Excerpt: If you’ve previously played 2005’s Total Overdose then this 2007 release of the jokingly-titled Chili Con Carnage should be very familiar to you. This isn’t a sequel as such, it’s more of a retread of Total Overdose, with locations, weapons, characters and actions all lifted from the said game.
Excerpt: A one-trick pony that manages to stay entertaining far longer than I would have ever expected, Chili Con Carnage is a passable action title more notable for its absurdity and humor than for its gameplay. Entirely comprised of the sort of leap-to-the-side-while-in-slow-motion "bullet time" action that's been a common staple since John Woo and Max Payne made it popular, Chili Con Carnage doesn't bring anything new to the table.
Excerpt: For some reason, I feel that if I were a better person, a more moral person, I would not like Chili Con Carnage as much as I do. When I first started playing, I could only think about how terribly overplayed the stereotypes were, but as I continued, I couldn't help but laugh at all the side jokes and allusions found in the game, my favorite being a small take from Reservoir Dogs: "You like K'Sanchez' Mariachi Mega Sounds? It's my personal favorite." Classic.
Excerpt: Chili Con Carnage . While the name is sure to bring up painful memories of the morning after an all-night eating binge at your favorite Mexican restaurant, it actually the name of the PSP’s latest action title, which is sort of a spin-off/ redo of the 2005’s Total Overdose , only with many of the more cumbersome elements stripped out. Of everything that Chili Con Carnage offers, one of the best is its visuals.
Excerpt: Based on the 2005 release of Total Overdose on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC; Eidos and Deadline Games return with Chili Con Carnage for the PSP. In the past year we have seen our share of disappointing 3rd person shooters for the PSP. Fortunately, Chili Con Carnage arrives, delivering non-stop gun tooting action and an overall enjoyable experience. The game is fun and certainly has lasting appeal; however it’s not without some concerns which are examined below.
Excerpt: It's taken a while, but the PSP has finally got a third-person shooter that really works. Chili Con Carnage is the follow-up game from Total Overdose creators Deadline Games, and they've taken everything that was good about that explosive thrill-ride and tailored it to be a perfect fit for Sony's handheld. While I was beginning to think that the PSP simply couldn't handle shooters, I now can't believe more games haven't used such a simple, yet enjoyable control scheme.
Summary: Chili Con Carnage is the spin-off of 2005's low-profile title Total Overdose. It combines a love of Robert Rodriguez-style Mexican action cinema, witty dialogue, and big explosions with Max Payne-style gameplay.
Excerpt: I remember receiving weekly press updates about Chili Con Carnage from Eidos and never quite knew what to make of it. The name alone is something that will draw attention. But when you open up the package and get it in your hands, the gameplay will be doing all of the attention drawing. This is a game that prides itself in its insanity in terms of its weapons, action and storyline.