Painkiller: Black Edition

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This is the 1.64 version of the game. On the latest version of the game is included in the installer so no patching was required.

Application Details:

Version: 1.64 (GOG)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0-rc3-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Installation works fine, without great problems.

It is necessary to apply the following workarounds, as described below.

What does not

When the game runs for the first time, it may result with a cropped screen, or a black one, since it tries to run the game with a low graphic resolution.

Using the "Virtual Desktop" trick, it is possible to correct the screen resolution, as described above.


To fix the cropped screen, or wrong screen resolution problem at game's start up, it is necessary to create the correct configuration on game's menu, using the following steps:

1. Start the game with the "Virtual Desktop" from winecfg.

2. The game will run correctly inside the boxed window.

3. On Game's Menu, select "Options", and "Graphics".

4. Click on screen resolution values, until it matches your default desktop resolution.

5. Once done, click "Apply", and then "Quit".

6. Deselect the "Virtual Desktop" option on Winecfg.

Now the game will run with the correct screen resolution, each time it runs.

What was not tested

Not so much.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

If you install the Gog Galaxy Wine snap package from, it will create an optimized Wineprefix with DirectX overrides, that benefit the stability of this game.

Either way, you still need to use the "Virtual Desktop" workaround to configure the correct screen resolution:

$ WINEPREFIX=~/snap/gog-galaxy-wine/common/.wine/ winecfg

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 33 x86_64Dec 26 20206.0-rc3-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumaililoh 
CurrentUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Oct 31 20183.18Yes Yes YesGoldNosferatu Arucard 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Mar 25 20183.8Yes No NoGarbagereal name 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jul 23 20172.0.2Yes No NoGarbagereal name 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Oct 03 20141.7.28Yes Yes NoPlatinumWylda 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
21295 Painkiller and Painkiller Black Edition cannot accept CD Key submission preventing installation CLOSED FIXED View
23203 Painkiller Black Edition: Subwindow shouldn't have icon in title bar. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
38561 Painkiller crashes when loading a save UNCONFIRMED View
45194 Painkiller (Dreamcatcher original, Multiplayer demo, Black Edition 1.64) crashes at start on systems with high uptime (overflow in game engine time calculation) CLOSED INVALID View

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