Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
  1. I love what Vicious Cycle and D3Publisher tried to accomplish with Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard. Unfortunately, the satire and humor isn't enough to save the title from its contrived gameplay.
  2. 38
    Matt Hazard was a good idea that could have been something like the gaming equivalent of Naked Gun. Unfortunately, Vicious Cycle messed it up, so as well as a bad game, we must now bear the disappointment of a wasted premise.
  3. 40
    No amount of clever quips and Master Chief parody characters is worth slogging through a shooter that makes Dark Sector look like an inspired stroke of genius. By the end of the game, no amount of clever enemy character names or profanity-laced outbursts by Neil Patrick Harris can distract you from the fact that you’re simply not having much fun.
  4. Matt Hazard’s designers clearly tried to do something interesting here, and the basic concept of a videogame action star as a washed-up Hollywood type is really quite cool. If only the game actually lived up to its premise.
  5. 25
    Like the "real" Matt Hazard, Eat Lead is best left to fade into obscurity.
  6. The idea behind Eat Lead sounds more than fine and the humor and self-mockery in the game should be an example for other developers. For the rest there is little to be proud of. Return to sender.
  7. Eat Lead is far from a compelling parody, taking weak, ambiguous pot shots at other games. Even though these attacks are often hard to trace to their intended target, it's fair to say that Eat Lead isn't worthy to mock them, because whatever else it's trying to be this is a howling misfire of a cover shooter, neither funny or enjoyable, and guilty of worse crimes than the ones it's attempting to mock.
  8. This is its own worse joke. Matt Hazard should have stayed retired. [May 2009, p.93]
  9. There's crippling slowdown and the excruciating script. [May 2009, p.102]
  10. Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is somewhat funny, but not fun. A weak game engine, stupid AI and repetitive gameplay cannot save humour - no matter the quality and depth. Matt Hazard is a Duke Nukem copycat that fails to deliver. Just as the original Duke Nukem, as it turned out in the end.
  11. 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.
  12. Humor is entirely subjective, and maybe some of the stuff I found to be a little easy and dull will get you going. However, I'm a lot more certain about the quality of Matt Hazard's gameplay, which almost feels like it's going out of its way to be mediocre at best. Hey, maybe that's part of the joke!
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 23, 2014
    8
    I really liked it, sometimes it tries to hard to be funny and sometimes the humour feels forced but overall this game was a nice experience. II really liked it, sometimes it tries to hard to be funny and sometimes the humour feels forced but overall this game was a nice experience. I absolutely loved the "wolfenstein" level! Full Review »
  2. 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 getif 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »