Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Matt Hazard in Blood Bath & Beyond is a good example of what a side scrolling action shooter should be. Sure it’s got a few rough edges, but overall it’s a fun game.
  2. 79
    It's a simple run-and-gun shooter in the style of Contra but its self-deprecating sense of humor and videogame in-jokes will keep you entertained until the end. Make sure you stick around after the credits for a nice little surprise.
  3. Matt Hazard’s debut missed the mark with gamers, and though this entry isn’t a bull’s-eye, his aim has gotten a lot better.
  4. 75
    The humor is fantastic, the level designs are truly fun and the gameplay is a classic formula that takes no chances, but still delivers a good time.
  5. As with Eat Lead, Blood, Bath and Beyond isn't without its fair share of problems, this time around though, it's more forgiving as this game speaks to the inner child to those of use in our late 20s to mid 30s with its 8-Bit nod to classic shooters that toss in nostalgic references that speak to our Gen X attitudes.
  6. Blood Bath and Beyond is average fun while it lasts. The script and parodies are a reason to keep playing. The low-gravity sections at the end of the game are enjoyable, too.
  7. You have to have sense of humor and Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond does and helps the player have it. Its humour is well taken, and although it results limited to videogame fans, it helps us pass a good time while playing old formulas.
  8. Beyond a breath of fresh air, it will provide a chuckle for some and a tear for others. Well done, Vicious Cycle. Well done indeed.
  9. Blood Bath and Beyond is a fun shooter, perfect for wasting away a boring afternoon. Side-scrolling action and hilarious levels will keep you entertained, and bringing a friend along adds to the fun. Just don't expect depth beyond its core concept.
  10. With Blood Bath and Beyond, Vicious Cycle Software has struck a balance between humor and gameplay that was sorely lacking from Hazard’s previous outing. Sure, the game can be quite frustrating at times (then again, Contra was too) and the co-op support is limited to local play, but if you’re looking for a 2D side-scroller with a sense of humor, look no further than Blood Bath and Beyond on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
  11. Play UK
    Definitely a step in the right direction for the series. [Issue#189, p.91]
  12. Blood Bath and Beyond is a humorous action side-scroller with nice elements but an unremarkable proposal.
  13. By now, you know what to expect; it’s just that there are other downloadable games that might be more worth your money.
  14. This satirical shooter is fun, but it never takes advantage of the potential of its parodies.
  15. XBLA and PSN are probably the right place for Matt Hazard to be, but with this entry clocking in at $15, it's hard to recommend it for all of its missed opportunities and ho-hum action. Maybe next time, Matt!
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Fiddly controls. [Mar 2010, p.111]
  17. Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath and Beyond’ for the Playstation Network is a sarcastic take on ‘Contra’ that fails to channel the retro gaming feel is sorely craves. Awkward control and humor make the title difficult to justify at its current price point.
  18. 42
    Despite those nice touches, BBB could have been more fun had it adopted a few modern touches and included online multiplayer (co-op is limited to local play only). Instead, it feels like more effort was spent on ensuring that the Team Fortress 2 section looked exactly like the Dustbowl level than on making sure the game played as well as possible. At $15 BBB is just $5 too expensive to justify picking up.
  19. Yes, there is some humour but the gameplay, graphics, and audio and almost everything else is dull, repetitive and uninspiring! It is not terrible but is terribly average. All in all, you’re best off avoiding this Hazard!
  20. The game starts with a good Contra feeling, but after a while the flaws become apparent. The controls aren't intuitive, the gameplay is too repetitive and far too short, and I can't even find the humour that this game is supposed to be filled with.
  21. A genuinely good satire would be a joy to play and a sign that the medium is maturing further. At the moment, however, all we have is crude parody.
  22. If it wasn’t bad enough that the game pokes fun at its previous release, saying it can be picked at a bargain bin near you and continues the self-deprecating with a quip at the end dealing with the dreadfulness you just played through, one can’t help but agree and have a sort of resentment that the developers knew the game was not up to par with other XBLA - or even Xbox Live Indie games - but still went ahead and released it, which is probably the most humorous thing the game has going for it.

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