The Punisher

I’m not what you’d call a comic book fan by any stretch, so I don’t really know that much about the Punisher or Nick Fury, other than that they solve problems with large amounts of violence. Violence that seems like it would make a passable video game.

Like any good side-scrolling brawler, the story is largely irrelevant. This is a good thing because I don’t really remember what it even is. What I do remember is that you have to take the Punisher or Nick Fury (or both if you’re playing two-player mode) on a quest to kill a bunch of bad guys.

And boy, do you ever go around killing bad guys. You are constantly swarmed by throngs of identical enemies, most of whom are pretty weak. You use your fists, guns, grenades, and anything else you can get your hands on to end the lives of just about anything that moves. The game is a bit on the violent side.

This is the kind of game that you don’t have to think about too much to play. You just walk up, throw in a couple quarters, and blast away. As always, it’s more fun if you have another player to share in the mayhem, which I did every Saturday during the summer a bunch of years ago when this game was actually available in the wild where I live.

If you ever see it somewhere, you could throw a couple of credits into it, and I bet you wouldn’t feel too cheated by it.

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