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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation Review

by on October 31, 2012

Had that old school vibe with hint of current gen mixed in. Bunny hopping in ANY game brings back good memories.


Visually disappointing, even for a "remastering", Lack of Gamepad settings, I could not for the life of me find a sensitivity option for the pad.



What is Painkiller: Hell & Damnation? Well, it’s a “rebirth” if I may, of a title that came out back in 2004 titled Painkiller. The game was made by People can Fly who since has been bought by Epic Games, leaving The Farm 51 to bringing life to a 8 year old game! Without any spoilers, you play Daniel Garner, who is the “Curse of Darkness and the Toy of Light”.  Translated, your goal is to go around, fighting the hoards of demons and other creatures in different scenarios.


Let me start off by saying that I have not played any of the previous versions of Painkiller. Looking at many videos, I found a walk-through, thinking oh, that’s cool, someone must had taken part of the beta and created a video! To my surprise it was actually a walk-through from the original game. This is when I came to the realization that this game is simply the same game from 2004 but with a polished up skin. Looking at the videos and investigating a little further it turned out that there are a few new guns, but over all its the same thing!

The one thing I noticed from the start was that the game felt dated, it has that DOOM feel where everything is a bit sluggish. Which meant that The Farm 51 actually had to tone things down from the fast action that is going on. That being said, there are a ton of graphical issues with this game. Sure its revamped but the only thing this game has going for it has to be the cinematic’s. Each one of them had such elaborate colors and made everything pop in a way that it was visually appealing, but then when your put into the game, its gone! Sure, games today don’t appear to be the same as their cinematic’s but they are pretty damn close. This, the difference was night and day. The voice acting in this was also questionable at best. It almost felt like the main character was going for a Duke Nukem style voice where he’s the tough guy and doesn’t care for anything. The difference between Nukem and Garner is that when Nukem said something, it was hilarious, it was meant to be taken as a joke, that’s just how the character is. Garner is not that type of character, and sadly it took me right out of character and was unmotivated to care for the character.

The single player campaign has the option of being completed in Co-op which is a great addition, since everyone wants to game with friends! What happens is the enemies health gets increased to accommodate for the two people playing. There is also a multiplayer option which seemed to be a straight up tuned down version of Unreal Tournament. Sure you use Unreal Engine 3, but damn… this was a clone. Jumping pads? Really…? Just remove the multiplayer, add 4 player co op, and make this game into a old school Left 4 Dead instead, you would probably be better off.

The way this game plays was pretty interesting though, ill give it that. Picture Gears of War’s horde mode (1.0) but broken into different levels. Load the map, your walking around trying to survive as hoards of enemies rush at you, clear it, and advance to the next stage, rinse and repeat until you reach a boss. Even while fighting the boss though, you’ll be sent minions to distract you from hurting the boss.

Speaking of the bosses, they are pretty awesome. Massive creatures similar to those of Shadow of the Colossus, but you don’t defeat them in a cool way as you did in that game. Check out the video at the bottom and you’ll see me killing the first main boss, Necrogiant (pictured in the Buy of Pass tab).

Buy Or Pass

I tried my best to like this game, and to be clear, its not bad. I’ll give it the same exact opinion as Duke Nukem Forever, if you in the past liked….and I mean truly enjoyed the original Painkiller, so much so that you would even consider yourself a fan, then you will like this game. If not, simply don’t waste your time with this as you wont like it. The game just didn’t appeal to me!


The game comes out today for PC! The normal edition for $20, and the collectors for $30. The collectors comes with a pretty cool soundtrack, a Making video, some in-game items, as well as printable goodies.

The console version of the game is scheduled to be released in January 2013.

*Download Token provided by publisher for review on PC.

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