Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: The Punisher: No Mercy is a bargain-priced shooter and it could hide behind the "you get what you pay for" defense if it wasn't released so closely to the launch of Battlefield 1943, which pretty much blows that defense out of the water. No Mercy comes with a story mode that essentially and quite unnecessarily attempts to explain why so many players are running around using the same character models drawn from The Punisher's friends and enemies list.
Excerpt: The Punisher is a strange beast. One of Marvel’s most enigmatic characters, his methods are the antithesis to the traditional superhero’s: swearing to avenge his murdered family by destroying evil wherever may lurk, he has no hang-ups in using kidnapping, torture and execution to get the job done.
Excerpt: A first-person shooter starring the Punisher seems like a no-brainer. When Zen Studios announced that’s exactly the game they were making for the PlayStation 3, I’ll admit I got pretty excited. Then any word of the game vanished until earlier this summer. My hopes were once again high, as the idea of riddling the world with bullets from the end of a machine gun held by Frank Castle ran through my head.
Conclusion: The Punisher: No Mercy is not the worst first-person shooter out there, but there are definitely a ton of better ones. If you are a fan of the Punisher then spending ten dollars on this game is worth it. When it comes down to it you have to look at your wallet and think if ten dollars is better kept safe or spent on the PSN. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 6 out of 10 + Fast paced arcade style first-person shooter gameplay. - No Mercy feels outdated.
Excerpt: With all the hype surrounding Marvel's bloodthirsty, revenge stricken-hero, The Punisher, thanks to the movies, it only made sense that we would get a video game to accompany it all. The Punisher: No Mercy's style is quick and accurate gunplay with some tactical finesse thrown into the mix. With this in mind, anyone would picture a fast-paced FPS with tons of blood. What we get feels more like Wolfenstein 3D with a fresh coat of paint.
Excerpt: If you know the Punisher , than you certainly know Frank Castle is no hero. He’s out for punishment and has no interest in the noble outlooks of his fellow Marvel peers. His family was brutally murdered and he’s out for justice, the kind that only the Punisher can serve. Given Frank’s perpetually sunny disposition and high body counts, he seems the perfect character to star in his own arena based FPS.