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Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. Andyman
    Aug 19, 2006
    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.
  2. AnthonyV.
    Aug 4, 2006
    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.
  3. Pitchshifter
    Aug 11, 2006
    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.

Awards & Rankings

#18 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
#8 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. AceGamez
    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.