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  Painkiller
Words from the company:
Gothic Story, Frantic Gameplay.
Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy a gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. It’s an adrenaline addict’s nightmare, where hellish monsters swarm in seemingly endless mobs.

Graphically, Painkiller is unmatched. The proprietary PAIN Engine puts out an unbelievably high polygon count, while adding increased texture quality and the latest lighting and shadowing techniques, including soft shadows, DOT3 bump mapping, water reflections, glass simulation, volumetric light and fog, and more. Plug in the Havok 2.0 physics engine, and you get a realistic environment in a totally fantastical setting.

Stranded in a place between Heaven and Hell, your time of judgment is at hand. The Underworld is on the verge of unholy war, and you are but a pawn in the infernal battle. As you fight for your purification, the truths behind the deceptions are revealed.

Requirements:
•OS: Windows 98\ME\2000\XP
•CPU: 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon processor
•RAM: 384 MB
•CD-ROM or DVD-ROM speed: 4x
•Hard Drive space: 1.2 GB available
•Video: 64 MB DirectX 8.1 compatible video card (NVIDIA GeForce 3 or better)
•Sound: DirectX 8.1b or better compatible sound card
•Input: keyboard and mouse

The Review:
I have been playing first person shoot-em-up type of games of late and this latest from DreamCatcher called Painkiller. In this new game, you need to shoot and kill everything that moves. These monsters from the under world can be killed fairely easily in the easiest mode with a couple of rounds of your shot gun. The graphics are quite bloody and body parts do get blown apart for effective realism.

I have managed to get to the third level where I am stuck and cannot get past this especially tough monster. I will need some cheats to get by this one and I imagine I will cause lets face it, it is fun to kill everything in sight. I had to increase the gamma in the game as it is very dark in the caves.

The fun factor is definitely there and this is a game that one can play over and over with more enthusiasm as the levels get harder.

The game does save automatically every time you get past a save marker which makes it convenient if you get killed. Then you just need to shoot faster to survive.
I recommend this one to the gore loving fast killing players out there. Painkiller will give you all you need to get out your frustrations on the bad guys.

Review ID Number: 39
  Product Details
Dreamcatcher Games
Review Date: 2004-07-13
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
 
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