Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Dec 5, 2012
    40
    The game creators did not think it through, and gamers can tell. They remade the graphics into HD (Hell & Damnation), but that is all that counts. What remains is: non-functioning multiplayer, copy & paste of the original outdated game design, and the overall dullness along with many small-sized flaws.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    40
    This isn't a remake or a reimagining of the original Painkiller; this is a high-resolution texture pack for an outdated eight-year old game that's missing significant story beats.
  3. 40
    Great visuals. Wooden stick launcher. Dull and short campaign. No-brain enemies. Boring multiplayer. Cons and pros accounted for: not worthy. [Jan 2013]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    8
    This is Painkiller completely re-imagined and enhanced with the Unreal Engine 3. The story structure it's a bit different and the game includes some extra cut-scenes that were created solely for this game's purpose. There is also co-op and multiplayer game modes. The downside is the lack of levels on the single player and co-op campaign mode. There are only 12 levels out of the 30+ included in the original game and the expansion. I can deduce (from the price if this game) that the remaining maps will come as DLCs, which (of course) are going to be for sale.

    Other than this, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation it's an excellent remasterization of the original old-school FPS, Painkiller. It plays well and it looks even better. For the 19.99$ price tag this is definitely worth getting.
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  2. Oct 31, 2012
    9
    To be honest this game is what I expected to be; fast paced old-school violence. A lot of the reviews I'm seeing complain about the AI being stupid but fail to realise this was done on purpose. It's the AI you'll find in this type of classic shooter. What other kind of AI would you want? Think of this as Quake, Doom and Unreal bottled up. I LOVE how the AI are overly aggressive, run directly straight for you with weapons swinging. It's just the style of game play they went for. Not to mention there are HORDES of them, some with shields which makes attention to aiming a must. The graphics are polished which adds to the gloomy ambience to the levels and monsters (AI). I couldn't have asked anything more for this classic shooter. If you don't "get" this game, then you'll probably think the same thing as the crappy reviews. Complaining about stuff which was intentional. This is a game ONLY for die hard fans of old-school shooter. It even says so during the teaser video from Nordic Games. So if you are a fan of this genre you can not miss this one. Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2012
    9
    I really, really do not understand why people are rating it so low. Painkiller was an amazing game, and this is a great remake. It is intended for hardcore FPS gamers, if you liked Serious Sam, then this is the game for you. The story isn't that good, and it's understandable, since I wasn't really expecting it to be focused on a solid storyline. This game has beautiful graphics, physics and the gameplay is excellent. Full Review »