Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Danday Reviews: Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

Console: Xbox 360 and PS3
Age Rating: 16+
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Developer: Vicious Cycle

The past 25 years of gaming have been pretty busy. From the debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the crap fest that was Halo 3, it was no doubt that there will be a spoof about this era. In the way we were expecting.
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is based around Matt Hazard, a video game star from the 80’s that has since become redundant by turning the Matt Hazard series in a new direction. Now, the fictional company Marathon Megasoft have ‘hired’ Matt to star in ‘their first next gen shooter’.
Gameplay is like any other third person shooter. Left Trigger is aim; Right Trigger is shooting etc. etc.
However, something pretty cool is the ‘point-and-cover’ system. You can look at another piece of cover, press Y and you sprint to the cover. I feel though, that this has been used before, if not, well done Vicious Circle.
Also, it IS funny. Not the occasional ‘ha’, it is actually a pretty funny. The script is extraordinary, most notably, one of the mission briefs being ‘Shoot everything that moves.’
There ARE downsides, however. The controls do feel pretty slippery, but this is pretty minor.
The big one is the difficulty. The first boss battle is INFURATING.
I’m not even over exaggerating, it IS pretty hard. Not the fact that the projectiles are hard to avoid, it’s the wave of enemies are never-ending.
All in all, Eat Lead is an OK game, but as a comedy show, it’s very good. Think Little Britain. Very funny, but turn into a game and it’s not as good.

Score: 6.5/10

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