Painkiller: Hell Wars Xbox

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
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  1. 60
    There's some frame-skipping when things get really frantic, which is often, but it doesn't murder the experience.
  2. Painkiller will cater to fans that want their action simple and lightning-quick. The weapon selection is limited but versatile, while the body count is astonishingly high right out of the gate.
  3. 60
    Painkiller: Hell Wars can be compared to a 10k marathon. You think it's a good idea at the time, but around mile three, you actually start questioning your own judgment.
  4. If you're looking for a shooter on the Xbox, there are countless others that are more involving than this one. The gameplay in Painkillers: Hell Wars has been out of style for a decade.
  5. The single player campaign is tedious, ugly, and loads like its on the PSP. The swan song of the Xbox this is not.
  6. A great stress reliever that has a strong pace never lets up. If slaughtering demons with a host of deadly weapons set on full throttle sounds like fun, then you will have a great time with Painkiller: Hell Wars.
  7. 60
    Innovation isn't the point here. It's just flat out fun (in a messy, bloody sort of way). This is a fantastic and enjoyable way to blow off some steam, shoot tons of baddies, and, ultimately, satisfy the bloodlust that strikes the best of us.
  8. In terms of gameplay, it truly doesn't get any simpler than this, nor the pace more frantic. It's a fragfest to be sure and if you can dig that, you might find Painkiller: Hell Wars to be a fitting end to the Xbox era.
  9. Painkiller: Hell Wars is the very definition of a mindless kill-crazy rampage, and while simple experiences certainly have their place, the time this game spent in development purgatory seems to have made even the high points feel limp.
  10. There are games that stand out, and then there are games that are just good. Painkiller doesn't really break any new ground, but it presents an experience that was satisfying throughout.
  11. While some gamers may see the simplicity as a downside, others may enjoy the fact that it's mindless. I'm on the fence – I enjoy deep gameplay, but sometimes if the game is fun I don't want to be bothered with finding keys or jumping over pits. Painkiller is just plain fun.
  12. While there is an online multiplayer element, good luck getting into a match. I could never find anyone online to play with, and I imagine that's pretty much how it will always be.
  13. A pared down meat-and-potatoes shooter, heavy on visceral mayo and lite on the rest of the fixings. High fidelity to its PC forebears, putting you in a vegetative killing state with interspersed spikes of adrenaline.
  14. The game does away with all the complications presented by other FPS shooters and lets players just duke it out for dear life.
  15. 52
    While the game has plenty of action, it gets old fast. Enemies are mindless and prefer attacks that involve charging directly at the player. Level designs lack variety and quickly get repetitive. Tarot cards and multiplayer modes help to give Painkiller a little depth, but ultimately it's a boring game.
  16. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    Hell wars doesn't promise any particular greatness, but for a quick $30 FPS thrill-ride, it'll do nicely. [July 2006, p.85]
  17. This is simply "Serious Sam" with a few undead Nazis thrown in. Have at.

Awards & Rankings

#18 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
#9 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. AlBacore
    Sep 29, 2006
    1
    Unbelievably bad....words can't describe how disappointed I was at this mindless, multiple enemy overkill FPS. The game itself ran fast, Unbelievably bad....words can't describe how disappointed I was at this mindless, multiple enemy overkill FPS. The game itself ran fast, but the poor graphics and detail likely helped this along. The level design was sub-par and it felt like the game took place in that "maze" screensaver for PC's. Possibly the worst FPS I have played. Full Review »
  2. Andyman
    Aug 19, 2006
    7
    Painkiller: Hell Wars is clearly a game designed for a multiplayer experience. Every single level in the game has a "no escape" feel to it... Painkiller: Hell Wars is clearly a game designed for a multiplayer experience. Every single level in the game has a "no escape" feel to it... great for deathmatch, but gets old extremely fast in single-player. The gameplay is very tight, but I'd like to see a lot more variety here. It's basically Doom For Dummies. Full Review »
  3. Pitchshifter
    Aug 11, 2006
    5
    If you want a really boring and bland shooter pick this up, very repetitive and mindless. i thought Darkwatch was a lot better at least more If you want a really boring and bland shooter pick this up, very repetitive and mindless. i thought Darkwatch was a lot better at least more interesting. Full Review »