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  • Summary: Enter the mind of The Punisher, a vigilante driven by more than just revenge. In a world marked by corruption, you serve as judge, jury, and executioner as you terrorize criminals with their own ruthless methods. Use a combination of physical force and character interaction to coerceEnter the mind of The Punisher, a vigilante driven by more than just revenge. In a world marked by corruption, you serve as judge, jury, and executioner as you terrorize criminals with their own ruthless methods. Use a combination of physical force and character interaction to coerce criminals into coughing up valuable information, and then put them out of their misery with your arsenal of realistic weapons. The Punisher War Journal lets you relive in-game moments, collect items from Marvel's Punisher history, unlock bonus DVD footage, and more. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  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. A brutal game that definitely deserves the M rating that it received. It is also a game that is a blast to play. Every time I sat down to play this game, it seemed like the time just flew by because I was having so much fun.
  3. 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.
  4. Everything about it screams "average", from the relatively enjoyable but repetitive gameplay, to the nice but not spectacular graphics.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    68
    A decent "Max Payne" clone whose gimmicky kills eventually wear off and yield to the mediocre gameplay. They're on the right track, though. [Feb 2005, p.81]
  6. 60
    Aside from bugs like that, annoying as they are, Punisher does a good job of translating the source material, right down to the dingy, everyday visuals and the character design for the lowlifes within.
  7. Play Magazine
    38
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. BobJ.
    Mar 23, 2005
    10
    I love this game it is awesome the kills are sweet.
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    10
    This is one of the best games I ever played. Good graphics, good story and very good game play. The tortures and killings are the best!This is one of the best games I ever played. Good graphics, good story and very good game play. The tortures and killings are the best! when I'm angry I play this game and feel better. Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2019
    10
    (2019 review) This game clearly deserves a 10 even almost a decade and a half later. It has really good mechanics that make it fun to shoot(2019 review) This game clearly deserves a 10 even almost a decade and a half later. It has really good mechanics that make it fun to shoot the guns. It's gory, has awesome regular kill moves as well as special kills. The characters that show up include Nick Fury, Black Widow, Iron Man, The Kingpin, Bullseye, and Jigsaw (might have forgot one or two).
    The game has 16 missions probably running 30-45 min each (one mission was about 3 min). It's not a very long game but it's long enough. Perfect length to keep you interested in going back to revisit the missions on a harder difficulty and trying to unlock more upgrades.

    There were a couple things that could have been better but didn't hinder the fun. Clicking right thumbstick was aim and left trigger was throw grenade, those should have been swapped. I finished the game yesterday and can't remember the other minor things. They really don't matter when you're in the action.

    I give it a 10 for the game itself as it's great for someone to play even today. And if you're a retro gamer who gets that special enjoyment from older games, it's even better.
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  4. JeffA.
    Jan 20, 2005
    9
    Finally a really good videogame based on a comic book character. This game is a perfect mix of Max Payne mixed with Manhunt. It's a run Finally a really good videogame based on a comic book character. This game is a perfect mix of Max Payne mixed with Manhunt. It's a run and gun game but unlockable weapons and modes keep it fresh. Interrogations are great and Special Interrogations are superb. What other game lets you feed your enemy to a shark or cremate them? Don't believe the low scores from the "professional" gaming sites. This game is violent, dark and moody. Best of all it's a lot of fun. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2019
    8
    A seriously dark game featuring some extremely brutal environmental kill mechanics. Still, the game does not rely exclusively on the shockA seriously dark game featuring some extremely brutal environmental kill mechanics. Still, the game does not rely exclusively on the shock factor but provides a solid experience all around instead. Expand
  6. Mar 14, 2019
    7
    The best Punisher video game ever made. It perfectly captures the aesthetic of the comic-book. This combines the shooting of "Max Payne" withThe best Punisher video game ever made. It perfectly captures the aesthetic of the comic-book. This combines the shooting of "Max Payne" with the executions of "Manhunt". While the gameplay can be repetitive, it does feature all the weapons and violence you'd want in a Punisher title. This is a guilty pleasure. I would give it a 7.5 out of 10. Expand
  7. MercenaryforHire
    Jan 18, 2005
    6
    Great, another Max Payne game with a few new moves! Enough with all the comic book games and movies. It's getting really old now, just Great, another Max Payne game with a few new moves! Enough with all the comic book games and movies. It's getting really old now, just like GTA and all its sequels and all its rip-offs. After the first level, the excessive violent selling point has no effect anymore. PS2 graphics don't cut it on Xbox for the last time, and Driver 3 animations and controls make Hitman look like he moves with grace. Don't even rent this, and maybe developers will get the message that this is enough already with all the boring comic book cash-ins. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#66 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
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#41 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005