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
Excerpt: If an easy comparison could be made between film and game, Painkiller falls into the slasher-horror genre. It has wanton violence and a plethora of monsters that are pilfered from every satanic verse, medieval horror and book of the dead written. While it does not feature a tragic plot, deep characterizations or the use of psychological machinations to instill fear, it does use copious amounts of gore, violence and the occult to produce the sort of sheer terror that...
Excerpt: Looking for a game that's fast paced, ominous, looks great, and isn't called Doom 3? Painkiller might be the answer as you take on the role of another type of demon hunter. Arm yourself to fight the good fight and win your way out of purgatory by doing the dirty work of the big fellow in charge. Learn about how it's done.
Conclusion: Painkiller has accomplished exactly what the fine development team at PCF set out to achieve. They created an extremely fun, fantastic looking FPS in the vein of Doom, Quake and the like. Those of you who enjoy mindless arcade FPS action will get a kick out of playing Painkiller. There's plenty of good fun to be had in this one and what's more, the gameplay is backed up by some very smooth and solid 3D code.
Pros: Intense arcade action, interesting weapon design, bosses are HUGE (in a good way), Havok physics are fantastic. A fine FPS romp;
Cons: Little replay value, multiplayer ain't all that, game occasionally loses frantic pacing 'cause of some uninspired level design.
Summary: First-person shooters have been one of PC gaming's preeminent genres for about 10 years now, and those who've kept up with it over the years know that, for one thing, these games have gotten a lot more complicated. Whereas the early games that defined the genre gave you no incentive other than to blast your way from one end of a level to the other--or they had you blasting any other player that moved, in the case of their multiplayer modes--today's most-popular shooters...