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Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond Review
19 January 2010
Excerpt: I’m not too familiar with the Matt Hazard games and only know the fact that it is a parody of video games in general, using its lead character, with his fake video game history, as a conduit through which its creators lampoon various games and genres. The first game, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard , wasn’t received very well and D3 Publisher went back to the drawing board with their eponymous hero, returning with a XBLA and PSN title.
Excerpt: You know how the Wayans brothers make movies that poke fun at other popular films? Well, developer Vicious Cycle and D3 Publisher have put together a game that does the same for games. In a side-scrolling format similar to last year's Shadow Complex (and Contra , Metroid , and countless others before it), you'll play as has-been 80s action hero Matt Hazard to save his 8-bit self.
Summary: The Matt Hazard series of games is built on the premise that even the most popular franchises are not sacred cows. Considering that the industry frequently takes itself quite seriously, the idea of lampooning all that is dear has a certain charm to it. However, as noble as Matt Hazard's motives may be, the games in which he stars fall far short of their goal.
Pros: Cooperative play is a good time, Higher difficulties offer plenty of challenge
Cons: Parodies are uninspired, Less than two hours long, $15 is way too expensive, Co-op play is offline only
Summary: After delivering the poorly received Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard—a dud of an action spoof—last year, Vicious Cycle Software went back to the drawing board and came up with Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond. A surprisingly good Metal Slug clone, the humor in Blood Bath continues to miss the mark, but veterans of the genre will find an appropriately hardcore challenge.
Pros: Fast-paced and generally well-designed, Co-op vastly improves the experience, Solid difficulty will keep pros coming back
Cons: The humor tends to fall flat, Wonky physics lead to some imprecise platforming, No online co-op