Condemned: Criminal Origins is a video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Sega for PC and the Xbox 360. It was released on November 15, 2005 in North America and December 2, 2005 in Europe. A version was released for Microsoft Windows on April 11, 2006. Released in Japan and in Asia, it was known as Condemned: Psycho Crime.
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 sequel to the 1982 motion picture Tron.
The game uses a first person perspective. Condemned: Criminal Origins places an added emphasis on melee combat and puzzle solving, including searching for fingerprints and gathering evidence. It is firmly placed within the horror genre, and more specifically survival horror. The game also implements elements of psychological thriller. The game was also notable at time of release for its cutting edge graphics and advanced artificial intelligence. Stylistically, Condemned shares many similarities with Monolith's own F.E.A.R.