Painkiller: Hell Wars
was released on the Xbox
on July 24th, 2006. This port was the first game in the franchise to appear on a console. It took a majority of the levels from the original Painkiller
as well as a few from the Battle out of Hell
expansion pack, and remixed them for the limited Xbox memory (meaning some levels were cut while others had more loading screens and less areas). This stripped-down version still retained all the weapons of the original game, but it only received one of the two new weapons from the expansion pack. The multiplayer however was intact and ready for use on Xbox Live
. Unfortunately, because the game at its best was still slightly more powerful than the Xbox could reliably handle, Hell Wars
was considered inferior to the PC version of the game. It received mediocre reviews and sold poorly.