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Painkiller

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Painkiller
Painkiller cover
Developers
People Can Fly
Publishers
DreamCatcher Interactive
THQ Nordic
Russia Akella
Engines
Pain Engine
Release dates
Windows April 12, 2004
Painkiller guide at StrategyWiki
Painkiller at Wikipedia
Painkiller
Painkiller 2004
Painkiller: Overdose 2007
Painkiller: Resurrection 2009
Painkiller: Redemption 2011
Painkiller: Recurring Evil 2012
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation 2012

Key points

GameSpy online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.

General information

Painkiller Wiki
Painkiller Zone - A fansite for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions Gold Edition

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Black Edition is DRM-free.
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 3.04 DRM[Note 2] (Russian copies)
Windows
GamersGate
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Windows
GamersGate
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Painkiller Universe
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Painkiller: Black Edition
Windows
Steam
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Painkiller: Black Edition
Windows
Painkiller: Black Edition includes the base game along with the "Battle out of Hell" expansion.
Painkiller Universe includes the base game along with the "Battle out of Hell" expansion and Painkiller: Overdose.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Battle out of Hell
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Randomguy7's Fix Compilation[edit]

Install a mod[7]
  1. Download this patch.
  2. Unzip the contents of the "Painkiller Mega Patch" into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the .bat file.

Notes

Fixes slowdown on dual-core computers, FOV and HUD can be modified, increases draw distance by removing fog among other fixes.
Changes the look and feel of some levels by removing fog, resulting in a different art direction (some levels doesn't look as intended).

Patches[edit]

A list of patches for the game and the expansions can be found here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies\ in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename logo-dreamcatcher.bik, logo-nvidia.bik and logo-pcf.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Bin\config.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveGames
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen HUD Fix.
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen HUD Fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Widescreen HUD Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen HUD Fix or the fov number console command.
Windowed
Use 3D-Analyze.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Ingame MSAA disables support for overclocked refreshrates, use driver level antialiasing instead.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through drivers but causes slowdowns at 60Hz when the player is being hit.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing; can be disabled in controls options
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, (battle and ambient) music, sound
Surround sound
Up to 8 speakers[9]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D, EAX 3[10]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Retail version only.
Polish
Russian
Retail version only.
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus
Online play
16 Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[11] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3455
UDP 3455
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
This is the default port used. It can be changed in-game by the user

Issues fixed[edit]

Editor asks for CD-ROM[edit]

Hex patch executable[12]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Bin\Editor\PainEditor.exe in a hex editor
  2. Go to offset 36C1
  3. Change 75 0C to EB 0C

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8, 9
Shader Model support 2, 3 Shader version 3 requires game to be patched to 1.61 (or higher)
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Miles Sound System 6.6a
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.6g
Multiplayer GameSpy

Unlock all levels[edit]

Install "all levels" mod.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.2 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 384 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 GTS
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1b compatible
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9700
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[3][4][5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/39530/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39530) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References