Excerpt: Christmas is a joyfully time in the lives of all Christians; the birth of Jesus, meeting with friends and family and sometimes even traveling to visit with relatives. Through all this fun and Christmas cheer, you always end up with a couple of gift cards. This always leads to the dilemma, what to buy with the $100 of Best Buy bucks you have. I ended up purchasing the Punisher from the local Best Buy retailer.
Conclusion: The best thing to say about THQ’s and Volition’s The Punisher is that it more than does its officially licensed entity justice. We see it with so many movies turned into videogames; the games are simply bad representations of good films and/or characters. This is not the case with The Punisher game, which should help propel copies of the comic off the shelves, rather than assisting them in sitting there to collect dust.
Excerpt: The Punisher presents a peculiar moral conundrum. Having successfully extracted the necessary information from some hapless meat grinder soldier (not surprising given the extremely large snake salivating a mere foot from his head), three options present themselves to the main protagonist of this uninspiring story, one severely pissed off Frank Castle. 1: 'Quick-kill' him.
Excerpt: Over the years many American super heroes have graced the published pages of the two most famous comic book stables in the States – DC and Marvel. While it’s true that these characters have provided role models for generations of readers who grew up with them, sometimes their super-powers can distance them a little from your average Joe.
Excerpt: Such a premise is the core of Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher, well known purveyor of brutal vigilante justice in the Marvel comics universe. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the character, or who didn't see the recent feature film (I didn't), Frank's entire family was murdered by the mafia. Since then, he's taken to more direct solutions to society's problems.
Excerpt: Forget Spiderman, throw away your X-men and allow room for what’s setting up to be the best comic book based game of the year, The Punisher. Twelve thugs against one man… really unfair; the twelve don’t stand a chance as they’re torn apart by the most gruesome comic book anti-hero, Frank Castle A.K.A. the Punisher, and that’s exactly what the player gets to do in this excellent 3rd person shoot ‘em up. From start to finish The Punisher is a splendid game to look at.
Excerpt: As most comic fans (or people who saw the recent movie adaptation) know, Frank Castle only became The Punisher after his wife and children were murdered in cold blood by mobsters. Vowing to exact revenge on all criminals, The Punisher’s “extreme” methods often conflict with that of law enforcement.
Excerpt: Most superheroes live by a couple of strict moral codes, like protecting the innocent or bringing criminals to justice regardless of what danger they’re put in. But not everyone follows these standards when enforcing the law; sometimes you have to play outside the rules to get the job done, and sometimes you just have to punish the outlaws for their transgressions.
Pros: Special interrogations are occasionally funny., Character models all look pretty sharp., Special interrogations are occasionally funny., Character models all look pretty sharp.
Cons: Poor sound mixing in cutscenes., Repetitive interrogation scenes., Camera can't handle the game's many tight areas., Underwhelming sound effects., Poor sound mixing in cutscenes., Repetitive interrogation scenes., Camera can't handle the game's many tight areas., Underwhelming sound effects.