Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (2009)

by Christopher
4 minutes read


A unique blend of humor and action, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard endeavored to lampoon the video game industry but was ultimately let down by its gameplay execution.


Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard represents an audacious attempt to parody the video game industry through the lens of a has-been video game hero.


In Eat Lead, players dive into the shoes of Matt Hazard, a character navigating through a satirical world designed to mimic and mock the evolution of video games.


The game features Matt Hazard, voiced by Will Arnett, and his arch-nemesis Wallace Wellesley, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, among other parodic renditions of video game characters.


While Eat Lead attempted to innovate with its self-aware narrative, the gameplay was critiqued for lackluster shooting mechanics, repetitive level design, and missed opportunities in fully realizing its parody potential.

Reception and Critiscism

The game received a mixed critical reception, with a notable review from Eurogamer giving it a 3/10, highlighting the game’s struggle in delivering a compelling parody that matches its gameplay with its humor.


Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard serves as a cautionary tale in game design, showing that while humor and parody can enrich a game’s narrative, they cannot compensate for fundamental gameplay issues.

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