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My thoughts on Condemned 2; spoilers a-plenty

Sure it's not fasionable to like it, but I love Condemned. When I brought it I thought it would be good, but I didn’t realise how good it would be. The game was terrifying from start to finish, each fight I got into was a desperate struggle to incapacitate the maniac/s as quickly as possible, attacking them more out of fear than for kicks.

The locations were really atmospheric, sure the opening few levels were not anything to shout about, but the later locations such as the department store and library were almost unbearably scary, and had an air of menace about them.

The fact that you didn’t even get to go outside until halfway through the game (bar the opening 30 seconds of the game) made everything feel really claustrophobic. I still remember the feeling of absolute relief I got when I first saw the night sky in the game, a feeling I hadn’t felt since returning to the mist world in Midwich school after surviving the hell of dark world Midwich School in Silent Hill.

I recently purchased Condemned 2. It is not remotely scary, I can not understand why it is not, it feels like it should be. The reasons I feel it may not be are thus;

1. In the first game you could only attack with weapons. This led to frantically searching for weapons when you were not armed. In 2 you can use your fists, sure it makes sense, but takes away the fear of being unarmed.

2. Guns were very sparse in the first game, they had limited bullets, and couldn’t be reloaded. In 2 fire arms are much more plentiful and can be reloaded lots of times.

3. The locations just are not scary in the slightest. I do not know why. The developers obviously tried to create scary locations. The doll factory being the best example. Dolls are terrifying in horror, everyone knows that, but they fail in this instance. I think the fact that you are outside so much in the game and not confined so much to narrow tunnels and corridors is also to blame for lack of fear.

4. There are far larger amount of friendly NPC’s in the game. The first one had about 2 I think, not many anyway. This time you have SWAT with you, police officers, friendly hobo’s etc, so it doesn’t feel like you are alone, thus reducing the feeling of fear. I noticed this too with Fatal Frame 2 and 3, more friendly characters equals’ reduction in fear.

5. The enemies themselves are much less crazy, especially in the second half of the game when rather than crazed druggies and tramps you get organised soldiers.

6. The last reason I could think of was the plot. The first one had you on the run from the police, trying to hunt down a serial killer, there was many unexplained elements to the plot such as dead birds a-plenty, random strips of metal, and lots and lots of eyes drawn on walls. Everything is explained in the 2nd one which takes away the mystery and bizarreness. Plot wise as well you are working with the police rather then avoiding them.

I like the game, and I have yet to finish it, so it may improve, but the feeling I got at the start of the game was similar to the disappointment I felt when playing The Suffering 2 (for the record I absolutely love ‘The Suffering’)
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About The Rotting Zombieone of us since 1:29 PM on 08.19.2007

Games Currently Playing:

-Dragon Quest IX
-Dragonage: Origins
-Dante's Inferno
-Zak and Wiki

Am 28 years old, live in Northampton, England, work as a internet administrator. Like horror films, rock music, zombie books etc etc.

My gamertag is Happyhead UK, I really really want to play online games with friendly people,as I hate playing with strangers, I really feel like I'm missing out on online games due to this fact so am envious of all the people with thier fancy 'friend lists'!

Anyway my first console was a BBC Acorn Electron, I loved it, had hundreds of games for it. My fave games were the Repton ones, as well as Crazy Rider, and a game set in a underground base that I can't recall the title of. All good things come to an end though. One day the cassette box thing broke, rather then get a new one my parents chucked the whole thing away, and sold all the games to some dodgy bloke at a car boot sale for £5.

That was the end of my console owning days I assumed. My friends all had Master Systems, so we would spend hours playing Alex Kidd and Sonic, I thought the graphics and sound were unbelivable.

One birthday I find a big present, I open it to find surrounded by a legion of angels a Megadrive, a pure virgin Megadrive, with Altered Beast and Sonic. Before that day I had not even realised such a beast of power existed.

I become the cool kid in the neighbourhood with everyone wanting to play it. A year later a bitter war erupted, a enemy appeared on the horizon - the Super NES...

It was a bitter and bloody battle over the next few years. Some of my friends got Megadrives, while other friends were torn asunder and got Super NES's, a civil war of apocalyptic proportions. Fighting in the streets, gangs armed with Game Gears and Gameboys beating each other into bloody chunks, a literal Hell on Earth.

Looking back I think this is were my dislike of Nintendo appeared. Don't get me wrong, nowadays I love Nintendo games, I own a GBA, DS, Gamecube and Wii, but at the root of my being I will always love Sega more. To this day I dislike Mario. I think the games are amazing, but he himself I detest. I refuse to believe there is such a thing as a bad Sonic game, I just turn a blind eye to the bad ones...anyway I digress.

After that I brought a NES, sold it, though liked it, brought a Super NES (my fave game of all time is the Super NES version of Batman Returns), sold it to get a Playstation, sold that when I got a Playstation 2, brought an almighty Dreamcast (RIP), and got a N64 for Goldeneye. Swallowed my pride and brought a Xbox. The rest is history.

Now I own a Dreamcast, Wii, Xbox, 360, Playstation 2, Master System, Megadrive (my pride, over 200 games), GBA, DS, NES, Super NES, and a Gamecube (which I have misplaced somewhere).
Xbox LIVE:Happyhead UK


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