Matt Hazard: Bloodbath and Beyond review

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

Release date: Jan 07 2010 - PS3
Jan 06 2010 - Xbox 360 (US)
Jan 07 2010 - PS3
Jan 06 2010 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: D3Publisher of America
Developed by: Vicious Cycle
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence


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