El Matador PC

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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. There are better shooters out there.
  6. PC Format
    64
    Brazen plagiarism it may be, but this shooter is a worthy tribute to its forebears. [Nov 2006, p.103]
  7. The biggest and most infuriating problem comes from your team-mates' seemingly predetermined locations to take cover.
  8. AceGamez
    60
    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.
  9. El Matador isn’t necessarily a bad game, just a frustrating and unoriginal one.
  10. PC Gamer
    58
    With improved AI, reworked story and dialogue, and less restrictive level design, this game could've been stellar. [Jan. 2007, p.71]
  11. Horrendous AI and frustrating gameplay kills all the fun, and that’s no bull.
  12. 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.
  13. PC Gamer UK
    51
    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]
  14. 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.
  15. Some mildly entertaining but ultimately vacuous fluff.
  16. Extremely derivative and half-baked, El Matador fails to bring anything new to the table.
  17. 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.
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. 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 »
  2. Apr 15, 2015
    5
    I have a riddle for you: Take a bad game that only revolves around a single gimmick (Max Payne) and make it even worse in all aspects. What doI have a riddle for you: Take a bad game that only revolves around a single gimmick (Max Payne) and make it even worse in all aspects. What do you get? El Matador. Is it fun? Nope. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2012
    7
    Well, i like this game. El Matador isn't as good as Max Payne, but this game gives a fun. Can not recommend to everyone, but for sure forWell, i like this game. El Matador isn't as good as Max Payne, but this game gives a fun. Can not recommend to everyone, but for sure for people who do not require more than a decent shooting. Full Review »