Condemned: Criminal Origins, or simply Condemned, as it is known as in Europe, is a horror game developed by Monolith Productions for the Xbox 360. Gameplay takes place in a first person viewpoint using melee combat as a central element. There is also emphasis on puzzle solving, including searching for fingerprints and gathering evidence. In the game you take on the role of FBI agent Ethan Thomas as he tries to track down a serial killer and figure out the mysteries behind a rise in violence within the bleak confines of a deteriorating city.
It is firmly placed within the horror genre, and more specifically survival horror. The game also implements elements of psychological thriller. The game is also notable for its cutting edge graphics and advanced artificial intelligence. Stylistically, Condemned shares many similarities with Monolith's own F.E.A.R.
Players can expect a particularly gritty tone, as the developers cite such films as The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en as inspiration for their game. Monolith Game Designer, Frank Rooke, was also noteworthy of design collaboration in the game Tron 2.0, a computer sequel to the 1982 motion picture Tron.
Condemned: Criminal Origins is rated Mature by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.