Sep 4, 2010

CBVGR: Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard and Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond

Video Review:

Script: Welcome to the Clearance Bin Video Game Review by Organized Remains. Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is what I'm playing today. I'm playing it on the PS3, but it's also available for the Xbox 360. I want to send a thanks to ImmortalSlayer90 for telling us about this game, and that it's only $17.99 at GameStop. The was before, and now Matt Hazard is even cheaper, and can be found for $10 shipped at I will also be reviewing the sequel Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond which is on the PSN, and Xbox Live Arcade for $15.

First on to Matt Hazard... ugh I mean Eat Lead. In my opinion I think Matt Hazard: Eat Lead sounds like a better name. Well they did change it for the sequel to Matt Hazard, so kodos to them. This whole game is parodies of other games, so if you've never played a video game before, you will get lost when it comes to the story. Well actually you will be lost during the whole game.

Matt Hazard the character is a parody of Duke Nukem I believe. Possibly Serious Sam. Other characters in the game poke fun of other video game characters, like the level 75 Billy the Wizard for an example. The levels, tutorials, and loading screens poke fun at video game cliches. The more in-depth story is about Matt Hazard an action gaming icon of the 80s. He has a lifetime contract with a company, and now the only way the company can get rid of him is to kill him off. You get help from a girl that works with the company, shes not as funny, but helps you a lot in the game. The story is very entertaining, and will make you laugh at points.

As for the gameplay dun dun dun the controls are not the best, but I think they work. Sure you have to get use to it, but in no time you'll be fine. The game is difficult, and can get frustrating at times. Especially this giant squid, luckily there's a checkpoint during it. Which I must thank the developers for giving me plenty of checkpoints. Also dodging for cover can be frustrating. I'm behind a box, and I want to go to the other box across the room. I will hit the action button, and he will move to the box, but be on the wrong side of it. Now I'm in direct line of fire. You're just better off running over there without the game's help.

Final Say: Eat Lead proves to be a good game. Sure the gameplay could have been better, and it can get repetitive, but the story is entertaining. The game itself won't keep you playing, it's the story. Think about that when purchasing this game, because if you just want a great shooter you should probably look somewhere else. If you want a funny story, and take a break from the more serious type stories other games put out there, go with Eat Lead.

This is Organized... Shawn - "WHAT ABOUT THE MATT HAZARD SEQUEL!"

Oh right Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond like I said it's $15 for the PSN, or Xbox Live Arcade. This time Matt Hazard is in the 2D world, running side to side. All the parodies of other games are still in this one, and Matt Hazard is always cracking jokes. This time though there isn't any voice acting, it's just text. They do make jokes about the voice acting not being there, but it does bring the game down a little.

The game is basically just like Contra, and Metroid. Running along, and BAM! Then some more running along, and BAM! The game looks nice visually, and the controls work pretty well, but it does get repetitive. Luckily this game can be completed in 2 to 3 hours... oh wait that's a bad thing.

Final Say: I can't recommend Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond. $15 for a 2 to 3 hour game!? I just can't! Even if it's on sale it's hard to recommend. Not when Shadow Complex is the same price, and that game offers a lot more, and is much longer.

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