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  • Summary: El Matador is a third person, tactical action game, where the player takes on the role of a DEA agent, whose aim is to bring down the narkomafia, an organised crime syndicate in South America. Driven by revenge for what the narkomafia did to his brother, the player will progress through aEl Matador is a third person, tactical action game, where the player takes on the role of a DEA agent, whose aim is to bring down the narkomafia, an organised crime syndicate in South America. Driven by revenge for what the narkomafia did to his brother, the player will progress through a story which weaves its way throughout the adventure, combines all the essential features of surprise, unexpected twists and dramatic developments. It is a tale of corruption, revenge, moral ambiguity and ultimate justice. The game features a wide varieties of essential gadgets which facilitate completion of stealth based missions, allowing the player to slip unnoticed through enemy lines. [Cenega Publishing] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Everything about the game is over-the-top, including the story, and in our book that’s no bad thing. Like diving around and shooting bad guys in slow motion? Buy this.
  2. The storyline in the game is great, and although the game length may seem a little short for the more advanced players, overall it strikes a great balance.
  3. There are better shooters out there.
  4. Horrendous AI and frustrating gameplay kills all the fun, and that’s no bull.
  5. It's fast-paced, it's gritty, and it's got style to spare, but El Matador is also one of the most infuriatingly unbalanced shooters in years.
  6. 50
    El Matador's story, characters, and gameplay add nothing new to the shooter genre. There's nothing here that's stupendously bad, but nothing good that's memorable either.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    20
    It's a bullet-ballet rail ride with decent graphics, passable physics, horrible character animation, and an uninteresting world. [Feb. 2007, p.69]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. ChristopherS.
    Feb 22, 2007
    8
    Created using the Max Payne engine, El Matador is an unapologetic over the top action shooter. I found it a lot of fun to play and absolutely Created using the Max Payne engine, El Matador is an unapologetic over the top action shooter. I found it a lot of fun to play and absolutely beautiful to look at, its quite simply one of the best looking games released this year. At a street price of 10 bucks you'd be fool to pass it up. Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2012
    7
    Well, i like this game. El Matador isn't as good as Max Payne, but this game gives a fun. Can not recommend to everyone, but for sure forWell, i like this game. El Matador isn't as good as Max Payne, but this game gives a fun. Can not recommend to everyone, but for sure for people who do not require more than a decent shooting. Expand
  3. Colt1911
    Sep 17, 2006
    6
    Graphics 9.5/10 Sound 6/10 Gameplay 4/10 This game lacks a way to take cover, greatly needed in the intense gunbattles with multiple enemies. Graphics 9.5/10 Sound 6/10 Gameplay 4/10 This game lacks a way to take cover, greatly needed in the intense gunbattles with multiple enemies. You are left to either strafe to/from cover, or charge into battle. I read that this was a 'tatical' game. Well it isnt. The gameplay is very arcade-like given that it takes a billion bullets to kill you. And tho I havent played a 'stealth' mission, I can already tell that the gameplay is not designed for duck-and-hide. There isnt even a walk, with no movement speed control how are you supposed to be 'stealthy'? The AI is really plain vanilla, they just kind of take cover and dig in. anyway this game only got a 6 because of the graphics, if the graphics wernt so clean it would get a 3 overall. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2018
    6
    このテキストは私のプロフィールにスコアが表示されるようにここにあります。
  5. Apr 15, 2015
    5
    I have a riddle for you: Take a bad game that only revolves around a single gimmick (Max Payne) and make it even worse in all aspects. What doI have a riddle for you: Take a bad game that only revolves around a single gimmick (Max Payne) and make it even worse in all aspects. What do you get? El Matador. Is it fun? Nope. Expand
  6. SamuelG.
    Sep 19, 2006
    2
    Clearly rushed out before being finished, full of bugs and glitches. Uninspiring and unoriginal gameplay, deeply lacklustre graphics, Clearly rushed out before being finished, full of bugs and glitches. Uninspiring and unoriginal gameplay, deeply lacklustre graphics, terrible voice-acting. Avoid. Expand
  7. PatrickW.
    Jan 19, 2007
    0
    This game sucks complete a**. You can't move anywhere without getting hit. They ripped Max Payne and made the controls awkward and crappy.

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