Evil has returned! Demonic powers are manifesting themselves as a myriad of dark creatures, fighting over the fates of imprisoned souls caught in Purgatory.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,334 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"Dark old-school shooter with unusual weapons like a stake gun, lots of gore, demonic hordes to slay and bonus hidden secrets in every level."
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Reviews

"Painkiller Hell & Damnation reboots with great graphics, more polish, and a lot of demons to purge."
Gaming Bolt 9/10

"The combination of fantastic weapon design, music, gore and physics make being Hell’s janitor one of the best things you could be this Halloween."
Mature-gaming.com 4.5/5

"Farm 51 has put Painkiller back on its pedestal."
Destructoid 8/10

About This Game

Heaven's Hitman is Back... With a Vengeance

Evil has returned! Demonic powers are manifesting themselves as a myriad of dark creatures, fighting over the fates of imprisoned souls caught in Purgatory.

Once again, it is up to Daniel Garner, in the unenviable position of being the Curse of Darkness and the Toy of Light, to fight his way past hordes of demons and fiends.

Questions remain… “Can he stop the powerful creatures that stand in his way? Will he ever leave the hell of Purgatory and be reunited with his wife Catherine?”

Painkiller Hell & Damnation is a fast-paced, thrilling modern remake of an all-action shooter Classic!

Key features

  • 100 % UNCUT version in all languages
  • A modern remake of the Classic shooters, Painkiller and Battle Out Of Hell
  • 15 adrenaline filled levels, including 4 Boss levels
  • Includes a special Halloween level
  • Over 30 of the nastiest, darkest creatures from Hell
  • Devastating and unique arsenal of weapons
  • Singleplayer and Co-operative Campaigns spread across 4 Chapters
  • PvP and PvE Multiplayer modes
  • The soundtrack is forged in the same furnace as the weapons: heavy metal
  • Powered by Unreal Engine 3®
  • Steamworks fully integrated
Key Anti-Features (you know… the ones that make life EASY):
  • NO Kill-streak bonuses or airstrikes
  • NO auto-heal
  • NO AK-47, NO M16 or that sort of sh*t; just a healthy dose of .666 calibre weapons!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600XT (256 MB)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/ATI Radeon HD 4850 (512+ MB)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 9600M/320M, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4670 with 256 MB VRAM. Intel integrated GPUs are not supported
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Network: Internet (TCP/IP) connection
    • Additional: These specs are still being determined.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz QuadCore Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 9800/260, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB VRAM. Intel integrated GPUs are not supported
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Network: Internet (TCP/IP) connection
    • Additional: These specs are still being determined.
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600XT (256 MB)
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Additional: These specs are still being determined.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04/13.04, Linux Mint 14 & 15 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/ATI Radeon HD 4850 (512+ MB)
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Additional: These specs are still being determined.
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Painkiller Hell and Damnation is an "Arena" style FPS game, it's a fantastic game full of beautiful environments and great visual effects, it's a dark game series by nature, it only has a few flaws, yes there are ALOT of DLC content for this game but it adds different aspects with each one.

It really does have a lacking storyline though, Death points you where to go, you kill. meet up with random female by chance, kill more. If you want a FPS game with a badass soundtrack, hundreds of enemies, a huge arsenal of guns(some of which would be considered a warcrime if used today) Also the game is open for users to mod and create content for it.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation brings no shame to the original game. Guys from The Farm 51 took their job seriously and tried to freshen up the series the best way possible. Younger gamers have the opportunity to look how FPS games looked almost a decade ago, and older gamers get to go back in time but with really nice graphics. Hell & Damnation, despite old mechanics - is a game that's worth checking out. Killing hordes of demons is very pleasant.The developers have masterfully adapted everything that made the original Painkiller so enjoyable to a new engine that looks fantastic and plays liquid smooth.Hell & Damnation is a successful homage to the original Painkiller with a new engine, much better graphics and the same fast-paced style. It's pretty sad though, that the most fun multiplayer mode doesn't get played a lot. That would've extended the durability of the game significantly.In any case, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is a fun blast from the past.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game is absolutely worth the price if you enjoyed the original. Ignore the other reviews, seriously. Let me break it down easily for you:

LEVELS:

There's less levels, yes. But the included ones are EXTREMELY pretty. Everything was touched up, but not much has changed, except for a few surprises on some of the maps :)

The game is better to buy if you are going to get the dlc's, which add the other maps and a few new ones that actually live up to the painkiller style! (nazi bunker and coastal level).

They also made changes on dlc versions of other old levels, such as new areas for the Asylum and cool changes to Snowy bridge.

I REALLY enjoyed this and it was so SO satisfying to see these amazing levels in full HD. It didn't feel as nice playing painkiller in the original graphics as the years went by. It DID get dated, it's still a classic.. but Nordic Games has done a terrific job.

CO-OP:

This was not as fun or functional on release, but after the mega-patch it's functional and FUN. You now CAN unlock tarot cards on your playthrough with your friend, so playing trauma together on a playthrough is exciting and fun, and progression can happen.


SURVIVAL: These are GREAT challenge levels brought into the game. Even for veterans. Some of the difficulties are quite hard even for good players and it's fun to see how well you can do. It's fun!


STORY: Sub-par unfortunately. It IS a (maybe?) canonical sequel, but the concept is kind of crappy and the voice-acting for Eve is bad (you can hear her microphone buzzing a tiny bit). But Painkiller doesn't need too much story!


CONCLUSION: This is a lovely game if you buy the DLC's. I dunno about Heavens Above because it's some gimmicky 3rd person mode but I imagine it might be fun too. The rest is spectacular. <3
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I love this painkiller game!
It has new and old weapons and a fun 2 player coop mode!
Don't know too much about I think pvp so can't comment on that cause I'm a coop player!
If you see it on sale or a package with the dlc's I say get it, it's a fantastic game and really fun!
If there is a demo try that before buying so you can make up your mind if you like it or hate it :)!
I give it a 9/10 great game I love it mainly in coop :)!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Painkiller Hell & Damnation is nothing like the original. I would often forget I was playing a Painkiller game and think it was Serious Sam, hence no story line just masses of enemies waiting to get blown to pieces. As a fps run and gun its quite entertaining and fun. The sound tracks are good, and the graphics quit appealing. So if your looking for mindless carnage with a heavy metal score this is the game for you.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Holy f*** this is the best shooter I've ever played. I haven't had this much fun playing a video game since ever, is this what old school FPS games were like? Because I have no idea why that's ever changed.

Played for about 45 minutes, non stop, jaw dropped, bought the complete edition and I am god damn impressed with how amazing this game is.

If you ever thought FPS games were boring, this is the game that will prove you wrong.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, being a remake of the first Painkiller, retains that which made Painkiller fun - the over-the top violence, the over-the-top weapons, and the general over-the-topness of it all. However I do have some criticisms to make:
1. The voice acting is subpar.
2. In comparison with the game which it is a remake of, it is incredibly short - it took me about 5 hours to beat, and I have more time than that clocked on the original Painkiller - and I'm not even halfway through that.

That said, I'd still reccommend this game - it's not quite the original Painkiller but it's fun nonetheless. I played this and the original intermittently, and I must say that both are a lot of fun. If you've played the original Painkkiller already, this probably isn't for you, but if you're new to the series, this, along with the first game, is a good starting point.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
If Quake and Unreal Tournament 2004 made a baby this would be that game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Ah, good old Painkiller. The workshop is kinda empty, 3 items as I remember. Dunno if anyone even cares about multi. This game is all about kicking hell's butt. Gather amazing weapons with up to 3 different attacks! Just imagine, You are beating some giant and run out of ammo. NOPE. You have secondary attack with separate ammo.
Totaly recommend because seriously, who doesn't like to shoot at everything without covering or even giving a cr** about your health? (yet it's still important)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Fun, Mindless shooter with coins to collect! What better way to waste your time. The graphics are great and is running easily great on a good graphics card. I had the original and this seems more or less the same but more refined, less bugs, (i it seems like more fun weapons...or at least you get them quicker, but i could be wrong), and seems a bit easier over all, or at least on regular diffulity...hey, but sometimes that is fun when you just want to run around and shoot stuff....
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
You want to enjoy the real painkiller then go ahead and buy Painkiller: Black Edition as it cheaper and you can enjoy all the levels which been cut in this game as DLCs and really I did not see anything new on this game as it features the old painkiller just with the HD graphic which is really it does not matter as the graphic on the old one still not that bad and the worse in this game (beside the cash grab DLCs) that some nice features was in the old been cut like the level rooms keep closed after you fininsh killing all the monsters on the level which give limit for exploration and finding level secrets also the developer removed the manual save feature which was one of the cool feature on the old one and replace it with auto save points which is really suck. Also there is only one new weapon and the remaining just copy from the old one and the new one really not that intersting and fun to use.

Good:
The new HD graphic.

Bad:
Game is short as many levels been cut as dlcs
Exploration limit
Auto save points
Only one new weapon
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Quality in graphics, but lacks of quality contents.

The solid gunplay, satisfied dismemberment, enemy and weapon designs, original and twisted levels, and great metal soundtack always entertain me a lot. I have to say is more like remaked version than sequel. Even, the story is written in alternative path. The cutscene uses its in-game engine which is very well made, but overall story is quite decent compared to its origin.
The big change is its graphics, Unreal engine 3 this time provide spectacular look and atmosphere is much more alive. The loading time is improved and very well optimized. The gameplay is still fun, blasting enemy away or pin them to the wall are pretty much satisfied. Most of weapons are from original game which I think it doesn't need to be changed at all and the soul catcher provides your handy saw and enemy possession.

However, it's really disappointed from my expectation. Hell and Damnation doesn't offer much more content. The content is cut in half compared to original (Black Edition). The enemies are pretty much reused in many levels and it's getting repetitive due to lack of enemy variation. Moreover, you wont see some potential enemies from original (Nun ghost, Loki, Ninja, Vamp, Nurse Lab, etc.). They have some tricky move and fun to kill. The soundtracks still top-notch, but some new tracks doesn't fit with level at all. I may sound *****ing so much, but these elements are the reason why painkiller always hold my fun.

Another thing I have to mention is player hitbox is too wide. Even you try to change your FOV or moving backward during attack animation, you still get hit. It's really annoy flaw, which still wont be fixed yet.

Hell and Damnation can be a great refresh for series, but it lacks of potential content which you can get all of them from Black Edition with much more lower price. Most of its DLCs are just contents from original and gamemode doesn't feel like Painkiller which it's poor business. You want more map, pay for original maps, you want more tarot cards, pay for more original card. So, I recommend to get it on sale for both old fans and newcomers.

Painkiller series is always one of my favorite old school shooter all the time, but this one just doesn't hold me long enough than original, beside complete game achievments and play with some friends.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
In case you weren't aware: the original Painkiller (Black Edition) was the only one developed by People Can Fly, and widely considered to be the only one worth playing, as the license has jumped from developer to developer since, with pretty consistent nonsuccess. With that out of the way, Hell & Damnation, despite being made by yet another studio, is an HD remake of the original game -- and while perhaps an inferior experience to the purists, is the first release since the original to at least stand on its own. It's a frantic oldschool-inspired shooter experience with genuinely insane weapons, and you'd better learn to bunnyhop if you want to keep your skin on.

The knocks against it are mostly that it's missing a good handful of levels from the original game, it feels a bit different because of the new engine, the plot is still stupid, corpses still linger before giving up their all-important souls, and the reinvented final boss is still a poorly designed hassle that no longer has the benefit of at least being thematically interesting.

On the upside, it still plays just as well, generally looks better, has an additional weapon, adds a pretty good selection of achievements, uses a better save system, actually has acceptable loading times, rebalances enemy distribution to mostly do away with the annoying hitscan attacks, inserts a few new levels of its own to make up for the ones cut; and the levels that were cut, despite being aesthetically memorable, were really kind of an ♥♥♥ to play. There are also co-op campaign and survival horde modes that I haven't had a chance to dive into yet.

Really, the biggest problem with it is that it costs twice as much as the original at this point while ultimately having less content, but if you can grab it on sale it's a perfectly worthwhile remake that doesn't overstay its welcome. The bosses are still kind of awful, though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
deep, dark & heavy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
The good parts: it's still Painkiller, that's why I'm recommending. More people need to experience it.

The bad parts: It's somehow confusing, doesn't really flow like the original.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
So let me start off by saying that I am a big fan of the original game and its development team. I've played everything People Can Fly have developed, including Painkiller and its expansion, Gears of War Judgement, and Bulletstorm. I've also played the games made by some ex-People Can Fly developers, like Flying Wild Hog's Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior. And I've played the first game by Farm 51, Necrovision. Suffice to say I have followed these guys and their games from the beginning.

Now this new Painkiller plays pretty much like the original. It has many of the same sound effects, the same weapons, and you can still bunny hop to get places really fast. And the levels are pretty much remakes of the original levels, as promised. So far so good, right? Here are my two problems.

This is just a matter of personal taste so people can disagree but looking at all of the games I've listed above one thing that has been included in almost all of them since Painkiller is an upgrade system of some sort. Now I don't need a Shadow Warrior style, complex, almost RPG-like, upgrade system. But the stuff in Hard Reset, Bulletstorm, and even The Farm 51's followup to this game Deadfall Advenures all have a nice upgrade system. Now for some people the lack of such a system here will be a plus. But in its place you have the tarrot card system which can make the game incredibly easy or incredibly hard if you want it to. That is of course up to the player, but it's a system I don't enjoy nearly as much.

The second issue is the amount of content for the price. The game "only" costs $20 but this isn't a complete remake of the original game. Only about half the levels are included. If you want to triple that cost you can get everything that has been released for the game. Yes, that would make this game your standard price of $60, but this is a remake here. While the graphics are spruced up, at its core this is a decade old game. If you look at console HD remakes you'll see they rarely cost full price. The upcoming Halo Collection for the Xbox One includes every Halo game outside of Halo Reach (4 games total) with one completely remade from the ground up, and the others getting boosts to visuals and performance. Note that Halo 2, the game being remade from the ground up came out in 2004, the same year as the original Painkiller. Yet for its full price the Halo Collection also throws in 3 other games that have all been spruced up themselves.

So ask yourself a question. Do improved graphics and Steam achievements make a 10 year old game worth $60 to you? If the answer is yes then just buy the Collector's Edition and the two DLC packs (the final piece of DLC is a top down shooter not additional levels) and you can relive your childhood days of blasting hellspawn with ridiculous weapons. Personally I would wait for some sort of ridiculous sale before buying (it's what I did), but if you are willing to plunk down the cash then know that the game itself works and plays pretty much like a prettier version of the original.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game is absolutely worth the price.

Nice story .. but if you dont buy the dlc it`s gonna end fast ... i liked it very much i started at 9am and i finished at 6pm the time was going so fast and it`s a lote a fun ..

my note is 9.5/10 it`s a 9.5 becuse of the music something is very anonying.

Have a nice day and buy it .
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
heavy metal music and killing everything what isn't there to love
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25 of 48 people (52%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
If you have any nostalgia for the original Painkiller you are going to hate this 4-hour abortion. It could have just been an HD remake and that would have been awesome. Instead they slapped on this bizarre new story and crowbarred in cutscenes that made me cringe. The worst tried to halfheartedly humanize the demon hordes you're almost constantly mowing down by showing them going about mundane routines, like a witch pushing a recycling cart and a Nazi corpse and BDSM gimp hugging it out on a park bench, just before you show up and apparently RUIN EVERYTHING! Game balance and flow is messed up by a dumb mechanic in which If you don't collect killed enemies' souls fast enough, they turn into skeletons that are harder to kill than the original enemies they came from. The Tarot cards are worthless. Levels from the original were reworked liberally, sometimes in awful directions. Some of the best like the WW2-themed one and pretty much the whole final act, including that amazing boss fight in Hell, have vanished and been replaced with hot garbage. As a final insult, the ending cutscene actually gives a nod to probably the worst of the sequels. ♥♥♥♥ this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Best game ever!
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