Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. 26
    It's a repulsive cocktail of inconvenience, design missteps and frustration that fails to entertain on any level. Quite simply, if you buy this game, you are wasting your money.
  2. Painkiller: Resurrection is a buggy trip into hell.
  3. Painkiller: Resurrection is a bugfest. It is technically outdated and the co-op mode is hidden between the menus. There is no way to make this multiplayer mode work well.
  4. You need an extra dose of Painkillers, to play Resurrection without headache.
  5. The third standalone add-on can be described by a single word – amateurism. Originally it was planned as a mod and it should of stayed as a mod permanently. [Dec 2009]
  6. Painful in so many ways. [Jan 2010, p.74]
  7. Glitchy scripts, three-minute loading times, broken saves, crashes to desktop and the abundance of blur make this game a nerve-wracking challenge.
User Score
4.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    7
    Getting past some bugs, bad level design and the odd CTD. This Painkiller reminds me more of the old Doom huge levels tons of stuff to kill. It has some nice graphics and effects too. Very long load times sadly. Some fun to be had it you've got the patience and can look past the technical issues. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2013
    8
    It´s a shame that it was rushed out early, I kinda liked the spin the guys put in with the vast, open levels instead of the small, closed areas of the previous games. If you can live with that change in gameplay and the bugs, it´s a pretty good game with damn cool comic sequences. Full Review »
  3. Jan 5, 2012
    4
    As a serious hardcore fan of Painkiller (yes I even liked Overdose), this one had so much potential but was in the end a technical trainwreck. The maps were fairly diverse (but way too few of them), and they had some imaginative and fairly creepy aspects. There was definitely some atmosphere here - which was half the charm of the originals. But the bugs here are horrific, and the poor thing sputters and crashes - like the engine was an amateur drunk on New Year's Eve or something. The graphics suffer because of it. The monsters are crappy and crude, and gameplay definitely lacks compared to the original - which had plenty of bugs on its own. The one saving grace is that you can play bots by yourself in the multiplayer mode, which is nice because PK is sooo buggy that you can never get online to play anyone else. Ever. As an avid fan, I enjoyed it just because it was painkiller and had that spooky thing. But for anyone else, I gotta say stay clear. If this crew got together w/ the developers of the latest PK (Redemption - which was dull but bug-free), they would really have something someday. Full Review »