BloodshotA lot of disturbing things can be found scattered in the world of Condemned 2: Bloodshot. But the one thing that really makes your spine tingle is that it’s disturbingly good at what it does.

Imagine what it feels like to be trapped in a 4 x 4 cell filled with the most psychotic of minds. Now you get an idea of how one minute in the game feels like. Of course, that’s assuming you stay alive that long.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot takes place 11 months after the events on which the original Condemned game is based on. Proving that there is indeed no rest for the wicked, Ethan Thomas, an ex-Serial Crimes Unit investigator, takes the lead one more time, but something is amiss. Scarred by everything he had gone through: All the psychos he encountered, all the murdered bodies he’s had to dissect has gotten to him. He has become a drunk, with no sense of direction whatsoever—locked in a constant struggle against inner demons spawned from God-knows-where.

The plot thickens, and he is recruited back into the SCU. His first task: investigate a call for help from his old mentor Malcolm Vanhorn. From there, Ethan Thomas begins to understand and unravel the mystery of a city gone literally insane—and just maybe, that of his own mind as well.

Combat in Condemned 2: Bloodshot is bloody fulfilling. If you’re the type who faints upon seeing a drop of blood, then by all means necessary stay away from this game. You’ll get to impale, crush, decapitate or blow your enemies to bits using guns, blunt weapons, and your two heavy fists. You can even make “environmental hazards” out of mundane things such as washing machines, toilet bowls, and concrete slabs with spikes. Okay, so that last one may not really be all that mundane, but in this game nothing really is; from the vivid graphics to the blood-curdling sounds to the gritty, suspenseful environments, everything is special.

Just like the previous game, Condemned 2: Bloodshot seeks to stand out from the usual survival-horror fare by adding a crucial thread to the fabric of the game: it wants you to think as much as it wants to scare you. When you’re not fighting baddies, you’ll be immersed trying to track the killer or in solving mysteries by making sense of all the footprints left behind. With your wits and the help of an all-new set of high-tech forensic gadgets, you’ll be able to pinpoint what really happened in a certain situation.

This is a game you’ll keep playing to the end not just because of the sheer suspense it delivers, but also because of its gripping storyline. Every character is memorable; every monstrosity matches Frankenstein in scale; and every plot twist and turn is as exciting as the battles themselves. Thrilling doesn’t even begin to describe this game.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot is scarily good. This is one of those games that you will thank the heavens for—even if it gives you one hell of a nightmare.

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