It's frustrating, because Condemned 2 is not a shoddy effort by any means. It even packs in an online mode this time, though TrustedReviews suspect the emphasis on melee combat means that it won't be a keeper long term. Let's not be too downbeat. In two games, Monolith has started to build a world and a mythos that - pushed in the right direction - could be a Western rival to Resident Evil, Silent Hill or Project Zero.
What's more, the team is getting elements like the melee combat system, the atmosphere, the visual style and the forensic stuff absolutely spot-on right. If it could just get the rest to fall into place, then a Condemned 3 could really be a stunner. Condemned 2, however, is another case of close, but no cigar.