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  • Summary: Packed with tons of fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled single player and multiplayer levels of mayhem, Painkiller: Overdose brings with it 6 innovative new demonic weapons, mind-bending physics, lightning-player maps, over 40 demented and sickly-twisted monsters from Hell and gigantic end bosses. A Prequel to the eventual Sequel bridges the storyline and ties up wandering ends. Overdose introduces a new character and storyline that examines the repercussions of Daniel defeating Lucifer in the original Painkiller. 16 new levels of fast-paced pain-killing action. 6 New demonic weapons grant the powers of a demi-god to souls awaiting damnation everywhere. A reshuffled Tarot deck infuses Belial with new powers and devastating combinations. New End Bosses of colossal statures standing guard over Hell's crumbling domain and the entrances to the other realms. Multiplayer compatibility with original Painkiller multiplayer maps and game modes. [DreamCatcher] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. What the game does it does with style and flair. There are a lot of fine touches and little details which make the experience so much more fulfilling, unless you have a weak stomach.
  2. A fun and challenging game that is good to play for maybe a half an hour at a time. It’s an extremely intense game that provides several hours of entertainment.
  3. 70
    Ultimately, hardcore shooting fans with a taste for that semi-stupor brought on by incessant gunplay and bloodletting will devour what Painkiller has to offer and come back for seconds.
  4. Painkiller: Overdose’s strengths are as simple as its gameplay - you get to use cool guns to kill cool monsters. However, due to a myriad of shortcomings, the mindless killing of hell spawned demons won’t hold your attention for long.
  5. The Painkiller series has indeed overdosed, and should have been stopped after the first two games.
  6. Overdose suffers most from its overall lack of polish. Had the levels and balancing received a bit more attention, this could have been another solid entry in the Painkiller series. There is still some mindless enjoyment to be had here, but the dated presentation and slow loading times conspire to spoil that too.
  7. A headache. [Feb 2008, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    Nice graphics boring gameplay killing few thousands of already dead guys isn't very fun.I like the weapons trough they are the same from the original painkiller just under other skin with some new additions.The backdraw of the game:The long,very long.excruciating long loading time almost 10 minutes.The only thing that might make you wana play the same level again is the tarot card you get after finishing a level.I like the boss battles but in rest is pretty boring just the locations are varied.The enemies are not 40 types how it might look but just 4 types.They all want the same and do the same.tones of insignificant AI which comes in front and try to crack open youre skull.I got one!!! Expand
  2. [anonymous]
    Apr 21, 2009
    10
    I loved it! Pure, unadulterated fun. Enough said. I would definitely recommend it to those who liked the first two games.
  3. PKSJ.
    Nov 7, 2007
    9
    Dispite what others have said, I liked this a lot. Sure it's different in many ways from the original but hey, the differences make for a cool game. The nitpicking is just that. nit nit nit pick pick pick. Go blow away and stop playing it then. I liked the music, I liked the new weapons and cool new creatures and excellently rendered levels. Did I like the original, of course, so did I really want more of the exact same? Load times are longer, true, but a fast SATA drive will help here. Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2013
    5
    Okay, so it's another Painkiller game...I'm down with the gameplay and visuals the series typically serves; A gritty and visceral experience but there really is one thing that detracts from the experience with Overdose for me: The PC's annoying as hell one-liners he spews over and over and over, grinding on my nerves to just simply not play it because of it.

    I could do without the irritating one liners in this game.
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  5. MarkM.
    Jan 16, 2008
    5
    I used to really enjoy games like this, I really did. But mindless shooting just isnt a style for someone who grew up with them most his/her life, and figured out there are far better games out there. I struggled to even play the game when I got the first PAINKILLER, suffering from frustration headaches, and lacking interest on the storyline. I didn't even bother getting this EXPANSION. I'm tired of mindless shooters with a lacking lame story. If a shooter can succeed these days it has to have a story that is told like Half-Life 2 or even better Max Payne. Id love to see a sci fi game told in the style of a Max Payne game. Cut scenes just dont cut it, on thier own. Its a thing of the past. You see a cool cut scene, barely make sense of it, and then its just to the shooting. But, when the story is much more interactive, like your living the story in the action, thats the only way it can be good. What we need is less on the competetive side of gaming, and more story depth action games. Expand
  6. WilY
    Sep 8, 2009
    4
    Compared to the first Painkiller, the synchronization between difficulty and reward are ridiculously bad. The first game punished you and gave you a since of pride in getting the Tarot cards. Overdose just disappoints, from the weapons (where is the stake gun?) to enemy power, to how much ammo and reward is out there for you. If I didn't love the series and the action I would rate it below a 4. No interesting new monsters and unbelievable damage done by geisha girls. Sadly, this release most certainly spells the end of the line for Painkiller. Expand
  7. RyanS.
    Oct 31, 2007
    1
    Just Awful not nearly as fun as the orginial; and his talking through the entire thing just awful and annoying.

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