A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a horror game about killing enemies.
Positive Role Models
Ethan Thomas, a down-and-out Serial Crimes Unit (SCU) investigator called back to duty to track down his missing partner, uses extreme violence throughout this game.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic and gory, this first-person survival horror game lets you kill enemies with your hands, guns, pipes, 2x4 boards, and more. You can slam a door onto someone's head (and hearing a crunch), hit them with bowling balls or toilet seats, or pummel an enemy to death with blunt weapons. You can throw an enemy's head into a TV or through a big glass window. There are blood-smeared walls and lots of gore.
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This game includes "F--k" and "S--t", as well as "hell," "damn" and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is an alcoholic and is inebriated at the beginning of the game. He pops pills, too.
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Parents Need to Know
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. Blood-smeared walls, creepy clowns, empty wheelchairs rolling, and dark environments also add to the fear factor.
Is It Any Good?
While the first game was good, gory entertainment for mature players, this sequel builds upon the concept nicely – but be forewarned this "Mature"-rated game should not be played or viewed by players under 17. With its slick graphics and clever lighting techniques, Condemned 2: Bloodshot delivers plenty of nail-biting moments. After all, it was created by Monolith who brought us the creepy F.E.A.R. series, Aliens Vs. Predator 2 and the Blood 3-D shooters. Add multiple online modes for up to eight players, and the game also deliver chills, thrills, and spills when played together with friends – especially with the lights turned off and your 5.1 surround sound system turned up. Some gripes, however, including some long load times between levels and inconsistent frame rates that translate to some choppy animation when a lot of action takes place onscreen at the same time.
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