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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Painkiller is as magnificent as it ever was. People Can Fly's old-school gothic masterpiece stripped first person shooting down to its fundamental core: outrageous guns, huge hordes of enemies to pulverise into cat food and your own twitchy reflexes; creating an orgy of skilful ultraviolence free of cover systems, progression and all the bumf that crept its way into the genre over the years. Just you, your boomsticks, the armies of hell and a soundtrack of grinding generic metal to bunny hop to. Glorious.

With People Can Fly now safely ensconced in the Epic skunkworks (and an armada of terrible fan-made expansions forgotten), The Farm 51 made a fun yet unambitious attempt to drag Painkiller back into the spotlight last year with Hell & Damnation, an Unreal Engine-powered total remake that brought the action up to date. After several months of optimisation and tweaking, it has now finally made its way to home consoles.

It turns out that Painkiller is still incredibly intense, but this comfortably familiar port may already be starting to show its age.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation DLC Review | Zombie Bunker & The Clock Strikes Meat Night

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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DLC, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation DLC Review | Zombie Bunker & The Clock Strikes Meat Night

Platform: PC

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation may have been a satisfyingly tub-thumping slice of retro action, but Nordic's revamp came under fire for offering only a small selection of classic levels for its budget price tag. Where's 'Town,' we wondered. Where's 'Leningrad?'

Well, they've now arrived courtesy of the magic of downloadable content. The Farm 51 have recently released two singleplayer-centric expansions: the brilliantly-named The Clock Strikes Meat Night followed by Operation Zombie Bunker. They're inexpensively priced at £5.99 a pop, and both offer some pleasingly meaty combat to sink your buckshot, shuriken, lightning or enormous razor sharp discs into.

Of course, it's worth remembering that you could pick up the Painkiller Black Edition for the same money - not to mention full indie games. It's time, then, for a double-header review.

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Steamworks & Modding Coming To Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS games, Modding, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, Steamworks, The Farm 51

Steamworks & Modding Coming To Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation fans will soon be able to create their own content, thanks to a comprehensive suit of mod tools and Steam Workshop support. The 'Mod-Kit' will enter beta in April 2013, with Nordic games looking to "enlist all able modders."

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Gets New DLC Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Clock Strikes Meat Night, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Gets New DLC Today

The Clock Strikes Meat Night!

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation has gotten its second piece of post-launch DLC today in the form of The Clock Strikes Meat Night. Available on Steam for £6.49, the latest expansion adds three new levels, new enemies, dual wielding (mmmyessss), environmental weapons, health tarot card and various tweaks across both singleplayer, co-op and multiplayer.

We suggested that Painkiller: Hell & Damnation was seriously fun throwback to simpler times in our 7/10 review. We'll bring you a DLC review soon, and await the console launch in April.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Collector's Edition | £24.99 | Game | PS3 / 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FPS games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Collector's Edition | £24.99 | Game | PS3 / 360

Using the above voucher code will save you £7 and get you the Collector's Edition of the game for the same price as the standard peasant version. For your troubles you'll get a making of DVD, soundtrack CD, stickers, postcards, posters and an artbook. This HD reworking of the original game and expansion pack game has been out for a while on the PC, but  is making its console debut, with PS3 gamers getting their first taste of the Painkiller series. It's a very old school approach to an FPS, with no regenerating health or down-the-sights aiming but you may enjoy it more than you think.

Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.89 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.89 | Green Man Gaming | PC

A return to classic FPS values is what Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is all about. This HD reworking of the original game and the expansion pack is a fun blast as long as you're not expecting many changes aside from the visual upgrade. There's a new weapon in the form of the powerful Soul Catcher, but the older weapons still pack enough punch to liquify your foes.

Thanks to ryouga at HotUkDeals.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Versions Confirmed For April

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PS3 games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Versions Confirmed For April

Nordic Games have locked down Painkiller: Hell & Damnation's PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for an April release.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review | The Devil You Know

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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FPS games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review | The Devil You Know

Platform: PC

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

As I frequently like to say, Painkiller is one of 'those' games. Eight years ago, People Can Fly actively fought back against the increasingly po-faced shooters of the age, delivering an unapologetic love letter to outrageous guns and silly fun over grinding exposition. It's a fiercely old-school rumble, a blood-soaked selection of teeth-clenching arena battles against ludicrous numbers of slavering enemies. You can count on Painkiller being mentioned sooner rather than later when a learned PC gamer bemoans the state of the industry.

So, with military FPS games now dominating the shelves, Nordic Games reckoned that it's time for Painkiller to make a triumphant return. Hell & Damnation emulates a 'best of' selection of classic levels from the original game and its expansion in Unreal Engine 3, bringing the visuals up to date without tinkering with the classic formula. New cutscenes, cooperative functionality, fully-remodelled enemies and a powerful new weapon await existing fans and an entirely new generation of gamers.

Otherwise, though, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is the devil you already know.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review | The Devil You Know

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Trailer Rocks Out With New Features

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51, trailer

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Trailer Rocks Out With New Features

Are you ready to rock it old-school? Nordic Games and The Farm 51 certainly hope so, since Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is set for a Halloween launch. This latest extended cut trailer shows the revamped graphics and fully-redesigned enemy models to advantage, accompanied by suitably raucous metal.

Our full review is scheduled for October 29th, but before then, why not check out our interview with producer Reinhard Pollice?

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Interview | Fighting "The Burden Of Realism"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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FPS, Games previews, Interviews, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, People Can Fly, Soulcatcher, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Interview | Fighting "The Burden Of Realism"

Painkiller is one of those games. People Can Fly's intense shooter gets name-dropped every time someone suggests that games are becoming too involved with exposition and QTEs, acting as a bastion of big guns, ridiculous action and a blatant disregard for realism in the name of pure entertainment. With Hell & Damnation, Nordic Games and The Farm 51 plan on bringing that outrageous gameplay-driven fun back with retooled visuals, redesigned content and a powerful new weapon.

Keen to learn more, I sat down with producer Reinhard Pollice in the crypt beneath St. Andrew's Church to discover what the project will bring to newcomers and fans alike.

Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Thanks for talking to us, Reinhard. First things first, could you introduce yourself to our readership?

Reinhard Pollice: I'm the producer of the game at Nordic Games - so I go to The Farm and make sure that everything is in place and good quality. I put together the scope and content - what new models, what new guns, etc.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Interview | Fighting "The Burden Of Realism"

Dealspwn: We love Painkiller. It's a game that's attracted a vocal fanbase and is continually cited as an example of ridiculous action gaming done right. So... why now? Why re-release it now?

Reinhard Pollice: I think the market has changed. There hasn't been a game like this out since a year. The last one was Serious Sam 3 - it wasn't the best, but it was cool...

Dealspwn: We liked it.

Reinhard Pollice: Oh, cool. But we feel that it was time for a new Painkiller. In all other shooters, they try to follow the path of Call Of Duty. Call Of Duty made this path for one specific reason: for a wargame, you expect it to be realistic. We didn't have the burden of realism, we don't need to have loads of talking and all that bullshit involved.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Pricing & Collector's Edition Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, PS3 games, Special Edition, Xbox 360 games

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Pricing & Collector's Edition Revealed

Nordic Games has revealed pricing details for Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, as well as new info about a PC-exclusive collector's edition for the revamped mental shooter.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Preview | Drag Me To Hell

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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FPS games, Gamescom 2012, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Preview | Drag Me To Hell

Platforms: PC | Xbox 360 | PS3

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Painkiller Hell & Damnation wants to rock it old-school and we’re more than a little up for that in the midst of all the identikit military shooters. Brash and often ridiculous weaponry complimented by simple ‘kill everything’ gameplay is just what the FPS world needs write now. While usually the domain of the PC gamer, the game will be coming to Xbox 360 alongside the PC release, with a PS3 version to follow in 2013.

The game is actually a HD remake of the original Painkiller and the Battle out of Hell expansion pack. Thanks to the polish added by the Unreal Engine 3, the game is looking pretty impressive, although we’re only shown a brief stage in a night time graveyard and the opera house.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Preview | Drag Me To Hell

The aim of the game, for all you newcomers, is to get Daniel to collect 7000 souls for Death. Death isn't too keen on Daniel, seeing as he should have died a thousand times already, so he's going to put you to work even though you're now technically dead after a car crash.

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Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day Three

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Gamescom 2012, Oculus Rift, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, Postcards From Gamescom 2012, Rayman Legends, Warren Spector

Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day Three

There are some presentations we've seen this week that have been barely more than by-the-numbers sixth form PowerPoint affairs. There are some that have been breathless adrenaline rushes of developers tripping over themselves in excitement. We've seen gameplay demos, teaser trailers, behind the scenes footage, and development gag reels. We've gotten hands-on with some of the hottest properties to come over the next twelve months. We've laughed, we've cried (usually at bollocks internet), we've questioned, and experienced, we've been let down at times and dropped our jaws to the floor at other. It's been a rollercoaster of bumper scheduling, chaining cans of Monster, late-night writing, and with the business area emptying as I write this, for us lot it's all over.

But there's so much left to come, and reams of write-ups to be done. Here are our highlights from day three.

Matt

Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day Three

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of my day was meeting Warren Spector for the first time. Frankly it was probably for the best that he wasn't really doing one-on-one interviews as had I been left alone with him I would probably have given him a huge hug and never let go. I did thank him for Deus Ex, though. Hearing someone with decades of experience in this industry speaking passionately about why gaming can be the most thought-provoking, emotional, engaging, and downright fun of the entertainment mediums is an incredibly inspiring thing.

Epic Mickey 2 is looking absolutely fantastic, though I'd hasten to qualify that by saying that from what I played of it, the game will be best played on the Wii, or via the Move on PS3. The level of player choice and consequence is impressive indeed, the story of Oswald a classic one: as Spector pointed out, what could be more simply powerful than the tale of two rather estranged brothers from the Disney family - the elder (Oswald) constantly overlooked in favour of the younger (Mickey) - coming together in a time of need. The game's looking great, and the seamless co-op complements the narrative fantastically.

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