The Punisher PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2005
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
Buy On
  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. Fans of the comic book will rejoice in how their beloved anti-hero has made such as magnificently bloody transition from page to pixel without loosing any of his edge along the way, which is not down to just one singular entity, but rather all involved who strived to keep the game true its dark Marvel roots founded in the adult Max series.
  3. If you’re a Punisher fan I guarantee you’ll love this game. The Punisher is fully fleshed out through both his dialogue and his bloody brutality.
  4. As generic a third-person shooter as you're likely to find, with its novel gimmicks countered by some truly irritating shortcomings.
  5. netjak
    85
    Interrogating enemies is a real treat and makes for a nice break between firefights. Add to the fierce gameplay the writing talents of Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti, and you have a real winner of a game.
  6. The Punisher may not have turned out as well as some may have hoped, but the PS2 version is definitely the one to pick up.
  7. More violent than San Andreas? Yep. More violent than Manhunt? Maybe. But this isn't just about the gore - it's solid fun. Capital punishment indeed. [PSM2]
  8. 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.
  9. PSM Magazine
    80
    With a story partially written by Punisher veterans Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti, and featuring "Max Payne"-style gameplay, "The Punisher" perfectly captures the essence of comic books. [Feb 2005, p.74]
  10. Not since Mortal Kombat II have I played a game that actually had the blood and gore enhance your experience like The Punisher does.
  11. In terms of doing the comics justice, this game is a shining example of how to stay true to the source material, but as a game, it can feel a little repetitive. Dig it for the story and the characters, not the depth of gameplay.
  12. It has tons of non-stop action and a badass character that you can really get behind. It’s just that the repetitive nature of the game really stops this from becoming a true classic.
  13. While it might not have a lot that players will find in replay value, the story and in-game action, particularly those of the interrogations, makes The Punisher a title that a number of gamers will enjoy.
  14. With solid graphics & sound, wicked interrogation/kill systems, and dialogue written by Punisher comic legend Garth Ennis (also of “Preacher” graphic novel fame) this title is hard to pass up for any die-hard Punisher fan.
  15. Violent and unforgiving, this one is not for children, but it’s a compulsive game nonetheless.
  16. Game Informer
    75
    Laughable enemy AI, a poor targeting system, and sluggish movement really hold it back from being anything more than average. [Feb 2005, p.112]
  17. With tons of cameos from classic Marvel characters like the Black Widow, dialogue penned by Punisher writer Garth Ennis, and the sort of loving attention to detail that could please the most finicky of Comic Book Guys, the Punisher is practically a textbook example of how to do a good media-to-game conversion.
  18. Despite the intense, all-too-realistic blood, guts and gore, I had a blast playing it. I just hope that doesn’t make me a sociopath.
  19. 75
    If you’re a Punisher fan, you’ll most likely love this game. It offers a good solid campaign that will last around six to ten hours depending on how fast you cruise through it.

Awards & Rankings

67
#67 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. FrankS.
    Apr 9, 2005
    10
    Great.
  2. SherlockH.
    Apr 9, 2005
    10
    Excellent.
  3. BrentE.
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    This game is like crack so addictive.