Excerpt: A game that has been out for some whil,e Painkiller is a classic. To most veterans, it's a standing memory of the good ages, where FPS games would consist of a massive amount of mindless killing, which was, in fact, preffered over tactic-using. Painkiller re-brings us that world, and dives us straight into it.
Conclusion: Painkiller is perhaps much more of a successor to the old Doom and Quake games than the official versions. This game is simple, straightforward blasting. The plot is a pretty thin excuse to blow seven shades out of everything, and the fact that the cut scenes are pretty poor and hard to follow is totally irrelevant. This game is simply about shooting things - zombies, knights, witches and a plethora of other demonic foe inhabit some beautifully realised levels.
Summary: I have played a large number of first-person shooters over the years. Painkiller was one of the better ones, but not the best. It belongs in the second tier of shooters. It can not compete with the top tier of shooters such as Half-Life, Far Cry etc. but is none the less an enjoyable experience. It has very good graphics and average gameplay.
Summary: This is not the Black Edition as listed on the title of the page, but rather the Gold Edition as shown in the image. Gold Edition is 6 CD's in paper sleeves, Black Edition is on DVD with a swank case. They both have the same content however. As you can probably tell, I got burned on this, but the game is still very enjoyable. If you like fast action, hordes of enemies, and huge bosses, you'll love this.
Excerpt: "...AND GAMEPLAY: The AI in Painkiller is a mixed bag. It can be capable of some neat tactics and sneaky moves but on the whole its more about throwing lots of enemies at you and hoping you crack under numbers as opposed to having one guy who knows what hes doing. Because of this the game gets away with not so brilliant ai, although the constantly respawning enemies can grow tedious, tiring and repetitive. The gameplay itself is just run and ...
Pros: Great graphics, fast paced gameplay, Huge bosses
Cons: A bit generic and uninspired at times . Constantly respawning enemies are a drag .
Summary: This is more of a reply to "vsokko" who gave Painkiller only one star because it wouldn't run on his system. More and more new games (like Painkiller and FarCry) will not run if you have CD/DVD emulation software (i.e. Nero, Norton Ghost, etc.) installed on the same disk partition as the game. Simply disabling this software is not enough; it has to be completely uninstalled. This is not a bug in the game; rather it's the publishers trying to prevent unauthorized copying.
Summary: There is one thing I can say about Painkiller,it friggen rocks! The phisics engine is so cool and the gore is to the max for any parents reading. But three things are wrong with it.One,crapy story line. Two,enemy AI(not that it's bad,the enemies only tactic is to run after you,no hiding behind corners and things like that).Third,the game is too straight forward.Well,if you like mindless pure "shoot-anything-and-everything-that-moves-gothic-action", and you don't have...
Summary: This game takes a lot from games like Serious Sam, Quake, and Will Rock. There are countless frenzied enemies rushing towards you inwhich you have to haplessly slaughter while using various firearms. The story is pretty "eh" but that's to be expected from these types of FPSs. Also, the downloaded patch required to play is kind of large. The weapons, albeit limited, are pretty nice, except they could have been better geared towards massive combat.
Summary: I played this game with some reservations. After all everyone has been there with the first person shooter blow em up style games. Once I started playeing though, I couldnt stop. The graphics are one of the best I have seen in a fps. The audio is very good, and the enemies in this game are quite amazing to see. The variety of different demonic and monstrous enemies make the shooting interesting. If this game makes John Carmack nervous he rightly should be.
Summary: This game is totaly retro. Yes, the monsters are mindless and will chase you in single file instead of flanking you; Yes, if you can run backwards and shoot you can kill all the monsters chasing you; And yes, this game is so 1993 but you know what? It's wonderful. If you like the old school Quake, Serious Sam, and Doom genre, you'll love this game. Some game these days are too complicated to figure out. If you like strategy then this game isn't for you.