Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review: An old school battle against Hell's minions
7 December 2013
Excerpt: Despite the fact that franchises the likes of Call of Duty , Battlefield , and Borderlands have made massive attempts to evolve the FPS genre, some developers are content with leaving it as it once was. Games like Serious Sam 3: BFE and Rage are more old school than progressive, but that's not a bad thing, because with the proper contemporary refinements, you can definitely get a fun new FPS experience that tugs at your nostalgic heartstrings.
Summary: At roughly 5-6 hours, Painkiller isn’t a particularly long game either but at $19.99, you get what you pay for. It achieves what it sets out to with great aplomb. If you’re into sawing, staking, blowing, and otherwise maiming the faces of the local residents of Hell, then this is a game for you. However, if your favorite games are Ico, Portal, Half-Life or indeed if you’re used to the formulaic gameplay of Call of Duty and Battlefield games, then this is a title I’d...
Excerpt: is about as barebones FPS as you can get. There are no frills, just design choices that reward skill and dedication. It's a splash of cold water to the sweaty face that has become the muddled world of the modern shooter, and pleasingly pedestrian in a way that brings out a sense of carnal rage while demanding one thing from the player: the desire to annihilate.
Conclusion: Would I recommend that you buy it? Well, that’s a more difficult question – as a fan, absolutely… but outside of that you’re looking at an old-fashioned FPS with highly religious themes, and a niche audience. With such a star-studded market, there’s plenty of other games you could spend your money on. But if you’re looking for something new… well, you could do worse.
Excerpt: I was sure I'd be the ideal audience for Painkiller: Hell & Damnation , the just-released remake of the frantic, demon-infested 2004 first person shooter. I loved playing the original, I still enjoy old-school FPS games in at least small-to-medium doses, and after seeing the success of a similar game's revival - I'm talking about Serious Sam 3: BFE here - I thought it'd be difficult not to love a return to Painkiller . Unfortunately, that's just not the case.
Excerpt: , the just-released remake of the frantic, demon-infested 2004 first person shooter. I loved playing the original, I still enjoy old-school FPS games in at least small-to-medium doses, and after seeing the success of a similar game's revival - I'm talking about
Conclusion: Painkiller Hell & Damnation seems weird in the context of the modern video game industry, a game that comes from the past in order to remind us what a shooter is supposed to be and the kind of emotions that we were currently expecting the genre to generate. After a particularly tough boss fight in the remade Painkiller, I actually had my hands twitching from the adrenaline and I was unable to process the world around me for a few seconds, still caught up in the wild...