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Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Deadfall Adventures, FPS, Nordic Games, PC games, PS3 games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Recently I've been playing a game that features frantic gunplay set in ancient temples full of secrets to discover. One moment I'm battling hordes of foes with my back to the wall, the next I'm exploring massive open levels in search of riches and hilarious Easter eggs. It's utterly fantastic, truly an FPS for the ages.

Of course, I'm talking about Serious Sam: The First Encounter, which I've been playing to remind myself that not all games are as awful as Deadfall Adventures.

The premise was sound. An Indiana Jones-inspired shooter that takes us around the world in a nonstop Nazi-killing treasure-looting adventure? Yes please. That's very much a thing we want, and The Farm 51 are a solid studio with FPS experience. So it pains me to report that Deadfall Adventures manages to seize total rout from the jaws of greatness.

Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

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Deadfall Adventures Interview | Martin Kreuch Talks First-Person Indiana Jones

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Deadfalls Adventures, Games previews, Interviews, Nordic Games, The Farm 51, Video interviews

Deadfall Adventures Interview | Martin Kreuch Talks First-Person Indiana Jones

Deadfall Adventures is looking to bring a few new elements to the Indiana Jones-esque adventuring sub-genre for which Nathan Drake and Lara Croft might well be the poster children these days. For starters, the game has taken on a first-person perspective, bringing the easy immersion and immediate action of stepping directly into a player-character's shoes. But then there's also the fact that the game goes back to classic source material for its inspiration, particularly the novels of H. Rider Haggard.

We sat down with producer Martin Kreuch at a Deadfall event last week to have a bit of a chat about Allan Quatermain and his great-grandson, how to string up your chums in multiplayer with deadly traps, and why the Steam Box initiative is really exciting from a development standpoint.

We'll have a Deadfall Adventures review for you later this week.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | Gamefly | £4.49 (RRP: £17.99)
PC Price Comparison | Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review

Note that it's also available as part of a £12.50 franchise bundle at GamersGate.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
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
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
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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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Painkiller has aged as disgracefully as you'd expect, offering uncomplicated insane action with significantly improved visuals and fantastically fun co-op. This is probably the cheapest price I've seen for it yet.

Steamworks & Modding Coming To Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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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Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Deadfall Adventures, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

"Discover The Little Indiana Jones In All Of Us"

The Farm 51, the studio behind Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, have revealed their next project as Deadfall Adventures. This action adventure throws players into dark forbidding jungles in the search for loot and infamy, marrying traditional FPS combat with puzzle solving and exploration.

A little like a first-person Uncharted, if you will. More details and trailerbelow.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Gets New DLC Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
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 | £6.11 & Free Multiplayer Weekend | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £6.11 & Free Multiplayer Weekend | Steam | PC

This isn't as good as Green Man Gaming's recent voucher code deal, but if you missed it, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is down to a competitive £6.11 on Steam. The insane shooter has aged as disgracefully as you'd expect, offering uncomplicated insane action with significantly improved visuals and fantastically fun co-op.

Why not try the multiplayer before you buy? It'll be free to download and play this weekend, and whoever occupies the top 3 spots of the Deathmatch leaderboard at 9pm GMT on Sunday Feb 3rd will win some prizes, including Alienware rigs and NVIDIA hardware. Probably worth a go, so long as you remember how to bunny hop...

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

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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 | £12.05 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £12.05 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Painkiller has aged as disgracefully as you'd expect, offering uncomplicated insane action with significantly improved visuals and fantastically fun co-op. If its archaic level design and value concerns put you off a full-price purchase, Green Man Gaming might just have a reduction to suit.

UPDATE: Voucher code GMG25-G4VDR-0ZL4Q seems to work on the product page, bringing the price down to £9.04, but the blurb suggests that it might not count at checkout. Use at your own risk - thanks to moonspook for pointing that out.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review | The Devil You Know

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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
Tags:
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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Necrovision: Lost Company | £0.49 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Necrovision, PC games, The Farm 51
Necrovision: Lost Company | £0.49 | Green Man Gaming | PC

World War One rarely gets picked for videogame adaptations, but The Farm 51 make a decent fist of it by adding gore, guns and supernatural elements. Realism soon gets kicked screaming out of the window as players start battling mechanical scorpions with ghostly death fists… and so long as you don’t mind authenticity taking a hit, Necrovision will scratch your itch for a chatotic and ultraviolent FPS. Note, however, that a steep difficulty curve will take a little getting used to.

It's also less than 50p.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Preview | Drag Me To Hell

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
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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Necrovision: Lost Company | £1.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Necrovision, PC games, The Farm 51
Necrovision: Lost Company | £1.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

World War One rarely gets picked for videogame adaptations, but The Farm 51 make a decent fist of it by adding gore, guns and supernatural elements. Realism soon gets kicked screaming out of the window as players start battling mechanical scorpions with ghostly death fists… and so long as you don’t mind authenticity taking a hit, Necrovision will scratch your itch for a chatotic and ultraviolent FPS. Note, however, that a steep difficulty curve will take a little getting used to.