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  • Summary: You play as Daniel Garner, a seemingly regular guy who as just been killed in a horrific car accident. Trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world between heaven and hell, you struggling to uncover the reasons why you've been denied entry into heaven. Awaiting your purification, you must fight through a seemingly endless number of demon soldiers as you to attempt to stop an imminent unholy war. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. As a first-person shooter, Painkiller flat out excels, crucifying nearly all comers on Xbox. [Jun 2006, p.47]
  2. It's the equivalent of gaming junk food, a fast-moving blast-a-thon that doesn't let up throughout its 20-plus levels. While the frame rate stutters from time to time and some levels appear to be missing, what remains is still quite the ride.
  3. The other big reason for shooter fans to check this game out is because of the online multiplayer, which is surprisingly well done.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Only the most desperate deathmatch champion will get their money's worth out of this purgatorial port.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ToddK.
    Aug 2, 2006
    Balls to the wall blast fest!! Very fun.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Jul 27, 2006
    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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand
  6. AlBacore
    Sep 29, 2006
    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. Expand