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7:44 AM on 06.13.2014

THQ will rise from its grave by way of Nordic Games

Do you miss those old THQ games and that iconic logo? Well, according to a representative from Nordic Games, the THQ trademark has been acquired by Nordic. Expect old games to arise, as well as more Darksiders. Here it is, st...

Chris Carter


9:00 AM on 05.13.2014

Nordic Games confirms Joe Mad's statements that Darksiders isn't dead

Yesterday, artist and designer Joe Madureira claimed that Darksiders wasn't dead, and that its new publisher had been in the process of working on the third game. Nordic Games has since responded to the statement, nothin...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 02.13.2014

Darksiders and Red Faction are getting new collections

Nordic Games, the current owner of former THQ properties Darksiders and Red Faction, has plans to release compilations of both series in the second quarter of 2014.  Darksiders Collection (£34.99) packages both gam...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 12.20.2013

Nordic Games resurrecting MX vs. ATV series

The THQ fallout saw Nordic Games purchase Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans!, and MX vs. ATV earlier this year for $4.9 million. Now, Nordic is making some moves with their new IPs by bringing back the MX vs. ATV se...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 06.24.2013

Nordic grabs Silver and Desperados from Atari

Following its acquisition of many THQ assets including notable franchises like Darksiders and Red Faction, Nordic Games has gotten its hands on two more intellectual properties. This time, it's Atari's Desperados an...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 06.19.2013

Nordic hopes to bring back Titan Quest, Deadly Creatures

Lately, there's been little talk about Nordic Games' plans for all of those THQ properties it picked up. Last we heard, the company wanted to find other studios that could develop new titles in series like Darksiders, MX vs. ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 06.15.2013

It's Deadfall Adventures Time!

UPDATE: Deadfall Adventures will be $39.99 on PC and $49.99 on X360, not $60. Deadfall Adventures may seem like an Indiana Jones or Uncharted rip-off, however the game is doing the exact opposite: it is engrained in the ...

Caitlin Cooke

9:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Ex-Vigil staffer on what Darksiders III could have been

In an interview with IGN, Ex-Vigil creative director Joe Madureira released a few nuggets of information on what Darksiders III could have been, provided Vigil staff, and not Nordic Games, had won the bidding war. “It w...

Abel Girmay

1:00 PM on 04.27.2013

Fourth DLC for Painkiller: Hell and Damnation out now

A little over a month since the launch of Operation 'Zombie Bunker', Nordic and The Farm 51 have launched Hell & Damnation's fourth piece of DLC, which can be downloaded on Steam for £2.99/$3.99/ €3.99. Th...

Harry Monogenis

2:30 PM on 04.25.2013

Discretion is the better part of profiteering

We have a lovely new installment of Office Chat for you to enjoy today. Jordan and I are joined by Chris Carter. We talk a little bit about all of those properties Nordic Games scooped up in the final auction of THQ ass...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...

Allistair Pinsof





2:00 PM on 02.24.2013

Second DLC for Painkiller: Hell & Damnation now available

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation's second piece of DLC has launched and is now available to download on Steam. The Clock Strikes Meat Night will cost you $6.99 and adds three new enemies, a new environmental weapon ...

Harry Monogenis

6:30 PM on 01.28.2013

Medieval Horror DLC out for Painkiller Hell & Damnation

Fans eager for more Painkiller Hell & Damnation are going to be eager to get their hands on the title's first full-fledged downloadable content. Entitled "Medieval Horror," this PC-only DLC features a new, four-chapter ca...

Alasdair Duncan

11:00 PM on 11.20.2012

Adorably docile penguins: The Critter Chronicles nears

Good news for adventure game fans: Nordic Games and KING Art are working on a prequel to the quirky 2009 adventure The Book of Unwritten Tales. Best of all, this new game, titled The Critter Chronicles, will be releasin...

Jason Cabral

7:00 PM on 10.31.2012

I love the song in this Painkiller Hell & Damnation vid

The launch trailer and opening cinematic for Painkiller Hell & Damnation is dark and  pretty dramatic, but it's set to to a strangely upbeat song, "Painkiller," by Siri Svegler. This odd mix works well together. &nb...

Dale North



Review: Painkiller Hell & Damnation photo
Review: Painkiller Hell & Damnation
by Allistair Pinsof

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.

Make no mistake: This isn’t a celebration or reinvention. It’s a publisher milking a great game for all it’s worth, even if the cow is skinny as a toothpick and its udders crusty and dry. Yet, the milk is still smooth and sweet.

OK, this metaphor is kind of gross and not going anywhere. Let's jump into the pr0f3ssional analysis, then!

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