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 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: Protip: If you're looking to get into the game industry, look into network programming. According to most hiring managers I talk to it's an in-demand skill and, as The Punisher: No Mercy demonstrates, good netcode makes all the difference.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: There’s been a recent rash of well made comic video games. Now Zen Studios is taking a stab at bringing The Punisher to the PlayStation 3. Powered by the Unreal 3 Engine and price to download at $9.99 is …
Conclusion: I wanted to like this game. I love the Punisher, I love Marvel, but this was just not a good game in league with anything else I've played on the PS3. I'd love to hear what you have to say about it here, or on our forums!