History Videogame / Painkiller

26th May '16 9:18:14 AM YoKab
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''Painkiller'' is a FPS made by Polish developers People Can Fly (now absorbed by EpicGames). The game concerns Daniel Garner, a man with an idyllic life, a beautiful spouse, and whose life is tragically snipped short when a truck plows straight into his car. Daniel gets to watch as his wife goes to Heaven, but he has to stay in Purgatory where he is commissioned by God to stop Lucifer's invasion. If Lucifer takes Purgatory, he can take Earth and Heaven as well. Oh, and Eve is your companion through the game. Yeah, [[AdamAndEvePlot that Eve.]]

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''Painkiller'' is a FPS made by Polish developers People Can Fly (now absorbed by EpicGames).Fly. The game concerns Daniel Garner, a man with an idyllic life, a beautiful spouse, and whose life is tragically snipped short when a truck plows straight into his car. Daniel gets to watch as his wife goes to Heaven, but he has to stay in Purgatory where he is commissioned by God to stop Lucifer's invasion. If Lucifer takes Purgatory, he can take Earth and Heaven as well. Oh, and Eve is your companion through the game. Yeah, [[AdamAndEvePlot that Eve.]]
14th Apr '16 12:16:12 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice - Most games with this game's development budget just have a couple of guys who sound like they were grabbed from the office across the hall do all the voice work. ''Painkiller'' actually goes the extra mile and has several recognizable voice actors, including Cam "Liquid Snake" Clarke as the main character, and the incredibly hammy Jim Cummings as Alastor.
21st Jan '16 4:06:16 PM nombretomado
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A modern [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the game, titled ''Painkiller: Hell & Damnation'', was released on October 31, 2012 on {{Steam}}. It was developed by The Farm 51, the makers of ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' and ''VideoGame/{{Dreamkiller}}'', who were themselves heavily inspired by the original ''Painkiller''. The game is basically a "greatest hits" of the best levels from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out of Hell'', with a new engine and modern graphics, new weapons, and a new original story attached (Daniel is fighting to collect an army of 7,000 souls for Death, in exchange for being reunited with his wife Catherine). Noteably, Daniel is now voiced by Jon St. John, the voice of VideoGame/DukeNukem.

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A modern [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the game, titled ''Painkiller: Hell & Damnation'', was released on October 31, 2012 on {{Steam}}.UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. It was developed by The Farm 51, the makers of ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' and ''VideoGame/{{Dreamkiller}}'', who were themselves heavily inspired by the original ''Painkiller''. The game is basically a "greatest hits" of the best levels from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out of Hell'', with a new engine and modern graphics, new weapons, and a new original story attached (Daniel is fighting to collect an army of 7,000 souls for Death, in exchange for being reunited with his wife Catherine). Noteably, Daniel is now voiced by Jon St. John, the voice of VideoGame/DukeNukem.
5th Dec '15 11:38:55 AM nombretomado
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->''If video games got drunk and had one-night stands that resulted in pregnancy, Painkiller would be the product of the frenzied, S&M-laden coupling of {{VideoGame/Doom}} and SeriousSam.''

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->''If video games got drunk and had one-night stands that resulted in pregnancy, Painkiller would be the product of the frenzied, S&M-laden coupling of {{VideoGame/Doom}} and SeriousSam.VideoGame/SeriousSam.''



->''Painkiller is [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike in the same bucket]] as ''SeriousSam'' and the original ''VideoGame/{{DOOM}}s'' in that it serves as an antidote to fancy-pants complex modern [=FPSes=]. There are no [[StealthBasedGame stealth elements]], no [[FetchQuest key hunting]], no [[EscortMission escort quests]], no [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection dorky support characters dribbling in your ear]], no [[VideogameObjectives mission objectives]] besides '''kill everyone'''--it's just you, some guns, and the entire population of Murdertown between you and where you need to be. It's pure genocidal fun.''

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->''Painkiller is [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike in the same bucket]] as ''SeriousSam'' ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' and the original ''VideoGame/{{DOOM}}s'' in that it serves as an antidote to fancy-pants complex modern [=FPSes=]. There are no [[StealthBasedGame stealth elements]], no [[FetchQuest key hunting]], no [[EscortMission escort quests]], no [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection dorky support characters dribbling in your ear]], no [[VideogameObjectives mission objectives]] besides '''kill everyone'''--it's just you, some guns, and the entire population of Murdertown between you and where you need to be. It's pure genocidal fun.''



* DarkerAndEdgier - Painkiller could be considered the darker counterpart of ''SeriousSam'', which also imitated the old-skool [[TheWarSequence War Sequence]]-spamming FPS style and came earlier.

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* DarkerAndEdgier - Painkiller could be considered the darker counterpart of ''SeriousSam'', ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'', which also imitated the old-skool [[TheWarSequence War Sequence]]-spamming FPS style and came earlier.
25th Jul '15 2:24:51 AM ltrocky
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** Not to mention the guns, most of which were copied directly from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out Of Hell'', usually with a reskin and a {{Nerf}} to boot.

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** Not to mention the guns, most four of which were copied directly are direct copies of weapons from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out Of Hell'', usually Hell'' with a reskin and a {{Nerf}} to boot.
25th Jul '15 1:29:53 AM ltrocky
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* {{Malaproper}} - Daniel somehow pronounces Alastor's name as ''Allister''.

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* {{Malaproper}} - Daniel somehow pronounces Alastor's name as ''Allister''. He and Eve also pronounce Sammael's name as ''Samale'' (''Belial however says him by the right pronunciation'')
10th Jun '15 3:45:54 PM MeAndMyNerdyBat
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For a while, ''Painkiller'' owned the unique distinction of being '''THE MOST METAL GAME EVER''', finally being overtaken by ''[[BrutalLegend Brütal Legend]]''.

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In addition to that, it was notable for being one of the most impressive looking shooters of the time, still holding up graphically even after decade of its initial release. The main reason for this is an amazing level design - aside of RuleOfCool, the game basically ''runs'' on SceneryPorn, consisting almost exclusively of enormous and meticulously detailed levels (in contrast to claustrophobic and linear stages of many first person shooters of the 2000s).

For a while, ''Painkiller'' owned the unique distinction of being '''THE MOST METAL GAME EVER''', finally being overtaken by ''[[BrutalLegend Brütal Legend]]''.
Legend]]''.
16th May '15 5:12:19 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: A print ad for ''Hell Wars'' read "Hang up your {{Halo}}. Get ready for Hell."

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* TakeThat: A print ad for ''Hell Wars'' read "Hang up your {{Halo}}.Franchise/{{Halo}}. Get ready for Hell."



* WreakingHavok - ''Painkiller'' was one of the first high-profile games to use Havok physics, but unlike some of its more [[VideoGame/HalfLife popular]] [[{{Halo}} contemporaries]], ''Painkiller'' focused more on [[RagdollPhysics enemy corpses flying through the air propelled by shotgun blasts]] and giant bosses whose footsteps make arcways collapse brick-by-brick.

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* WreakingHavok - ''Painkiller'' was one of the first high-profile games to use Havok physics, but unlike some of its more [[VideoGame/HalfLife popular]] [[{{Halo}} [[Franchise/{{Halo}} contemporaries]], ''Painkiller'' focused more on [[RagdollPhysics enemy corpses flying through the air propelled by shotgun blasts]] and giant bosses whose footsteps make arcways collapse brick-by-brick.
3rd Apr '15 10:57:47 PM MasterInferno
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* GoldenEnding: Finishing the original game on Trauma gives you an ending where [[spoiler:Daniel is reunited with his wife, per his agreement with Heaven]]. In contrast to most examples of this trope, it's not the canon ending.
9th Mar '15 2:26:02 PM DarkLotus
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A modern [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the game, titled ''Painkiller: Hell & Damnation'', has was released on October 31, 2012 on {{Steam}}. It was developed by The Farm 51, the makers of ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' and ''VideoGame/{{Dreamkiller}}'', who were themselves heavily inspired by the original ''Painkiller''. The game is basically a "greatest hits" of the best levels from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out of Hell'', with a new engine and modern graphics, new weapons, and a new original story attached (Daniel is fighting to collect an army of 7,000 souls for Death, in exchange for being reunited with his wife Catherine). Noteably, Daniel is now voiced by Jon St. John, the voice of VideoGame/DukeNukem.

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A modern [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the game, titled ''Painkiller: Hell & Damnation'', has was released on October 31, 2012 on {{Steam}}. It was developed by The Farm 51, the makers of ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' and ''VideoGame/{{Dreamkiller}}'', who were themselves heavily inspired by the original ''Painkiller''. The game is basically a "greatest hits" of the best levels from ''Painkiller'' and ''Battle Out of Hell'', with a new engine and modern graphics, new weapons, and a new original story attached (Daniel is fighting to collect an army of 7,000 souls for Death, in exchange for being reunited with his wife Catherine). Noteably, Daniel is now voiced by Jon St. John, the voice of VideoGame/DukeNukem.
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