Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    The small group of people chomping at the bits for a new Painkiller would do well to play Hell and Damnation on a PC. The console-version is ugly, doesn't play well and is a technical mess. Hell will freeze over before you can get a full mutliplayer match going, which says enough.
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    Painkiller is a game that most people would likely hate. The shooting is very repetitive and boring, and you can survive while you have your eyes closed. The story is extremely boring too. The only thing that is good about Painkiller are it's diverse enemies and awesome weapons, but with that alone it can't survive on the enormous shooting market.
  3. Jul 25, 2013
    Not only is the game an unsightly, tedious, and mind-numbingly dimwitted distraction, it's also completely unnecessary--a nearly bottomless descent into uncompromising mediocrity.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    For some gamers, bored with the slower pace of games like Far Cry or Rainbow Six, this is a very attractive approach. Gamers who found Serious Sam or Will Rock either shallow or monotonous will definitely find Painkiller to be equally boring. 4 me great shoot Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    Right from the horribly scripted opening cut-scene it is clear that Painkiller: Hell and Damnation is aiming to be an old school shooter, unfortunately the developers don’t seemed to have realised that some things are best left in the past. Fair enough consoles have been swamped with copy cat cover based shooters all aiming for a share of the Gears of War and Call of Duty crowd but this is not an enjoyable alternative.

    Played across 14 levels (so I’m told I’d lost interest way before then) the gameplay involves nothing more than heading into an arena, killing the bad guys, before moving on and doing the same again. The enemies have no intelligence whatsoever and will always just run straight at you, meaning that all you need to do is find a corner, stand still and keep firing. Dated graphics and a number of glitches, such as enemies’ bodies getting stuck in the scenery, only makes things worse. The story, such as it is, is also dull and told through horribly scripted dialogue that wouldn’t even hold up in a Syfy Channel B-Movie.

    People Can Fly, creators of the original Painkiller, have long moved on from the series (first with the excellent Bulletstorm and then with Gears of War: Judgement) I suggest gamers do the same.
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