The Punisher

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Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
70
3.3
Windows
67
3.7
Xbox
76
3.3
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Description

The Punisher is a third person action game that pits the player against the darkest scum of the Marvel Comics' universe. With over a dozen grimy New York locales, this superhero adaptation embraces the feel of the 30 year comic series.

Featuring loads of weapons, brutal environmental kills and an innovative new interrogation engine where the player controls every last aspect of over 70 torture scenarios, the Punisher provides a rich gaming experience for fans of dark, intense action.

Story written by comics authors Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Screenshots

The Punisher Windows One way to interrogate (general)
The Punisher Windows The Punisher in Carlo Duka's office (Cut-scene)
The Punisher Windows Tab puts Frank into rage mode until his charge runs out.
The Punisher Windows Punisher making an entry

Alternate Titles

  • "惩罚者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "The Punisher. Каратель" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Punisher: O Justiceiro" -- Brazilian title
  • "Il Punitore" -- Italian title

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User Reviews

The Punisher has come… to punish his fans Windows SifouNaS (1317)
Welcome Back, Frank Xbox MasterMegid (897)
Great Torture Simulator, Average Game PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5227)
An innovative game that introduces new ways to kill.... Windows Twilightseer (252)

Critic Reviews

games xtreme PlayStation 2 Apr 19, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Chronicles Windows Feb 24, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Feb 01, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr, 2005 73 out of 100 73
GameSpy Xbox Jan 25, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Jan 19, 2005 6.6 out of 10 66
videogamer.com PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
videogamer.com Windows Apr 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Feb 15, 2005 5.8 out of 10 58
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Mar 14, 2005 11 out of 20 55

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Trivia

Along with the interrogation scenes being censored in black and white and zoomed in when you killed a criminal, the PC version had blood removed from the interrogations as well (most notably in the face smashing and punching interrogations).

Also, THQ cut some rather disturbing quick kills. One involved The Punisher using his knife and plowing it into the side of a criminal's head from behind (you had to have had a shotgun or rifle selected as your current weapon to get it). Another involved The Punisher coming up from behind and giving the criminal a bullet enema (ie. shooting the criminal up the butthole with his gun).

Fanmade patches were created to restore some of these interrogations, along with the gore missing from interrogations.

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