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Painkiller: Hell Wars

Platform(s): Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Dreamcatcher
Developer: People Can Fly
Release Date: July 24, 2006 (US), July 7, 2006 (EU)

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'Painkiller: Hell Wars' (Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on July 11, 2006 @ 12:32 p.m. PDT

Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You are Painkiller, a mercenary for hire, charged with cleaning out nests of the undead. But an unholy pact with a demon unknowingly puts you square in the middle of a fight for control of the underworld... with the future of humanity hanging in the balance.

“We have an awesome action-packed Xbox game that we’re all proud of,” said Byron Gaum, Global Product Marketing Manager at DreamCatcher Games. “Even the external testing teams, who see a lot of games come through their studio, were absolutely blown away by the fast-paced action, especially in multiplayer. This is the game that Painkiller and Xbox action fans have been waiting for!”

Stranded in purgatory, Daniel Garner must face the insurmountable horde of Hell’s monstrous creatures in Painkiller: Hell Wars. The battle to obtain purification begins and the decisive action to prevent the forces of good and evil from clashing in a massive unholy war ultimately lies in the players’ hand. Featuring intense, fast-paced action, Painkiller: Hell Wars will keep players’ adrenaline pumping as they battle horrifying odds in both single and multiplayer modes. If the arsenal of combo weapons at their fingertips isn’t enough to stop Hell’s incarnations, players can also collect souls to morph into a possessed beast and unleash the truly fearsome force within. The sharp graphics and explosive action in conjunction with the Havok 2.0 physics engine will envelop players in the dark realm, lost somewhere between Heaven and Hell.

Painkiller Xbox Features:

  • Intense gameplay: The player will be constantly outnumbered, fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds.
  • Xbox® Live: Painkiller offers multiplayer action for up to eight players ­ in seven modes!
  • Incredible graphics: The game uses the proprietary 3D “PAIN Engine” capable of pumping out an unbelievably high polygon count, while adding increased texture quality and the latest lighting and shadowing techniques.
  • Combo weapons: All weapons come in pairs, with a primary and secondary fire.
  • Morphing: Your unholy pact gives you the power to morph into a powerful possessed creature with every 33 souls collected.
  • Lasting replay value: Painkiller features a standard single player campaign, with additional modes to encourage replay. The game also features full multiplayer Live support.
  • World’s most advanced physics engine: Painkiller employs Havok 2.0, allowing for amazing physics and deformable, interactive environments.

Painkiller: Hell Wars is scheduled for release on July 25, 2006, and carries an MSRP of US $29.99.

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