The Punisher is a 2005 action game which stars the Marvel Comics antihero, The Punisher. After his family was murdered by the mafia, Frank Castle devoted his life to the punishment of criminals. Players take control of the vigilante hero to track down criminals and kill them. The game’s story is a loose mixture of the 2004 film, as well as the 2000 mini-series, Welcome Back, Frank. Gameplay in The Punisher offers a combination of exploration, stealth and combat. When encountering an enemy, the Punisher can attack, or sneak up to perform a one-button “quick kill”. Depending on the villain, the current location, and a player-determined level of aggression, one of numerous fatal assaults will be performed. The game’s environments also feature interrogation “hot spots”, where the vigilante can essentially torture his enemies, coercing them to share information that may help him in his quest. The game features many cameo appearances from Marvel Comics characters, such as Iron Man, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Matt Murdock (the alter ego of Daredevil), Bushwacker, The Kingpin and Bullseye. Also present are several characters from the Welcome Back, Frank storyline such as detectives Martin Soap and Molly Van Richtofen, the Punisher’s neighbors Joan and Spacker Dave, Ma Gnucci, The Russian and General Kreigkopf. The game begins with a cinematic of the Punisher killing various footmen of the Yakuza. After he leaves the building, he is apprehended by a convoy of law enforcement and Police officers in front an unknown building. He is then transferred to Ryker’s Island and interrogated by Detectives Molly Van Richtofen and Martin Soap. The remainder of the game occurs in moments of flashback during this interrogation. First, the Punisher rooms the street in front of the Crackhouse, eventually after helping a women and killing a Crackhouse footman, he invades the crack house and kills its owner (Dubbed Damage) by dropping him from several stories above the ground. After almost getting hit by a car upon his exit, the Punisher traces the vehicle to a chop shop. After killing every criminal there, he learns that it is owned by the Gnucci mafia family (led by Ma Gnucci) because Carlo Duka (the individual owner of the shop) is a Gnucci lieutenant. The Punisher kills Duka by dropping him in a car compactor where Duka is subsequently crushed. In a subsequent mission, the Punisher kills Bobby Gnucci (one of the sons of Ma Gnucci) at Lucky’s Bar by shooting him several times. Returning home, the Punisher discovers that the Kingpin has been taking over former Gnucci rackets. He raids the headquarters of the Kingpin’s Fisk Industries, where he fights and defeats Bullseye by throwing him out a window from the top floor of the skyscraper. The Kingpin tells the Punisher that his real enemy is the Japanese Yakuza. The Punisher learns that this group of Yakuza are called the Eternal Sun, and they are trying to control remaining Gnucci and Russian crime operations.
-98(se)/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 (Tested) -1 GHZ Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor -128 MB RAM -64MB DirectX 8.1 compatible AGP card with hardware transform and lighting -2G free hard drive space -DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card -keyboard/mouse Recommended: -2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Or Equivalent -256 MB system RAM -nVidia GeForce 4 or ATI Radeon 8500 or alent with 128MB of Video RAM