THE PUNISHER
For: PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Volition

The Punisher sure got the brooding, ambivalent, violent nature of its comic book anti-hero down, right down to the cheerless words he spews about New York City still being a violent hellhole underneath its theme park/Times Square exterior. And the game adds a nice twist or two to the shooter genre with violent interrogations à la Popeye Doyle. Punch the cowering weasel just enough and he'll cough up usuable info. Punch too hard and he dies at your hands. Threaten him with death by woodchipper if you like. But the Manhattan environment doesn't quite feel as gritty as the real McCoy. Ultimately, the game needs to be more like Night of the Hunter—more psychopathic, and more soulful in its violence. The script's stirring, but there's no line like Robert Mitchum's "Don't touch my knife. That makes me mad. Very, very mad."

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For: GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada

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For: Playstation 2
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco

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