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What The Hell Happened To CONDEMNED?

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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? SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE VIDEOS: https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingBoltLive LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/GamingBolt-241308979564/ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/GamingBoltTweet
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Marcos Lima (24 days ago)
To use crosshair in this game is a crime.
Tony C (4 months ago)
Didn't play the first one, but I chucked a bowling ball at some bums head in the 2nd.....loved it.
Psycho Ocelot (4 months ago)
i prefer the second game
TboneNYC10 (4 months ago)
Condemned 1 & 2 are excellent games imo. Been saying they need to make a next gen part 3 for years.
Miles J. (4 months ago)
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.
asap bruhhh (4 months ago)
Fucking AMAZING game. The only horror game to actually give me nightmares.
Alex H.Follett (4 months ago)
Condemned 2's multiplayer was actually really unique and cool. It was interesting to have a fps multiplayer that mostly relied on mele
MikeG82 (4 months ago)
this needs a reboot
Deer Dossun (4 months ago)
Bring this ip back
Brando Calrissian (4 months ago)
I enjoyed Condemned quite a lot.
Lmenzol (4 months ago)
I loved these games
fossilfern (4 months ago)
First game was great. Didn’t care much for he second.
DesertFox73 • (4 months ago)
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)
999haunted (4 months ago)
Condemned is the reason why I have a fear of mannequins now
LuchaKing (4 months ago)
That dude with the mask and white eyes in the sequel always scared the fuck out of me. Like its been so long and seeing it again gave me heebie jeebies
Wolf Hound (4 months ago)
Still have Condemned: Bloodshot on 360. Great game, shame no one appreciated these games.
ElitePWNSFace (4 months ago)
They should release the second one on pc. Played through the first a while back. Was hoping to at least see the game backwards compat on xbox consoles
ElitePWNSFace (4 months ago)
Loved the games
Mark Wheeler (4 months ago)
I absolutely loved Condemned! I remember I got it with my 360 and sat in awe of the graphics and how dark the story was I really enjoyed 2 aswell
witters85 (4 months ago)
Condemned was GREAT! Needs a reboot
Jack Reacher (4 months ago)
Scary game.
Charlsi (4 months ago)
it was *CONDEMNED*
TyDie85 (4 months ago)
I wish alice in chains would use that condemned cover art!
kretschmann jonathan (4 months ago)
seriously why add multiplayer the focus of the game was it campaign
Mike Price (4 months ago)
Both Condemned games are really good, even by today's standards. Would love to see a third game in the series. I still own the previous two.
will reznicek (4 months ago)
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.
Ajaax l (4 months ago)
Glad to see this video in my feed after hearing nothing about the series for so long. I played both games as a young buck and they still stand out as great psych/horror thrillers.
ichaukan (4 months ago)
I played through both games and enjoyed them quite a bit. Funny thing is I never even realized that the second one had a multiplayer mode even though I beat it twice.
Carl Jones (4 months ago)
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.
Shawn M (4 months ago)
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.
i me (4 months ago)
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😒😒
Smoothy C (4 months ago)
i watched my pops beat both of these when i was younger
Bobby Fischer (4 months ago)
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.
Tom Dylan (4 months ago)
I'll never forget that bear in the cabin scene.
jpbronx (4 months ago)
Do one for the suffering
Cruelwraith2 games (4 months ago)
Condemned 1 and 2 are still pretty solid games
PearlJammer07 (4 months ago)
I wondered what happened to this series of games. I enjoyed playing the demo of Condemned Blood Shot for the PS3 and will be picking up the game very soon. Great informative video!
Kevin (4 months ago)
The first was amazing, the second one was too weird. They didn't have to go that far for the gameplay to shine through imo
Wild Pack Of Family Dogs (4 months ago)
First game i got for my 360. Still my favorite series
CookiesOnaMilkyRiver (4 months ago)
Loved Condemned. But Condemned 2 wasn’t as good. Here’s hoping to a 3 though!
Nick Alphonso (4 months ago)
all games running on a potatoe lol
Acherontia Styx (4 months ago)
I loved this game. The seedy atmosphere of the city and the completely chaotic nature of the Influenced just allowed me to immerse myself in the game's world.
Damien Scott (4 months ago)
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.
Ryan M (4 months ago)
Nothing will ever compete with that fucking bear encounter lmao. Especially at the time, sure there were some scary games but the intensity levels were through the roof playing this shit lol
Eternal rewind2 (4 months ago)
First game was amazing
The sneaky Socialist (4 months ago)
I actually really liked the mp gamemode where the scu had to look for heads, while the influenced would hide and ambush them. It was really unique
Illusive Kennedy (4 months ago)
Condemned 2 was the better game. Gameplay> everything else.
Ville Moilanen (4 months ago)
They made 2 games and finished the story. That's it. Stupid video.
psycold (4 months ago)
I think they would be better off rebooting the series like Doom than trying to come out with a new sequel. The few people like myself who played the game won't remember the original story.
Amusing Torture (4 months ago)
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
Guts Dragonslayer (4 months ago)
Clive Barker’s Jericho is another great FPS horror game and came out around the same time as Condemned.
Both condemned games were brilliant
Rei Reznor (4 months ago)
Jose Hidalgo (4 months ago)
third sequel will be condemned Donald trump
ISetYourFaceOnFire (4 months ago)
When the first condemned still has better first person melee combat 12 years later than almost all other games.
TheTowerDark (4 months ago)
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.
On The Spectrum (4 months ago)
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.
Cam (4 months ago)
Monolith went on to do the LOTR "Shadow" series of games which I imagine put everything else on hold.
Twisted Operator (4 months ago)
Just another item on the long list of fuck ups from Microsoft for not continuing to pursue with this generation consoles.
Draliseth (4 months ago)
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?
Draliseth (4 months ago)
+Ajaax l I didn't stutter. :P
Ajaax l (4 months ago)
Draliseth "schawhampis"? Lol.
EZ Assegai (4 months ago)
Legacy of Kain
EZ Assegai (4 months ago)
what happened to RIDDICK
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
nothing realy came off with that tweet, nobody wants to work on this game, or atleast port the 2nd to pc...
Jason Statham (4 months ago)
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.
osricen (4 months ago)
It's a terrible game, that's what happened.
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
Andrew Kappler (4 months ago)
Such a good series
Monsterist76 (4 months ago)
The first was brilliant. It is one of my all-time favourite horror games. Wat the hell happened to Otogi? I would love a third game.
TheHurtShoulder (4 months ago)
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?
truechampoftrance (4 months ago)
What happened to Warcraft 4 and Half-Life 3?
Mark R (4 months ago)
I love the Condemned games and would love a new one, if done right. Condemend 1 is well worth playing if you havent already, I think its a great game.
WarlordRising (4 months ago)
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.
E-Dubz (4 months ago)
You know i was thinking about those games the other day why haven't we had them remastered yet really great games
The Happy Chatter (4 months ago)
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
Jay mo (4 months ago)
I was thinking the same thing and Condemned was great although criminal origins was the best even with bloodshots combat improvements. Time for no 3 I think.
Generic Hugh Mungus (4 months ago)
Didnt sega put it down like a sick dog?
ShAdOwMaN (4 months ago)
I thought it will be a zombie game but it's not, lol.
ShAdOwMaN (4 months ago)
【Artuurs Z.】Idiot
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
Eden Prime (4 months ago)
I loved the game and the sequel. I'm hoping for a third game just like i'm waiting for a dead space 4.
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
keep waiting
MasLoff (4 months ago)
Well that last bit is some good news
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
its been 3 years, i doubt its happening
Agro cocky (4 months ago)
Thank you for covering this Gem of a Game... well (Series) i really hate #2.
Holden (4 months ago)
This game will never see a sequel because the game system doesn't lend well to multiplayer (microtransactions). It's a shame, because the original game was one of the greatest horror games ever.
Milio's Media (4 months ago)
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.
James Hall (4 months ago)
Hands down best first person melee combat.
Bobby Fischer (4 months ago)
Basically the only one too (still very, very good tho). Unless you count zombie games and shitty stuff like Skyrim or something. Nothing else comes close to this day.
Channel Surfing On Pluto (4 months ago)
Also exactly the same with The Suffering franchise. I love them both. Same sad ending to each.
T Nyko (4 months ago)
I remember condemned... all i remember is beating crack heads with a pipe in that game.
T Nyko (4 months ago)
+Cali Envy I'm glad im not the only one lol
Cali Envy (4 months ago)
T Nyko Lmao, that’s literally the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the thumbnail
Tony Bone (4 months ago)
the 1st one was really good
Th3Raz96 (4 months ago)
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
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
the first one has been on pc for fucking ages you fucking retard...its on fucking steam for ages, retard....
Doug Shaw (4 months ago)
This series was legit.
A dude's thoughts (4 months ago)
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.
Nathan Chalmers (4 months ago)
I played the 2nd game first and enjoyed it more than the first game.
Artuurs Z. (4 months ago)
#SOTO (4 months ago)
Great games #imgay
Syuna (4 months ago)
I still have the ps3 physical copy version I remember my first condemned game was on Xbox 360 an I loved it it was so unique scary an different I wish the franchise was still alive
Rick Grimes (4 months ago)
Condemned 2 didn't sell well, that's what happened to it
NIGHTMARECRIPT (4 months ago)
I think a third installment is well deserved. I loved the original game, and the second one was okay.
Ihate allthethings (4 months ago)
I love how dexter stole the idea from this game of a serial killer who kills serial killers
Sean C. (4 months ago)
probably the only good first person survival horror game(s) ever made
Tom Tabletop (4 months ago)
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.
John Boosh (4 months ago)
I personally really enjoyed the multiplayer in Condemned 2
John Boosh (4 months ago)
Samual Glass, I agree dude. It was a nice break from the standard online vs, like CoD or Battlefield
Samual Glass (4 months ago)
John Boosh Same, Crime Scene on Farm House was a tense and somewhat frightening experience, something not very common for multiplayer.
DiabloSamurai1985 (4 months ago)
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.
Ronnie Williams (4 months ago)
They were both fantastic. Actually just sought them out a couple weeks ago to add back into the collection because they are some of the greats.
Baltzeg (4 months ago)
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.
ng (4 months ago)
^^^this that button combo/quicktime eventish crap annoyed the fuck outta me....loved the first one tho...the sound design was amazing...

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