It’s nice to see that Dreamkiller is heading in the direction I hoped: stupid and proud of it. Whether it will be all that and worth playing remains to be seen – opinion is quite divided on Painkiller (and more so on Painkiller: Overdose developed by Dreamkiller devs, Mindware). With Serious Sam 3 on the way, there’s perhaps fresh interest in an old-school zero-gimmicks FPS, and beyond the ridiculous premise (psychologist enters patients’ dreams, shoots monsters and blows shit up) this is as traditional as could be. As the new trailer shows, the team behind it certainly aren’t aiming for anything highbrow.
It’s an improved attitude over previous appearances. The first time we heard about it a ludicrous press release made claims that could only hurt it. The second time it was a po-faced and overwrought trailer attempting to claim some gravitas. This time, it’s the developers grinning about how silly it is, which I suspect is the correct angle.
It’s colourful, and looks idiotic enough to maybe be quite fun? I dunno. I hope so – if this can avoid Painkiller’s painful repetitiveness (within each level, before someone complains) then perhaps it will work. What do you think?