Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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  1. The biggest gripe anyone can have with an expansion pack is that it doesn't have enough content to justify the purchase. Battle out of Hell comes dangerously close to the edge of the cliff, but with the help of new bosses, optimized net code and added multiplayer facets, it manages to hold on by the skin of its teeth.
  2. I have enjoyed this expansion even with the crashes, load times and sad, sad storyline. Just like its predecessor its nice to find a shooter that isn’t in WWII or Vietnam, in fact it is very reminiscent of Heretic.
  3. 70
    More of an afterthought in comparison where a full-scale sequel with more finely-tweaked action would be more satisfying. Battle Out of Hell is more of a "tide me over" game that offers a good value of 10 levels, many challenges, and multiplayer addition for $20.
  4. Computer Gaming World
    70
    This roller coaster occasionally stalls and has some long stretches that could have used a corkscrew or even a slight bank. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  5. AceGamez
    70
    A standard expansion pack for a game that's now looking a little dated, adrenalin junkies who couldn't get enough of the original's non-stop, pulse pounding action will find satisfaction with what's offered in Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell.
  6. It's not overwhelming in what it offers in addition to what the original game offers already, but it does have enough interesting points to make it worthwhile for fans of the original.
  7. The story is pointless and the levels make little sense thematically, but forget cutscenes and everything else - this is about aiming at monsters and firing. Again. [PC Gamer UK]
  8. The ten extra levels and two new weapons do seem to just barely justify the expansion’s price tag in the end.
  9. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    Battle Out of Hell isn't an essential expansion, but it provides some good practice and motivation to try to unlock everything on some of those original levels. [Feb 2005, p.62]
  10. The relentlessly brain-dead action gets a bit dull after a while. [Feb 2005, p.85]
  11. I think Battle out of Hell is a fresh coat of paint for an old car that has a lot of unattended problems under the hood.
  12. If the parent release fulfilled your thirst for Mentalist twitch shooting and you feel like topping up then you can't really complain at what's on offer here, but for us it's almost the dictionary definition of an average shooter. For those wanting something a little more cerebral and fulfilling, this sure as hell isn't it.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    Just an excellent arcade shooter. Its so much fun. I'll lose a few hours to this game just rampaging through the hordes of Satan's army. OneJust an excellent arcade shooter. Its so much fun. I'll lose a few hours to this game just rampaging through the hordes of Satan's army. One of the last true classic arcade shooters that is well deserving of your money. Full Review »
  2. DanielG.
    Jan 6, 2005
    10
    Great.
  3. Warmonger
    Dec 20, 2004
    10
    wonderful!!! great levels, (leningrad is my favorite), great gameplay and a lot of fun. I just love the atmosphere in this game!! It sucks wonderful!!! great levels, (leningrad is my favorite), great gameplay and a lot of fun. I just love the atmosphere in this game!! It sucks you in and keeps you there, bring on painkiller 2. Full Review »