This is a HD remake of painkiller which came out in 2004.
The graphics don’t look much better, two thirds of the game was removed and what should have been in the game is sold to you as DLC, so that’s an extra £30 on top of the £18 you spent on this, so the actual game length is about three hours.
So do not get this, just get painkiller black it runs on modern systems pretty well and it has the full version including the first expansion pack battle out of hell.
MY REVIEW OF PAINKILLER BLACK (since it won't let me post it and it keeps saying that I need to play it for five minutes when I've played 17.4 hours of it)
Painkiller is a fully old school shooter from 2004.
The story is about a man called Daniel who dies in a car crash with his wife, his wife goes to heaven and he is stuck in purgatory, he is assigned to kill Satan’s generals, he is also aided by a woman named Eve. The story is stupid and crappy and takes itself too seriously and just like every other old school shooter it is almost forgotten during gameplay and really doesn’t matter at all.
Since this is an old school shooter you do what you’d expect you would do which is going from point A to B killing everything along the way. You go through these large and well-designed levels killing all of the enemies to activate the exit point, the enemies spawn in and each area is locked off until all of the enemies in the area are killed, and each new area you’ll go to will have a save point. In painkiller you have some fun and interesting weapons such as: the painkiller which is basically a propeller blade on the end of a stick, a shotgun crossed with a gun that can freeze enemies, a stake gun that also fires grenades, a rocket launcher that’s also a mini-gun, and a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. You also move fairly slowly but you can gain momentum by bunny hopping.
The music is one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard in a game, all of the music is all rock/metal that is really good and really fits the gameplay, the soundtrack is so good that there have been times where I have killed all of the enemies and wished that the music didn’t stop playing.
Battle out of hell
Battle out of hell is the first expansion pack for painkiller and there’s only one chapter but it lasts for ten levels and it adds in a multi- stake gun that also shoots explosive balls, and a machinegun crossed with a flamethrower.
Strict health system: since painkiller is an old school shooter you’d be playing it on a high difficulty, but is where this problem happens the most, the health system is really strict since there are very few health pick-ups lying around a level and they only give back 25 health and a lot of the health you’ll collect comes from the souls of the enemies and one soul=one health and the souls take quite a small while to appear and once you’ve killed everyone in the area a lot of them will have disappeared.
Very small hit boxes on enemies: the hit boxes in this game are so small that if you fire a rocket into a group of enemies, unless you are aiming directly at one of them the rocket will just fly right through a whole group of enemies, this also applies for the stake gun.
The haze effect: when you get hit by a melee weapon in this game it does this annoying haze effect where everything will be blurry for a second which causes the framerate to tank to maybe ten frames a second.
The enemy AI: the enemy AI isn’t very smart which is fine since in every other old school shooter the AI isn’t very smart and its meant to be like that but in painkiller its much worse to the point where they will get stuck on objects or you’ll just be searching for one enemy who’s stuck in a corner somewhere when you’ve killed everyone else.
The boss fights: the boss fights in painkiller are probably the worst part about the game, since during the boss fights there are large destructible physics objects such as pillars that will constantly get stuck in your way making you a sitting duck, there are also unnecessary design choices such as this one boss where after you’ll take all of his health away he’ll destroy the floor putting you and him to the next floor below which keeps killing you because of the fall damage.
Sadly the music in battle out of hell is nowhere near as good is it is in the original game.
Despite these problems Painkiller is a very good game with entertaining gunplay and combat but will fall a little short due to these problems, it’s not as good as DOOM or serious Sam but you should play this if you like old school shooters.