Excerpt: El Matador is a third-person action shooter that casts you in the role of DEA agent Victor Corbett. Well calling you an agent is not really as appropriate because you’re really more of a DEA enforcer or mercenary. Basically you’re sent all over Latin America to walk into suspected drug lords’ lairs and kill anything that moves, bringing new meaning to the phrase “drug war”.
Excerpt: When a small-time publisher releases a game that seems to borrow from a number of other successful franchises, you don't have high expectations. But when the game turns out to be a hell of a lot of fun, only to be let down by a few bugs and poor game design decisions, you'll be disappointed, not because the game is bad, but because it's good and could have been so much better.
Conclusion: In the end, Forza 2 has proven itself to be an outstanding title in most areas. The game has only minor blemishes in areas that are easily forgivable in light of the excellent quality and gameplay. Even when the game reaches absurd levels of frustration, you can simply tune down the difficulty until you get back into your skill zone and continue on.
Summary: This shooter hits it target market right on the dot.
Pros: This game looks incredible and the story is well done; sounds in the game are also well presented and the music changes as the pace does; fast paced action and tons of fun.
Cons: A general lack of polish, including lackluster mouth movement in cut-scenes and a few graphical glitches; for the audio, cliches abound, as does cursing; can become extremely difficult quite quickly if you do not keep the difficulty level set lower than normal.
Conclusion: By no means a perfect game, El Matador presented itself as a Max Payne clone, only to gradually raise above this status with a voice of its own. We�re talking about a unique title that will carry you through the depths of the jungle in search for revenge, as well as a journey of purification through blood and fire.
Conclusion: My hopes are that El Matador will pass the arcade line and grow up to something of a more mature, closer to our times shooter. In other news, El Matador looks promising at this point, probably because it has a long way to go, leaving enough space for major improvements. But even at this stage, the game will probably appeal to many of those action shooter addicts. I'll keep my fingers crossed.