Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Reminiscent of gaming origins yet too simplistic and repetitive
(Nordic Games) PS3/Xbox 360
Back in 1993 a little game called Doom changed the face of gaming. It wasn’t the first FPS on the market but it was the one that set the standard, sold over 10 million copies and led to a legion of clones. Which brings us to Painkiller: Hell & Damnation which is a semi-remake/semi-sequel to the original 2004 PC title. You make a deal with Death himself and then find yourself blasting all kinds of hell out of all kinds of demons. It really is that simple: shoot, shoot, shoot, kill, kill, kill, add some humongous boss battles (some of these guys are the size of tower blocks) and repeat.
You could view Painkiller as an homage to the simpler times of gaming past. It looks and plays like a 90s title. The graphics are basic while the enemy AI is frustratingly stupid (basically they just run at you, as long as they don’t get caught on the scenery which happens every five minutes) only the sheer volume of nasties keeps you on your toes. Repetitive, simplistic but strangely nostalgic as you mow down wave after wave of hellspawn.