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Enjoyment comes if open minded,
on 11 February 2011
Eat lead: The return of Matt Hazard is a game that offers enjoyment and entertainment if the gamer can cope with its more negative elements. I do not mean to say this is a bad game, it offers the gamer an average play. This can be excused by its lovely low price tag. Here are my opinions on the positives and negatives on specific elements:-
You play as Matt Hazard, a washed up game hero from the 80's. The gameplay is limited to a cover and shoot style, running and gunning almost always results in death, so if looking for a fast paced shooter look elsewhere. This is not the say it doesnt seem frantic, enemies use cover, are pretty accurate and attempt to flank you, however they are otherwise not too intelligent. The overall feel of the game works well with what it is trying to achieve, a humourous parody of the 'last 25 years of gaming'.
Graphics are not this games strong point, the levels are basic, colour is not overally impressive. However the AI characters are quite well created.
The storyline and humour is likely to be what is enjoyed most about this game, although not complicated the plot makes a change from normal shooters (Matt Hazard is playing in a game which is constantly being hacked into and changed, to the obvious detriment of his progress). The main character constantly blurts out with one liners ('Dont lose you head, oh wait, too late') etc, this works particularly well.
Soundtracks are replayed on a seemingly neverending loop, this can become irritating, although there is some variety in the type of music, ranging from rock orientated to more classical sounding tracks.
For those of you who are concerned with this element, the trophies involved are simple, easy and not to taxing.
Gameplay : 3
Graphics : 2
Storyline : 4
Sound : 2
So if you are looking for a hardcore, awesome looking, smooth shooter or action game, look elsewhere. If you are willing to purchase this game, play for a few days, then discard, you may not be as dissapointed as other reviews may suggest. Remember you should stay open minded and look for the positives in a game as opposed to concentrating on the negatives.