Chris Haythornthwaite has a shufti at this special edition - the
original game plus the Battle out of Hell expansion - in a posh
Black Edition for the P.C. combines the successful original 'Painkiller'
with its add-on pack 'Battle out of Hell'. This first person shooter
combines the best shooting action from games such as 'Serious
Sam' and 'Duke Nukem' with the exploration of 'Doom' and 'Quake'.
story in Painkiller sees you as a loner warrior fighting the forces
of evil as you travel into Hell. However unlike games such as
'Half Life 2', the story really isn't that important here. This
is because Painkiller is just a straight shooter, where the story
is only there to provide a reason for the endless killing rather
than an immersive cinematic treat.
graphics in this game are top-notch and the sound works really
well, this game will have you jumping all over the place. The
game starts in a graveyard with suitably low lit areas where all
sorts of baddies jump out at you. The game play is as follows,
you explore the area until you walk into a room, the room then
seals itself and you have survive for x amount of minutes, until
you slaughter every last thing, then the room will open up and
you are free to wander some more. This might sound dull but after
the initial shock of 'is this it', it can be quite fun to play.
This is due to you not knowing when you will be locked in (although
it will get easier to spot), once you are, you are literally fighting
for your life for at least five minutes, this is intense and gets
you going for more mayhem.
you do splatter the hellish creatures a soul is left behind which
you can then collect. Once you have a 100 you zone into becoming
an unstoppable machine where your vision greys out and everything
goes into slow motion, this is where the graphics really amaze,
they are fantastic in these parts and generally throughout the
game, are nothing short of impressive. However you do pay for
this, you need an up-to-date computer with a minimum of 128mb
graphics card in it. The game also takes up 2 GB of hard drive
space and so computers that already have a few games installed
of this nature will struggle.
well as the souls you can collect coins which allow you to buy
special powers, however before you can do this you need to unlock
the powers by fulfilling certain criteria in the different levels.
These can be 'destroy all boxes', 'or kill all creatures'. Once
fulfilled you will receive a card that represents a power, such
as 'only take half the amount of damage this level'. Then in between
levels you get a chance to buy these powers for the duration of
the next level you take on. These extras just give the game some
needed depth that keeps you playing and will extend the game life.
not a groundbreaking title but one that brings two action packed
and addictive titles into one compilation, that should you choose
to give a try, will keep you busy for a fair few hours. Now where
was I, I could have sworn there was a door here before
(sound of shots firing)