The Punisher Reviews (Windows)

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The Punisher has come… to punish his fans SifouNaS (1326) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
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Overall User Score (24 votes) 3.8

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Jolt (UK) (Jan 26, 2005)
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.
Game Chronicles (Feb 24, 2005)
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.
Game Over Online (Feb 28, 2005)
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.
IGN (Jan 31, 2005)
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.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Apr, 2005)
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.
Just Games Retro (Sep 08, 2012)
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.
ActionTrip (Jan 26, 2005)
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.
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.
GameZone (Feb 21, 2005)
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.
GameSpot (Jan 21, 2005)
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.
Shooterplanet (Dec 31, 2005)
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 PC Gaming (Feb 07, 2005)
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.
Absolute Games ( (Feb 06, 2005)
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 (Apr 04, 2005)
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.
55 (Mar 14, 2005)
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.
30 (May 16, 2005)
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.