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Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell (Windows)

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Description

Battle out of Hell, which requires the base game, takes place directly after the events of Painkiller. Daniel Garner has just defeated Lucifer and finds out that Alastor has taken over the armies of hell. In ten new singleplayer levels, with notable locations such as an orphanage, a ruined city, the zombie-infested Leningrad and an amusement park with a wild roller coaster ride, you have to prevent Alastor from attacking the gates of heaven.

For replay value, there are different goals while playing: finishing the level, meeting different challenges (kill a certain number of enemies, use only one weapon) and specific goals such as collecting all secret items or smashing every object. Meeting these challenges gives you black tarot cards with special abilities. Each level also has a batch of new enemies.

Two new weapons with dual firing modes have been added: the Boltgun/Heater and the SMG/Flamethrower. Additionally, the graphics engine has been updated for the expansion as well as the base game.

The awkward netcode from the original game, which has been rewritten for the Painkiller: Hell Wars Xbox version, has been implemented in this expansion pack. Two new multiplayer modes have been added as well: Capture the flag and Last man standing.

Screenshots

Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell Windows Dead City
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell Windows Death from above.
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell Windows Level 3.
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell Windows New weapon in action.

Alternate Titles

  • "恐惧杀手:杀出地狱" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "PK:BOOH" -- Abbreviated title
  • "Painkiller: Битва за Пределами Ада" -- Russian spelling
  • "Painkiller Expansion Pack: Battle out of Hell" -- European title

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User Reviews

The Return of the Painkiller vicrabb (6984) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Just like Purgatory, it's in the middle of things. dreamstealer (146) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
More of the same classic run and gun chaos, with all new stuff, now even slicker. Nick Drew (371) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

2404.org PC Gaming Dec 10, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Imperium Gier Dec 14, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Mar, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gry OnLine Dec 20, 2004 77 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 03, 2004 15 out of 20 75
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Joystick (French) Jan, 2005 7 out of 10 70
PC Powerplay Dec, 2004 69 out of 100 69
Thunderbolt Games Dec 11, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Engine

Painkiller's proprietary 3D engine is called PAIN. The base game uses version 1.0, the expansion has the improved 1.5 version. The physics are handled by the Havoc 2.0 engine, just like Half-Life 2

German index

On April 30, 2005, both US and European English versions of Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell were put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

German version

All blood and gore effects were removed or replaced with green blood. Also the first level (orphanage) was renamed to a "Herrenhaus" (manor) and the zombie children were replaced with regular demons.

Music

The music heard during the level Leningrad is the national anthem of the USSR.

References

The first level, The Orphanage, is a big shout out to other horror-related games.
  • The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour: the first room has a layout just like Mr. Stauf's mansion. The stairwell is pretty much identical as well.
  • Grim Fandango: at the top of the stairwell, you'll see a message "In case of Zombies, Call Grim Fandango".
  • American McGee's Alice: the library with the massive bookshelves.
Information also contributed by Medicine Man, Scott Monster and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Painkiller (Official publisher's website for the painkiller games)
Sciere (245704) added Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell (Windows) on Dec 13, 2004