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Painkiller: Resurrection is a first-person shooter video game developed by Homegrown Games and published by JoWooD. It is a stand-alone expansion to the 2004 game Painkiller developed by People Can Fly, and runs on an updated version of the Painkiller engine. It was released for the PC on October 27, 2009, with the possibility of an Xbox 360 port coming some time in 2010.[1]


The game's basic gameplay is the same as the original Painkiller. The player has to face off numerous enemies and defeats them, moving from one location to another. All the weapons have alternative fire regimes. While the majority of enemies and all original weapons are presented, the game features some new additional gameplay elements not seen in original or its other expansions. This include:

  • Only six levels (and 7th hidden level), but a new gameplay style: the levels are large, with various paths and sections, which require the player to explore the environments between battles. Sometimes, minor objectives are given to player to accomplish.
  • New protagonist with new phrases.
  • Few new enemies and bosses (though the most are taken from the original game and its other two expansions).
  • 2 new weapons, one of which will not be available until a later patch.
  • Voice of an ally, Elyahim, accompanies the player through his journey, giving advices and objectives.
  • The cutscenes are presented as a comic book similar in style to Max Payne.


The story begins outside of the events depicted in other games and stars new protagonist: William "Bill" Sherman. Blown to pieces by his own C4 payload, which he wanted to eliminate a group of mobsters. The fact that he accidentally blew a bus full of innocent civilians into the Great Beyond has given rise to an all new problem - Hell doesn't exactly have any problems with claiming his soul. But now Bill's in purgatory and he's caught the eye of one of the Elyahim, the female spirits who guide the souls of men through purgatory. Guided by the Elyahim's voice, Bill, like Daniel Garner, is send through this unholy realm to save his soul by crashing evil beings. After he defeats Aamon, a monstrous dog demon, a greater demon appears, revealing himself to be Astaroth, one of the generals of Lucifer. He asks Bill to join him, but Bill rejects. Surprisingly, Astaroth leaves Bill to continue his fight. After defeating a powerful spider-like demon, an angel, Ramiel, appears, asking Bill to continue his fighting and clean the purgatory in exchange for a chance to return to life. Later, after more fighting through demons, Bill is greeted by Elyahim in person. She explains that Ramiel betrayed the Heaven and now he and Astaroth are planning to conquer the purgatory, so it could become their dominion. As Hell and Heaven are weakened, they would be able to claim all the new souls coming to the afterlife and soon become the most prominent force in the world. However, to do so, they needed Bill to eliminate the majority of demons, so none of them would reveal to Hell Astaroth's true motives. Now, Bill has to battle both of them at the same time. He kills Astaroth and wounds Ramiel, who begs him to spare his life. In exchange, Ramiel will return Bill back to Earth. From this points, the three endings are possible.

  • Bad ending: Ramiel fulfills his promises and sends Bill back to life. But it is all a trick, as Bill is sent to the exact moment he committed his greatest sin and died. Bill, again, tries to save the bus... but is killed again, this time being send to Hell forever.
  • Good ending: Ramiel fulfills his promises and sends Bill back to life. Bill arrives a night before the incident that took so many lives happened. He takes C4 off car and later throws it to the sea. Bill smiles, being happy for the first time. He decides to never return to killing again, understanding that the sole meaning of life is the life itself.
  • Best ending: Ramiel awaits Bill to agree to be sent back to life, but Elyahim appears. She warns Bill that the angel cannot be trusted as he has become corrupted. From her, Bill receives a holy sword: the only weapon with which a mortal could kill an angel. Bill strikes Ramiel and kills him. From now on, he is awarded by heavens to be the ruler of the realm of purgatory.


  1. Butts, Steve (9 April 2009). Painkiller: Resurrection Revealed. Retrieved on 2009-05-07

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