Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. 70
    It's been a busy year for shooters, but even as everyone else tries to hybridize the genre, Overdose cleverly and creatively embraces its purity.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Overdose started life as a fan-made mod and it shows. While it's since gained official approval and funding, Counter-Strike this ain't.
  5. Everything, and I mean everything, from the ammo pickups littering the ground, to the lack of weapon reloading, to the super speed in which your character moves, to the silly side comments he’s always making, to the general lack of story, and even the random level themes make this feel like a freeware game I would have stayed after school to play in the computer lab.
  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. Overdose gives the original 2004 game a new paint job along with new settings, but it's essentially the same game, which made extensive use of physics technology. Except, games since then matched and surpassed it, making it monotonous.
  8. Overdose on the other hand is not worth playing unless you are a die hard fan of the original Painkiller and want to return to the series, it is playable but it felt more like a chore then a fun game.
  9. In the end, while the packaging blurb does boast six new weapons, forty new monsters, and sixteen new levels, Overdose doesn’t quite sustain the level of excellence that made Painkiller so popular.
  10. If Overdose was a free download, it would definitely be worth checking out, but at nearly-full priced $39, it is hard to recommend it, with so many truly awesome shooters on the shelves.
  11. Painkiller Overdose is definitely for fans of the series. Frantic blasting action might not suit everyone but you can't really knock it until you've tried it.
  12. The Painkiller series has indeed overdosed, and should have been stopped after the first two games.
  13. This stand-alone Painkiller expansion is pure, stupid fun, despite slow loads and an utter lack of innovation.
  14. Take a dated game engine and add in some dated, unrefined gameplay and you’ve pretty much got Painkiller: Overdose in a nutshell. The original was mindlessly fun, but Overdose is just mindless.
  15. Overkill is a high-octane thrill ride from beginning to end... or in other words, fun.
  16. For a brainless shooter the price tag is a bit high, but at least you know exactly what you’re getting.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Considering its budget pedigree, Overdose's $39.99 price tag may seem a bit steep. But for fans of mindless fun, it's worth every penny. [Jan 2008, p.88]
  20. Pointless but not worthless. [Jan 2008, p.74]
  21. A headache. [Feb 2008, p.88]
  22. Instead of fleshing out the most gore-filled and evil FPS series yet made, Mindware has instead managed to flog a dead horse. As a final insult, this is the most poorly performing version of Painkiller yet; it loads more slowly now than ever before, even with my updated hardware.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    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!!! Full Review »
  2. MarkM.
    Jan 16, 2008
    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. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2013
    Almost as much fun as the first Pain Killer. Liked the big open areas, colorful art work, nice level design and different weapons. Not one for in-depth stories Overdose plot does make sense and I actually was interested in the conclusion of the story. Fun simplistic shooter and not a bad sequel to Painkiller. Full Review »