Publicada: 28 de dezembro
Excellent stand-alone expansion pack for Painkiller.
The design captures the Painkiller style, the variety is splendid - we will visit beautiful cathedral, town, cemetery, catacombs, dry sea, ruins, mountains where Painkiller's climbing mechanic really comes in handy. Some levels are open - unlike other Painkiller locations you're not forced to basically walk through narrow linear corridor without ability to backtrack, and can freely roam around the big location. This part of the game is executed brilliantly - such locations are very interesting to explore, and it's a huge pleasure to discover the landmarks.
Each level has unique memorable features - magnificent architecture, dark part and stairway to Heaven of the Cathedral, amazing variety of locations and buildings in Haunted City and Forgotten Valley, nice industrial scenery and cool fight against whole army of enemies with new strong weapon in Hangar, depressing atmosphere of Dry Sea, stunning vistas of Gloomy Mountains and Tower of Power. In the mountains I didn't notice a single tiling texture, which is very impressive considering the fact that this engine clearly isn't megatexture-wielding IdTech5.
Fans of standard Painkiller game type won't be deprived - two levels are in classic style where the player follows a linear path and is blocked by slabs during battle.
On top of that - story which features very entertaining witty dialogues.
And don't think that it's going to be too short. Even though there are only six levels, for the most of them each one is as long as 4-5 regular Painkiller levels, and variety of the design ensures that it won't feel like you're stuck in the same decorations for too long time either.
It's too bad that this game didn't reach its full potential due to JoWood publisher who forced the developers to release it too soon. It's amazingly entertaining how it is, and with more levels, more new weapons and monsters it would definitely become the best part of Painkiller series.