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The Punisher

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
70
3.3
Windows
67
3.8
Xbox
76
3.3

User Reviews

The Punisher has come… to punish his fans Windows SifouNaS (1317)
Welcome Back, Frank Xbox MasterMegid (900)
Great Torture Simulator, Average Game PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5237)
An innovative game that introduces new ways to kill.... Windows Twilightseer (252)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 12 3.3
Windows 22 3.8
Xbox 7 3.3
Combined MobyScore 41 3.6


The Press Says

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91
PlayStation 2games xtreme
I find that The Punisher is amazing to play, the action comes thick and fast and the variety of kills provide much amusement, the special kills and interrogations add to the game even more and you may well find yourself going through some levels multiple times unlocking things just because they are so much fun to play, anyone who likes violent games will feel right at home with The Punisher, fans of the 3rd-person-action genre - to which The Punisher is a very worth addition – will find hours and hours of quality gameplay for them here.
91
XboxGamezilla
That aside, this is one of the more satisfying games I’ve played recently. The gameplay system is good and visceral, but lacks a certain smooth feel that’d make it really intensely satisfying. The crosshairs give you a good idea of what the spread on your weapon will be like, and you can usually carefully aim the guns, changing to a crosshair control that’s reminiscent of Timesplitters or Goldeneye. There’s a large collection of guns, from pistols to revolvers, rifles, law rockets, and yes, even a flamethrower. Plus, there’s any number of melee weapons you can pickup to deliver a quick kill with. The game also features body armor in the form of human shields, who can also be able to interrogate for useful information. Using people as shields is particularly important to the point based upgrade system as you’ll lose your special score multiplier each time you get hit. This makes taking and using hostages very important.
85
PlayStation 2GameZone
We all know that movie and comic book-driven games have been hit-and-miss, and unfortunately it’s mostly been miss, but as of late the quality of these titles has been increasing. Two great examples are last year’s Chronicles of Riddick and Spider-man 2. These games in particular showed us that games based on a movie or comic book can actually provide a unique and entertaining experience.
83
WindowsJolt (UK)
The Punisher is one of Marvel’s lesser known comic book creations, but the current renaissance in superheroes kick-started by the first Spider-Man film has paved the way for this vigilante character to be wheeled into the limelight. Last year’s movie starring Tom Jane and John Travolta failed to provoke much interest, and disappointingly copped out when it came to the extreme violence for which The Punisher is known and loved. Thankfully, the game contains more violence in the first couple of minutes than in the entirety of the movie.
83
WindowsGame Chronicles
Fresh from his success as a major motion picture, The Punisher now walks a path written for him by the incomparable Garth Ennis, straightening out punks of the PC. This is far from Frank’s first game outing, having a respectable three previous games under his heavily armed belt.
82
PlayStation 2PSM2 (Playstation 2 Magazine) UK
Behind the gore, The Punisher does nothing new. But what it does, it does very well and it'll keep you going until you finish it simply because won't want to miss out on any of the spectacular torture set-pieces. Yes, you've played thousands of 'man-in-flowing-coat' games and, yes, this dishes up the same 'third-person-room-clearing' gameplay but that doesn't mean it's not fun. In an exquisitely brutal, 18-rated certificate kind of way, of course.
82
XboxNext Level Gaming
The Punisher is not your typical action game. What sets it apart from other games is the excessive violence that will capture the attention of gamers, and have parents and advocacy groups up in arms. In order to get a M rating for the game, the developer, Volition, had to remove some of the violence and tone it down in other areas. Some of the more brutal scenes get a black and white filter. There is a ton of ways to torture, mame, and kill the bad guys. The game really stays true to the dark nature of the comics.
81
XboxTeamXbox
The best thing to say about THQ’s and Volition’s The Punisher is that it more than does its officially licensed entity justice. We see it with so many movies turned into videogames; the games are simply bad representations of good films and/or characters. This is not the case with The Punisher game, which should help propel copies of the comic off the shelves, rather than assisting them in sitting there to collect dust. The Punisher is at least a rent for those who are only casual fans of the comics, but is a must-have for Marvel fans. Those who don’t like violence, blood, and gratuitous shell casings on the ground will want to steer clear of this title, and consider something in the ‘E’ rack instead.
80
XboxX-Power
Nog nooit heb ik een spel gezien waarin zoveel geweld voorkomt maar ik moet zeggen dat het me wel beviel. Na een tijdje kan het ondervragen wel eentonig worden maar dan komen ze weer af met een gruwelijke "special interrogation" en ben je weer helemaal blij. Het is meer dan duidelijk waarom er een 18+ rating op staat en voor deze ene keer ben ik het er dan ook meer dan mee eens. Dit is een spel dat niet door kinderen gespeeld zou moeten worden.
80
XboxDreamStation.cc
All in all, if you are a Punisher fan this is a no-brainer – you should already own this game. If you enjoyed stuff like Max Payne, then this would also be a good purchase. It does get old, and it does get repetitive. I will admit that Dead to Rights and Max Payne are both better than this title, but c’mon it’s Frank Castle.
80
XboxExtreme Gamer
What more could you want out a Punisher videogame? The Punisher is over the top, ultra violent and an amazing amount of fun. I might suggest renting first because the game can be finished fairly quickly, but The Punisher is the type of game which you'll come back to in a few months just for the thrill of dealing out some punishment.

80
XboxIGN
Reviewing video games for a living, I've had the opportunity to witness all sorts of sadistic acts on my television. Nothing, however, has quite measured up to THQ's The Punisher. This is the type of game media watchgroups love to loathe. It's so violent, so bloody, that the ESRB forced developer Volition to snuff some of the gorier moments, muting violent interrogations in black and white. Despite the ESRB's efforts, The Punisher remains gleefully violent with more than 100 inventive methods for torture and death.
80
WindowsGame Over Online
Most superheroes live by a couple of strict moral codes, like protecting the innocent or bringing criminals to justice regardless of what danger they're put in. But not everyone follows these standards when enforcing the law; sometimes you have to play outside the rules to get the job done, and sometimes you just have to punish the outlaws for their transgressions. Welcome to the dark world of Marvel Comics - most popular vigilante, one where exacting justice is merely a gunshot away. Grab your favorite firearm, because we're tracking down mobsters in THQ's The Punisher.
80
WindowsIGN
Reviewing video games for a living, I've had the opportunity to witness all sorts of sadistic acts on my television. Nothing, however, has quite measured up to THQ's The Punisher. This is the type of game media watchgroups love to loathe. It's so violent, so bloody, that the ESRB forced developer Volition to snuff some of the gorier moments, muting violent interrogations in black and white. Despite the ESRB's efforts, The Punisher remains gleefully violent with more than 100 inventive methods for torture and death.
80
PlayStation 2IGN
Reviewing video games for a living, I've had the opportunity to witness all sorts of sadistic acts on my television. Nothing, however, has quite measured up to THQ's The Punisher. This is the type of game media watchgroups love to loathe. It's so violent, so bloody, that the ESRB forced developer Volition to snuff some of the gorier moments, muting violent interrogations in black and white. Despite the ESRB's efforts, The Punisher remains gleefully violent with more than 100 inventive methods for torture and death.
80
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Gamers intuition can be a dangerous thing. This intuition is what tells you that The Bouncer is going to be amazing when it releases, or that Katamari Damacy looks like it’s going to suck. Gamer’s intuition may have both surprised and disappointed me in the past, but I love when it holds true when dealing with games that not everyone believes are going to be good. The Punisher represents this kind of game. I’ve heard that this game is a Max Payne rip off from other reviews which I think is a bit misleading.
78
XboxKombo.com
"The Punisher" has some great ideas, which all are done quite well. However, the game is only little more then a "Point A to point B" 3rd-person shooter that at times can becomes real repetitive. This is still a blast to play, and killing people in such unique ways will bring a smile to your face. Not worth $50, definitely worth a rental.
78
XboxTalkXbox
Overall, The Punisher is a solid game that I enjoyed for a while. I would recommend it as a definite rental for anyone who enjoys this type of over-the-top violence. If you rent it, you will find it easy to determine whether or not the game is right for you. I predict that most gamers who liked Max Payne will fall for this game as well. Also, if you hear that this game is too violent, keep in mind the target audience and the fact that the violence is intended to be outrageous. The aim of the violence in this game is to produce wows and laughs from gamers.

75
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
THQ’s The Punisher goes to great lengths to perfectly emulate the feel of reading a recent Punisher comic, while also doing its best to push the envelope when it comes to just how violent a video game can be. This might seem to be shameless sensationalism, if not for the sort of character the Punisher is. An angry, vicious anti-hero, the pages of a Punisher comic – especially recent ones – will always be full of depictions of socially reprehensible acts, usually being committed by the titular character. For a character that is so completely an exercise in violent excess, the remarkable sadism inherent in this title’s gameplay was simply a must.
73
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Alhoewel dit spel in al zijn opzichten in de middenmoot zit, zijn er een aantal punten die het toch de moeite waard maken om te spelen.
70
WindowsJust Games Retro
In summary, I would have scored the game lower if it didn’t have the points system. The base game is solid enough, but dull. The story is a wild mishmash of Marvel cameos, and you never spend enough time on a mob boss or their crimes to feel any satisfaction at wiping them out. The interrogations feel like a nice addition – the subsequent executions are true to the character, but mostly a gimmick for attention. The fine aim control does a great job at placing the bullets where they need to go, and if you’re interested in some violent third-person shootery, this will do the job. Just don’t expect anything particularly special.
70
XboxGameSpy
The Punisher doesn't bring much new to the table, but what it does bring is done well. If you want pure, unadulterated violence, you came to the right place. Still, I can't help but be a little disappointed in this title -- especially coming from Volition, of Red Faction fame. It's a little too by-the-book, even if that book is covered with the blood of Frank Castle's victims.
70
PlayStation 2GameSpy
The Punisher doesn't bring much new to the table, but what it does bring is done well. If you want pure, unadulterated violence, you came to the right place. Still, I can't help but be a little disappointed in this title -- especially coming from Volition, of Red Faction fame. It's a little too by-the-book, even if that book is covered with the blood of Frank Castle's victims.
68
WindowsActionTrip
Considering that Volition is the company behind Freespace and the original Red Faction, I can't really say that I'm all too impressed with how they handled the sequel to Red Faction or The Punisher. This latest arcade shooter is not a bad game - it has that no-holds-barred, bad ass attitude and some neat game play features going for it, but it just gives off this impression of being mediocre in many ways, with very little in the way of originality or true substance and with far too linear game play. I didn't fully enjoy my time with it, but maybe I'm just being too jaded. Still, reviews are a very subjective experience and as far as my experience with The Punisher goes, I'd call it a mixed bag of blessings at best.
66
XboxGameSpot
The Punisher tries to break out of the third-person shooter blueprint by offering sometimes-gory interrogation sequences, but these portions don't do enough to change what is otherwise a very by-the-numbers action game. If you're fan of the character, you'll probably get some enjoyment out of running around and torturing enemies, but the lack of variety here causes this portion of the game to wear thin fast. Beyond that, you're better off looking elsewhere for your third-person action needs.
66
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
De Punisher tracht net als Manhunt op te vallen in het overaanbod derdepersoonsshooters door extra bloederige moordpartijtjes in de spotlight te zetten. Net als Manhunt slaagt het hier slechts minimaal in en is het totale resultaat hoogstens middelmatig te noemen.
66
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Though many games today take elements from existing titles and try to put their own spin on them, this form of imitation isn't always a bad thing. There's something to be said for honing a concept. But the possibility that the new twist on an old formula won't actually improve the overall product certainly exists. The Punisher, a long-running Marvel Comics franchise about a vigilante trying to save the world from being overrun by scumbags, is no stranger to this concept. Back in 1993, the character appeared in an arcade game from Capcom that basically started with Final Fight as a template, and then dropped in The Punisher, Nick Fury, and so on. It wasn't so great. Now, THQ and Volition have delivered a new game with The Punisher name. While it attempts to put its own spin on the third-person shooter genre by adding sometimes-gruesome interrogation sequences, this game is, more or less, Max Payne without the bullet time.
65
WindowsGameZone
When I first learned of the development of The Punisher, I was left scratching my head. I'll admit he is one of the coolest and the most real hero ever to come out of Stan Lee's crazy mind, but the movie - starring John Travolta and Tom Jane - and the box office numbers were mediocre at best. Since the wave of superhero titles hitting the shelves, it's obvious the movie-game partnership is here to stay. But back to The Punisher, a title best described as Max Payne without the style. Having played The Punisher on the consoles, its dramatically apparent the PC port is the runt of the litter.
65
WindowsGameSpot
The Punisher tries to break out of the third-person shooter blueprint by offering sometimes-gory interrogation sequences, but these portions don't do enough to change what is otherwise a very by-the-numbers action game. If you're fan of the character, you'll probably get some enjoyment out of running around and torturing enemies, but the lack of variety here causes this portion of the game to wear thin fast. Beyond that, you're better off looking elsewhere for your third-person action needs.
64
WindowsShooterplanet
Der Gedanke mit den Folterungen war interessant, wurde aber ziemlich krass und nicht wirklich effektiv umgesetzt. Außerdem fehlt es gänzlich an einer spannenden Story und auch die Grafik ist kein Überflieger, erfüllt aber ihren Zweck. Natürlich darf man den enormen Gewaltgrad mit den zum Teil schon sadistischen Morden nicht vernachlässigen, weshalb eine wirkliche Empfehlung sehr schwer fällt. Sollte es jemanden geben, der auf der Suche ist, nach viel Action mit ebenso viel Gewalt, ohne interessanter Story und Abwechslung, dann ist man mit diesem Spiel genau richtig beraten.
64
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
The Punisher should have been called The Punishment. If one can excuse the poor AI and the asinine control scheme, The Punisher can be moderately entertaining—stress moderately. Not necessarily a bad game, but one’s money is definitely better spent elsewhere.
61
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
В любой другой сезон The Punisher не представилось бы ни единого шанса попасться на глаза широкой публике — магазины завалены стопками суперблокбастеров, и проблемы приставочных портов никого не волнуют. Однако на дворе стоит февраль, и до ближайшего приличного экшена — еще как минимум три недели. Тут-то и приползают в наши безрыбные края сотни посредственных раков, мечтающих пару часов побыть золотой стерлядью. Покупатель кривит губы, морщит нос, знает, что, скорее всего, умрет со скуки уже через час игры, но достает кошелек.
60
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
No geral, "The Punisher" é um jogo com uma construção até que sólida, mas sofre o mal da monotonia, visto que a ação pouco varia, com exceção dos pontos especiais de tortura ou de assassinato. É muito pouco para compensar a repetição de inimigos e do processo para matá-los. Infelizmente, as referências a "Max Payne" e "Hitman" não foram suficientes para tornar "The Punisher" em um jogo com muitos atrativos.
60
Xboxvideogamer.com
Of course, if you're a fan of the comic book (on which the game is based, not the recent movie) it'll probably have more of an emotional impact for you. If, like me, your last taste of The Punisher came when Dolph Lundgren snapped necks back in the early nineties, the game sticks out as an entertaining, but short third-person adventure, driven by the need to see ever gruesome deaths in different environments. If that makes us bad people, sue us. The Punisher needs his revenge, and he has a certain way of convincing people of his point of view.
60
Windowsvideogamer.com
The Punisher presents a peculiar moral conundrum. Having successfully extracted the necessary information from some hapless meat grinder soldier (not surprising given the extremely large snake salivating a mere foot from his head), three options present themselves to the main protagonist of this uninspiring story, one severely pissed off Frank Castle.
60
PlayStation 21UP
Say one thing for the guys behind the Punisher game, they understand the character. In the opening cinema, the Punisher wastes a pack of mob thugs and calmly executes even the last stragglers who try to escape or lie wounded, begging on the floor. He doesn't do it with a cool pause for effect or a smirk, he just does it. He's not an honorable or a merciful man, but a person who kills criminals. That's all he does.
60
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
The Punisher's fun at first, but soon becomes repetitive-both in terms of the Punisher's actions and the criminals' voice responses. Add to that weak graphics and animation, as well as not enough opportunities to "enjoy" Punisher's originality, and you end up with an adventure that turns a bit stale too quickly.
60
PlayStation 2videogamer.com
The Punisher presents a peculiar moral conundrum. Having successfully extracted the necessary information from some hapless meat grinder soldier (not surprising given the extremely large snake salivating a mere foot from his head), three options present themselves to the main protagonist of this uninspiring story, one severely pissed off Frank Castle.
58
XboxGame Freaks 365
Overall, The Punisher really let me down. It was a fun game for a little while, which puts it at the low level of a rental status. Even as a Punisher fan, you'd have to learn to love the cheap thrills, gory kills, and novelty factors to look past the repetitive gameplay and terrible graphics.
55
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Pour un titre qui se voulait essentiellement axé sur de l'action non stop, The Punisher pêche par une mise en scène plate et inexistante. Le soft se transforme alors en jeu de massacre très fade qui n'a même pas pour lui le charisme de son héros, trop peu mis en avant.
55
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Quelle déception que cette adaptation de The Punisher ! Alors qu'on aurait pu s'attendre à un jeu qui exploite à fond l'univers du célèbre comics de Marvel, on n'a au final qu'un pâle third person shooter qui ne tient pas la comparaison face aux grands noms du genre comme Max Payne 2. Seule l'idée des interrogatoires variés est sympathique, le reste étant bâclé et sans grand intérêt. L'architecture des niveaux est sans génie, c'est très répétitif, la réalisation n'est pas au mieux et on remarque même quelques instabilités, retours Windows et autres bugs sonores. Au final, on se retrouve en présence d'un jeu tout juste moyen.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Frank Castle. Apart from sounding like a 70s game show host/old school comedian, he's actually probably the biggest double-hard bastard ever to star in a videogame. Forget John Rambo, sneer at Max Payne. This man is virtually immortal as bullets bounce off his frame almost apologetically, and any wounds he might incur along the way will magically heal over so long as he has someone to slaughter viciously nearby in as gratuitous a fashion as you can possibly imagine.
30
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Autant le dire tout de suite, " The punisher " ne fait pas le poid face à son concurrent direct : " Maxpayne 2 The fall of max payne ." The punisher s'adresse aux passionnés du film et de la bande-dessinée; les autres préférant l'action se tourneront vers un autre jeu. Il est plus utile de garder son argent pour acquérir un jeu qui en vaut vraiment le coup.