Where exploding barrels go to die
Eight years after its release, Painkiller has received numerous expansions, mods-turned-retail-releases, and ports. Almost all of which have been terrible and too stubborn to update the game. Nearing its ten-year anniversary, here we are again with more Painkiller.
OK, this metaphor is kind of gross and not going anywhere. Let's jump into the pr0f3ssional analysis, then!
Painkiller Hell & Damnation (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Circle-strafing is a lost art. Back when we still called them Doom-clones, first-person shooters brought twitch-based arcade action to the third-dimension. Managing six or more weapon slots, controlling crowds of enemies, and finding hidden areas were as important as accuracy. In today’s shooters, where win conditions are far more dependent on taking cover and relying on auto-aim, these skills are superfluous.
After a botched attempt at recreating the Painkiller magic in NecroVisioN, developer Farm 51 is adopting a much more literal approach. But, who is better qualified to make a “HD remake” of Painkiller than a studio run by two guys that worked on the original? People Can Fly, sure, but they are too busy making original games. Those clowns!
Now that I’m done shitting on Painkiller being repeatedly dragged through the mud only to be dosed with dollar store makeup, I’ll deliver the good news: Painkiller is still an amazing game and Painkiller Hell & Damnation (= HD = throw up in my mouth) is a mostly faithful recreation of People Can Fly’s classic shooter. For better or worse, the flaws of the original complement some welcome additions.
If you never played Painkiller but have played Quake: Imagine that game but with a neat Tarot card system that lets you temporarily enable damage & defense perks, one time per level. If you never played Painkiller but have played Call of Duty: Imagine if those soldiers were demons and neither of you had any place to hide. Also, imagine there is one of you and a hundred of them. Like, always. Sounds fun, right?
THE VERDICT - Painkiller Hell & Damnation
Reviewed by Allistair Pinsof
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