Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. With its vices and virtues, The Punisher No Mercy may be worthy to spend some time in multiplayer matches without much complication. Of course there are many and better alternatives in the same terrain, but it offers some fun for a lesser price.
  3. It's definitely playable, and respectable value at a penny under seven quid. [Sept 2009, p.112]
  4. The Punisher: No Mercy is an aggressively mediocre FPS in my opinion.
  5. It’s just nothing special, that’s all. But if you want some simple, straightforward, fairly well done FPS fun for only ten bucks (and you don’t have to go anywhere to nab it, either), feel free to give it a shot. It’s a surprisingly fast download and you’ll be blowing away baddies before you know it. Just don’t expect too much.
  6. Frank Castle's latest game is not what we hoped it to be. A mere Unreal Tournament clone without soul, despite having such a great franchise in the title. Unoriginal and basic all around, it can be a fun game, but only for short game periods.
  7. 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.
  8. Fun but short single player, let down by poor online play. [Sept 2009, p.76]
  9. While the Punisher will probably always remain one of my favourite comic book anti-heroes I’m afraid that the next time I read one of his comics I may end up hearing that terrible voice in my head. The true punishment here is playing The Punisher: No Mercy.
  10. Punisher: No Mercy isnt going to set your world alight, however for a budget title it aint half bad.
  11. Sadly, The Punisher: No Mercy is a complete waste of a license for a comic book antihero that does have out there amongst gamers a loyal following.
  12. Fans of The Punisher will enjoy the comic panel cut-scenes, but the gritty world created by Marvel is lost in a sea of technical problems and monotony.
  13. 49
    No Mercy's biggest failing though is its atrocious netcode that makes playing games a nightmare. [Issue#182, p.83]
  14. This online first-person shooter is too shallow and buggy to entertain for long.
  15. When a licenced game fails to excite fans of the franchise on which its content is based, it had better have something in reserve for the swathes of other consumers to latch onto. Unfortunately for The Punisher, it ends up unrecommended in both regards.
  16. 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.
  17. Mild fan service in a package that looks like Ace Ventura personally delivered to the PSN.
  18. This game was about as close to "painful" as I've seen in recent memory.
  19. 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.
  20. 42
    Its biggest flaw is feeling old hat in an already overcrowded marketplace, and it is unlikely to pull any FPS devotees from their game of choice. No Mercy -- despite being a competent shooter set at a value price -- simply doesn't stand out like its title character.
  21. Digested in short bursts there is some stupid amusement to be gleaned, but with the myriad of shortcomings found in the title there are certainly much better ways to get your senseless violence on.
  22. 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.
  23. Use your $10 on a bargain game that you'll want to play after the first day you buy it, or put it in your piggy bank and save up for a real shooter.
  24. Even Frank Castle fans will find no joy in The Punisher: No Mercy.
  25. Punisher: No Mercy....no single player game to speak of....but lock and loaded for multi-player.
  26. The Punisher: No Mercy tries hard to mimic the success of the Unreal franchise but fails at even delivering a quality clone.
  27. It's a pretty standard, somewhat shallow multiplayer FPS, and in a time when you can hop onto games like QuakeLive - FOR FREE - it's hard to get enthusiastic about a game that doesn't really differentiate.
  28. It's the first game we can recall, for instance, to feature a them tune comprising a single note. [Sept 2009, p.96]
  29. You'll be begging for mercy after just a few hours with this distressingly poor online shooter.
  30. 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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Arcturian
    Jul 8, 2009
    4
    Waste of money. For $10 you can get countless games from this generation that all function as well as or better than Punisher: No Mercy, which is nothing more than a hyped Unreal Tournament 3 mod that you pay for. I beat the "story" mode in under one hour of playtime, and multiplayer is "equip the rocket launcher until you fall down" mode. So it's Unreal, but slower and without the weapon variety. Just go out and get The Orange Box, or even the actual Unreal Tournament 3, both under $20 retail nowadays, cheaper on Steam, and play the games that inspire developers to make games like Punisher: No Mercy instead. Full Review »
  2. TylerH
    Jul 6, 2009
    4
    Its a rather bland first person shooter. The Unreal Engine on its death bed (its beginning to look terrible), only on life support by the cheap devs that want a quick engine (it does work for cheap games I suppose). While its only $10, your not getting that much. Single player is a massive 3 stages of surviving waves of enemies or kill a set amount. Guns are ok. Only fun first 10 minutes, fades quick. Hit detection is terrible, especially in multiplayer. Whether it be extreme lag, or people cheating in multiplayer already, I dont know (its not my connection), I was skipping around the map, continuously dying from questionable shots, not to mention theres maybe 20 people on. Overall, not worth it. I played it for an hour, and I probably wont touch it again. Theres other games that deserve my time than this dull, repetitive mess with a headache multiplayer. Full Review »
  3. Nov 9, 2010
    7
    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. Full Review »