Condemned 2: Bloodshot

 
A scary, bloody, graphic survival horror sequel.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Ease of play
Not applicable
Violence

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

This game includes "F--k" and "S--t", as well as "hell," "damn" and "bastard."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The main character is an alcoholic and is inebriated at the beginning of the game. He pops pills, too.

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.

What's it about?

Unlike Hollywood, video game sequels are usually better than their predecessor -- and Sega's frightening CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT is no exception. Gamers once again play as Ethan Thomas, now a down-and-out Serial Crimes Unit (SCU) investigator called back to duty to track down his missing partner. While this visceral and atmospheric dark tale involves some forensic analysis and character interaction (such as selecting the most ideal answer during a conversation), combat is the name of the game in this first-person thriller, with a greater emphasis on melee attacks this time around. Be forewarned this \"survival horror\" game has some gruesome and graphic fighting scenes, complete with bone-crunching sound effects and high-pitch violin crescendos that peak before impact. Weapons range from fists, guns, and swords to pipes, bowling balls, and toilet seats.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a game scary besides blood and gore. Is there anything psychological here that truly terrifies? How does the dark environments, creepy enemies, and an immersive first-person perspective contribute to the horror aspect of the game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:March 12, 2008
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

i must read a book for every8year old.

well i think it is old for 8 and under thats what i think.!!!!!!!!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 
it is an awesome game i loved the bloodshot fight club i have played more violent games (grand theft auto 4) but this is the most brutal one it is violent when you do an enviromental kill but other than that the only brutal thing is hitting them with a paper cutter(you will slice them) Check out my myspace!!!!!!!
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2014
age 12+
 

I haven't played this one, but I have the first one.

The first one is very creppy for the new players. I see where the gore is because almost all the enemies are covered in blood. Also, you investigate murder scenes! What do you expect!!

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