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Condemned 2: Bloodshot

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Monolith Productions

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'Condemned 2: Bloodshot' (PS3/X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2007 @ 10:46 a.m. PDT

In Condemned 2: Bloodshot you assume the identity of Ethan Thomas, former Serial Crimes Unit investigator, who has been called back to duty to track down his missing partner. The disturbing events from Ethan’s past have left him a broken man – a desperate burnout drifting aimlessly through society in an inexplicable decline. Fighting inner demons throughout his one-man investigation into a sinister conspiracy, Ethan will need to use anything and everything in the environment to survive as he unravels the mysteries shrouding the city in darkness.

Players will assume the identity of Ethan Thomas, former Serial Crimes Unit investigator, who has been called back to duty to track down his missing partner. The disturbing events from Ethan’s past have left him a broken man – a desperate burnout drifting aimlessly through society in an inexplicable decline. Fighting inner demons throughout his one-man investigation into a sinister conspiracy, Ethan will need to use anything and everything in the environment to survive as he unravels the mysteries shrouding the city in darkness.

As Ethan, players will engage in visceral combat using a variety of firearms, blunt instruments and an all-new fighting system complete with defensive and offensive combo chains, as well as grapples and holds. To help track the killer and solve the mysteries behind Condemned 2: Bloodshot, players will crack open an all-new set of high-tech forensic tools. Using wits and brute strength, murders can be solved a number of different ways to keep players guessing throughout each suspenseful investigation.

Taking the Condemned universe to a new level, Condemned 2: Bloodshot introduces a variety of thrilling online multiplayer modes, including deathmatch, that promise to deliver the most brutal hand-to-hand combat experience the first person genre has ever seen.

The lead character from Condemned: Criminal Origins was Ethan Thomas - who will carry his role forward with Condemned 2. Ethan Thomas was an investigator, one of the best in fact, in the Serial Crimes Unit - referred to as the SCU. But lately his cases kept coming up cold. It wasn't until his fateful meeting with a stranger called Malcolm Vanhorn that he realized that there were events happening outside of his control. He also realized that there was something different, something special, about him when he found himself thrown out of a fourth-floor window - and survived.

Condemned 2's going to pick up Ethan's life about a year later - now totally down on his luck. He is angry, bitter, and struggling to drown out the memories that keep replaying in his head. He has lost his direction, focus, and has been holding the world to blame - and still not quite able to figure out what had happened and who, or what, had brought him down. All he knows is that someone is going to pay as he tries to figure out what is going on.

There will be some familiar faces for fans of Condemned: Criminal Origins. Rosa, Ethan's stable sidekick, is coming back as well as a few others. Monolith made some stronger visual statements with their haracters, including Ethan himself, a greater range of characters as well as AI go with them this time around.

Condemned 2 offers a more straightforward story that will grab the player from the moment they pick up the controls and carry them to the end - and leave them with a satisfied grin on their face. The story works on a multitude of levels: there are the 'inner-demons' that plague Ethan, Ethan's reputation with the SCU, the ominous presence that seems to still haunt him, the reason for the pervasive violence throughout the city and the struggle to not only understand it but to end it while coming to terms with his own true self.

Dave Hasle, Senior Producer - Monolith Productions


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