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Matt Hazard: Bloodbath and Beyond review

Two dimensions, only one joke

Pros

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

Cons

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

Some people can’t ‘do’ funny no matter how hard they try – 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… erm, yet more wonky jokes and predictable platform game gags.

Once again, Matt’s running through a series of videogame worlds cribbed from other games, hunting for a comedy evil Russian. You’ll visit parodies of BioShock, Mario, Mirror’s Edge and, er, Team Fortress 2. It’s an odd choice of titles – there’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’t much here that Contra or Metal Slug haven’t been doing and perfecting for years, aside from a few decent bosses.

Feb 1, 2010

More Info

GenreShooter
Description

This PlayStation Network title has run-and-gun shooting that, while pleasant enough, is miserably unambitious. There isn’t much here that Contra or Metal Slug haven’t been doing and perfecting for years, aside from a few decent bosses.

PlatformPS3, Xbox 360
US censor ratingMature
Release date7 January 2010 (US), 7 January 2010 (UK)

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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