Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 69
    Definitely a step in the right direction for the series. [Issue#189, p.91]
  7. Blood Bath and Beyond is a humorous action side-scroller with nice elements but an unremarkable proposal.
  8. By now, you know what to expect; it’s just that there are other downloadable games that might be more worth your money.
  9. This satirical shooter is fun, but it never takes advantage of the potential of its parodies.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.

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