Excerpt: There seems to be a growing rift lately among FPS. On the one hand there are the fans of the reality based shooters such as Half-Life, Thief, & Red Cell while on the other hand there are the fans of the old school style shoot em ups such as Doom, DukeNukem 3D, & Serious Sam. Among these groups there is a fair amount of animosity regarding FPS game design and fans of the first style are often not fans of the second style and vice-versa.
Pros: Great graphics as well as sound effects, Not a short game, many hours of play here, Many varied environments, Cheap (I found it in the bargain bin for 19.99)!
Cons: High system requirements, Enemy AI not the greatest, Some frustrating game play elements
Summary: I know that the developers used to be a mod team and that without a doubt, they love the series on which they are now working. The problem is that enthusiasm does not necessarily translate into a fun game. Painkiller: Redemption is boring, repetitive and unoriginal. The only people I can see enjoying this one are die hard fans of the original who are willing to play anything as long as it is set in the same universe.
Excerpt: Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You play as Daniel Garner, a seemingly regular guy who as just been killed in a horrific car accident. Trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world between heaven and hell, you struggling to uncover the reasons why you've been denied entry into heaven.
Excerpt: GGMania has posted a brief preview of Painkiller, with more impressions of playing the single player demo of the upcoming first-person horror shooter from People Can Fly (ex-members of Lemon Interactive) and Dreamcatcher Interactive. We also grabbed 25 new screenshots from the demo. Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action.
Excerpt: In these days of historical, realistic, and tactical shooters, we can easily lose track of what made first-person shooters so popular in the first place. Remember? It’s just plain fun to fight off hordes of monsters with an arsenal of weaponry, blazing away as you run right at your enemies. Stealth? Stealth?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ stealth! Well Painkiller is here to remind us what the glory days of first-person shooters were like, except with better graphics.
Conclusion: Wrap-Up: Painkiller is a great single player first person shooter, fast paced, heavy action and rockin soundtrack make this the Resident Evil of the FPS world. You can play for 20 minutes, you can play for 4 hours, however long you want to frag the minions of hell, they’ll be there for you.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: Painkiller takes on a very demonic, Doom style look to it, complete with zombies, graveyards, catacombs, banshees, and generally everything evil looking. There aren't many well lit places, but this wasn't done to cover up the engine's faults. The levels are simple but nicely detailed, and the enemies' movements, looks, and characteristics look splendid.