex–FBI agent, you’re always armed with investigative toys such as UV lamps and spectrometers. The forensic segments are less “find what the designers left you” and more open to observation and interpretation. Is that blood-spray pattern the result of blunt trauma or a gunshot? Was the victim dragged away or did they crawl under their own power? A little ambiguity helps you feel like you’re really working the case — a little Encyclopedia Brown to go with the Sugar Ray Leonard.
Condemned 2’s finest creation, however, is atmosphere. The dilapidated world looks disgustingly tangible — piles of trash litter the offices, factories, and streets, while frostings of rust and filth cover nearly ever surface. Silence proves to be the game’s greatest weapon, creating a hyper-aware environment that is terrifying in its lack of ambience. We tried to play this game in the dark but didn’t last long, thanks to multiple scream-like-a-six-year-old-girl moments, including one while exploring a derelict building: We approached a mirrored medicine cabinet, hoping to find some health kits inside, only to spot an enemy running up behind our reflection. Instinct took over. And while we squeezed our eyes shut a lot, Condemned 2 depicts its gore unflinchingly. We’ll spare you the spoilers, but the game’s Mature rating lands somewhere below the torture porn of Hostel…but not by much.
Unfortunately, there’s an uneven quality to Condemned 2; some elements just lack polish. Voice acting is hit and miss (swear words are clumsily delivered — and someone fire that newscaster!), there’s some inconsistency among objects (climb this scaffold and smash that TV, but not others), and you’re a slave to checkpoint saves instead of being able to save when and where you want. Plus, Ethan’s hallucinations are sometimes used to set up unfair fights — when it’s too dark or blurry to see your attacker or your possible exits, frustration sets in fast. Perhaps worst of all, fans will get some interesting answers to their lingering questions (Haven’t played the first game? You’ll want to…), but Condemned 2’s deeply unsatisfying final battle and end cinematic shamelessly set up a third game. We’d look forward to it if we could walk away from this one feeling fulfilled.
Condemned 2 was designed to mess with your head, and boy, does it succeed. We’re glad we got the chance to return to Metro City, but the old town has changed — in some ways for the better, but a little for the worse.
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Great Scary Game
If you played the first Condemned game you will definately love this game. The action and suspense is still there along with all the unexpected scares. It provides a great continuation from the cliffhanger ending of the previous game. This game focuses a bit more on gun play as opposed to melee combat from the first but nonetheless still works well.
I still believe this is one underrated horror game and hope more people are able to find this hidden gem. I've never had so many moments where I jump scared from the intense quiet then random monster popping out of nowhere scenes like I have with the Condemned series. This game isn't as fast paced as you would expect from a first person shooter type game but that's what builds the suspense. Do yourself a favor and pick this game up, you will probably be able to find it at a very cheap price anywhere you look.
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Condemned 2: Bloodshot is a much improved sequel over its predecessor
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I played the demo to Condemned 1 Criminal Origins and it was so amazing I had to buy the game. Well before I bought this sequel Condemned 2, I had also downloaded the free demo to this game on Xbox 360 and was disgusted. That demo was a gross misrepresentation of the game and did not do it justice. The demo throws so much annoying stuff at you with no tutorial and the demo just abruptly ends. I thought I was going to hate this game, but found it to be much better than the first one. It's much more thrilling and still has a semi realistic story. You do encounter the supernatural, but that is only during dream like sequences. It has way more scary moments and puts you on the edge of your seat.
I found the first one to be boring and repetitive after a few hours however this sequel constantly remains fresh. There have been many improvements. You can now aim down the sights of your gun. Combat is much more diverse with a combo system and involves more technique so it doesn't get repetitive. One of the most satisfying changes however is the investigations. You also get rewards based on how well you did on a mission. It actually requires you to put thought into it. You have to walk around a scene and try to figure out what happened. If you guess wrong you get a lower rating. You are forced to use some logic. If you are not the type of person that likes to think then no problem. You will not be forced to be stuck on a puzzle until you can figure it out. You simply are given a rating and move on. It has no real negative impact on your gameplay if you just want to play the game and don't care about ratings.
You are given a few tools including a GPS, a camera, a UV light, and a special sonic sound detecting device. I love the lack of sense of direction that they provide. It really adds to the thrill and excitement of the game. Getting lost and wondering what is around the next corner is fun. It makes you feel like a real investigator and plays out like an edge of your seat horror movie. However if you don't like that and just want something to tell you where to go then the GPS is a useful tool. It provides a whole map and overview of where you are and where you need to go. It is completely optional on if you want to use that tool or not.
It has pretty much improved in every way upon the first one. The only flaw or con that I can think of is that fanatics of the first one may find this one to be too complex if they enjoyed the simplicity of the first one. It is still fairly simple, but all the added elements may ruin its charm for those that have no patience or interest in thinking. Some may find the new combat system to be overly complex. If you enjoy a slight challenge than this game is for you. If you prefer simple than the first one will probably be your preference.
Not too different from the first
Condemned 2 for the Xbox 360:
Pros: Weapons selection
Combo & Block moves
Ability to access files/evidence many times
Throwing weapons both straight ahead but also VERTICALLY!
Cons: Darkness (even adjusted)
Inability to skip Cutscenes
Confusing Navigation points (no clear directions)
Game progression was too slow
Tutorial was spaced throughout entire first level, not all at once
Basically you wake up in an alley, hung over. You flip off a Homeless man and off you go!
Your drunk (required), ticked off and powerful! You have to stay drunk to stay powerful! If you don't drink enough then your not strong, and your fighting abilities are hindered. Reaction time is dependant on blood alcohol level.
This was a decent game but not anything special. I wouldn't buy it again, in fact we sold our copy after the first run through.
NOT A GAME FOR KIDS! This is strictly an ADULT game.
Condemned 2: Bloodshot Great game
If it came down to it, would you be willing to rip your toilet seat off of its hinges to beat down a frenzied meth addict? You'd better be prepared to answer 'yes' to that question if you're going to take a swing at Condemned 2: Bloodshot. The sequel to Monolith and SEGA's Xbox 360 launch title returns to the seedy underworld for more first-person melee combat with a hint of horror. Ok, it's more than a hint. Condemned 2 offers up the same formula that made the first game a success and tackles every criticism levelled at the franchise with success in most areas. It's not the perfect sequel, but it'll do for those of us that found the first a refreshing alternative to the standard first-person formula.
Condemned 2 picks up several months after the first game ended. Ethan Thomas, our unlikely hero, has fallen on hard times since leaving his job as an SCU agent. The alcoholic stupor he lives in has taken its toll and this game finds him battling demons both real and imaginary. Things are bad for Mr. Thomas. Not quite Leaving Las Vegas bad, but the sauce has become such a part of his life that he can't hold a gun steady without first downing a bottle. It's a sad state of affairs, but an interesting gameplay mechanic to be sure.