Painkiller: Hell Wars User Reviews

9.0

Return of FPS old school

The good:

It's like Doom: lock, load and shoot
Storyline is classic and good
Graphics
Soundtrack (hardrock): you can copy the files in your music directory
Original weapons
Black Tarot

The bad:

Only 5 weapons
Some cards are useless
If you're not good in Nightmare, you can't access Trauma and its specific ending
Repetitive fights

Summary:

Daniel Garner is in Purgatory since his car accident. He's been separated from his wife Catherine, who is waiting for him in Heaven. Something about being not pure. One day, Sammael, an angel, gives him a mission: kill four guys. Four generals of the hellish army. Daniel accepts. If he succeeds, he'll join Catherine. He's standing in a Cemetery, weapon in hand, wainting for his first serious battle with a demon. He's the Painkiller. He's you.

Painkiller is released in 2004 and contrary to a good part of the FPS, it's just an old school game, like Doom or Doom II. Areas are successive and onc...

8.0

The jury is out on this one

The good:

+ Some Great graphics
+ Some nice effects
+ Huge environments
+ These massive levels do NOT have any loading between sections
+ plenty of secrets and items

The bad:

- Pretty weak story
- Gameplay becomes repetitive quickly
- Very restrictive physics and environment
- immersive music was used too sparingly
- Seemed like a very limited number of monster types

Summary:

The strongest points about this game are the graphics, the massive levels, and some of the thematic elements of the levels. For instance, the Mosque and Militar Base levels are VERY nicely created, being very immersive and large enough that the levels feel like mini game environments unto themselves.

The major problem with the game, however, is its repetitiveness. Whenever you enter an area, the exits are sealed shut, and enemies rush out at you. The areas might be small rooms, or massive outdoor arenas, but the premise remains the same: you kill every creature and then the exits are unlo...

9.0

Blasting your way to hell was never this fun...

The good:

Bam! Bam! Bam! Whoa! Yaaahhh!!!! Dadadadatdatdat! Die! Die!

The bad:

Help me!

Summary:

To make "The Good" and "The Bad" clearer, the game is one hell of a fun shoot em up kind of game. The one big problem is it's quite of a frustration but only for a short period of time. There are sometimes you get stuck because pile of bodies are blocking your way but aside from that this game is quite good. I'm the type of gamer who like my FPS tactical but this game changed my point of view in FPS games. The physics are great, the action is intense, the music rocks and the theme totally rocks. Most of all, the graphics are out of this world. I never liked serious sam but this game rocks. ...

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