Frank Castle may ultimately be fighting on the side of good, but his methods would turn the stomach of any other hero out there. If threatening, beating, torturing, or murdering a hapless thug gets the job done, the Punisher will execute his modus operandi with nary a guilty thought. His violent dedication to vigilante vengeance was captured perfectly in the PS2’s The Punisher from Volition Inc., the developers best known for the Saints Row and Red Faction series. It may have been framed around the film of the same name, but the game owes a lot more to the comic run that revitalized the Punisher as hardboiled crime fighter: Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s “The Punisher” (also known as “Welcome Back, Frank”).
Though this Marvel lead’s methods were horrifying by a hero’s standards, they were so over-the-top brutal that we couldn’t help but cheer for Castle’s unflinching bad-assery. Curb-stomping, deep-fryer head-dunking, and turning thugs into shark food aren’t out of the question in The Punisher – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.