Stolen from Earth, Daniel just wants to go and meet his wife in heaven but has no choice but to pay his way out of purgatory with souls. This never seems to go to plan for him though. If it did there wouldn't be five games!
At the start of this one, Death approaches you and offers a bargain. He wants you to collect seven legions of souls (that's seven thousand, a bloody lot!), and in exchange he will free you and take you to your wife. So here you are, setting out again on a killing and collecting spree. (Although, I do wonder about this, because it's possible to get through levels without even picking up any souls at all.)
It's a remake of the original Painkiller and the follow-up, Battle out of Hell, but Unreal Engine 3 has been put to use so expect more than just a re-skin.
The gameplay is very fast-paced. You have to keep bunny-hopping everywhere for extra speed to avoid getting surrounded. If you stay in one place for too long it's easy to get pinned down and you'll be dead in seconds.
One of the first annoying things I noticed was that since there are so many enemies and they always run straight at you, it's easy to get quickly overwhelmed and attacked from all directions. This is just something I got used to and I assume everyone just has to get used to it, too. The meat of the gameplay is action brought on by the urgency of not dying, and I love it this way.
The weapons are awesome, and they are the biggest reason to play this game. They generally have a satisfying visual impact, tearing up minions or pinning them to walls. Each gun has a primary and secondary trigger, doubling the effectiveness.
Take the Soul Reaper, for example. Its primary trigger shoots horizontal circular razors that are great for decapitation and its secondary function is a Ghostbuster-style green beam that sucks the soul straight from its victim. This silver masterpiece looks like it could be a motorbike engine that was crafted in the depths of hell, with its decorative skulls and razor blades.
Instead of hopping around trying to dodge the crowd of enemies while trying to shoot them at the same time, I like to get this spinning and mow them down, and if I line them up just right I can fire the blade through a crowd to rip it up. Another benefit of this tactic is that all of their souls will spawn in the same area, so I can swing by and grab the lot in one swoop like a speeding kangaroo.
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is much like Unreal Tournament in that it's just a shooter. The game is based on having an amazing variety of guns and wanting to use them all. It's a simple idea, but you will not want to put it down.
+ Lots of fun weapons
+ Great multiplayer fun
+ Simple story that doesn't get in the way of the action
- Easy to get cornered and stuck
- Souls take too long to appear from dead enemies
SPOnG Score 7/10
Games: Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
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