Do you want to take a break from all the modern FPS mechanics and go back to the days where kill streaks, loadouts, weapon attachments and skills didnt exist and just fight wave after wave of enemies with ridiculous guns before the next wave of big named FPS titles are released? Then the reboot of Painkiller Hell & Damnation is for you. The title is fast paced, gruesome, and full of non stop action to the point that it can be overwhelming. Wave after wave of enemies around every turn causing each section to be a blood pool and then going face to face with bosses that make you look like an ant is what you will be up against as you run or bunny hop around frantically with a handful of over the top guns. The great thing is you can play the entire campaign before the big named titles come out this month.
The game is a tweaked remake and is loosely based on the original game as well as the Battle Our of Hell Expansion, so any player returning once again to the series will feel right at home. And for those who are new to the series lets give a quick synopsis.You play as Daniel Garner who is trapped in a hellish purgatory after dying in a car accident, Garner is desperate to escape his nightmarish prison and death himself recruits the troubled protagonist with promises of reuniting him with his wife, Catherine. But first he must collect 7,000 souls. And the only way to do this is to destroy everything and anything that stands in your way.
Like I mentioned the game is very much streamlined to the point that it is a run and gun game. Players who have played Doom, Serious Sam or Duke Nukem will feel right at home with the gameplay which is primarily focused on killing everything. But to make this aspect work a game needs to have good controls and Painkiller Hell & Damnation definitely has some smooth controls even in the worst situations of being surrounded by enemies. Even though the game is a reboot it still manages to create some epic moments through out each chapter as well as give you plenty of “O shit, O shit, O shit” moments as you make your way through each level.
A game based off killing everything in sight needs to have great weapons that equally match the game’s ridiculous pace and monsters. Painkiller Hell & Damnation gives players a pretty well-rounded group of weapons, each weapon has a pretty awesome alternative fire and can do various things to enemies from staking them to walls to ripping them to shreds and in all honesty they are all pretty satisfying. The unfortunate thing is that almost all the weapons have been taken from previous game with only one new gun being added into the mix. Even though I think they could of gone hog wild with implementing new guns, I believe that the guns in the game are still very satisfying.
The other big improvement to the game that is very noticeable is the graphics, they have been brought into the modern era by using Unreal Engine 3. The game looks fantastic in all aspects and really brings the title to life. The levels look amazing, the enemies look menacing and the effets are grand. Also the cinematics have been updated as well.
But what else has been added to the game that makes this a worth while game to play? Firstly there is a co-op mode where you can play through the campaign with a friend. It does make the game easier but its one hell of a time filled with carnage. And then there is also multiplayer. Multiplayer has the generic modes such as TDM and CTF but there is also survival mode that pits four players against endless waves of enemies — even if you die, you respawn, so it’s all about how many kills you can score before the timer expires. The great thing about multiplayer though is that it is all very fast pace. It is no place for a camper and you should not have high hopes on on obtaining a beastly KDR.
Painkiller Hell & Damnation has been a breath of fresh air for me. I enjoyed the through back to old school FPSs and I wish they had made it even harder with more enemies, weapons and bosses but I honestly can not complain because they delivered a pretty solid game that has been very enjoyable. With updated graphics, old school action, added co-op and updated multiplayer I would say pick this game up if you want to relive the good old days or if you need a break from the current gens FPS genre