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Painkiller: Black Edition

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Painkiller is a game about the adventures in the afterlife. The protagonist will go through Purgatory and Hell to fight the hordes of demons and eventually Lucifer himself. The game was compared to Serious Sam and Doom.


The main character is Daniel Garner, a man who died in a car crash. His soul is imprisoned in the Purgatory. Garner becomes involved in a war between Heaven and Hell. Archangel Samael promises Daniel a place in Heaven if he kills four arch-demons. A mysterious woman named Eve comes to his help, informing him about his enemies.


The player controls Garner from the first person view and uses firearms to defeat enemies. The monsters and levels are extremely varied. Garner goes through various historical eras and locations before eventually descending to Hell. Painkiller consists of 25 levels divided into 5 chapters. At the end of each chapter, the protagonist fights a boss. Each level has an optional objective that the player can complete and receive a powerful bonus represented by a Tarot card. Painkiller also has a multiplayer with traditional first-person shooter modes.

Edition features

The Black Edition includes the Battle Out of Hell story expansion with 10 more levels. It is set immediately after the end of the original game. Lucifer is dead, and arch-demon Alastor takes his place. Garner has to defeat Alastor and his demonic hordes. This edition also includes additional content, such as a map editor and a behind the scenes footage.

Release date
People Can Fly
THQ Nordic
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Win 98/2000/Me/XP
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirextX 9.0 64MB Video Card
  • Storage: 3.4 GB available space
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      Microsoft from Spain
      Speaking of the game itself is very good despite having its years. Good gameplay, variety of weapons and enemies. The levels are good and properly set to the Demons. But... The game at least I never worked well, I detail it so that they know what to expect: In Windows 7 x64 randomly causes some error and the video driver fails (in AMD not if it passed on Nvidia or Intel) locking the PC and forcing the restart by pressing the button. In Linux Delicacy Xfce completely freezes the PC forcing to use the REISUB, there is no way to answer the PC to open a terminal and kill the process. Well I hope the developers fix it somehow to enjoy this good FPS that for me was a nightmare out of hell with the more than 60 reboots I had to do to the PC until finally I resigned.
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      Microsoft from Spain
      Mix of Quake and Serious Sam Painkiller is a first person shooter with thematic "Biblical", the protagonist is in purgatory after dying in a traffic accident, while his wife accesses directly to the sky, he is considered as "impure" and It condemns it to purgatory until it is purified, for which it becomes the "assassin" of God and commissioned to assassinate the generals of Sátan. Really at the level of argument is not very deep, everything is counted by short kinematics between the different worlds, however gives a very good frame for all the action. A playable level is a mix between Quake and Serious Sam, from Quake takes the structure of different worlds united by a central stay that unites them and allows them To travel among them. Each World is divided into several levels or "stays" and a final boss (the general of Shift), as in Quake each world has a particular theme (medieval, ninjas, etc). Of Serious Sam takes is structure of levels in which you are attacked by hordes and hordes of enemies and the path is unlocked when you manage to finish them all. We Will Find enemies that remind us of the aforementioned games. Weapons are a bit cliché: the shotgun, the rocket launcher, the machine gun, etc. They All have a main shooting mode and a secondary one. Each level has a specific objective that if you succeed unlock a "Black tarot card" which give you permanent or temporary bonuses and to use them you must collect gold coins along the levels. Pros: Good atmosphere Variety of Enemies Reminds Quake and Serious Sam The Story Although scarce manages to be interesting The control responds perfectly and is fun to play An excellent implementation of the sound soundtrack sublime (If you gu STA the heavy metal) Against The Castilian dubbing of the protagonist is lousy. Several BUGS are not particularly serious until in the final levels the Chekpoints system fails and hangs the game. It is solved by passing the whole level without dying, but it is a bothers. Irregular difficulty Curve, even at high difficulty levels, the first world is absurdly simple. In conclusion Painkiller is a fun game if you like the first person shooter with design or Serious Sam Quake, that if it is advisable to buy in bundle with all the others in the saga or on offer because individually no longer justifies your purchase.
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