Battle never ceases in the realm known as Hell. This time around it's a battle for the freedom of your very soul. Will you be able to escape from the prison hidden in the darkest deepest chasm of Hell? Do you have enough courage to travel through the most dangerous and twisted areas, infamous for their unsafety, even among demons...
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Mixed (130 reviews) - 53% of the 130 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 29, 2012

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Battle never ceases in the realm known as Hell. This time around it's a battle for the freedom of your very soul. Will you be able to escape from the prison hidden in the darkest deepest chasm of Hell? Do you have enough courage to travel through the most dangerous and twisted areas, infamous for their unsafety, even among demons themselves? Are you prepared to significantly reduce the demonic population?
Once again you have the chance to experience the magnificent dark atmosphere of the good (or evil?) Painkiller, the only true oldschool First Person Shooter, tough as nails, without a trace of remorse, without a glimpse of motion blur or other technological makeup. Just Painkiller and nothing else matters!

Key features:

  • 5 completely new levels with impressive locations like an Angkor temple, a massive old warehouse and a highway where hundreds of cars crashed.
  • A new campaign of 5+ hours of new and genuine Painkiller action!
  • Even more bloodshed and action per square meter: immerse into freaking intense gameplay & ultimately challenging FPS action
  • More dense maps and sick enemies than ever before: kill over 6,000 uniquely spawned wicked monsters
  • Continues the story of Bill Sherman
  • Improved graphics, AI, environments as well as new atmospheric soundtrack

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium IV 3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 3GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon/Nvidia GeForce with 256MB RAM, and Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 1.5GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 3GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon/Nvidia GeForce with 512MB of memory and shader model 3.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2013
I recommend you to buy something else. This game is total crap. Boring as ♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥♥iest level design I've seen in years.

If you want a Painkiller game, pick Painkiller: Black Edition.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
Painkiller: Recurring Evil is the last "stand-alone expansion pack"/"fan sequel" for Painkiller. It feels like it's a sequel to Painkiller Redemption for sure, feeling like it was made by fans. And it was also released in 2012, 8 years after original Painkiller, not being ashamed of milking it today with that old engine. At least this is the last one. There is no multiplayer, just single player horde gameplay of 5 levels.

Technically, it didn't bug or crash on me so much, but there were still some loading times being long and performance issues here and there. Widescreen is still supported, yes.

Story continues Resurrection plotline, wehre Bill killed one angel and got a sword. Which was stolen by Samael angel immeditly and so Bill is going to kill him. And well, there is only text. And after that there is only sucky ending. Well, two of them. You either have done nothing or got killed. It's all decided with your usual "choose your ending" on final levels, just like most games when "multiple ending" was fancy. You just choose two samey "good" or "evil" path. Yes, seriously.

Anyway, at least game itself is better than Redemption. Mostly because instead of reusing DM maps, makes of Redemption actually created five of their own. They are kinda generic, I am sure they reuse same models from previous titles, but they look nice. Like, foggy graveyard. Even if graveyard is generic by now. But hey, at least that Aztec temple is pretty cool.
And fights themselves got better. Because instead of having to kill 1000 monsters, you have to kill 600 on average. Hm, that description on store page about "6000 in total" isn't true, don't worry. It's still on really dragged side.

And yes, it's still horde-based, there is still times when you will just have to bunnyhop around and shoot rocket. But at least it uses better variety of monsters. And levels themselves aren't always open-space, it's more often a hallway. Second level was quite interesting at that, a highway littered with cars. They not only make space more complex, but can be blown up, damaging enemies nearby.
Not to say that it's any less dumb though. It still spawns at you more enemies than usually expected in Painkiller. And it still drags every room on. And bosses have so much HP that you may mistake them for puzzle bosses. And are lame.

At least carot cards are easier to get. Well, easier to get at least some. As much as you want to bother.

And well, the point is, it's not as terrible as previous two offers, but it's still in "it sucks" category. Like, bringing absolutely no weapons or monsters. Actually, seeing how you play Bill, you still only get Painkiller weapons, no new one from Ressurection. The only difference would be messed up weapons slots. Why even. And well, you will be bored while playing this. It's still a cash-in.

At least it's a good thing that it was the last cash-in. After that a remake of original Painkiller came out, with story reboot. Which is still better than the "expansion packs" Painkiller franchise was getting. Maybe we will see some sane sequel soon, who knows.

Anyway. It's not the worst but It's dragged. It brings nothing new in gameplay. It doesn't shine by itself. It still keeps that horde gameplay that has too many enemies to fit into Painkiller mechanics. There is still fun to be found though, by itself, to be honest. Like from simple mod for Painkiller. But it just feels like a waste of time. People who played original don't have to bother, people new to Painkiller should play original game.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
It *is* better than Redemption and especially Ressurrection, but considering those are two of the most ♥♥♥♥ poor attempts at making a videogame I've ever played that's like saying that Desert Gunner is better than Air Control. It's functional, yes, but that doesn't really make it good.

It's got the same "kill a million dudes, another six feet of the level opens, then kill a million more dudes" that the last two had, but the main difference here is that that "zillion" is down from the "trillion" that Redemption had. Redemption was unplayable because you simply did not have the space, health, or ammo to kill all the enemies in each level. This one you actually do, and i was able to play through in insomnia difficulty without ragequitting like in Redemption, where going through without cheating was virtually impossible due to bad game design.

Which is this game's problem, the design. It's not BAD, like in Redemption. It's not completely broken like in Redemption where it's unplayable. But it's not quirky like Overdose and it's not excellent like Black and BooH or H&D, it's just kinda... there.

There isn't much to recommend here. It's functional. It's about six hours of painkilling entertainment. But it's not really any good entertainment. No new weapons, enemies. There are five levels: A church (seriously, enough with the dang churches. Every painkiller's had a church level and it's just never that interesting), a highway (the sole interesting map), a graveyard (again, yes, for the fifth game in a row), a warehouse (yes, again, another damn warehouse), and a mayan temple that's actually kinda cool, and one other level so generic I forgot about it already.

So all in all, if you're like me and on a holy quest to play every painkiller game ever made, get it because it is in fact a painkiller game.

If you just want to spend ten bucks on a good game, well... it isn't. It's not bad, but it sure isn't good.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Simply put : If u had a bad day and u had need to make love with a rhinoceros, THIS THE GAME.

ORGY OF BLOOD PAINKILLER STYLE, another great chapter in the series that will REVITALISE YOU, make you go young like in the COCOON movie, and increase you spermatozoide level to OP LEVEL

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
Recurring Evil is copy paste qulity. The worst version ever.
7hours and finished. No story, no new weapons, boosses so useless.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
Worst Painkiller game ever made (not to mention that its fan-made)!
I just wanted to see the ending, and when I finish it said "finish the game in trauma mode"
Wasted my hours recklessly and finished in trauma and then "unlock all cards for more" and still no ending!
I say this is a waste of money and time!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Play Black Edition instead!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Better than the last two games, however still not as fun. There are bugs here and there, and the levels are long and offer no checkpoints.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This is probably the worst 'game' i've ever played. It's massively apparent that the clowns that developed this never even played the game they were supposed to be copying. There's no such thing as level design or enemy placement on display here. You stand in one small cramped room, shoot a hoard of slow moving enemies, until a wall opens and you stand in another slightly less cramped room and do the same thing. I killed more enemies in 30 minutes of this than I did in 3 hours of the original painkiller and ZERO fun doing it. And they messed up even the small things that shows how inept these developers are. "Oh, there's a shotgun pickup!" But you can't pick it up yet? Why? It's there. It's obviously a weapon pickup. You can see it, but you can't touch it because... well because it says so. And the weapon key priority is changed from the real painkiller. Again, why? No reason. But you can't change it.

Oh, and then it crashed before I could even get through the seemingly endless first level.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
dont buy this game youll die of bordem
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5.0 hrs
Posted: June 5
Its a ok game, though I kinda expect more. The text scenes are already tiring since Redemption and the levels are too short. But the huge amount of enemies are good to kill time, I give this 7/10 if rating.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: May 27
6/10 TJBs
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1.6 hrs
Posted: May 27
One of the worst games I have played. Repetitive and boring.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: April 27
The year is 2012, the Painkiller series has been mistreated and brutalized after merely one successful game released in 2004, and now lies in ruins. Med-Art decide it is their turn to drive another dagger into the inert, lifeless heart of the violated beast. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"; an esoteric and unfamiliar phrase that echoes around in their bewildered head, but the meaning behind is lost, and the voices fade as they plunge the icy, adamantine blade into the core of the bloodstained creature. All mistakes repeated, nothing learnt, it's only saving grace is a swifter duration of torture, a total accident and in no way a deliberate intention to improve the experience.

All the evils of the series are indeed recurring and at this point, unsurprising, commonplace and expected.

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2.2 hrs
Posted: April 19
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3.4 hrs
Posted: March 11
Filled with bugs, unable to finish the game
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0.8 hrs
Posted: February 25
Here's Hoping this review raises my steam lvl

Edit: It didn't
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7.5 hrs
Posted: January 26
I need to get my graphic card updated for this version
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