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: You stand in a dark graveyard, bats screeching overhead. It’s oddly eerie and you get a strange feeling of dÈj‡ vu. You hold a shotgun in your unwavering hands and have all the ammunition you could ever need strapped to your belt. Rock music starts playing. Where from? Who cares? Skeletons with huge double handed swords are lurching towards you, their armour clanking as they move. Bang . One down. Click-click, Bang Another. There must be thirty of them left. Do you run?
Excerpt: Painkiller has to be one of the most surprising games I have seen this year. At first I thought it looked very stupid, but when I played it, I knew I was undoubtedly wrong. Painkiller brings back the fun mindless fast paced action that the FPS genre was low on for so many years. Sure there was mindless action, fast paced action, and fun action in a lot of FPSs, but it is very unusual for it to be in one package.
Excerpt: If you have done any research on Painkiller lately chances are you saw my preview for it. Back when I played it I was pretty impressed. The graphics were quite nice and the physics really added a needed touch to the game.
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.