Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 40
  2. Negative: 8 out of 40
  1. 85
    Matt Hazzard is back and its impressive. The game is a very decent sidescrolling shooter and has humour to boot. It will probably get a bit much every now and then, but eventually, you will grab that controller again just because it’s so fun and addictive. It’s hard to find fault with the game, and entirely impossible to let it weigh down the final judgment. A top game for the virtual arcade halls.
  2. Blood Bath & Beyond is a truly great addition to the Live Arcade and can be easily justified at only 1200 points. There is a great amount of replay ability in it and while there are still a few minor glitches the game will encounter, they take nothing away from the overall playing experience of this now revived classic.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    A solid homage to Contra and other 2D shooters of the NES/SNES era. A sense humour and frequent allusions to other games make this one a unique experience. [Feb 2010]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Despite these problems, Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath, and Beyond still manages to do a good job at being what a video game should be … entertaining.
  8. Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond's short length and lack of online co-op are only amplified by its price tag. These faults could be overlooked if the price were $10, but at $15, those two aspects become detrimental to the game.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. If you see this title being offered around the 400 Microsoft point range, give it a try; if only to battle the exploding penguins and evil Lighthouse.
  12. The game does enough to redeem D3 for the faults of the original, and leaves you actually wanting more Matt Hazard. Who would have thought?
  13. An over the top homage to gaming's past, Blood, Bath and Beyond repairs Matt’s reputation as a gaming badass. Spot on humour and a penchant for gore make this easily recommendable to anyone who loved 8-bit shooters back in the day.
  14. 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.
  15. I cannot give the game the ultimate praise it deserves. It isn’t perfect (and with its satirical humour, it knows that!), and it certainly isn’t Shadow Complex, but what it is, is a nostalgic piss-take of the things we used to love.
  16. 70
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. At five or so hours, Blood Bath and Beyond is not a long game, but with its stripped-down gameplay and one-note humor, it begins to outstay its welcome some time before the final credits roll. As a $15 download it's certainly a better value than its full-price predecessor.
  19. 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.
  20. Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath and Beyond is worth a play through alone for its comical dialogue that give it a B-movie impression and the numerous allusions to other videogames.
  21. Overall Matt Hazard Blood Bath and Beyond is a pretty fun title. Whether you like this game or not will depend on whether you enjoyed similar titles like this back in the day.
  22. A much-improved Hazard, with humorous one-liners to suit.
  23. 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.
  24. Blood Bath and Beyond is a humorous action side-scroller with nice elements but an unremarkable proposal.
  25. Matt Hazard: Blood Bath & Beyond is 1200 points ($15) on XBLA, which is admittedly a bit salty for what is ultimately a rather repetitive shooter.
  26. This is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, and manages to be both fun and funny half the time. However, the other half is always there to remind you that this is a mediocre affair.
  27. This satirical shooter is fun, but it never takes advantage of the potential of its parodies.
  28. If you could rent it, that'd be the best way to experience Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond. Since you can't, only one question remains: are you willing to spend $15 on a very short game you may only want to play through once?
  29. 60
    Matt Hazard: Bloodbath and Beyond isn't a terrible game, but it doesn't offer anything new.
  30. Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath, and Beyond is a fun little romp from start to finish. If you like the classic 2-dimensional side scrolling shooters of old, this game will be right up your alley.
  31. It's not a terrible game, just an utterly unoriginal and instantly forgettable one.
  32. Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond certainly isn't the best side-scrolling shooter around, but it tries its best to make up for that fact with self-deprecating humor and plentiful gaming references.
  33. Official Xbox Magazine
    Relies on its demanding difficulty to disguise its creative bankruptcy. [Mar 2010, p.83]
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Definitely hazardous, but not funny or fun. [Mar 2010, p.114]
  37. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A game done better many times before with gags so weak even unfunny art man Strike would scowl. [Apr 2010, p.121]
  38. X-ONE Magazine UK
    It comes up short. [Issue#56, p.105]
  39. 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.
  40. The fake game hero stars in another fake parody, which hits neither its comedy or gameplay targets.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. chrisp
    Jan 8, 2010
    The game sets out to do what it is supposed to do. Give us a modern Contra/Metal Slug experience.
  2. BrianN
    Jan 7, 2010
    Classic gameplay with lots of humor. Fun and challenging levels which have many parodies to spot (assuming you know all the games).
  3. KeithR
    Jan 7, 2010
    This is a giant turd of a game. First of all, 15 bucks? Are you kidding me? Secondly offline only coop? Seriously? How lazy/greedy can you This is a giant turd of a game. First of all, 15 bucks? Are you kidding me? Secondly offline only coop? Seriously? How lazy/greedy can you be? The 'humor' in this game is mildly funny at best but mostly just plain groan inducing. Introducing explicatives in odd places does NOT equal comedy folks. The controls are usable I suppose but you never feel like you have the proper control over him to avoid the consistant rain(and I use that litterally) of objects that will invariably kill you repeatedly. The levels while having different back drops still all use the same stop mechanic ie: an old naval ship cannon behind a wall. This game not only hurts Microsofts brand but assures us that D3 has a LONG way to go before it understands what quality is. Full Review »