mikeinsc's Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (Xbox 360) review

Funny Enough To Overcome Problems

 In one of the more original ideas, D3 publishes a game with a starring character who comes with his own back story. Matt was a long-time action game star throughout the 80's who made some poor games in the 90's (a kart racer killed his career) and is trying to launch a comeback. However, the developers aren't fans and are trying to kill him.

Eat Lead is not a great game ... but it IS one of the funniest games made in years. Will Arnett did an amazing job as the lead character, a rather jaded action hero who is a bit hurt that nobody likes his irksome catchphrases. The game is a tedious third-person shooter with a janky cover mechanic and a character's head who has an annoying habit of blocking your view while shooting. The environments are amongst the worst I've seen, just thoroughly bland vistas of nothing. There are also a ton of enemies, but they have few differences between the two. In terms of play, it's tedious...

That being said, the writing is top-notch. It is a genuinely funny affair. You have to kill a boss three times and your character mentions how ridiculous it is ("Didn't I ALREADY kill you...twice?"). You request your AI assistant to simplify the goals you are pursuing...and she simplifies it down to "Shoot anything that moves" from about 7 or 8 bullet points. The Achievements/Trophies are also funny. When you defeat a Final Fantasy rip-off (who only speaks in text bubbles, and it also gets mentioned by Matt as being idiotic), you get an Achievement/Trophy for Talk with the text "What do you mean the interrogation feature was cut? Here...just take this". I appreciate the humor of just giving our awards because the game claimed features were cut.

It's not a game you'll love to play...but it's a game you might well enjoy watching and listening.


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    You know I went into this game with low expectations and didn’t think it was all that bad. The story is cheesy with Matt Hazard being a washed up video game hero making fun of the very video game he is in. I think the game was long enough that this didn’t get too annoying. I think one of the funnier lines was when your character tells you he is going to finish things up and get the so and so achievement.About the achievements,  you can’t beat getting 60 achievement points for just watching the c...

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