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.
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.
Conclusion: All in all, Condemned 2: Bloodshot is the true definition of what we've come to expect from sequels nowadays. Everything is bigger, better, badder and the production value much, much higher. However, like with most sequels I can think of, they can never quite repeat that certain something that the original had. In Condemned's case, that couldn't be more true.
Summary: Condemned was almost the perfect game at the Xbox 360's launch, there were some minor niggles but it was a great game. Now comes the inevitable sequel and Wolf tags along with Ethan to see if it's a follow on, or just a cash-in.