In 2004, Painkiller rocked the FPS world with it's Serious Sam-esque action in a Doom like atmosphere, complimented with face-melting metal music. But the rule of cool can only carry you so far, and subsequent expansions and sequels either failed to match the spirit of the original or just didn't deliver anything we hadn't seen before. Unfortunately, Hell and Damnation is just another such title. It doesn't even know if it wants to be a reboot or a sequel, and the vaunted new graphics aren't even anything to write home about in this day and age.
Campaign mode is woefully short, should only take you the best part of a day or two unless you invest in any of the DLC, which only serves to bulk the game up to what it should have been in the first place. There's also apparently a multiplayer mode featuring all the usual modes like Capture the Flag. Is it any good? Does anybody besides me even play this anymore?
The best any Painkiller veteran can hope for playing through this expecting the old buzz will be a feeling of mostly "... meh." I feel like returning to the wife I've come to despise whenever I get sucked back into this grasping on to that hope. Granted, maybe this will attract a newer generation to the series in time for the next installment, Painkiller: Oh Bloody Hell, Give It a Rest
Anything else? Um, there's a moth in here with me.
Posted: December 18th, 2013