X360, PS3, PC Tuesday, October 11, 2005 | 3:31 PM

X05: Condemned gameplay

X05: Condemned gameplay

I'm sorry I do not have much to show from Condemned because I made a mistake with my camcorder. I'm especially sorry that condemned really impressed me during X05 thanks to an incredible "Se7en like" atmosphere and some very clever "CSI" ideas. I certainly would like to know more about this game. Also sorry about the guy playing during the video (not me, again) :D

X05: Drunken Gameplay
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Commented on 2005-10-11 15:56:10
Very good atmosphere and lighting. Your just waiting for a man to jump out at you with a knife...
Commented on 2005-10-11 15:56:12
lol, drunken gameplay! :D
Commented on 2005-10-11 16:01:40
Looks like it may be as visceral as Riddick, or more so. And thats a good thing!
Commented on 2005-10-11 16:19:09 In reply to Scarface
Posted by Scarface
Very good atmosphere and lighting. Your just waiting for a man to jump out at you with a knife...
LOL... yea but it looks nice
Commented on 2005-10-11 16:57:41
Here is a cut and paste from a blogger named gamingsteve, he has the site gamingsteve.com,
and Major Nelson mentions him, in his blog about being present at the NY city Xbox Media event, yesterday (Monday)

He was most suprised by Condemned saying it was the sleeper hit of the evening for him.

My Day With The Xbox 360

xboxevent.jpgSo here I was, just playing some new games when I was unexpectingly invited to a private Xbox 360 preview event right here in New York City. So I hopped on the subway, showed up to Xbox-themed loft, and played lots of Xbox 360 games for several hours (yeah, I know, I suck).

Before I get "into it" I have to say that I've been to a fair number of these things over the years but this one was by far one of the best. The space was small, quiet, comfortable, and I got tons of quality time playing Xbox 360 games.

The event started out with an hour demo of Kameo: Elements of Power (looked fantastic), Project Gotham Racing 3 (pretty good), and the Xbox Live Dashboard (beyond words cool) and then we were able to play games for a couple of hours. I have to say, I was a bit concerned about the Xbox 360 launch lineup, but after today I am starting to think that the PS3 might be in some serious trouble. I was extremely impressed with what I saw and a couple of the launch titles look downright legendary.

I will do a detailed podcast about my experiences at the event later in the week but here is a quick rundown of my thoughts:

"The Hardware": The Xbox 360 controller is "like butter" and handles better than the PS2 controller (yes, even I was surprised by that one). The system design itself is "iPod Nano slick", compact, and the little "trap doors" which protect the various plug-in elements (like the memory unit and controller slots) are a nice touch.

Xbox Live Dashboard: I have to admit I was quite skeptical about how well the Xbox Live features would integrate into the overall gameplaying experience. But after playing with the Dashboard firsthand I have to say that it is seamlessly integrated with the overall experience and Xbox Live will definitely enhance the overall gaming experience, even with games which have no multiplayer options (more on this in the podcast). Really impressive stuff.

Kameo: Elements of Power: Considering that this game was supposed to be a launch title for the GameCube, and then was supposed to come out for the Xbox, and then was "retooled" as a launch title for the Xbox 360, I had a lot concerns about this game. But after playing it I have to say that the graphics are most definitely "next gen", the gameplay was lots of fun, and the music fantastic. I think Kameo will herald in the triumphant return of great Rare games.

Perfect Dark Zero: I played two levels of this game and while it was definitely fun I am going to hold judgment. There were a lot of cool innovations in the game (the safecracking "locktopus" being the coolest), and the weapon variety quite nice, but the gameplay seemed pretty standard.

Call of Duty 2: Played a lot like the first Call of Duty but with refined controls and updated gameplay. If you liked the first one I'm sure you'll like this one.

Condemned: Criminal Origins: Of all the games I played today this one surprised me the most and I felt the "winner" of the show. Created by Monolith, the game is a bit hard to explain as it does of lot of things I have never seen before. It plays like Resident Evil crossed with an FPS crossed with an psychological thriller. The game looks amazing (when I was watching someone play the game I thought I was watching a movie) and pulls you into the story within the first five seconds. Expect this to be a huge surprise hit.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: For those of you who can't wait to get this game (you know who you are) make sure to pre-order your Xbox 360 now. Look forward to another 250+ hours of "Elder Scrolls gameplay" but with next gen graphics.

For pictures of the event make sure to check out Xbox Live's Major Nelson blog and photo album. On a side note I have to say meeting Major Nelson for the first time was great. Not only is he "the nicest guy ever" but he and I got a chance to talk "podcast shop". Very cool.
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:01:12
the video won't play on my Windows media player. any tips guys?
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:01:14
looks god damn nice. in some moments extremley realistic...
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:04:27
Looks like a great game....
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:06:29
why is there no sound? I mean in general in some movies, where it isn't mentioned, that sound is missing.. ?!
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:10:51
i hear sound but no video
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:11:18
and its been doing that with all videos that i attempt to play on here.
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:12:11 In reply to donmam
it giving me some error message saying missing "codec" or something like that.
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:12:49 In reply to donmam
Posted by Xboxyde
This video uses the xvid codec. If you have trouble playing it download and install the latest Xvid codec by clicking here

You need the codec to view the videos.
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:13:37 In reply to Manager
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:14:53
well ok, but still no sound ?!
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:19:50
I'm getting no sound! You're right MCX
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:29:29
I can't see why everyone is excited about this game. I think it looks pretty boring...
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:49:11
haven't got sound too..

but the game looks great! Never got any interrest for this game but that is already changed
Commented on 2005-10-11 17:59:46
is this a x05 vid? because then there is no sound as usual ?
Commented on 2005-10-11 18:15:18
About the sound:
Posted by BlimBlim
Ever tried to get some sound in the middle of a crowd? It's unfortunately quite impossible. Next time I'll have a cable to plug my camcorder to the demo booth.
Commented on 2005-10-11 18:36:54
wow thanks. i also have a high def version of the trailer for this, and man it looks really great. this is moving towards my buy list.

so u play as a detective, RE style? any idea what the plot is about? looks awesome

so i guess we wont be seeing any new vids of the gunplay huh. :(
Commented on 2005-10-11 19:00:14
Excellent. Can't wait to check this out, I love Monolith games. This and FEAR are quite a big shift from No One Lives Forever. That game was so..colorful..by comparison.

FEAR this month, Condemned next month--Monolith is on a roll. I'd love to see them do another Blood game..Blood 2 sorta sucked though..new SHOGO would be awsome too.
Commented on 2005-10-11 19:04:51
Quoting a press release.

Gamers will play as Agent Thomas, an investigator in the FBI's Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through urban environments filled with sociopaths lurking on the periphery of humanity.
I guess there's more into it though.
Commented on 2005-10-11 19:19:59
condemned is gonna be amazing! btw blim do you have any news as to why ms hasn't released any direct hd videos?
Commented on 2005-10-11 19:34:56 In reply to Infinium
I believe GameSpot has several HD quality movies, but you need to be a member to see them.
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