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A ThirdPersonShooter released in 2005 by THQ based on Marvel's ''Comicbook/ThePunisher''. The game starts with Frank Castle in a interrogation room in Ryker's Prison and the whole game is a [[HowWeGotHere series of flashbacks to the present]].

A lot of the gameplay mechanics would later be seen in Volition's own series, ''VideoGame/SaintsRow''.

For the UsefulNotes/{{Arcade|Game}} and UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game, see ''VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom''.

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!!Tropes featured:

* ArmCannon: Bushwacker has a literal one.
* ArmorIsUseless: HeavilyArmoredMook will die instantly if you quick-kill them. Averted if you attack them without quick-kill, however.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Now that I know the nuke is back on Grand Nixon Island with Kreigkopf, I need to rearm, patch the holes in my kevlar, and finish the rest of Joan's cookies."
* BadassLongcoat: The Punisher in most of the levels.
* BadGuyBar: Frank non-chalantly walks into a bar full of mob thugs, none of whom recognize him until he pulls his guns and kills them all. In a bizarre coincidence, a cop was hanging out at the bar but not killed because he was in the bathroom.
* BigBad: Jigsaw ([[spoiler: a.k.a., John Saint]]), who has been seeking revenge on Frank and been manipulating him into taking out rival crime syndicates.
* BlackHumor: The story ''is'' written by Creator/GarthEnnis.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: It certainly does when you enter Slaughter Mode.
* BoisterousBruiser: The Russian.
* BondOneLiner: Frank delivers these frequently.
* BroadStrokes: The game is kind of a sequel to the [[Film/ThePunisher2004 2004 Thomas Jane film]], due to [[spoiler: Jigsaw actually being John Saint, son of Howard Saint]]. However it now takes place firmly in the Marvel Universe (ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/BlackWidow, ComicBook/NickFury, [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock, and Bullseye]] are in this game, too, if you want to know), and even features a rematch between Frank and [[BoisterousBruiser the Russian]].[[note]]Whom Frank ''already killed'' in the movie. If it was fun the first time...[[/note]]
* BulletproofHumanShield: The Punisher can grab mooks and use them as this. Several mooks also do this with the most notable example of Bushwacker who [[BadBoss uses his own minions as shields]].
* ClusterFBomb: There's quite a bit of swearing in this game. Frank himself doesn't curse though.
* CompositeCharacter: In this game, Jigsaw is John Saint, son of the villain from the 2004 film. Presumably this was done to give him a more personal connection to Frank.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frank does quite a bit of snarking in this game.
-->'''ComicBook/BlackWidow''': (After Frank kills a bunch of bad guys interrogating her) "What the hell are you doing here, Castle?"
-->'''The Punisher''': "You're welcome."

-->'''Frank''': (Commenting on [[spoiler: Soap's]] disguise) "Nice disguise. Subtle. Inconspicuous"

-->'''The Punisher''': (Talking about Bullseye) "Tossed him out the window."
-->'''the Kingpin''': "Are you planning the same fate for me?"
-->'''The Punisher''': "No, you I'd have to roll."
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: During Slaughter Mode everything except Frank and still living enemies turn black and white. The censored versions of the game do a black-and-white GoryDiscretionShot whenever Frank goes too far with a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* TheDragon: Bushwacker for the [[TheMafia Gnucci's]], Bullseye for The Kingpin and The Russian for... [[TheMafiya the Russians]].
* DualWielding: In Slaughter Mode Frank uses several pairs of knives. It's also possible dual wield any combination of firearms (including two shotguns or two M16s).
* EmergencyWeapon: The Punisher can use "Quick Kills" on nearby enemies which involve killing them in several over the top ways.
* EnemyChatter: Mooks talk ''a lot'' in this game.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the prison riot, a few inmates are planning to throw a child molester into a bonfire.
* FisticuffsBoss: The first fight with the Russian.
* FlamethrowerBackfire: This is how you defeat the Russian (he throws ExplodingBarrels at you).
* {{Gorn}}: This is one of the few games that got the AO rating purely for gratuitous violence.
* GoryDiscretionShot: A DeliberatelyMonochrome close up of the Punisher's face occurs whenever you kill someone with the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* GunsAkimbo: When using two weapons it's up to the player which one to shoot, making it possible to either go Woo-style, shoot both at once of pull a 'New York Reload'.
* HandCannon: One of the handguns is literally named this.
* HeroicBystander: In the zoo mission a few workers, when rescued, will take guns from dead enemies and help Castle as much as they can: one explains that, after witnessing the Gnuccis [[ForTheEvulz killing many animals senselessly]], he wants to protect the ones left.
* HeyCatch: One of the "Quick Kills" the Punisher can perform, is to toss his longarm at an enemy who will reflexively catch it, distracting him. The Punisher then shoots/stabs the guy in the face while he is distracted.
** Another variation of this can be witnessed when the Punisher enters slaughter mode. Instead of a gun, Castle will instead toss both of his knives at his victim who catches both in each hand. Castle proceeds to force his enemy's hands up driving both of them into their throat.
* HighVoltageDeath: In the Rykers Island level Frank comes across a inmate strapped into an electric chair. After interrogating him the player can then choose whether or not to fry him.
** Not long later, he has to destroy a generator on the roof to cut the power and open a gate inside. Instead of wasting bullets, he can just grab an enemy and throw him on the generator - killing two birds with one stone, as they say.
* ImmuneToBullets: The Russian.
-->'''The Russian''': "Bullets are like mosquitos to the Russian!"
* InfernalRetaliation: Using the flamethrower will occasionally cause flaming mooks to run into and damage you. Also [[spoiler: The Russian]] during the final phase of his boss fight.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: One of the main selling points of the game is the ability to inflict this on ''every'' mook you come across. Did we forget to mention that successfully breaking a mook is one of only two ways (three with a ''very'' expensive upgrade) for Frank to regain health?
* TheJoysOfTorturingMooks: One of the game's main features is the ability to torture mooks for information, and the game gives you a wide variety of ways to do so.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler: Takagi]] will ask that you kill him with his ceremonial katana.
* KnifeNut: Bullseye and Frank himself during Slaughter Mode.
* TheMafia: The Gnucci family.
* TheMafiya: Kreigkopf's Russian mercenaries.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Detective Soap.]]
* MythologyGag: There's a lot of references to The Punisher's history scattered throughout the game, both pre- and post-Ennis.
** The Russian, the Gnuccis, Frank's neighbors, Soap and Molly are all taken from Garth Ennis' run.
** Two of the supervillains Frank fights, Bullseye and Bushwacker, are two he's fought in his comics as well. Damage is also a previous villain, who ended up as a cyborg in the comics.
** The line "How many people have you killed?" "Not sure. There were a lot of explosions" is taken verbatim from a scene in one comic where Frank is confessing his sins.
** The boss fight with the Russian looks like it might have been inspired by a short story from one of his issues where he's interrogating a child kidnapper. At least, a lot of the methods Frank uses on the Russian are the same he used in that story.
** The name of the Yakuza group "The Eternal Sun" is taken from a group of criminals Frank once fought.
** The ''Eurohit'' story arc had Frank killing a Russian mobster by knocking him into a bear trap on a wall, and you can do the same during the level at Ma Gnucci's mansion.
** You can gain two special interrogations per level: the first centering on Frank losing his family and something his hostage says making him remember, replete with a comic still, with the second recalling Vietnam or past (or even future) events.
* OhCrap: Most of the dialogue of the mooks consists of this.
* OneHandedShotgunPump: If you dual wield shotguns, this is how Frank works them.
* PuzzleBoss: The Russian.
* RagdollPhysics: In additional to standard ragdoll physics, there's an unlockable cheat that'll cause the enemies to practically fly into the air when you shoot them.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: The revolver and the HandCannon are both very accurate.
* {{Retirony}}: Many mooks claim they were about to retire/are married/have kids/whatever. It's possible to leave them alive (but not as much fun).
* RoleReprisal: Creator/ThomasJane reprises his role from [[Film/ThePunisher2004 the 2004 film]] as the title character.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The last scene of the game is The Kingpin swearing vengeance on Castle while Bullseye's broken body is wheeled away.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Many mooks mention Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}.
** During an assault on a group of Yakuza: "[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Oh no.]] {{They killed Ken|nyAgain}}chi."
** At one point the Russian knocks out Nick Fury while shouting [[ComicBook/FantasticFour "it's clobbering time!"]] He even tells that the Thing is popular in Russia, in line with his chracterization as a fan of American superheroes.
** When there is rumbling at Star Towers and security measures activate, [[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Doctor Freeman speculates that maybe the guys at quantum mechanics finally managed to open a portal to another dimension]].
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Russian didn't speak any single word in [[Film/ThePunisher2004 the 2004 film]]. Here, he talks, [[BossBanter a lot]].
* SuperMode: In "Slaughter Mode", the Punisher regains health and uses a limitless supply of dual throwing knives.
* ThrowawayGuns: When the Punisher is wielding a pair of two handed weapons (assault rifles, shotguns, machine guns, etc.), rather than try to reload both weapons at once he just tosses aside the second weapon.
* {{Trigger}}: Mooks saying certain words (Family, married, outnumbered, etc.) during interrogation will trigger flashbacks made out of comic book panels. Frank will normally have a witty retort.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The game's big draw was the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, wherein Frank could beat, threaten, or otherwise pry answers out of enemy grunts he manages to grab. Combine that with environment specific actions (piranha tank interrogation anyone?), and you have this trope.
** VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: If you go through with killing an enemy with said interrogation, you end up getting points deducted from your final stage score.
* VigilanteMan: Frank, as always.
* TheYakuza: The Eternal Sun.
* YourHeadASplode: It's entirely possible to blast off the heads and limbs of enemies.
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