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