|Action, FPS, Horror||Modern (2001-2010)||Monolith||Sega, Warner Brothers||Horror, Supernatural, Urban, Crime, Detective|
Condemned: Criminal Origins is a decent first person action horror game. Good gameplay, paranoia inducing immersive environment, and good level design are its positives. A weak story and a weaker climax are its negatives. You play the role of an FBI investigator working on cases of several serial killers operating in your city. During an investigation at a crime scene, the perpetrator shoots your colleagues with your gun and leaves you unconscious. By the time you come to senses, you have become a suspect yourself. Now you have to search for clues and follow the tracks of the killer to clear your name. Enemies are substance abusing individuals and addicts, and in some cases demonic creatures. Focus is on melee combat. Guns and ammo are rare. Various types of melee weapons can be collected from the environment. If you like atmospheric horror games with plenty of jump scares, then this is for you.
|Complexity Parameters||Values (0, 0.5, 1)|
|Control Scheme||0: Easy|
|Story||1: There is a story|
|Immersion||0.5: Identity and immersion via environment and GUI|
|Learning Curve||0: Easy|
|Total Score||1.5/7: Lightweight game|
|Needs||Satisfaction Score (0-3)|
|Analytical||0: Not met|
|Creative||0: Not met|
|Mastery||3: Well met|
|Destructive||2: Moderately met|
|Entertainment||1: Slightly met|
|Pace||3: Well met|
|Horror||2: Moderately met|
|Total Score||11/21: Good Game|
TL;DR An enjoyable first person action horror game with a weak storyline.
- Robust gameplay
- Melee combat
- Immersive scary atmosphere
- Weak storyline
Game-time 19 hrs.
Purpose – Excitement, Entertainment
Gameplay – Standard gameplay. Emphasis is on melee combat. Combat is somewhat realistic. Ammo for firearms is scarce.
Graphics – Standard for its time.
Performance – Not really the best optimization around, but not too bad either.
Entertainment – Good amount of paranoia type horror.
Plot (if applicable) – The story is weak and presentation is flawed.
Replay value – Lot of collectibles which may not be easy to acquire in one single playthrough. Also some achievements which are not possible to obtain in one playthrough.
Immersion – Decent level of immersion.
Overall- A satisfying experience with a weak climax.