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  • Summary: In Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, videogame action hero Matt Hazard gets his chance to prove once and for all that he is the king of shooters when the new owner of mega game publisher, Marathon Megasoft, gives Matt his comeback role starring in a new title for next-gen consoles that pits him against all of his memorable foes from videogames past. In the world of Eat Lead, however, everything stops being a game and becomes reality when it is clear that someone is using the new game to bring about Matt’s death once and for all. With only the mysterious QA to help him, Matt must fight against a legion of Marathon Megasoft catalogue of videogame characters to keep it from being Game Over forever. Eat Lead pays homage to the games of yesteryear with a menagerie of classic enemies such as zombies, space marines, cowboys, genetically mutated super snipers, and more and an expansive level environment design that reflects videogame history in a next-gen package. The game fires on all cylinders with explosive artillery and combat moves to help gamers escape from a variety of predicaments including radically-changing environments during gameplay via hack effects Hazard's nemesis uses by altering the game’s code on the fly. Throughout the adventure, players utilize a strategic cover system dubbed point and cover, upgradeable weapons and different interactive melee moves to attack and outsmart foes. [D3Publisher] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
  1. It comes out of the gate with a strong opening set and sprinkles in a good joke every time the audience gets restless. But the gameplay itself is as diluted as a happy hour special in an 18-and-over club.
  2. 65
    Hazard walks the line between poking fun at games and being a game fairly successfully. The problems come from the wide net that the game cast and a few things slipping through the cracks.
  3. Eat Lead's humor carries its lackluster gameplay for only so long.
  4. Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is a disappointing effort to obtain a good action game with an original and innovative focus. The bland spectacle of boring and senseless action destroys what could have been an enjoyable and bizarre game.
  5. Eat Lead simply isn't a good enough game to make the most of the brilliant script. While you're likely to enjoy Matt's many one-liners and smirk at the sheer absurdness of what's going on, you're not going to enjoy the clumsy combat and generic gameplay.
  6. On the whole, you’ll experience a game that takes neither itself nor the consumer seriously. The “humorous” vibe of the game isn’t funny and the gameplay sucks, too.
  7. 25
    Like the "real" Matt Hazard, Eat Lead is best left to fade into obscurity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JS
    May 5, 2009
    10
    I LOVED this game! It pokes so hard at the video game world from Halo to Final Fantasy and even loading screens. The game gets a bit repetitive towards the end,but the game ends before it overstays it's welcome. With voicing from Will Arnett and Neil Patrick Harris,it makes the game even more enjoyable. This game is hilarious and i'm hoping for a sequel. Expand
  2. CaitO'C
    Mar 10, 2009
    9
    I'd love to give this game a perfect score, but I do realize that gameplay and graphics are pretty basic retreads of stuff from the past. However, I have not seen a game with such a brilliant sense of humor and writing in a long time. It's a decent cover shooter whose cutscenes and one line asides will keep you playing. Ignore the critics who couldn't be payed off by the small publishers advertising budget (if they had one). Expand
  3. CharlesL.
    Mar 3, 2009
    8
    No it's not the best game ever, no it's not innovative, and it's not trying to be. It's trying to be the Airplane or Scary Movie of the video game world, and that's what it succeeds in achieving. It's got the laughs and the fun... and that's all it needs. I personally enjoyed the game a lot and look forward to a sequel. Expand
  4. BobS
    Mar 3, 2009
    8
    If you, like the magazine reviewers, expect every game to be a $40+ million budget blockbuster like Gears 2 or Halo 3, then this isn't the game for you. The humor is great, the acting is top-notch, the story is meh, but its really just a vehicle for carring the jokes. The environments aren't anything special, since they're intentionally made to be stereotypical shooter locations (how many times in shooter games do you end up trudging through a freakin warehouse? This game has TWO!!) The gameplay is fun, with some minor issues. The AI sometimes seems to get "stuck" trying to find cover, which actually makes them harder to hit since they never stop moving. The controls are standard third-person shooter fare, and are well done, with the addition of a "point-and-cover" system that lets you click downrange cover and Matt will sprint to it on his own, which is pretty neat. There's a "weapon upgrade" system that adds elemental effects to your weapons, but its pretty pointless, since you shouldn't have much trouble with most of the enemies without it; but the ice upgrade has a pretty cool effect that's worth seeing. Other than that, some over the top ragdolling when you see explosions or use the magnum makes up for the badness, they fly around pretty hilariously. I wouldn't say that this is a great game, but with the lowered price point at $50, it's worth picking up for some laughs and easygoing fun. Expand
  5. DanielG
    Mar 9, 2009
    8
    VERY good music... definitlely lends emotional impact to the battles. It got my blood pumping and makes up for the mediocore graphics. Some of the dialogue is cheesy but it is intentional. The game handles more like Dead Space or Mass Effect than a hardcore FPS like COD4 or Halo 3. Definitely not your bag if you are a competitive shooter player and are expecting something of that nature here. (Multiplayer is non-existent) I rented this game expecting disappointment and was pleasantly surprised by it. This game is a terrible game the way Half Baked and Pineapple Express were terrible movies depending on who the critic is but it has some serious laughs to be enjoyed if you give it a chance. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2010
    5
    if you're a trophy hunter, you can get quite a few trophies on one play through. the only drawback; you actually have to play this game to get them. often times i felt that the levels were more of a puzzle rather than a FPS, since the AI is just plain stupid. i did manage to laugh a bit at some of the jokes, but honestly, i would've never picked up this game if the trophies weren't so easy to obtain. play if you must, but avoid if you can. Expand
  7. CraigM
    Sep 17, 2009
    2
    Eat Lead is easily described by one word: suckish. It is a funny game yes with an interesting story to it, but it sacrifices everything else for the comedy. The gameplay feels very recycled from other games but the company actually ruined it here. It is also extremely repetive, fighting the same enemies over and over, and there are plenty of times where enemies will randomly spawn right behind you. Barely any weapons, pathetic boss battles, and well, everything about this game is pretty bad. You know how the boxart has Matt holding a chain-gun in one hand and a pissed off machine gun in the other? Guess what, you do not even get those weapons. The most explosive weapon that you get is a wimpy looking grenade launcher. Trust me, I would only suggest this as a rental only for the trophies. Nothing else. Expand