Painkiller: Overdose review

When fan boys go bad

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Slicing and dicing demons

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    Tons of different-looking enemies

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    Lots of different-looking locations


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    Enemies aren't really different

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    Weapons aren't new

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    Crappy combat

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Dec 5, 2007

This is a game that opens with concept art of a 68-year-old transvestite in purple makeup and horns, uses the word %26lsquo;hate%26rsquo; nine times in the interminable intro movie, and begins with some of the worst FPS combat we%26rsquo;ve seen in our career. But eventually, bunnyhopping around the game%26rsquo;s ugly morons, firing its copycat weapons and enduring your character%26rsquo;s cringingly unfunny and excruciatingly repetitious one-liners gets surprisingly compelling. Even after load times that the developers themselves have called %26ldquo;terrible.%26rdquo;

Painkiller was made by a bunch of modders who really liked Quake, and this standalone semi-official expansion is made by a bunch of modders who really liked Painkiller. Really, really liked Painkiller.

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DescriptionNot much new going on in this semi-official sequel - but then what did you expect a bunch of modders to make? An original game? Feh.
US censor rating"Mature"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)