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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is a first-person shooter video game, both a remake of and a sequel to Painkiller, developed by The Farm 51 and published by Nordic Games. Painkiller: Hell & Damnation was released on October 31, 2012 for Windows and was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 28, 2013 in Europe after suffering multiple delays. The game was released in North America for Xbox 360 through Xbox Live on October 1, 2013 and for PlayStation 3 through the PlayStation Store on November 26, 2013.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Plot

After crushing the forces of Hell and Purgatory in the original titles, Daniel Garner was denied seeing his wife, Catherine. Now, with no faith left, he sat in the cemetery, where his quest once began. Suddenly, Death itself appeared, proposing Daniel a new bargain: reunion with his wife in exchange for 7,000 souls. Daniel reluctantly agrees, receiving the Soulcatcher gun. He is sent to familiar places, battling hordes of demon spawn, again defeating the formidable Necrogiant, Alastor, and Swamp Thing. An old ally, Eve, reappears during this quest, warning that Death cannot be trusted, but Daniel didn't forget her own betrayal at the end of Painkiller: Battle out of Hell. Daniel avoids her as she tries to persuade him that everything is not as it seems, and the only reason he's so successful at killing demons and not succumbing to their power is that he is not really dead.

Eventually, Daniel returns to Death, with the Soulcatcher filled. Death, however, is not pleased, as there are only 6,999 souls, and not 7,000, but still advises Daniel to get the final soul: that of Eve. Daniel, disgusted by such a turn of events, spares Eve, infuriating Death. Battle ensues, culminating with Death's defeat and an opening of a strange white portal. By taking the portal, Daniel discovers himself alive, lying in bed, in hospital. All this time he was alive, but in coma, bound by Death to an endless battle in Purgatory. Suddenly, Eve appears, claiming that the souls collected enabled Death to reunite with his brothers, other Horsemen of Apocalypse: Pestilence, Hunger, and War, which now plotting to invade Earth. Daniel feels he will be unable to battle the hordes of Hell without the power he wielded in Purgatory, but Eve comforts him, saying they're not alone. A door opens, revealing demonic visage of Belial (from Painkiller: Overdose).

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Gameplay

The player has to get through each level, from start to finish, by slaughtering countless demons. The game is divided into several chapters, each with several levels. Each level presents a new location with various themes and includes castles, monasteries, graveyards, and more. Several classic weapons will be returning including the Painkiller, the stakethrower, the shotgun, and the electrodriver, however, new guns will also be available such as the Soulcatcher, a.k.a. the Small Sucking Gun, which shoots saw blades in primary firing mode and sucks the souls out of the enemies with its secondary firing.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation will also add several multiplayer modes to the series. The entire single-player campaign can be played by two people and the level of difficulty adjusts in accordance with the 2 players, either through the number of enemies or the amount of hit points. In survival mode, up to eight players battle for survival in a limited area of one map. Endless waves of enemy hordes will attack the player or players. Other player vs player based game modes include deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag and duels.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation has had a mixed reception among gaming publications and fans of the original with most reviews verging on the mediocre. Many have praised the graphical quality of the game, with GameSpot's Nathan Meunier saying it has had a "great visual makeover". Other positives are the great weapon variety and craziness of the weapons, IGN stated Painkiller has a "great selection of totally over-the-top weaponry".GameZone's David Sanchez gave the PS3 version a 7.5/10, stating "Hell & Damnation is a good FPS that harkens back to an era that was all about shooting sh*t up and not giving a damn. There's little variety, the game sticks closely to a formula that fans of modern shooters won't dig, and at about four hours, it's painfully short."

According to critics, one of the biggest gripes about Painkiller is the enemy AI. IGN called the AI "dumb and often glitchy". GameSpy's Mike Nelson expanded on this saying "the poor AI makes them susceptible to getting stuck in the environment". Other problems raised about Painkiller is the short campaign and problems with multiplayer.

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