Reviews for Painkiller Black Edition DNS

85

Monsters EVERYWHERE

kairegister | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all kairegister's reviews »

The game plays somewhat similar to Serious Sam, where there's a bunch of monsters and you're hoping you can kill them all. The game has armor you and healthpacks, which is something not often seen in new FPS games.

The level design are good, it's not just giant open-fields, and at the same time you're never in some building that's a hassle to get around. There's 6 or more weapons, each with an alternate fire. The mini-gun is also a rocket launcher. Isnt that just awesome?

If you're a fan old-school shooters, give this a try. But play the game past Insomnia (the "normal" difficulty), it's not hard enough.

78

the black edition!

Neapolis47 | Feb. 16, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

Fast, dynamic and graphically (almost) perfect. Here is presented the title of onset of People Can Fly. All this combined with a level design that in some cases reached the top yet unknown, a 'bestiary' rich and varied and a multiplayer for physical and frenetic reminded on several occasions that jewel by the name of Quake3. Of course, if you are looking for a shooter that requires even a modicum of reasoning or tactics, you might want to turn away, but if the old Doom and the latest Serious Sam are your beliefs when it comes to FPS, you will find a Painkiller title that long, long, time.

82

One of the best arena shooters I have ever played!

alphalegion | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all alphalegion's reviews »

Painkiller Black - Possibly one of the best arena shooters I have ever played. If you like the old Serious Sam games, or Quake III Arena mob mods, then you will surely love this! It’s in a wonderful horror style (although nothing is particularly scary) and you will explore cemetery’s, catacombs, haunted houses and more!

The weapons in this game are all amazingly fun to use, personally, nothing can beat running round like a loon with a shotgun, on super hard mode. The easy mode on this game is great too for novices, but if you’re like me, and you are familiar with arena shooters, crank it up to hardest for an amazingly fun experience!

The story-mode style mini-campaigns in this game are very good too! There are a few bugs here-and-there with it, but nothing that’s game breaking, and it’s all in all, a pleasantly good, and amazingly fun experience. Certainly one to get if you’re looking for a classic style shooter!

77

In the same style of action as the Serious Sam games.

Bigshrimp | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all Bigshrimp's reviews »

This is a brainless action game where you killed dozens upon dozens of enemies in a hardcore shooter. Purely action like the Serious Sam games. The premise is basically that you are thrown into hell to kill hell's demons. It is a straightforward action title that won't disappoint if you are into those kind of games.

Graphics and sound fit this game well and the atmosphere and gore compliment it as well. Give it a try, its really pretty decent.

80

It's a classic game

Lekes | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

Fast paced, Violent, and above all good mindless fun, I found myself yelling warcries at the enemies as they flew across my monitor like meat filled water balloons. Will not thrill you if you're looking for a story driven game, but it makes up for that by being just plain good. A big surprise, that's how I remembered this game. Stunning graphics, 1st good Havoc physics (remember that hype about that?), nice musics, good designs... Weapons! Weapons! It's a classic game.

75

Really good old-school FPS!

KazStrider | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all KazStrider's reviews »

There's truly nothing better than just killing waves and waves of enemies for no reason whatsoever, in an age where storytelling has to be SO REALISTIC. This game is simply FUN.

81

Adrenaline!

DukePaul | Jan. 12, 2013 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

Painkiller is the are best shooter if all you want to do is shoot everything that moves and this black edition brings the original game and the first expansion Battle Out of Hell, if you want to start with this franchise, this pack best option for you.

The creatures of hell need bullets so buy this if you want to experience non-stop action with a gothic atmosphere!

76

Painkiller Black Edition - review

carlyle | Jan. 11, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

This is a pure action title FPS voted. Put in a plot unpretentious your task will be to play as Daniel Garner, a poor man who died in a car accident, thrown to hell with the sole purpose of slaughtering a disproportionate number of demons and damned souls for the sole purpose of conquer Heaven. The gameplay is straightforward and simple, but effective: their way through beautiful levels infernal slaughtering everything moves in front of you. At the end of each level there will be a boss in office waiting for us. In short, nothing new, but very funny. The strength of Painkiller is a level designing very nice and spot on. Levels in a gothic horror setting combined with a lot of fun making our way towards redemption. The graphics are absolutely perfect: the graphics engine (called Pain) never shows uncertainty and perfectly adapted to the machine on which it is installed (stronger than a large scale). Many enemies and many weapons are the accompaniment to a title of the highest level.

86

One of the best old school game

Xibalba | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all Xibalba's reviews »

Bloody massacre coupled with unusual weapons. One of the first big titles with Havok physics. A mix of horror and fast action gameplay, Painkiller is gory and atmospheric, but really all it is is just action. The Purgatory setting and in fact the idea of fighting demons is very great. and remaind a games like Doom-Quake must have for al llovers of goods FPS shooters

90

FPS Gold Age Comeback!

Jorge23322 | Nov. 4, 2012 | See all Jorge23322's reviews »

Painkiller Black its just one of the most awesome fps game that you can play, returning back the classic era of the FPS Games like Doom, Quake and Spear of Destiny (Wolfestein), too bad just the first one of the saga was the best one, but anyway, its just Amazing and 100% Recommended!

65

Decent First Person Shooter

lachking | Oct. 17, 2012 | See all lachking's reviews »

Painkiller is a decent first person shooter with a very simple premise: shoot, shoot and shoot. The play style is reminiscent of Doom to some degree. The game’s story is very cliché with the generic good vs evil and you the player need to kill the evil so that you can see your wife again. The game style is very basic as there are no keys, no real switches, or cut scenes in levels. You merely make your way through seemingly unconnected levels, killing every enemy in your sight. The visual style is solid but not particularly outstanding. When you face a horde of enemies, the game switches to rock style music which gets you into the killing monsters mood, but at the same time can feel out of place, especially if you're in a dark scary house in the middle of the night (one of the levels).

My main criticism of this game is that the overall gameplay mechanics are very basic and repetitive: level upon level of endless killing with the occasional boss level thrown in. While some people may like the endless shooting, for me, it represents a game with little depth.

If you like endless shooting, the game does provide no-nonsense fun, but for those who are looking for a deeper shooter with interesting characters, levels and plot points, look elsewhere.

90

Love Shooting Things a Lot? Buy This Game!

BillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | See all BillyMays14's reviews »

Painkiller Black edition is all about shooting things in the face. The game's structure is uncomplicated. You are locked in an arena with a bunch of monsters and must kill them all to proceed. However, they come at you in huge waves and you have some super satisfying methods of evisceration (my favorite is the stake gun). This is the best Painkiller game made, the expansions were pretty terrible. Definitely get this if you love fast paced non-stop shooting but stay away if you like to play things at a more methodical pace.

70

Classic fps

schroff | Sept. 15, 2012 | See all schroff's reviews »

It's a old fashioned fps without the stuff which makes things easy today like regenerating health or universal ammo. It has immense hoards of enemies and is very fast paced. Don't worry about the story though! The weapons are awesome to use too. Do play this one if you're an old school shooter fan!

80

Old school FPS!

Zinzun | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

If you like Quake and Doom, buy this game. It's an fps with a poor story, but great gameplay, arena style. Lots of weapon, lots of power-up, many levels, the multiplayer section...really, this is a great and funny game! !

82

Fun old style FPS

panz3r88 | Aug. 4, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Painkiller Black contain the original game and the expansion Battle Out of hell.The game is a classic old style FPS where you must complete each level defeating the hordes of enemies and boss that cross your way. An element that add variety to the gameplay is the presence of some abilities you can use during the level. Before you start a level you can choose between a set of available special power that allow you to improve your performance against the enemy. You can increase the number of available powers if you manage to complete a level meeting particular condition. An other good element of the game are the strange and original weapons you will find during the game If you are looking for a FPS full of action with some original elements thisis the game for you is the game for you

70

Huge fan but is slightly dated now

StewartX | July 31, 2012 | See all StewartX's reviews »

I loved the painkiller games when they came out (nothing better than pinning a zombie to the wall) but it hasn't aged well (it is a 2004 game). However the price is good and this pack includes the expansion Battle out of Hell. I'd recommend to someone who is a fan of FPS in the 2000's but for a new style gamer this might just end up annoying you (you fight enemies that spawn around you, so no "path" to follow. Graphics: 5/10 Gameplay: 8/10 Story: 4/10 Mulitplayer: No/Yes. Original had multi but GMG is single only.

89

Simple yet satisfying

CJV | July 16, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

Painkiller is indeed a very simple game, don't mind the plot, this is a game about shooting as many demons from hell as possible. You will kill hundreds of enemies per level and this may sound repetitive, and it is a bit repetitive but it manages no to be too much thanks to a variety of weapons and enemies. I think the main selling point is the fact that every weapon has a very distinct feel to it. You have the traditional shotgun, but also a lot of original weapons, such as a stake shooter and a lightning shuriken shooter! If you like tactical shooters this probably isn't your think, but if you want to face hordes of enemies with some of the most fun weapons in a fps then just buy this game.

85

A great action game

simonsix | June 18, 2012 | See all simonsix's reviews »

This is a great action game in the tradition of the Doom games. It has great graphics and awsome cut scenes. It is mindless violence, and like Serious Sam, is a throwback to old games like Doom, but with better graphics. If you loved Doom, Serious Sam, or any other similar game (Quake, Heretic, etc), you should try this game

90

One of the best shoot'em ups!

Finka_Karfein | June 1, 2012 | See all Finka_Karfein's reviews »

Black Edition are the two games that started it all. For a reason. They are just great. Yes, they are repetitive but still there are many short differentiated leves (screenshots here are poorly selected) with balanced gameplay. So many monsters, cool weapons mixing various modes of fire, great graphics (well, now a bit outdated) and music. The story is not so great but is more than enough to keep the player going for the outro. There are even plot twists. If you are looking for a game which will let you forget about a day full of hard work, Painkiller is the one you are looking for.

90

the golden days of fps gaming!

ternfast | May 22, 2012 | See all ternfast's reviews »

beautiful in its simplicity, painkiller is fantastic. games these days burden themselves with overly gimmicky game mechanics and 'features', but this is a game for those of us who loved the more straight forward (and frantic) games of the past. Gameplay basically works like this. walk into an area, and fire. and dont stop until the walls are red. then move to the next area! any one who has played games like the glorious doom, will now exactly what to expect here.. and they'll love it!

the graphics are fantastic (a bit dated by today's standards, but still look very nice), the combat is satisfying (especially the boss fights!), and the controls are tight and responsive.

if you love your gaming fun and unburdened by overly complex mechanisms, you'll want to pick this up this gem of a game!

85

Repetative Fun!

GudomligaSven | Aug. 26, 2011 | See all GudomligaSven's reviews »

Painkiller could be best described as repetative fun. Usually those words do not mix very well, but in this game, it does. The game stars Daniel as a so called "heaven's hitman" and the game centers around Daniel jumping around in purgatory, killing demons. The game borrows heavily from the Serious Sam formula; running and gunning, with loads of enemies everywhere. When this game was originally released the graphics were quite impressive, forcing you to upgrade if you wanted the full experience. Although not as demanding today, the graphics still packs quite a punch, with sharp textures and nice effects. Painkiller spans different "worlds" as you could call them, each ending with a HUGE boss fight. Each world has about five levels, each varying from the other, although some are direct continuation of the previous level. The levels are usually based on different eras such as the medieval times, world war one and modern times, complete with their own enemies based on the era. Each map has a secondary objective, that is more of a challenge rather than an objective. It usually involves collection a set ammount of coins, or not taking damage. These are usually pretty hard but will reward you with a silver or gold card. These cards can later be slottet in the world selection screen, using the gold you have collected. These cards offers you bonuses and can drastically alter the games difficulty. The first time I played this game the thing that caught my attention was the excellent physics engine. In each boss fight there are hundreds of objects flying around everywhere, hoping to crush you. This game would not be complete without the ridiculous weapons loadout, featuring weapons as a shuriken thrower that can electrify your enemies, or a personal favourite, the stake gun, which nails your enemies to the walls in a brutal manner. This game has excellent graphics, excellent physics and fun gameplay, although some players will risk getting bored after the first world, seeing as the game does not offer more than "run and gun".

85

Painkiller Classic Edition

GMGReviewer | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all GMGReviewer's reviews »

Since Hard Reset is coming out soon, this game has a similar gameplay look to it.. maybe because it's made by the same people!

The game's a classic for you old school shooters out there. It plays like Serious Sam where you just shoot and kill loads of enemies. The basic is to clear a room and move on to another room where you do the same thing over again..

Where Painkiller Black stand out are the smooth controls and level design (lacking from other Painkiller games). The controls feels right and it has different location for environments, there's large open levels and core door levels. The enemies are varied but some times there's so much of one kind in a room. There's also huge bosses at the end of each level.

Painkiller does the shooting part right! When you fire a weapon the sound and animation is great! The impact/sound it has on the enemy when they explode into pieces are great. The game overall is great fun!

90

Serious Sam's evil twin.

Xonus | Aug. 22, 2011 | See all Xonus's reviews »

This game is an incredibly fun old school shooter in the vein of Doom\Quake (and as the title says, Serious Sam). The game takes places in many different environments (from graveyards to mental asylums to airports and so on), has tons of enemies on screen at once, and gigantic bosses. All of that combined with the high speed you can get with bunnyhopping, and all the awesome weapons each with multiple firing modes, makes for tons of fun. The campaign is also very long, and combined with the expansion it's about 25-30 hours if not more.

The multiplayer is incredible as well, very similar and obviously inspired by Quakeworld\Quake 3, and very fun with the unique weapons of the game, although by this time it's probably completely dead aside from a few pugs.

Definitely worth 3$, and 10$ as well.

85

Mindless fun

bob808 | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all bob808's reviews »

For the $3 current price tag, you'd be hard pressed to find a better shooter than this! You basicall get 2 games, Painkiller and Bat out of Hell. The action is fast paced and fun. Sometimes you want a game that you dont have to think about and this one fits the bill nicely. The closest comparison I can give would be the Serious Sam franchise, minus Sams one liners. Great shoot everything on the screen action title, especially for the price!

93

The perfect fusion of old and new

AvistTorch | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all AvistTorch's reviews »

In an era where most first-person shooters center on running down a scripted corridor and shooting small, exposed body parts, one grows to hunger for shooters that hearken back to the old days, while retaining that modern flair. If so, Painkiller:Black Edition is exactly what you're looking for.

The story is throwaway; the game throws you right into the action with 5 different weapons that each have 2 different firing modes, so it's more like 10 different weapons. The expansion, included in this bundle, delivers 2 more dual-mode weapons. Each is a twist on old classics, such as a rocket launcher/chaingun.

Gameplay has been simplified to the basics: enter a room, doors close and enemies spawn, kill them all. Instead of throwing lots of health packs at you, dead enemies briefly leave a soul that restores a bit of health. Getting 66 souls allows you to transform for a while into a mode where you're invincible and can tear apart most enemies with a single blast.

Completing optional goals, such as collecting a certain amount of souls in a level, unlocks "tarot cards" that give you a temporary (or level-long) boost, such as an increased maximum health or damage. This also factors into the wide difficulty range: on easier difficulty levels, your health is restored at checkpoints, while harder difficulties leave you to scrape through the game without that boost. In short, shooter fans from all eras and of all skill levels will find something to enjoy here.

89

Great game

newn | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »

This game is a bit scary at places, and it's a great game. It offers you a great pack of awesome sounds and physics, as well as average graphics (compared to today's systems). It kinda reminded me of Serious Sam. There was a lot of enemies to shoot at and it was fun! It's more of a shooter than an involving game, but hey - I spend more than five hours straight when I first got this game. It's an awesome game.

I recommend you buying this game if you like that kind of playstyle, you will definitely have at least a few great hours playing it.

90

Old school fun

t20k | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

It's much better than today's FPS games. No need for cover like these space marines we see in every game nowadays. The weapons are unique and very satisfying, and you can test them in the long campaign that is full of huge bosses and tons of different enemies. Buy this and you'll see why a lot of people miss the old Doom/Quake FPS days.

85

Old School PC Shooter, from the makers of BULLETSTORM

faraany3k | Aug. 7, 2011 | See all faraany3k's reviews »

Shooters of today tend to be pseudo-realistic with accurate recoil, cover and timely kills. But FPS as a genre on PC started as more of an arcadish take on shooting. We dont need to stay in cover or reload all the time. Sometimes its best to just run around and shoot as many baddies as you want. And have fun while doing it.

But make no mistake. Arcade shooters are not just about standing still and simply shooting. Painkiller features a slew of deadly enemies which can attack you in many ways, Some try to take you down with speed, some with stealth and some with there pure brute force or heavy weapons. The whole experience is surreal and makes you feel all powerful. And with a ploethra of enviroemnts cool and unique weaponary, this game is a blast for as long as it lasts. And how they have designed the whole game you will have hours and hours of replayabality. Tired of modern shooters, try out this brilliant Old school shooter. And with current price drop its a must have for any FPS enthusiast.

77

Fun game

Arthan | Aug. 5, 2011 | See all Arthan's reviews »

It's a fairly fun game, though since it's basically a celebration of what gaming lost when it made the transition from the fast and competitive/challenging gameplay-centric Deathmatch to the slower, realistic plot-centric FPS games, it certainly doesn't innovate much. It's fairly fun, though the target audience will probably still prefer the original Quake.

95

Not exactly original, but great!

Zniper | June 23, 2011 | See all Zniper's reviews »

Painkiller. Painkiller is the type of game which, once you started to play it, you will hardly give up on it. Despite the fact that it's gameplay mechanics, and even the story, are not quite new and original, this game will hold you in front of the computer for good hours.

Also, given it's story, you are not that motivated to play throughout the whole game, but who cares?! You sometimes need just a gun and plenty of enemies to shoot at! Oh, and Painkiller has plenty of them...

87

A Blast

Harjyot | June 17, 2011 | See all Harjyot's reviews »

Painkiller is a great arcade fps that is very action packed and exciting.The visuals are still good, considering how old the game is now. The audio and physics are both quite impressive. This game is a great twitch shooter, and it is the kind of game one doesn't see too often nowadays. A game definitely worth checking out.

80

A blast to play

GAMERamble | May 26, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

When Daniel Garner is killed in a car accident along with his beloved wife he is denied entry into heaven and is instead told that he has to fight an army of demonic soldiers to prevent an imminent holy war. Only by killing Lucifer's four generals and their hordes of minions will he be judged pure enough to be with his wife. With no other choice Daniel sets out on a one man crusade to cause some serious pain to the minions of evil.

Ok so the storyline is beyond corny but at least it tries to be original and gives you an excuse to kill all kinds of weird creatures in a variety of interesting locations. The gameplay is as simple as the storyline however and anyone that has played Serious Sam will know what to expect since this game is almost exactly the same as Sam's adventure only a bit more, well, serious. Daniel starts each level with no goal other than to kill every creature in sight. There's no keys to collect, puzzles to solve or any kind of interaction beyond blowing up whatever stands between you and the next level.

The action can become a bit repetitive aftera while since basically all you do is walk into a new area, kill all the monsters that suddenly spawns around you, follow your compass to the next area and repeat the process. This happens over and over across all the stages. To make things a little bit more interesting there's "tarrot cards" to be earned which will then grant you special abilities like extra health, more speed or whatever. The twist is that these have to be earned by achieving certain requirements on each stage. These can be anything from killing all the monsters on the level to not using any armour or only using a certain weapon. Once you earn the tarrot cards they can then be placed before going into a stage but be warned they cost money to place, you can only have a certain amount, and most can only be used once per level. It's not exactly a groundbreakingly original feature but it does at a little something extra to the game.

The biggest draw of the game however is definately the graphics. It might take a decent computer to run it at full speed with all the effects enabled but the result is quite worth it. The levels feel rather disjointed with not much in common but every one of them is a visual masterpiece with awsome special effects and detailed textures. Even the enemies look awsome and there's so many different types you'll hardly see the same onces as almost every new level has new monsters. The game also has some of the bigggest bosses I've ever seen and fighting these behemoths is quite a rush.

Besides the excelent graphics the game is also powered by the HAVOC phsyics engine making everything look that much better. Watching enemies go flying in ragdoll style after you blast them or huge structures crumbling when a boss stomps through it is a sight to behold. The detailed graphics are also quite evident in the extremely detailed weapons but while each one is truly unique and has duel firing modes the fact that there is only five in total is a bit of a letdown. You'll find yourself using all of them a lot instead of just moving up to the more powerfull weapons as they become available but still.. At least you get to collect the souls of any enemies you kill and once you have enough of these you turn into a super powerfull demon for a short while which allows you to lay waste to any nearby foes. It can be a real life saver in tight spots but still doesn't make up for the lack of weapons.

The audio is just as nice as the visuals and once again the Serious Sam influences is clear. Walking around without any enemies in sight you'll hear lots of ambient sounds like the wind or the spurs on your boots clinking but as soon as the monsters make their appearance the heavy metal music kicks in and all hell breaks loose. Daniel is unfortunately a very quiet character so dont' expect any wisecracks or quips as he kicks ass. The sound effects are very nicely done and even the voice overs during the cut-scenes are bearable.

90

A Painkiller for a PC Gamer's soul

Alaistar | May 14, 2011 | See all Alaistar's reviews »

So, Painkiller. This game looks to everybody on the first sight as a shooter that could not be good. But send those thoughts into video game hell fellow gamers because Painkiller...is THE game for you if you miss the old days of PC games (or games in general). Remember? Everything was more simple, faster, longer, made with a hearth. If you do remember, don't hesitate and buy it. NOW. This is the most fun you will have with games before Painkiller 2 comes out, pretty much.

Every level, every enemy, every gun has a masterful dressing, you can see the love the developers put into the game, while most studious would just change the colour of a enemies vest or re-paint a gun, People Can Fly have made every inch of this game an absolute extrrrraaavaganza which is definitely worth your money.

90

I'm proud of it!

Muzicjohn | April 20, 2011 | See all Muzicjohn's reviews »

^^ Yes, I'm from Poland and I have to admit, that we didn't made many good games. That's why I'm happy that Painkiller was created, cause it have all "big titles" elements: very nice graphics, music, sounds and gameplay. If you want, you can download demo, I'm sure you'll want to buy full version after few minutes of playing. This game is great. Only story is very stupid, but who cares about story in game like this? ;]

90

Shoot on sight

nurz | April 12, 2011 | See all nurz's reviews »

Pure action. Shoot everything/everyone you see - there are no friendlies in hell. Best for turning your brain off and just working on reflexes. Seems simplistic, but with a bit of diversion due to the Tarot cards, we get great gaming experience.

70

The real heir to classics FPS

ZippaLip | April 9, 2011 | See all ZippaLip's reviews »

If you play this game you will revive the arcade atmosphere of the first FPS of the 90's such as Doom or Quake 1. The story is an optional, you will need no brain, only kill tons of enemies, search treasures, power up, secret areas, complete the goals to receive bonus cards and go to next checkpoint and kill another wave of enemies. The arcade spirit is amazing , the graphic look good even today and the pyshics too (notice that the producers are not a famous and rich company!). The expansion add more fun, and all the level are well designed (well, not all because sometimes you get lost for some checkpoints) such as for the double-function weapons. If you want fun buy it, if you want deep story or you get frustrating in mass killing only go onto another games.

100

Painkiller - no brain, no pain!

fearon | April 7, 2011 | See all fearon's reviews »

This is what we call fun - without any stupid quick time events or silent sniper missions like in Call of Duty series. Only one protagonist and hordes of bloodthristy monsters to kill. This and crazy, dark atmosphere makes this game fantastic choice to relax.

95

THE Painkiller. Enough said.

Jahman | April 7, 2011 | See all Jahman's reviews »

Painkiller is a game where your only objective is to kill everything that moves. That’s the sentence that pretty much sums the game. The story is somewhere between nonexistent and ridiculous, there is no connection whosoever between consecutive levels, there’s a rather limited number of enemies, you’ve probably seen better graphics and the gameplay is repetitive.

But you know what? All of that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that “Painkiller is ONE OF THE BEST games where your only objective is to kill everything that moves“ and the way the game manages to pull it off makes it a truly great achievement.

What Painkiller does is offer a player load of unique weapons , each with two different modes of fire, spices it up with “souls” mechanics that forces you to visit the spots where you just vanquished your enemies and rewards you with health and a burst of invincibility and mixes it up in a bowl of awesome, fast-paced and gripping gameplay.

To put it short – Painkiller is pure fun to play. Really, that’s it. It is “wave after wave of same enemies”, but the way the gameplay was designed turns each of those killings sprees into, maybe not unique or memorable, but surely enjoyable and adrenaline-pumped experiences.

On top of that, each level contains a special challenge – ranging from “destroy all items” to “only use one weapon” – and rewards you with “Black Tarot” cards for completing it. Not only do those cards allow you to gain an upper hand in the following levels (by boosting the players speed or slowing the enemies), but they often require the player to change the way they play in order to obtain them. That in itself can often provide a healthy dose of variety.

If you consider yourself a true fan of the FPS genre and/or love a virtual, mindless carnage, Painkiller is a must-buy. If, on the other hand, your reflexes are more than rusty, games you play must have a story and the sight of flying guts is somewhat off-putting, you might want to stay away. You know - for your own health.

85

Great Polish game

mikim | April 4, 2011 | See all mikim's reviews »

In my opinion - the best game produced in Poland by creators of Bulletstorm. The atmosphere is INCREDIBLE! Same with weapons and level design, but, however, graphics are quite old. As for music - it's good, but nothing more than that. I come back to Painkiller from time to time to remember old good times of games like Serious Sam. Recommended!