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From the bowels of hell itself, Painkiller Hell & Damnation, which is a clever name for a HD remake, has received a release date and that date is October 31, 2012 or Halloween. Where do they come up with this stuff?
The game remakes the classic Painkiller and Painkiller: Battle out of Hell. A total of 14 monster-vomiting levels will be present, including 4 boss levels. Four chapters will lead players through a singleplayer and cooperative campaign and the multiplayer will pit you against other players or an artificial intelligence of your choosing. The press release is also proud to announce the absence of kill streaks, airstrikes and auto-heal. What a cheeky little jab.
Painkiller’s HD transition is rolling on the Unreal Engine 3. It will come packed with its known face-melting metal riffs and it will integrate Steamworks. Developer The Farm 51 is currently working on several first person shooters, so at least it knows what it’s doing.
Good news for the niche of fans this game holds: There will be a Collector’s Edition for the PC version, which arrives prior to console releases. For an estimated price of €29.99, you’ll receive the game, along with an artbook, 2 postcard, 5 stickers and 2 posters in A3 size. More so, there will be a sleeve with a Making of DVD and soundtrack CD. Additional DLC will be provided in the form of an in-game Tarot card and an exclusive multiplayer skin. A standard PC edition will set you back an advised €19.99. Fun fact: The console versions will appear later and cost more. You’ll need €39.99 for those babies.
While we’re dishing out facts, you’d perhaps like to know that prices are directly translated once more. This means that the above will get priced at $19.99/$29.99/$39.99 for North America, once more screwing the European consumer for reasons that are inexplicable. As a last fact: Painkiller Hell & Damnation will not be receiving an age rating in Germany. The country has an extensive history of banning games that either portray Nazi references or glorify violence. It has previously banned games like Manhunt, Dead Rising and Scarface: The World is Yours.