Excerpt: Horror films and horror games share just about everything in common, including the fact that a truly good one is tough to find. Monolith and Sega have teamed up again for the latest installment in the Condemned series, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, to once again try to strike gold in a coal mine. The Premise: Condemned 2: Bloodshot is considered a first-person survival game.
Excerpt: Yes I am fully aware this game is a year old now but it still has relevance. That and we need to fill up some holes in our review calendar . So it’s no secret that monolith know how to make a kick ass FPS. Titles such as FEAR/FEAR2, SIN, NOLF, Condemned and many others prove that the company have to know-how and the technical chops to crank out good 3D worlds.
Conclusion: Killzone 2 is an outstanding game and a prime of example of just how powerful the PlayStation 3 really is. Is it the definitive killer game for Sony's machine? In my opinion Metal Gear Solid 4 still has the edge in that area, but if you own a PS3 this should be a must-have game for you. If you don't own a PS3 then this is yet another reason that you should consider buying one.
Excerpt: There aren't many games that provide genuine scares. The original Condemned managed more than cheap shocks by taking you to locations dripping with atmosphere and terrifying just to be in. Subtle is how we'd describe the first game, yet somehow it's the last word that comes to mind when talking about the sequel. Although still highly entertaining, it seems developer Monolith decided gamers clearly wanted everything ramped up a few notches.
Conclusion: You'll not enjoy it, but you can still plug through without getting to fed up with sections that aren't completable. That said though expect to surrender a lot of achievement points to often unobtainable online tasks unless you do some boosting or get lucky (as I managed on a few of them). Rent it if you must. Avoid it if you can.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game isn't just scary, but also quite graphic with violent and gory imagery, including beating an enemy to death with blunt weapons, grabbing their neck and throwing them into a wall, shooting them with guns or breaking their arm before kicking them to the ground. An enemy's face will often become bloody during combat. "Environment kills" let you throw an enemy's head into a TV set or through a big window -- depending on the location.