Faux video game legend Matt Hazard returns (this time, for real
) in Blood Bath & Beyond
, blasting his way onto XBLA and PSN this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The 2D side-scroller has the protagonist battling through his "classic" gaming past, fighting "pirates to penguins; lighthouses to laser-wielding astronauts; Mounties to mechanical rhinos" for $15 (1200).
The idea behind Matt Hazard
sounds so perfect on paper: take thirty years of video game cliches and mock them. Sadly, as evidenced by Matt Hazard's first outing, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
, instead of creating humor from the conventions, it ironically relied on them for the core gameplay -- thus, creating a game that invariably could mock itself and was its own punchline. Hopefully, this time around Hazard
will make the jokes instead of being one.
-- This week on Arcade: Matt Hazard [Major Nelson]
-- Parody Alert!!! Matt Hazard [PS Blog]