Painkiller Hell & Damnation wants to rock it old-school and we’re more than a little up for that in the midst of all the identikit military shooters. Brash and often ridiculous weaponry complimented by simple ‘kill everything’ gameplay is just what the FPS world needs write now. While usually the domain of the PC gamer, the game will be coming to Xbox 360 alongside the PC release, with a PS3 version to follow in 2013.
The game is actually a HD remake of the original Painkiller and the Battle out of Hell expansion pack. Thanks to the polish added by the Unreal Engine 3, the game is looking pretty impressive, although we’re only shown a brief stage in a night time graveyard and the opera house.
The aim of the game, for all you newcomers, is to get Daniel to collect 7000 souls for Death. Death isn’t too keen on Daniel, seeing as he should have died a thousand times already, so he’s going to put you to work even though you’re now technically dead after a car crash.
Death hands Daniel the only true new weapon in Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, the Soul Catcher. A shuriken launcher with a secondary fire that leeches the souls from enemy bones. It’s a little slow, but you don’t have to use it as souls can be picked up on foot after killing enemies with any gun. The visual design of the weapon is almost laughably over-the-top. It’s all spikes, spinning parts and skulls making it a bit like a try-hard Goth decoration, but OTT feels right for the game.