Despite being a little rough around the edges Condemned was received pretty well and ended up gaining more praise than criticism for its risk-taking and bold splicing together of different genres and play styles that usually stayed in their own corners at the time.
The game was also probably helped a little by being a launch title for the 360, so it did sell well and there were even plans for a film adaptation at one time that ended up falling through. So, why didn't this turn into a long-running franchise? With such a distinct take on horror and first person melee combat combined with good reviews and good sales, why has this franchise fallen into the shadows of relative obscurity?
What the hell happened to Condemned?
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So my dorm buddies and I would all crowd in one small room (12-15 of us) and watch my roommate pilot condemned (1 and 2). I remember one of the best scares we had from that one was in the first one. He was walking around some apartment building and going just a little too fast for some of us. We were yelling at him to "check his 6" when he walked into a bathroom, he looked in the mirror and said sarcastically "oh no guys, its a scary man with a toilet seat" (his weapon of choice). When he turned around to leave the bathroom there was a tall pale guy in his underwear standing in the doorway. We all screamed like little girls, especially my roommate, it was magical.
The first one is one of my all time favorite games, I'm actually in the top 20 on the leaderboard for kills ever in that game (my gamer tag is Shaughnessy123). I really played the hell out of that game and still do, the last 3 levels and the Department store level were amazing (the best being the one where you finally track down Serial Killer X)
While Condemned 2: Bloodshot’s Multiplayer was tacked on, the Crime Scene mode is still my favorite gamemode of all time. If this developer released a new Condemned game and it was just Crime Scene with 20 maps I would buy that shit.
Also, I think you should really trim down the amount of fast dialogue for these types of videos. Often times the points you are making are valid, but you move on to another one so quickly that any time to process that information as a viewer is gone. And while you mention the things that make the game unique you don’t actually show a gameplay reference for this. Show some gameplay with only the ingame sounds a few times so that we get some breathing room.
The first one is fantastic, the gameplay, the level design, the story and combat are excellent and its scary as hell. Especially the damn School level which is one of the scariest levels I've ever played in general. The second one was good in certain parts but questionable choices to the level design and story didn't help it. Take Black Lake Lodge level for example the first half of the level is intense and scary, searching around and finding evidence about the bear, then the fucker chases you and your heart beats out your chest because the build up and execution is so good but the second half of the level is just a shitty FPS as you wander around a big house throwing bombs out of windows and it sucks. That sums the second one up for me, really good in areas and falls apart in others.
Condemned 2 jumped the shark when it gave you shout super-power. C2 had its moments, but when it gave the player shout powers, it just turned to utter crap, imho. You didn't even use weapons at that point, you just shouted at enemies and they died. F'n ridiculous.
nobody is going to believe me this glitch but in condemned 2 at the level where they make a magnetic resonance of the brain, at that level i died so much times until a glitch happened that made it go through walls and I found some characters all black forming a circle and dancing i approached them and i was caught in the middle of the circle and they were dancing around, I could not get out of the circle and could not do anything until I rebooted the console😮😮 this game has been the only one that has scared me, apart from that it leaves a bitter and apathetic sensation, that glitch I'm sure the developers put it on purpose😒😒
Bought a Ps3 back in the day just to play Condemned 2. I'm not kidding. That's how much I enjoyed the first one. Wish they released it on PC too. Now, a third installment would defo be a first day buy for me. But old Monolith is long gone, I've heard.
Cutscenes in Condemned 2 was so fucking annoying and tonally inconsistent with the game itself that I almost quitted the game.
First game had better atmosphere, but it suffered the same thing that made F.E.A.R 1 bad - uninspired level design. In F.E.A.R. it was stylistically identical offices and warehouses and in Condemned 1 there were endless basements.
I loved the multiplayer in bloodshot like it was my own child. That was all I would play when I was in middle school. I got so good at it, I would make so many people rage quit and win nearly every game. I miss it so much
Loved condemned 2,the arcade type beat me up mode was awesome, but when I fell in love with it was that late level,where you had to go down into that basement,really fucking scary,more so than anything else at the time. Also,the achievement in which you had too destroy like 15 methlabs. An achievement for destroying a methlab seemed so cool and funny.
I played condemned and thought it was ok I wasn't big on survive horror back then (now I can't get enough of it) I loved the F.E.A.R. games (other than 3) and I think condemned 2 had the same problems as F.E.A.R. 3 too focused on action, toning down the atmosphere, butchering the story, etc. too bad because both game series had so much potential but squandered it.
I *hated* the way the first game held your hand on a crime scene. The sequel did investigations much better. That said both games had a story that just went schawhampis midway through. Screaming dudes heads off? I mean sure, it's cool... but here?
Jace Hall (developer of original Condemned) has the rights to Condemned. And I believe he was looking for an Indie dev team to make a sequel and a PC port of Condemned 2, but then it all gone dark as always.
Condemned and the second game were awesome! The second game may not have sold well but im sure if they make a new one, fans and newcomers would buy it. Monolith has made some great games, but i havent seen anything from them in a long time sadly...are they dead?
Both games were critically well received. Both had a loyal fanbase. Condemned 2 improved quite a few things in terms of gameplay. It offered some answers, and left some questions for future sequels. I agree that the multiplayer was pointless.
The biggest issue I had was the drastic change in the characters. Not only did they change all their voice actors, but they even changed their looks. Now add the double down on combat and the supernatural, and less on the detective work, it felt like another game then an actual sequel to Condemned
Condemned was the game that manned me up and got me to play horror games. Before I played the game fully I always got scared and turned off whatever horror game I played. Now I love to play horror games. I also enjoyed the second one, but the story was more muddled and not as great.
I still haven't played the first one since there isn't a PC port, and my 360 is long gone, but I did enjoy the second one. Granted I was much younger when I played it, might be a little more scrutinous toward it if I played it now, but it was decent enough, not a bad game but not a particularly good one either. The part with the bear was pretty wild
The first game was awesome one of my favorite games ever. I heard they were forced to spend time on a multiplayer options which they had not planed for which meant they could not spend as much time on the other areas of the game they wanted to.
Funny, I just bought Condemned 2 a few days ago.
Condemned 2 is arguably one of my favorite horror games, along with RE7.
Speaking of which, RE7's "End of Zoey" DLC contains combat similar to Condemned 2 if anyone is interested.
I would kill for a current or next gen sequel to this game, although maybe a retcon, wouldn't be such a bad idea given the wackiness that ensued in Bloodshot. Either way, would love another installment in this franchise. I have such fond memories of playing the first one on my brand new 360. It was such a killer game, and even though I though the second one had its faults I still liked it a lot.
I loved the first one, got tired of the second one. The problem with the second game for me is that you could pound the shit out of enemies but they'd never go down for good unless you used chain combos, which made it frustrating.