The Painkiller franchise continues with the latest addition to the
series, Painkiller Overdose which ironically started as a community
based project but proved so popular among fans that the original
publisher decided to allow DreamCatcher Games to turn the title into
a fully fledged standalone game.
Prequel to the eventual Sequel
bridges the storyline and ties
up wandering ends.
Overdose introduces a new
character and storyline that
examines the repercussions of
Daniel defeating Lucifer in the
NEW levels of fast-paced
New Daemonic weapons grant the
powers of a demi-god to souls
awaiting damnation everywhere!
Crafted and designed completely
by Mindware Studios; long-time
advocates and fans of the game.
reshuffled Tarot deck infuses
Belial with new powers and
innovative direction in the
Over 40 demented and
sickly-twisted monsters from
End Bosses of colossal statures
standing guard over Hell's
crumbling domain and the
entrances to the other realms!
revitalized commitment to
multiplayer introduces a series
of stats tracking features and
game server options intended to
revamp the multiplayer
Multiplayer compatibility with
original Painkiller multiplayer
maps and game modes!
Painkiller Overdose is your classic first person shooter with a
touch of demonic magic thrown into the mix to give a rather clichéd
and sometimes over the top gaming experience. Interestingly enough,
it works on both counts.
Whether you have played the original game or add-ons, both new and
old gamers will easily be able to start this playing immediately
without a convoluted history lesson.
Gamers start as the character
called Belial who has been trapped for thousands of years as
something has been stealing his powers. Needless to say, Belial is
not pleased and once he tastes freedom, those in his road best move.
As with the previous games, this current incarnation gives the
player a variety of quests that must be completed in the mission
which is done through a tarot card system that assists you in
obtaining your objectives.
Thrown right into a world of demons and other otherworldly nefarious
creatures, you basically fight your way through a plethora of
demonic enemies and once you capture 66 souls from your fallen
enemies, you unleash your demonic powers in the "berserker" mode
which is thoroughly entertaining. In your demonic berserker mode,
your vision becomes black and white with colours indicating enemies
as you unleash your dark powers. Really cool.
The artificial intelligence of the title are a little lackluster in
the brain department, depending on which difficulty you have
selected and at times it seems the enemies are never ending. The
control system is also easy to master and features your traditional
Graphically, Painkiller Overdose feels a little dated on the PC when
compared to other titles and shows its age in a few places. The background
environments are quite well created and really give a contrast to
the real-world which assists with the gaming experience.
Characters move well
with have decent looking textures and match that with some good lighting and
special effects and its still an enjoyable experience, especially if
you enjoyed the previous installments. Painkiller Overdose contains
some great strange and bizarre sound effects and some cheesy voice
acting by Belial himself. The soundtrack is quite decent although
nothing too memorable.
conclusion, Painkiller Overdose is an interesting title that although
doesn't offer anything new to the genre is more suited for those
gamers who enjoyed the original titles. Still, the title is quite
affordable and I would recommend this game to people who enjoy those horror
first person shooter game to check this title out.