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Reviewed: Painkiller
Producer: Dreamcatcher
Required System: PC, 1.5 GHz CPU, 384 MB Ram, NVidia GeForce2 or ATi Radeon 8500 (or higher) graphic card
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Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: July 19th, 2004


In some ways, the video game industry has lost a bit in the art of simplicity - when games first were designed, simplicity was forced upon them by the low power of the processors in question. Even in the days of Doom, this was so; exploration of levels and artificial means of enforcing difficulty, such as time limits, were the general rule.

Developers People Can Fly found a way to reconstruct the sort of gameplay that made Doom and Quake fun, however - combining cutting-edge graphics capabilities and physics systems with a decent, yet noninvasive storyline and plenty of mayhem to produce a game that can be enjoyed in hours, or as little as 15 minutes, as the mood strikes.

Is it good? Of course it's good. It's a nostalgia trip, first and foremost, but an excellently constructed nostalgia trip. Will it stand up to the test of Doom 3? Unfortunately, that's a likely no.

Added:  Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 1/3

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