Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Everything about the game is over-the-top, including the story, and in our book that’s no bad thing. Like diving around and shooting bad guys in slow motion? Buy this.
  2. A run-of-the-mill shooter with nothing new to offer. It does not even do the old stuff well enough to rise above the ranks of mediocrity. [Oct 2006]
  3. Sometimes, try as you might, you can’t put your finger on what makes a game fun to play, and this is one of those occasions.
  4. The storyline in the game is great, and although the game length may seem a little short for the more advanced players, overall it strikes a great balance.
  5. If you're into single-player FPS titles and enjoyed the Max Payne style but were looking for a little more action, then this is a great pick. El Matador has its downsides, but it can be a fun, but bumpy, ride.
  6. Hardcore action players will be able to blow through El Matador in six or seven hours because the gameplay and level design are very straightforward; it can't measure up to the most current titles or the promise of upcoming titles like John Woo Presents Stranglehold.
  7. There are better shooters out there.
  8. Brazen plagiarism it may be, but this shooter is a worthy tribute to its forebears. [Nov 2006, p.103]
  9. Despite the lack of depth and bullfighting, all of the action is pretty fun - this won't be the most fun you have playing a game this year, but the set ups and environments work pretty well at delivering tense moments and engaging gun battles.
  10. The biggest and most infuriating problem comes from your team-mates' seemingly predetermined locations to take cover.
  11. El Matador isn’t necessarily a bad game, just a frustrating and unoriginal one.
  12. With improved AI, reworked story and dialogue, and less restrictive level design, this game could've been stellar. [Jan. 2007, p.71]
  13. Horrendous AI and frustrating gameplay kills all the fun, and that’s no bull.
  14. 53
    If you've never played Max Payne 2, and are looking for some (otherwise) unique 3rd person action, with a lame story and decent controls, then give El Matador a try.
  15. It's fast-paced, it's gritty, and it's got style to spare, but El Matador is also one of the most infuriatingly unbalanced shooters in years.
  16. Your enemies are so blindingly accurate, and damage so extreme, you're often slowing time merely to peek around the corner. [Dec 2006, p.99]
  17. Some mildly entertaining but ultimately vacuous fluff.
  18. Extremely derivative and half-baked, El Matador fails to bring anything new to the table.
  19. 50
    El Matador's story, characters, and gameplay add nothing new to the shooter genre. There's nothing here that's stupendously bad, but nothing good that's memorable either.
  20. For hardcore FPS players looking for a way to keep their skills up while playing by themselves, El Matador might be worth picking up at about $10.
  21. Everything about it feels floaty and disconnected, slowing down time makes you feel really sluggish and inaccurate, and you can forget about hitting anything while driving as your crosshair is jerked about rudely like a pogo-stick at a sexy bikini photoshoot. [Dec 2006, p.80]
  22. El Matador is an unsophisticated action shooter which might have been a decently average blast - there are elements of simple fun to be had in its running and gunning - but it's all messed up by the transparently scripted and static enemies, patchy AI and poor clipping detection.
  23. El Matador may be fine to play for a few hours but it's not worth a long-term or full-price commitment.
  24. It's a bullet-ballet rail ride with decent graphics, passable physics, horrible character animation, and an uninteresting world. [Feb. 2007, p.69]
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Aug 4, 2013
    7
    Specijalni odredi protiv mafije i narko bosova, raznolike lokacije, pucaj, ali je dosta kratkotrajna..................................................
  2. ChristopherS.
    Feb 22, 2007
    8
    Created using the Max Payne engine, El Matador is an unapologetic over the top action shooter. I found it a lot of fun to play and absolutely Created using the Max Payne engine, El Matador is an unapologetic over the top action shooter. I found it a lot of fun to play and absolutely beautiful to look at, its quite simply one of the best looking games released this year. At a street price of 10 bucks you'd be fool to pass it up. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2014
    2
    Quite forgot about this game until it popped up on Steam recently. Probably because it was so unimpressive back in the day. So its going tooQuite forgot about this game until it popped up on Steam recently. Probably because it was so unimpressive back in the day. So its going too look and feel more dated now lol. Full Review »