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  • Summary: Driven by a hatred of crime bordering on insanity, Frank Castle became The Punisher, a one-man army whose mission goes far beyond revenge. Taking on the city's high-powered crime lords, he wreaks havoc on the corrupt with methods reserved for those on the wrong side of the law. "The Punisher" video game represents the best of over 30 years of "Punisher" comic books and depicts some of the grittiest storylines in the Marvel Universe. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. It's not all brutality. The Punisher is also one of the most immersive strategy games ever created. Aim for the head and enjoy.
  2. While the game was awesome, the PC port was less then stellar. The censorship is another area while I was less then pleased.
  3. 80
    A blast to play. Yes, there are many moments where it starts to get monotonous, but then you suddenly hit a new interrogation zone and suddenly it's a bloody fiesta.
  4. The biggest problem with The Punisher, however, is its uninspired gameplay... You'll spend most of your time running and gunning, and after a while it all becomes rather tedious. [Apr 2005, p.72]
  5. Feels empty at its core, with no puzzle solving, crime detection, or strategy of any kind. The Punisher is one of those games you want to play when you just want to go buck wild.
  6. I did like playing the game for the extra modes outside of the normal story mode, since they actually offered up some killer objectives and nice gameplay.
  7. The game, like the movie it was also inspired by, has failed to properly tap into the vivid, dark energy of the comic book. [Feb 2005, p.62]

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  1. Jan 29, 2012
    This game is awesome i love it ! it was very very different and it still is ! no other game is like this ! u must play it if u like 3rd person shooter and violence XD it has a good story with nice gameplay and a lot of stuff to do after u finish it Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2011
    I remember this as my favourite game of the year 2005. I do not read Marvel comics, but since I liked most of Volition's previous work I checked this out. I have played through the game three, maybe four times. It's just so... fun. As games should be. What other games let you dual wield M-60s?
    The excellent levels are probably behind this game's staying power. Straightforward, but also not completely linear. I have noticed new things on every playthrough, and especially the enemy reactions are delightfully varied. The only complaint have is technical: low resolution and muddy colours. This game is also extremely brutal, probably up there with the Manhunt series (which I admit to not having played), and it could have raised quite a fuss had anyone cared.
  3. Aug 14, 2012
    A fun game with some problems. The graphics are not so good in 2005. But in comparison to other Dx 8.1 using games, it's graphics are good. It's really violent. The gamplay is good and fun to play. Good for stress reduction I think. There are plenty of torture types and all of them are good (and fun). Also, there are many quick kill types. These make the game good and really enjoyable. But there are some problems. Problems which make the game a little worse than it can be. There are some kill cams. These are really lame. Some scenes are lame too. But these are "funny lame" and not affecting the gameplay seriously. But some cripple bossfights are. Some of the bossfights are really bad and makes you angry. Anyway, it's a good game with some little funny cripple things and some irritating bossfights. But it's quite enjoyable. Expand

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