The Punisher Reviews (Xbox)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

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Gamezilla (Feb 05, 2005)
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.
Next Level Gaming (Feb 22, 2005)
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.
TeamXbox (Jan 18, 2005)
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.
X-Power (Mar 09, 2005)
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 (Oct 04, 2005)
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.
Extreme Gamer (Feb 22, 2005)
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.

IGN (Jan 14, 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.
78 (Mar 02, 2005)
"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.
TalkXbox (Jan 17, 2005)
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.

GameSpy (Jan 25, 2005)
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.
GameSpot (Jan 19, 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.
60 (Apr 04, 2005)
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.
Game Freaks 365 (Feb 15, 2005)
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.