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Painkiller

Painkiller

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Developer(s):

People Can Fly

Release Date:

4/12/2004

Genre(s):

Action Shooter
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Description: Gothic Story, Frantic Gameplay. Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy a gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. It?s an adrenaline addict?s nightmare, where hellish monsters swarm in seemingly endless mobs. Stranded in a place between Heaven and Hell, your time of judgment is at hand. The Underworld is on the verge of unholy war, and you are but a pawn in the infernal battle. As you fight for your purification, the truths behind the deceptions are revealed.

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This game is amazing the best part is pinning monsters to walls with the stake gun!
70

Painkiller and Operation Flashpoint represent completely different ends of the action gaming spectrum. The key issue of separation here is that there are some people who don't like to think while they're being entertained. These are the people who watch daytime TV and buy Kenny G records. And there's a special class of people, and I'm talking about first-person shooter fans here, who gravitate towards games that offer a wealth of physical challenges and no mental ones. These are the so-called "twitch" gamers, gamers whose only concern is moving through a target-rich environment without the messy complexity of crouching, reloading, or exploring. That's Painkiller.
89

But obviously, the gameplay is incredibly repetitive. There’s no denying that you don’t do much beyond running around shooting monsters and blowing up stuff.
75

If you’re a fan of mindless destruction, you’d be hard pressed to find a game as immediately gratifying as Painkiller. Just don’t expect it to be a cure-all.
85

The story is interesting, without getting too laden with metaphysical theory, the action is blistering, the sound is creepy, the graphics sharp and clear (with a few minor slowdowns when multiple multiple enemies attack), and the multiplayer fun and varied.
80

An incredibly addictive and surprisingly fun FPS that concentrates more on mindless button bashing than in tactics, exploration or anything else than many modern shooters now live by.
70

It's about being scared out of your wits one minute and then bellowing with laughter at something gruesomely humorous the next.
75

This is the antithesis of thought and strategy. It is a carnival ride, an action movie and an all-you-can-eat-burger bar. This is the quintessential twitch game.
70

Rather than presenting us with individually challenging enemies, Painkiller opts to throw dozens of enemies at you at a time. On the other hand, since Painkiller focuses just on twitch play, it's free of the distraction of puzzles, plot and, for the most part, personality.
87

A visceral, intense shooter with well designed and realized levels, and certainly a “must have” title for FPS aficionados.
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