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Matt Hazard: Bloodbath and Beyond review

Two dimensions, only one joke

For

  • Old-school shooting and jumping
  • Some decent bosses
  • Get to run through Rapture

Against

  • It's not clever or funny
  • Running and gunning is miserably unambitious
  • Mostly copies other games

Some people can%26rsquo;t %26lsquo;do%26rsquo; funny no matter how hard they try %26ndash; and Matt Hazard does try so very hard. His second game ditches the wonky third-person combat in favor of side-scrolling shooting, and ditches the wonky jokes for%26hellip; erm, yet more wonky jokes and predictable platform game gags.

Once again, Matt%26rsquo;s running through a series of videogame worlds cribbed from other games, hunting for a comedy evil Russian. You%26rsquo;ll visit parodies of BioShock, Mario, Mirror%26rsquo;s Edge and, er, Team Fortress 2. It%26rsquo;s an odd choice of titles %26ndash; there%26rsquo;s no real comedy value in leaping through an area that looks a bit like Rapture, nor anything remotely clever about the parody.

A greater problem is that the run-and-gun shooting, while pleasant enough, is miserably unambitious. There isn%26rsquo;t much here that Contra or Metal Slug haven%26rsquo;t been doing and perfecting for years, aside from a few decent bosses.

Feb 1, 2010

More Info

GenreShooter
Description<p>This PlayStation Network title&#160;has run-and-gun shooting that, while pleasant enough, is miserably unambitious. There isn&#8217;t much here that Contra or Metal Slug haven&#8217;t been doing and perfecting for years, aside from a few decent bosses.</p>
PlatformPS3, Xbox 360
US censor ratingMature, Mature
UK censor rating,
Release date:7 January 2010 (US), 7 January 2010 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Shooter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When he's not dying repeatedly in roguelikes, Tom spends most of his working days writing freelance articles, watching ITV game shows, or acting as a butler for his cat. He's been writing about games since 2008, and he's still waiting on that Vagrant Story 2 reveal.
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