PCF Q&A

HomeLanFed have had the chance to put a few questions to PCFs Adrian Chmielarz in the last of the present series of “Games in 2004-2005”.

The Q&A basically talks about PC and Console games that have already been released, and are yet to be released. Adrian mentions HL2 as being one of the best games to ever hit PC. I tend to disagree, but nevermind. :p

You can check out the small read here.

Painkiller Maps Released

As promised a a short while ago, the THREE new Painkiller maps have been released. Developed by Ritual Entertainment, the 3 maps have the following names:

DM_Absinthe, DM_Balist and DM_5quid01

Ive ran around the maps, just to see what they were like.. and all I can say at the moment is that DM_Absinthe looks like the most playable (competitively).

The other two are “ok”, but lack that special appeal. You decide though.

Please remember that the three maps are only in testing stage, so they are NOT finished. You can also give feedback on the maps here.

Mirrors & Installation

Please extract the 3 files to your DATA folder.

The CPL
PKEURO

CAL PK Division

CAL, the online CPL amateur league have announced that they have opened a Painkiller division. The league will commence from January 3rd, 2005.

You can sign up for the division here and read more about the division here.

Its about time this happened. 🙂

PC Zone Painkiller tourney

Jolt have sent word that they will be running the 2nd ever PC Zone Readers Challenge for Painkiller very soon. Heres the press release:

As part of the build-up to LAN finals of our 4Kings Intel Painkiller tournament we are planning to run a 32 player single-elimination duel tournament for Painkiller.

This competition will be included in the latest round of the PC Zone Readers Challenge, a monthly series of games that see players competing for a share of 21 generously donated prizes from leading hardware & peripheral manufacturers.

Up for grabs in this Painkiller tournament is a total of 7 prizes, from a range of items such as Western Digital Hard Drives, Plantronics Headsets, Corsair Memory modules, Creative Speaker Sets & Soundcards, MSI Motherboards, Logitech Mice & Keyboards and Asus GFX cards.

Due to publishing deadlines this competition closes for signups on Sunday evening (the 28th November). The games will take place over Tuesday & Wednedsay of this coming week, with the winner being crowned on Wednesday night.

If you would like to entire this competition please head over to this page PK sign-up now and fill in the registration details.

This competition is open to all players from Europe.

Good luck to all entrants, there is some coolarooney prizes to be won.

EEC 3 Online Qualifiers End

The online qualifiers, which have seen 128 of the UKs best players battle it out for a place in the finals have now finished.

In the Bloodline tournament, the UKs top players will battle it out in order to find two new players to join the ranks of the world championship winning team: the 4Kings sponsored by Intel.

The players will participate in worldwide competitions in 2005 as part of the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour and the game of choice will be Dreamcatchers “Painkiller”.

The 8 finalists are as follows:

KuuLa, Razorb, Maniax, ZaF, Zaccubus, sU, DunToN, Appz

Who will come out of the tournament wearing the kings crown? Only time will tell. For more information, please visit bloodline.jolt.co.uk.

PKEURO Tourney Movie

The promised movie made from demos of the 16 player invitational tournament PKEURO ran a few weeks ago is now finished. The movie shows the best frags of all matches, and is nicely edited to fit. The movie is made by PKEUROs Cu3rv0, and weighs in at around 90 megs, and is roughly about 3 minutes 30 seconds long.

You can download the movie here.

Enjoy, I know I did. 🙂

Bloodline hits Newspapers

The Intel Bloodline tournament, which will find TWO British players to join the pro-gaming clan 4 KINGS is becoming more and more popular in the news.

The well-known British newspaper “The Guardian” wrote a 2 page article about the event recently, with words from 4Ks founder Tony Aldridge & The CPLs Angel Munoz. The article also gives clues towards possible future CPL sponsors. One of the future sponsors hinted was MTV, one of the biggest known names around.

This is very good news for the British gaming scene, and the world gaming scene too. The British press is well-known everywhere, and such media as BBC provide news and stories around the globe. I just hope more countries will look at this and see a trend.

Source: eSlive

Painkiller IRC Chat

PKEURO, in collaboration with DreamCatcher Games, will be holding an IRC chat evening with People Can Fly, the developers of Painkiller. During this two-hour closed chat, a select group of journalists will have their chance to ask in-depth questions to People Can Flys Adrian Chmielarz (Project Lead and Lead Game Designer) and Andrew Poznanski (Lead Level Designer). Simon Vivien (EMEA Marketing Director) and Robert Stevenson (VP Product Development and Acquisitions) both from DreamCatcher Games will also be available for questions.

Though you will not be able to actively participate in the chat, you will be able to view it in its entirety.

The Event will be held on November, 23rd at 7pm CET on the Quakenet IRC server – channel #Painkiller.euro. If you need an IRC client, you can download one free at www.mirc.com. We hope to see you all there.

CPL to use Fallen2te + no BOOH

The CPL have just let me know that they will be using default Painkiller for the Winter event and not Battle Out of Hell, due to the delay that was announced yesterday. They also said that there may be some late changes to the version used in the event, as there is a 1.4 update due sometime soon.

Aside from that, they also let it known that they will be using the tweaked version of DM_Fallen2; DM_Fallen2te.

IGN Review Painkiller: BooH

It seems IGN have had the first pleasure of reviewing the much awaited Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell. IGN seem to have enjoyed what they have seen though, which is a big plus for all you Painkiller SinglePlayer fans.

Screenshots:

Carnage! Carnage! Carnage!

“The game is coated in supernatural Gothic madness, but you hardly noticed most of the time because somethings flying at you. When somethings not, like in the majority of the haunted orphanage at the beginning of the game, Battle out of Hell briefly transcends the modest trappings of a shameless gorefest and becomes a little bit creepy. Your flashlight flickers and buzzes and doesnt shine very far. You can hear things rattling and groaning in the distance, and torchlight flickers in a gritty, dank corridor. Then a wave of skeleton zombies teleports from the bottom of a staircase, and its on.”
You can check out the full review here and more screenshots of the game here.

Thanks Gas0linE

*UPDATE*

Over on the DC forums, Adrian has given his reaction to the review.

[PCF]Adrian: “But generally this review is an example of something I call “game journalist mood switch”. Here in Poland I have many friends who work in gaming mags and they all have one thing in common: if the game is to their taste, they easily skip all bad things about it and focus on good.”

You can find that here.

World Tour Stops Announced

The CPL have finally announced the World Tour stops for the The CPL: World Tour.

The CPL World Tour will commence late February 2005 and will travel to 10 (ten) cities across the globe. The tour will offer a US $1,000,000 cash purse, the largest cash prize ever for a computer game tournament. Over 10,000 gamers are expected to participate in the qualifiers, stops and finals.

The 10 stops for 2005 look like so:

Turkey – Feb – Istanbul
Spain – Mar – Barcelona
Japan – Apr – Tokyo (pending final confirmation)
Brazil – May – Sao Paulo
Germany – June – Düsseldorf
USA – July – Dallas, Texas
UK – Aug – Sheffield
Sweden – Sept – Stockholm
China – Oct – Beijing
Chile – Nov – Santiago

The official World Tour website will be launched very soon. You can check the official post where these stops were announced here.

CPL Insta-Community

I got bored, so I figured I’d do a little rant about how I’ve seen things change in the last few weeks.

We are all well aware of Painkiller being the World tour game by now (unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks) and a lot of us have mixed views on it. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about the effect the CPL announcement has had on the game.

Just a month or 2 ago, Painkiller.euro was pretty much dead in the water. We have active IRC channels for all websites we run, and we noticed a huge drop in people on the Painkiller side of things. After CPL summer, a channel of around 250 people went down to about 15, which as you can see.. is a very very big drop. 🙂

Then came the World Tour announcement, which attracted a lot of gamers world wide to tune into the announcement which was broadcasted by TsN. Everyone was eager, and all hoping it was their game.. however, Painkiller got chosen. I’ve never seen such things in my life.. from the very same hour the game got announced, #Painkiller.euro went from 15 people to 100. It was amazing. The CPL had created a community within a few hours. The game was certainly dead before the announcement, then bam, suddenly everyone starts turning up. The website was getting all kind of hits, and new people signing up, it truely was amazing to see.

Ofcourse, we at Painkiller.euro were overwhelmed with what we had seen, we want nothing more than to see a very big community blossom with the help of us. We run the website for the community, and we run the IRC channel for the community. You all have your say.

We currently have about 830 unique members signed up at our web-site, and we get thousands and thousands of non-signed up people viewing the site every single day. I think it’s a very cool thing that has happened, and I’m glad to be apart of it. Whether people like the idea of Painkiller being the game for the World Tour or not, it’s still very cool to be apart of this community we have now.

We have a whole year to go through yet, and it’s still growing each day. I’m sure by the middle of 2005, we will have nearly double of what we have now, if not triple. Also, with BooH due out tomorrow, I’m sure that will bring quite a lot of new folk, as does every new release.

Thanks for your time, and help us keep the community growing. 😀

-The guys at pkeuro.

BBC Painkiller Article

Noticed over at the BBC website, there is a nice little article about the upcoming Painkiller BLOODLINE tournament which will be held on the 3rd-5th of December to find 2 top Painkiller players from the United Kingdom who will win a year long pro-gaming contract from the ever-famous 4 KINGS clan.

The article describes the event a little and more importantly, lets non-gaming folk know about the event. Its good to see well-known media like BBC getting more involved with the gaming scene, especially the Painkiller scene. You can check the full article out here.

Painkiller: BooH GOLD!

Its finally happened, Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell has gone GOLD. Heres the press release:

Paris, France – November 8, 2004 – DreamCatcher Games today announced Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell has reached gold status. The Expansion Pack for the award-winning Windows® FPS, Painkiller, will begin shipping to North American retailers on November 11th and will begin releasing across Europe on November 24th.

Picking up where the games story left off, Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell offers multiple features to extend enjoyment of this spectacular shooter. Using code from the 1.5 update, the Expansion Pack includes an additional single-player chapter with 10 levels, as well as new multiplayer modes, maps and models. It will also offer an amplified arsenal of un-deadly weapons, bigger and badder bosses and the map editor Software Development Kit.

“Painkiller fans are going to be very happy with Battle Out Of Hell,” said Richard Wah Kan, DreamCatchers CEO and President. “The levels are bigger, the gameplay is more intense, and if you can believe it, the monsters are even more terrifying.”

A shooter in its purest form, Painkiller boasts truly inspired graphics and some of the most intimidating level bosses ever seen. Utilizing the Havok 2.0 physics engine, the game continues to achieve new heights of physics-based game play while the latest version of the “PAIN Engine” cranks out an unbelievably high polygon count, and exciting new features like heat and haze distortion, light blooms, spectacular pixel mapping, new shader effects, tweaks for the latest video cards and an improved networking core.

Wooooooooooo!! Let the games begin II. 🙂

Painkiller.euro Invite Finishes

The Painkiller.euro 16 player invitational tournament is now over. We have seen some brilliant games over the past 2 days, and some very memorable shots. The final just got played, which saw Stermy take on world #1 Painkiller player Vo0. Vo0 got off to a good start on DM_fallen2te, but as usual you cant keep Stermy down. He clawed his way back, and ended up taking the map 14:8. Then came Vo0s choice of map DM_Psycho, which for a few minutes looked like Stermy had run away and won the game.. but no.. Vo0 isnt #1 for nothing. He ended up taking the map marginally; 13:8. Last, but not least came DM_Sacred.. the tie breaker map. Vo0 was the favourite going into this map, as he pretty much knows it better than he knows his own home.. this proved to be true, as Vo0 took the map very very comfortably – 29:9.

I would like to thank everyone that participated, its been great fun. I would like to thank all admins that helped out, and ukgamer for providing us servers to play on. We couldnt of done it without you. 🙂

Finally, to all that keep asking.. and I know your eager.. demos will be uploaded sometime Monday, when I have them all, and can evaluate which ones to release. There is also a movie of the event already in production, thanks to our spanish friend cu3rv0. That should be released some time next weekend. Stay tuned.

Painkiller.euro Invite Tourney

Wow. What can I say? Tonight has been a blast, and I would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone that participated. It really has been a blast.

We started off with some server probs, but got around them fairly quickly thanks to the much appreciated help and dedication from ukgamer. Ive seen some of the greatest shots to date just from these few games, there was air stakes, air rockets and everything. Top class performance from all players.

The praise of the night though must go to Ztrider, who went into a match against the worlds #1 Painkiller player; Vo0. The first map was DM_Sacred where Vo0 came from behind to win 18:13 & then onto DM_Fallen2te, where Vo0 once again came from behind to win 11:10. Ztrider is certainly one to watch.

Tomorrow, we will see the semi-finals and the final played.. these will be

Stermy vs. SteLam & Vo0 vs. Sakh

These will be great games for sure.

You can check out the latest brackets here with the fancy version of the bracket here.

Thanks to all admins that helped out, and SLAYER for providing a server for a match or 2. GGs guys.

**UPDATE**

Stermy [22:4] SteLam – DM_Fallen2te
Stermy [18:9] SteLam – DM_Psycho

Intel Extreme Edition Challenge

As you would of seen some posts below, 4K and Intel have joined forces to offer one lucky person the chance to win a 1 year contract as a pro-gamer. Heres the offical press release:

INTEL® SEARCHES FOR NEW BLOOD TO JOIN KINGS OF eSPORTS

‘Intel Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition Challenge III: Bloodline’: The gaming event to find fresh blood for Intel sponsored team ‘4Kings’


Swindon, UK – 5th November 2004. Intel Corporation announced today a gaming tournament that will take place on the 3rd-5th December in London. In the Bloodline tournament, the UKs top players will battle it out in order to find two new players to join the ranks of the world championship winning team: the 4Kings sponsored by Intel.

The players will participate in worldwide competitions in 2005 as part of the $1,000,000 CPL* World Tour and the game of choice will be Dreamcatchers* “Painkiller”*. The World Tour is the worlds most ambitious gaming competition, with the aim to find the best gamer and offer them the opportunity to compete against the best of the best. “We are very much looking forward to working alongside Intel on this event to prepare the UK for the CPL World Tour.” Said Jaffer Mir the UK CPL representative.

In order to qualify for the event, prospective gamers must take part this month in an online tournament run by Jolt Online Gaming, Europe’s largest independent online gaming specialist.

“It’s great to be working with Intel on this first leg of what’s sure to be a rip roaring event,” said Jolt CEO Dominic Silk, “With the expertise present and the UK’s most successful gaming clan involved, you can count on ‘Bloodline’ being the unmissable online gaming tournament of 2004.”

The eight top players will then fight it out in December with professional sportscasters describing the action and an Internet downloadable movie of the event will be made available on the event website in December 2004.

The event will also feature a ‘Bring Your Own Computer’ LAN-Party for up to 400 players and facilities for spectators.

Gamers interested in becoming members of the 4Kings clan or who want to take part in the LAN-Party should sign up here: www.bloodline.jolt.co.uk


Remember, the 4K tournament is open to UK residents only. Its a very exciting opportunity for someone to get in there, and become what they probably dream of. Good luck.

cha0ticz & Painkiller

Now that Painkiller is the game to be used for the ever famous The CPL: World Tour, lots of big named pro-gamers have come into the scene. One in particular is cha0ticz, who is known for his Quake 3 skills in 1v1. Recently, SK got the chance to put 1 or 2 questions to him.. here’s what he had to say:

What are you doing to prepare for the CPL World Tour and do you plan to go to all of the stops?

I’m putting as many hours as I can in online practice at the moment. This has been on average 4-5 hours each day for the past 4 weeks. I am getting plans together to get a decent amount of lan practice in just before the Winter CPL event as well. Yes, I do plan to attend all World Tour stops.

You can check the full news post and other questions here.

(source: SK Gaming)