Pain is just what we want from inexpensive download games. It's original, entertaining, surprisingly good looking (those cartoon graphics are more detailed than you might expect) and full of amusing dialogue and wince-inducing sound effects. It's crying out for a way to share replays, but I'm sure that will come in time. The biggest issue is longevity, and there's no question that - eventually - the novelty will wear off. Me? I could sit and play it for hours, trying out new shots and attempting to rack up bigger combos, but not everyone is going to feel the same way.
Still, longevity isn't really a problem at this price, and it's one I suspect will be dealt with by downloadable content. At the moment we just have additional characters, but the menu structure makes it clear that new environments are on their way, with the first expected to be an amusement park. This will doubtless require some extra outlay, but I reckon Pain fans will think it worth it.
There's no doubt that getting pleasure from Pain is a somewhat sick and twisted pursuit, and just as little doubt that not everyone will approve of your new source of chuckles. All the same, if you can take the game's Jackass style and schoolboy humour, this is one of the few essential buys on PSN. In short, no Pain, no gain, so give it a spin a.s.a.p.
Pain is a brutal, vulgar, sick and deeply unpleasant display of the worst kinds of adolescent male humour. In other words, it's fantastic, though more sensitive souls might not agree.