User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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  1. ToddK.
    Aug 2, 2006
    9
    Balls to the wall blast fest!! Very fun.
  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... 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.
  3. AnthonyV.
    Aug 4, 2006
    7
    Blue Falcon pretty much nailed it on the head. It's a mindless FPS that looks decent. The framerate almost always stays at 60 unless the game gets overzealous with visual effects when there are too many enemies in your face. If you're looking for old-fashioned fun, youcan't go wrong with this. If you're looking for something more cerebral, don't bother.
  4. 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 interesting.
  5. 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, 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.
  6. BlueFalcon
    Jul 27, 2006
    8
    It's like doom, but with less thinking (yes less). There aren't any keys to find, or hidden exits. It's kind of nice actually. It could also be compared with Serious Sam except with better graphics.
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
  1. If you're a Quake fan or crave a seriouser Serious Sam, this is one trip to hell you'll certainly want to take again and again.
  2. 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.
  3. I like my FPS shooters to deliver a single-player experience too, and Painkiller: Hell Wars flatly fails in that regard. If you're looking for online deathmatch, Painkiller: Hell Wars is a reasonable purchase, but don't expect anything from the single-player experience, particularly, enjoyment.