• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2009
Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. 42
    The game's spectacular premise is ultimately unfulfilled. What might have been a truly eye-opening, perspective-shattering trip through the battlefields of a tortured psyche is merely a rehash of everything we've been through in the Painkiller series.
  2. Dreamkiller is, through and through, a budget game. The visuals are colorful but look decidedly old, the action is as shallow as it gets in a modern shooter, and the sound effects lack oomph. The premise is neat, and some of the enemy designs are legitimately awesome. But if you've been dreaming of some old-fashioned twitch shooting, you should return to the old standbys and let this sleeping dog lie.
  3. Dreamkiller amuses for the time that lasts, about 8 hours. It is sold at budget price.
  4. If the creation of a boring and ugly looking corridor shooter was intended, we can just applause this to be a plan the is 120% achieved. [Dec 2009]
  5. It's fun, but the fun is short lived. Dreamkiller is a copy-cat game that tries to emulate Serious Sam but places Sam in a cube.
  6. Psychonauts did brain-delving better. Serious Sam did campy horde-killing better. For this price, you could buy both. Twice. [Christmas 2009, p.111]
  7. Good ideas, mediocre implementation. There's a lot of blood, a solid story and well done cut-scenes. Dreamkiller tries to be different, but in the end it's just short-lived fun for players who enjoy games like Painkiller.
  8. Bad everything. [Feb 2010, p.78]
  9. Try as they might, none can’t clear the bar that was set by Painkiller. Left to its own devices, without People Can Fly’s support, Mindware Studios created but a pale imitation. Some people can’t fly, indeed.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. Jan 6, 2011
    7
    This game was a unique experience into the simple fps genre. Rather then the classic Judeo/Christian heaven hell story, or aliens, we are giveThis game was a unique experience into the simple fps genre. Rather then the classic Judeo/Christian heaven hell story, or aliens, we are give a glimse into the world of dreams. It could have been better. But if you just want to kill time, this is a great time waster. I should have delved deeper into the whole nightmare part of the game and turned this into a well written and portrayed horror game. As it sits however I had more fun with Serious Sam. Full Review »
  2. ArielH
    Jan 15, 2010
    2
    Its like Painkiller, but you only have 2 guns at any time. That kind of just made me stop playing after 10 minutes.
  3. Aug 17, 2011
    7
    This game got some pretty bad reviews, but personally I enjoyed it all the way though. Every weapon in this game is awesome and fun to shootThis game got some pretty bad reviews, but personally I enjoyed it all the way though. Every weapon in this game is awesome and fun to shoot (exactly what an FPS should be like (My personal favorite is the Sunbeam which shoots sunshine and happiness.)) Some of the levels are fun and quite imaginative. The game has a brilliant premise too, but doesn't always take advantage of this, there are moments where you're bored of killing all the monsters and just want to move on with the story. I enjoyed the game, but looking back, near unlimited potential is wasted on repetitive gameplay. Full Review »