9. The Punisher
Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, is different than your average superhero. He doesn’t have a cape, tights or an inherent sense of justice. Instead, he has a trench coat, combat boots and a heady mixture of guilt and irrepressible rage to keep him motivated. He’s probably the only Marvel character with an active NRA membership, and his PS2/Xbox game is one of a handful of M-rated superhero titles.
It was the Punisher game we deserved, but maybe not the one we needed back in 2005. The ESRB almost gave it a rare AO rating for violence, and several countries demanded edits before allowing its release. It’s hard to blame them, the game played like an ultra-violent hybrid of Dead to Rights and Manhunt. As Frank, players could drown a man in a toilet, crush a skull in a piano, use a piranha-filled aquarium as a dunk tank, and even play matador to a rhino, using a bad guy as a cape. But what made it a truly special super hero game were all the Marvel cameos: fighting Yakuza alongside Iron Man, storming a beach with Nick Fury and killing Russian mercenaries with the Black Widow.