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    have any of you read the reviews punisher got? i've read several different reviews and they all just bash this game. what the hell? punisher is a great game and it's only $10. do these critics expect $60 quality? i love cod4 and i don't like many other fps's but punisher is awesome. i hated KZ2 & cod5 and i thought cellfactor was gonna be cool but everyone just plays the same old run & gun crap. yes "run & gun" is fun sometimes but there should be some kind of strategy too which is what punisher gives us. there are actually hiding spots in this game which makes people think twice about running around shooting everything. i like a variety of different types of games in fps's. sometimes i like to run & gun, sometimes i like to just camp out and snipe, and sometimes i just don't care if i even get a kill. punisher has good graphics, excellent level design, a wide range of weapons although it's missing some of my favorites like grenades & sniper rifle and great gameplay, the button layout is almost exactly the same as my button layout on cod4. i have to complain about the very slow melee attack. i've found it to be quicker to just change weapons. anyway, this game deserves much better ratings than what it got. i would give it a 8 out of 10 even comparing it to disc based fps's. after some patches to fix the problems and some DLC this game could easily be a perfect 10. on a scale of 1-10, what rating would you give punisher?

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    Don't let the reviews get to you, as long as you enjoy the game thats all that matters. I used to be a huge comic book addict, mainly marvel, mostly xmen, but I love this game, the lag kills it and makes it frustrating for me to play. Out of all the online games I played, this is by far the most horrid laggy online out of all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Moose View Post
    Don't let the reviews get to you, as long as you enjoy the game thats all that matters. I used to be a huge comic book addict, mainly marvel, mostly xmen, but I love this game, the lag kills it and makes it frustrating for me to play. Out of all the online games I played, this is by far the most horrid laggy online out of all of them.
    Because of the terrible review scores from the most trafficed sites (IGN- 4.2/10, gamespot-4.5/10) nobody will buy the game and it will die very quickly, review scores matter.

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    The game still sold over 5,000 copies (I'm assuming from the # of people on the leaderbords) that's pretty good, right? I just hope bad reviews don't effect the release of future DLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12888 View Post
    Because of the terrible review scores from the most trafficed sites (IGN- 4.2/10, gamespot-4.5/10) nobody will buy the game and it will die very quickly, review scores matter.
    Thats your opinion, I myself don't rely on reviews, I look a gameplay video's or ask a friend before I decide. Though once I play a game and enjoy it i'm curious of how it was reviewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Moose View Post
    Thats your opinion, I myself don't rely on reviews, I look a gameplay video's or ask a friend before I decide. Though once I play a game and enjoy it i'm curious of how it was reviewed.
    it's not really his opinion. review scores do matter alot. take gta4 as an example. thousands of people went out & payed $60 for this game because of the reviews and gta4 is probably the biggest flop since the ps3 was released. i can't even sell my copy because all the game stores are overstocked with it. yet this game got a perfect 10 by many websites & magazines. these poor critics are killing some of the great games out there and i don't want punisher to go down as another one of the most under-rated games of all time. asking a friend is really the only option cause watching videos of gameplay doesn't always give you the info you need about a game and 5000 copies is obviously not enough cause it's incredibly hard to find a descent online match to play.

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    the reviews bother me cause i depend on them to choose a new game. if i had not of bought it because it was punisher i never would have bought it because the reviews are so bad. yet everyone gave gta4 a perfect 10. if this was the 80's they would have gave it a 10, but it's not and they want to compare everything to something else they played instead of what makes the game fun. they're complaining because it only takes an hour to 90 minutes to complete story mode? look at all the other fps's that cost $60 and only take 5 or 6 hours to beat. they're saying that up close it looks like ps2 graphics. REALLY? maybe they should adjust their tv settings cause on my tv it looks like nothing less than HD. they say there's only a handful of levels? look at just about any other downloadable game, how many levels do they got? if they do have alot then they're probably short. i bought some games because they got good ratings and alot of them suck you know what (like noby noby boy). i mean come on, based on the reviews they say noby noby boy is better than punisher. these critics need to put their helmets on, get back on the short bus and go home. their reviews are worthless and all they seem to care about is making the good games look worse and the bad games look better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix7785 View Post
    anyway, this game deserves much better ratings than what it got. i would give it a 8 out of 10 even comparing it to disc based fps's. after some patches to fix the problems and some DLC this game could easily be a perfect 10. on a scale of 1-10, what rating would you give punisher?
    I want to like this game but I'm not giving it an 8/10 like you...especially compared to a disc based FPS. Look...I don't expect much from a $10 downloadable game...there's a reason it's at that price point. It's unfair to directly compare it to a AAA title. So with that caveat, that's why I'm not so harsh on Punisher.

    I still like the old style gameplay...reminds me of Duke Nukem 3D without the verticality. I would not call finding a camping spot strategic though. This is by no means a tactical game. There's just no killcam or replay to discourage camping. I understand reviewers complaining about the gameplay style, because shooters have indeed moved on.

    I definitely agree with the story bashing. The story(I used that word loosely) is horrible. It has no context to the actual levels, is poorly directed and therefore poorly voiced, and doesn't even make sense...most times even panel to panel. I've been collecting comics since 1991. I'm not expecting Frank Miller or Chris Claremont caliber work, but those comic panels do nothing but hurt this budget game.

    For the single player bashing:
    I understand those poor reviews as well. With 4 small levels what do you expect? I don't mind bot matches...Unreal Tournament 3 is one of my favorite games ever. That game is a simple story linking together arena style bot matches to each other. Zen should have included all their skirmish maps in the story mode. Maybe they didn't want to make more horrible comic panels in between. Maybe they didn't want to get reviewed poorly for repetitive gameplay. So the story mode is short and neither innovative or memorable.

    Besides their bots are really stupid. I'm not expecting UT3 level A.I. or Killzone 2 bot intelligence for $10, but their A.I. is weak. Duke Nukem 3D weak. The character animations are also very weak. The art direction for the characters makes them all look like melted plastic action figures...except maybe for Microchip. I also have the same complaint for Bioshock but at least their animation and articulation was far superior.

    Technical weaknesses:
    The audio is just bad. I'm not complaining about the voice acting...which is really bad(Silver Sable), but I do think Barracuda is funny. I'm talking about their sound mixing and audio channels. You can't tell if you've walked over an item pickup if another sound effect is playing. The announcer can't say more than one sentence when picking up more than one item. It also has poor directional audio.

    Graphically I'd agree this is a good looking game, but not great. Kudos to Zen for supporting 1080i output. This is a 720p native game but it's obvious this game is being engine rendered at a sub-HD level...my guess is around the 500 vertical pixels level. There's bad edge-aliasing on the weapons and even the characters...look at Silver Sable in the character selection menu. I'm not complaining about texture pop-in because that's an Unreal Engine trait. Punisher's bloom lighting is annoying and obscures your line of sight.

    This game is no graphical powerhouse and I don't expect it for a non-AAA title. The game makes many sacrifices for memory management: The draw distance is short keeping the levels small...also eliminating the need for a sniper rifle. Ammo is unlimited so they don't need to track or render weapon drops and ammo boxes. The number of weapons is small even though they have upgradable levels. Texture resolution is average for a Unreal Engine game. There's not a lot of normal mapping to mask that issue.

    The lag...it's a multiplayer focused game and...well...we all know. Can't blame reviewers for bashing that. Only 8 players and lag even without item persistence...or even 8 total players. Zen deserves bad feedback for their online performance.

    Don't be so critical on reviewers. They have an opinion like you. They list the aspects they don't like. I love Killzone2 which you don't. I call that a strategic FPS, but you think Punisher is...that boggles my mind. Even Warfare mode in UT3 is far more strategic. Being able to camp isn't strategy.

    Reviewers have a different reference level for games. Innovation and technical prowess are rewarded...not making a nostalgic gameplay Unreal Tournament mod. I'd be pissed if a reviewer gave Punisher an 8/10 when Killzone2 is a 9/10. Killzone2 has a real story campaign, real-time cutscenes, superior character and weapon animations, superior audio, 32 player online(plus item persistence, turrets, aerial bots, proximity mines, mounted guns), different classes with interchangable secondary abilities...and I haven't even mentioned graphically superior in EVERY way.

    So that's making a $10 vs. $60 comparison. Problem is reviewers and myself won't give a good score for 1/6th of good game even for 1/6th of the price. It will take more than a cheap price. I still had fun with Punisher for a very short time...waiting to see if this online patch happens...then I'll come back.

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    One thing that's bothering me is all the hype and rave reviews for Battlefield 1943. I bought it, and it also lacks a real singleplayer, has really weak graphics for a PS3 title, suffers from lag, has only one game mode, like 5 weapons, and no unlockable items. I definitely prefer No Mercy and it's $5 less. I'm more of an old-school arena shooter fan, so maybe it's just me, but Battlefield is also like a stripped down Warhawk. With only more fun gunfights in it's favor over that game. I'm surprised there's such a huge difference in the reception of Battlefield and No Mercy.

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    I played Battlefield on the Xbox, but I assume it's mostly the same as the PS3.

    It doesn't have texture pop-in for one thing, and the environments are beautifully detailed. It features vehicles and destructible buildings. There's great balance between character classes. The rocket launchers are restricted to one character class and feature limited ammunition (3 shots and you're out.)

    That doesn't mean that everybody's going to have more fun with it. It's a very strategic "capture the flag" game with huge maps, where No Mercy solely is about close quarters gunplay. It's not the same experience. No Mercy is definitely the game to choose for Quake/Unreal Tournament/Duke Nukem fans.

    But apparently they're having server issues too, so No Mercy and Battlefield are sort of in the same boat on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razkazz View Post
    One thing that's bothering me is all the hype and rave reviews for Battlefield 1943. I bought it, and it also lacks a real singleplayer, has really weak graphics for a PS3 title, suffers from lag, has only one game mode, like 5 weapons, and no unlockable items. I definitely prefer No Mercy and it's $5 less. I'm more of an old-school arena shooter fan, so maybe it's just me, but Battlefield is also like a stripped down Warhawk. With only more fun gunfights in it's favor over that game. I'm surprised there's such a huge difference in the reception of Battlefield and No Mercy.
    Battlefield suffers from lag? I just got my play 30 games trophy and have had no lag, at all. Punisher on the other hand is a lagfest in anything with more than 4 players, and is a buggy disaster. There are 12 weapons (I think) in the game, and 3 different melee weapons. Although no unlocks, there's a deeper ranking system, challenges, and a better trophy list (IMO).

    As a big fan of arena-style (UT) shooters, I am loving Punisher nonetheless, but it seems like no other UT fans bought the game! IDK if everyone in One Man Army is lagging but me, but with the exception of a few good players, people are terrible. I've had more than ten 40-0 games, and have nearly a 7.5 KDR, with as very little amount of quits.

    Battlefield on the other hand, is a lot more of a challenge (I can barely ever get much over a 2.0 KDR).

    The classes work perfectly, the graphics are great, the environment destruction is comparible to that of Red Faction Guerilla, and the framerate handles great for a 12v12 game.

    Even though it's $5 more than Punisher, it's still considered a PSN game.

    You say it's a stripped down version of Warhawk. Warhawk is a TPS, and BF is a FPS, the gameplay is really just all-around completely different. Infact the only similarity I can find it the fact that you can drive tanks and fly plains. But that was in Battlefield 1942, which came out in late 2002, long before warhawk.

    Besides, If you'd like to talk "stripped-down versions" Punisher is pretty much a bad UT mod.

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    Not reading them posts up there, but from what ive seen the complaints are small maps and graphics. And short story. THE GAME WAS A PSN DOWNLOAD! FOR $10.00! It wasnt a very big download, it was cheap purchase, and there is still hope for larger maps via DLC. As far as short story, well its an online multiplayer, it's long enough to learn the controlls and get on your feet unlike Battlefeild 1943 wich has no story mode. And Battlefeild is boring from what ive played, very slow start, no offline play to warm up the graphics are not much better IMO from a distance it looks like a saturday mrning cartoon with all the little flags and what not floating around. and i have still yet to figure out how to zoom, WTF i picked sniper and theres no Zoom?!?

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    ^ L1 is zoom, I couldn't figure it out at 1st either lol. The sniping is extremely frustrating though, it takes 2 shots to kill someone and between each shot you fire there's a reload animation that takes a couple seconds, giving your victim plenty of time to find cover. I guess I'm just not into Battlefield's style of gameplay, the darn 30 minutes free deal got me. Driving around for a couple minutes between firefights just gets boring to me, No Mercy is a blast.

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