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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] The Punisher: No Mercy was inspired by Marvel Comics' rich Punisher comic book history. With awesome characters, a customizable system, and fast-paced multiplayer action, No Mercy is breaking ground in the digital space. Powered by Unreal Engine 3, The Punisher: No Mercy was designed with fast-paced online multiplayer FPS action in mind. The game allows players to choose from an eclectic mix of Punisher allies and villains. Battle arenas span from shipyards rife with contraband to the "birthplace" of the Punisher’s archenemy, Jigsaw, and up to eight players can blast away at each other in a variety of solo and team-based missions. In addition to exceptional online play, The Punisher: No Mercy also offers a single-player story mode featuring exclusive artwork from acclaimed Marvel artist Mike Deodato. [ZEN Studios] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 18 out of 30
  1. Its replay value is extremely high, and although you’ll unlikely play it for huge stretches of time a couple of rounds with a few friends is incredibly entertaining. It may be on the slightly more expensive side of the PSN content, there are few that offer such a fantastic online experience.
  2. The Punisher: No Mercy is an aggressively mediocre FPS in my opinion.
  3. At the end of day gaming is all about having fun. If you’re looking for a simple, mindless shooter to spend a few minutes of your time, then No Mercy can fit the bill. But if you’re looking for a game that will keep you coming back for more and more then you should look elsewhere.
  4. Zen Studios delivered a game that even hardcore fans of the comic book vigilante would have to be extremely bored to even attempt trying, let alone devote extended periods of time to playing.
  5. 42
    A pretty bad game all around. The somewhat interesting upgrade mechanics don't help overcome the numerous problems: a super-short (and boring) single-player mode, laggy online play, almost complete lack of feedback when hitting someone, bland level designs, and a good deal more.
  6. An aggressively mediocre FPS. Any decent ideas suffer from bad design decisions, and so the shallow multiplayer is a hollow experience that even the most hardcore Frank Castle follower will want to skip.
  7. The lazily created campaign mode, the dreadful level and upgrade design, horrendous lack of bullet feedback and latency are all factors working against it. The great visuals and matchmaking have nothing to do with the core game, which is lifeless, sluggish, and dreadful.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    Decent game for the new discount price on PSN ($4.99). Single player is short but once finished unlocks Skirmish Mode (Player vs Bots in MP maps). The MP is good and has tons on unlockables. Graphics are also nice but some animations are clunky. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    The Punisher: No Mercy is an average First Person Shooter. On paper, this is a cheap knock off of Unreal Tournament (it also runs on a varient of the Unreal Engine as well) and cheap is definitely the right word. Its only £6 on the PlayStation Network but you don't really get a lot of game for your money. You get an incredibly short campaign mode (about 30 mins to 1 hour) and has an average story line which gets told by comic book style scenes and doesn't hold my interest. The single player campaign is just a couple of Unreal Tournament style matches against AI Bots which are dumb by the way and just mindlessly charge at you and never take cover or retreat when being shot at and the game play gets repetitive after a while. There are however a nice selection of guns ranging from SMG's, Rocket launchers and Crossbows. The graphics are nice for a cheap downloadable title but the character models lack detail. The sound design of the guns is good but the music gets so repetitive and boring, you'd probably mute the music. The multiplayer proportion of the game plays just like Unreal Tournament: You fight in a variety of modes such as Team deathmatch, Elimination and Vigilante (which is basically free for all) on battle arenas and some arenas have environmental hazards like explosive barrels, electric wires and pits to avoid or use to your advantage and like Unreal Tournament, there are pickups like Health pickups, Armor pickups, Weapon upgrade pickups and points pickups dotted around the arenas. One neat thing about this game is that you can upgrade your weapons by shooting your opponents or picking up weapon upgrade pickups (while in a match) which make them more powerful or increases their accuracy which is a neat idea but can unbalance the game a bit. The game allows you to choose an Active mod to take into battle and a Passive mod which can give you an edge in a match. An active mod is something that you activate by pressing Triangle (default button) and this active mod can be anything from giving your gun a free weapon upgrade to recovering health and armor. A passive mod doesn't need to be manually activated and can be anything from a motion sensor or Rhino (which allows you to deal more damage with any weapon the closer you are to death). These mods do add a little bit of strategy to the game play. The multiplayer is just standard FPS action with very little strategy: Just shoot with your weapon which by the way, never runs out of ammo so you can just spray your target not worrying about running out of ammo. Now on to the really bad points about this game: The game can be really laggy at times, you are never sure if your hitting your target; theres no hitmarker like the Call of Duty games to tell you if you are hitting the target. It is also very difficult to unlock anything in this game: Loads of stuff like guns and Passive and Active mods require a ridiculous amount of kills with a particular character and require you to be online rather than offline and this point can play havoc with the balancing of the game because you may enter a match with very little unlocked (in terms of guns or mods) and get thrashed for the first couple of matches by people who have unlocked the best mods and guns before you get enough kills in order to unlock the good stuff. There's not even a lot of players online so good luck trying to find a match. This game is not the worst game I've played but, do your self a favour, just by a very cheap FPS PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 game. Expand

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