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The Punisher Review

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Brutal torture, sickening violence and a sense of humour as black as pitch

★★★★★

Although most superhero games of the last ten years have been unmitigated trash, 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and X-Men Legends showed that developers are finally making adventures that capture the spirit of their inky incarnations. And in the case of The Punisher, this means brutal torture, sickening violence and a sense of humour as black as pitch.

Based on the comic book rather than the recent Hollywood flop — but with the big-screen Frank Castle, Thomas Jane, voicing the brooding antihero — The Punisher is a standard action game with the bullet-time polish of Max Payne and the interactive environments of Dead To Rights. But what sets The Punisher apart
is the ‘interrogation system’ that lets you grill suspects using objects scattered around the levels.

Want to know where the big boss is hiding? Simply hold one of his goons above a wood-chipper until he spills the beans… then drop him into the spinning blades anyway. Savagely sick fun.

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