Painkiller: Overdose Review
Painkiller: Overdose box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Mindware Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: DreamCatcher 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 23, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-32 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The way creatures react when you blast away at them is also thoroughly entertaining. Take one of the more tame foes, the ninja, for example. They leap at you with their katana drawn. If you hit them with a well timed crossbow shot all four limbs and their head will separate from their torso and explode in a spray of gruesome icky flying in all directions. Running headlong into any beast with the spinning blades of the hell-cube will cause so much blood and guts to splash onto the camera it takes several seconds to even be able to see what's happening again. It's simply glorious. As you slay foes, their souls will stick around for your consumption. Eating their souls gives you a point of health and picking up 66 will temporarily turn you into a slathering demon. When this happens the screen turns black and gray with enemies lit up in red. You can blast them with hellfire as you storm around in an unholy rampage.

Painkiller: Overdose screenshot

Other pursuits involve collecting coins and trying to meet a specific goal for each level in order to unlock new black tarot cards. Unlocking and purchasing the cards gives you a variety of different bonuses or special effects you can place on yourself to assist in mauling your way through the game. If you get sick of the single player campaign there's always the excellent online multi-player battles which this game is perfectly designed for. A good variety of multi-player modes and levels make bringing the blood feast online a great deal of fun.

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Some may argue Overdose is less sophisticated than other present day FPS titles since there are no major objectives, there's no squad-based tactics, there's absolutely no puzzles, and not a lot of environmental interaction besides decimating everything in your path. Perhaps that may be the case, but what the game does it does with style and flair. There are a lot of fine touches and little details which make the experience so much more fulfilling, unless you have a weak stomach.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Prequel to the eventual Sequel that 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 original Painkiller.
  • 16 NEW levels of fast-paced pain-killing action.
  • 6 NEW demonic 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.
  • A reshuffled Tarot deck infuses Belial with new powers and devastating combinations.
  • Over 40 demented and sickly-twisted monsters from Hell.
  • New End Bosses of colossal statures standing guard over Hell's crumbling domain and the entrances to the other realms
  • A revitalized commitment to multiplayer introduces a series of stats tracking features and game server options intended to revamp the multiplayer experience. Multiplayer compatibility with original Painkiller multiplayer maps and game modes


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.5
    Graphics
    Packed with detail and gruesome finesse.
    3.7
    Control
    Mouse and keyboard control combo work well, but things sometimes slow down when there's a ton of creatures and environmental effects on higher settings.
    3.4
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    A blend of inane one-liners, groans and screeches, creepy sound effects.
    4.5
    Play Value
    It's old school tough and somewhat simplistic, but the action is solid and the game just spurts attitude. Multi-player online battles are key.
    4.3
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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