Nov 202009

Although it uses conventional horror tropes, Condemned: Criminal Origins takes an unusual approach for a survival horror game. Survival horror often generates tension through resource scarcity, limiting the player’s ability to fight or heal himself, but because of its melee combat focus Condemned is necessarily limited in this respect. The relatively plentiful checkpoints mean that the player usually isn’t punished excessively for failure. Yet Condemned is a frightening, tense game because it artfully keeps the player from knowing what is coming next. Condemned has a significant advantage when it comes to generating fear because of its visceral combat. While a [Read more…]