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Painkiller

12 April 2004
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pros:
- physics are fun corpses falling, envormental physics objects flying all over the place
- movement is really smooth and fun to control bunny hopping gives you awesome speed and is satisfying
- lots of level and enemy variation
- huge boss fights

cons:
everything else
- shooting isnt that fun or fleshed out
- guns are boring and arent fun to use, look at, or shoot
- very repetive gameplay that gets boring after 20 minute sessions
- game cycle forces you to clear every area of enemies to progress the level like its a beat em up or something
- on normal difficulty not much of a challenge and even if it was more difficult it would not enhance the game just make it more of a slog
- boss fights in general are a let down and arent that amazing
- final few levels suck and are nothing like hell like it was suppose to be, final 'boss' is a massive joke / letdown

overall the game is helped out massively by its control, movement speed, and physics engine, varied locations and enemies. but everything else is medicore or unimpressive and it falls flat. and for a shooting game with boring shooting, thats not too enjoyable

5.5/10
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Not as good as morphine
Such an odd and flawed game.

The story is garbage, and how each level hopes around with no reason contributes to this. Seriously there is no continuation at all between levels. The cutscenes go on forever and it seems that they were writen by a kid.

The core gameplay is great though. The weapons feel great to use and they all have their stranghs in different situations. It truely feels like an old school FPS, which i guess by 2004 they were already rare. Unfortunatly it also has some serious issues in terms of level design. Its happy to throw 100 enemies in your face and forcing you to kill everyone of them, including the ones that spawn on top of rooftops. The levels are open ended, but the route you are forced to take through them is very linear. This coupled with the terrible compassmade me feel lost a couple of times.

i like the heavy metal soundtrack and visually its a really impressive game for 2005. Because of the multiple themes that run through the game, it allowed a bigger openess for enemy and level design, and they took this opportunity and ran with it. It helps make the game more entertaining.

But despite all of its flaws, i still had my fun with it. When you are strafing away and killing so many enemies at the same time it feels really satisfying, and this reason alone is enough to recommend this one to FPS fans.
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thankgodforworkerbees Painkiller 2023-01-02T17:52:34Z
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baneking Painkiller 2022-12-31T15:30:23Z
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ESRB: M
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1-16 players
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  • EyeSocketCrunch 2021-06-30 01:22:37.422902+00
    Loove this game's style
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  • I0000days 2022-04-17 10:17:22.293353+00
    Better than Doom Eternal.
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  • thankgodforworkerbees 2023-01-05 22:15:02.742894+00
    Really wished this had more of a Noir-style of writing with simple premise and a cool protagonist à la Caleb or Max Payne instead of this cheesefest (the kind that completely lacks any fun, wit or self-awareness), but a fairly enjoyable and brainless romp nonetheless.
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