Painkiller: Black Edition
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"breathtaking attention to detail, deeply satisfying gameplay, and a focus on pure, simple fun that doesn't in any way defeat or diminish a richly powerful thematic narrative." - Tap-Repeatedly.co.uk
"It's painfully addictive, screen-shatteringly frustrating at times but so moreish it's like the computer game equivalent of Chocolate Fingers." - GamersTemple.com
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Painkiller Black Edition includes the expansion pack Battle Out of Hell, featuring 10 additional single-player levels and many new villains.
Gothic Story, Frantic Gameplay. Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy a gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. It's an adrenaline addict's nightmare, where hellish monsters swarm in seemingly endless mobs.
Graphically, Painkiller is unmatched. The proprietary PAIN Engine puts out an unbelievably high polygon count, while adding increased texture quality and the latest lighting and shadowing techniques, including soft shadows, DOT3 bump mapping, water reflections, glass simulation, volumetric light and fog, and more. Plug in the Havok 2.0 physics engine, and you get a realistic environment in a totally fantastical setting.
Stranded in a place between Heaven and Hell, your time of judgment is at hand. The Underworld is on the verge of unholy war, and you are but a pawn in the infernal battle. As you fight for your purification, the truths behind the deceptions are revealed.
Next-generation graphics: The game uses the proprietary 3D "PAIN Engine" capable of pumping out an unbelievably high polygon count, while adding increased texture quality and the latest lighting and shadowing techniques.
Combo weapons: All weapons come in pairs, with a primary and secondary fire.
Morphing: Your unholy pact gives you the power to morph into a powerful possessed creature with every 66 souls collected.
Lasting replay value: Painkiller features a standard single player campaign, with additional modes to encourage replay. The game also features full multiplayer support.
Physics Engine: Painkiller employs the Havok 2.0 physics engine, allowing for inverse kinematics ("rag-doll physics") and deformable, interactive environments.
Old School FPS at its finest!Mumblez | May 23, 2013 | See all Mumblez's reviews »
Let's say you're sick of modern military shooters. You've seen every chest high wall, every cloud of smoke and every bullet decal there is to see and vomit rises in your mouth whenever the word 'corridor' and 'gunfight' are mentioned in the same sentence. You want something fresh. You need something fresh. Look no further, Painkiller is here to help you!
This game is the first and unquestionably the best in its series. You are one man, armed with a wide array of weirder than weird weapons, fighting against hordes of crazy monsters in gorgeous arenas. Levels are linear, but it doesn't matter. The gunplay and movement is what make this game great. You can bunnyhop while you use the titular weapon to dismember your foes, all the while evading their attacks. This is what a shooter should be, in my opinion.
As stated, all the weapons are crazy - this is a good thing. Every gun is unique and to top it off, all of them have alt-fires. It's worth trying all of them out just to see what kind of craziness they can produce! There's even one that fires shurikens and lightning. Shurikens and lightning! (If only it had tits and was on fire...)
The levels are beautiful and all of them are different. You'll experience war-torn battlefields, asylums and even theatres and all of these areas will be filled with deadly monsters all out for your blood.
Enemy AI is bad, but since this is an old school FPS where you'll be facing hordes for the most part, it doesn't matter. Monsters will chase you while you blow 'em to bits and that's how it should be. In a game like this, advanced AI is not a necessity.
This game isn't perfect, occasionally enemies may get stuck in the map itself and you might encounter other bugs, but at the end of the day, this is an experience I'd recommend to everyone. If you like shooters, give it a try. You won't regret it!
THE GOOD: -Great variety of weapons -Amazing art style -Visually well-designed enemies and arenas -Practically non-stop action
THE BAD: -A hilariously bad story. Borders on 'So Bad It's Good' -Enemy AI is laughable, monsters can get stuck on some levels -Minor bugs
My rating: 95 Play this. It's an amazing experience that you should not miss out on. Give it a go!
A throwback to the classic FPS genreJelley | March 25, 2013 | See all Jelley's reviews »
Painkiller is a throwback to the classic style of first person shooters. Waves of enemies lie between the player and the exit of the level, and it is up to the player to blast their way through all of them to reach the exit. Simple in concept, Painkiller is well executed and has just enough plot progression and variety of levels to maintain excitement. Typical to the genre, the game features a variety of weapons which offer a variety of ways to disembody the endless waves of hell. With an emphasis on killing, the game houses an impressive physics and graphics which showcase the destruction caused by the player, and are incredibly satisfying. One such weapon can pin enemies to a wall, while another simply explodes monsters into a fountain of blood. The endless killing is broken up by several cut scenes which progress the plot of the game, as well as boss battles which significantly change up the physical game play and overall strategy. Players can also complete an optional objective in each level to unlock a tarot card, which can be activated to give slight buffs. Painkiller also features multiplayer which essentially has the typical modes of capture the flag and death match. With addictive game play and wonderful physics and graphics, Painkiller is an engaging game and is well worth a look.
Very enjoyable FPS similar to Serious Samkairegister | Feb. 26, 2013 | See all kairegister's reviews »
This game is all about shooting. Shoot shoot shoot. Shoot them all. Tons of monsters. One thing this game benefits over Serious Sam are the level design. None of the levels are just an open field, and it's very easy and comfortable navigating the inside of a building. There's also enjoyable bosses (Which I feel Sam didnt get until BFE)
The game offers many weapons, each with 2 different weapon kind (Example: The machine gun is also a rocket launcher. yeah, exactly)
If you're thinking of getting this game, dont play on Insomnia ("Normal" difficulty), it's too easy at that difficulty.
The best game of the Painkiller seriespanz3r88 | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Painkiller: Black Edition contains the first game of the Painkiller series with its expansion and it's the best game of the series. In Painkiller there's no time think:the levels are linear but full of enemies and you must use your weapons to survive all the waves of monsters that try to kill you. The weapons are quite original and they all have a primary and secondary fire. This game is also original if compared to other old school shooters due to the tarot system: when you start a level you can choose between various cads that allow you to use different temporary or permanent bonus during the levels. During the game you can unlock more powerful tarot cards if you find secrets and hidden rooms