Posted: May 16
As far as mindless shooting goes it doesn't get much better than Painkiller. The original Painkiller is one of the best fps games of all time without a doubt. This HD version is a great tribute to the regular game, save for one major glitch I came across in one level which upon research I found is a common problem. Near the end of the Opera level, after I killed two big guys the next red checkpoint did not show up. I reloaded from a previous checkpoint then it happened again. The third time it finally showed up and allowed me to progress. Not a major glitch but still annoying since when it first happened I thought I missed the checkpoint and spent ten minutes combing the level over to check.
Not really much has changed other than graphics and enemy placement. The game looks better than ever in nearly every area: enemies, weapons, environments, and cut scenes. It seems like some levels have different enemies in certain places, maybe even some new ones. I can't recall exactly because it has been so long since I have played through the original Painkiller. I have the black edition which is what you want to start with if you are new to Painkiller games. The other ones such as Overdose and Redemption are horrible. All versions suck bad except the only ones you need are this HD version and the black edition, and the 5 main dlc for the HD version: City Critters, Demonic Vacation, Heaven's Above, Zombie Bunker, and Meat Night. Regular price though is very expensive for all of them so only catch the dlc on sale. I bought the main game for $5 and all 5 dlc for around $7.50. That is a bargain for the playtime and fun you will get out of it all. Not to mention that some levels from the original game are not in the HD version and the dlc's add them plus new levels. Even without the dlc the HD version still has 13 levels and they are all at decent length. The Heaven's Above dlc is awesome because it introduces top-down gameplay in a few levels. The new blade shooting/soul siphoning weapon is powerful and a nice edition. The new cut scenes look good and the guy who did the voice for Duke Nukem Forever does the voice here. I bet he is happy to have his voice talent where it was actually put to good use lol.
Overall it is no different than the Painkiller black edition save for better graphics, level placement/length, a new weapon, a few new levels, a few new enemies, and that is about it. I prefer the black edition just because of its darker more gritty graphics. It sets the mood perfectly. This game uses shiny and somewhat brighter graphics which is not a bad thing and in fact in some levels there are some very nice reflective effects. Since I've played through the original game and the black edition several times over the years, it was time to give this a try and I am glad I did. I would have bought this when it first came out in 2012 but I had played the beta and it was bad, but obviously it turned out pretty good after all.
Overall if you are like me and have played Doom a million times and even the Painkiller Black Edition, then this is your next go to shooter. I've yet to see any fps game match its style and presentation, namely its weapons, enemies, and level design. It is a shame that we will probably never get a Painkiller 2. Don't pass this up when it goes on sale. Get it and the dlc's if you can afford them and have a blast laying the hammer down on a ton of undead mother ♥♥♥♥ers.
PS: if you love this game then chances are you love Doom. In that case give Brutal Doom a try. It is one of the most awesome things ever made.