Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is a third person shooting game that pokes fun at the last 25 years of gaming. You play as a video game character called Matt Hazard who is blatantly aware that he is a video game character and has found out that the owners of the firm that now own rights to him are planning to kill him off in the next game - but he has other plans...
The game makes use of all sorts of different styles of game play and scenery that we have all come across at some point as gamers, from western style backdrops to casinos, boats and zombie mansions, you name it. It also features appearances from characters that you can definately relate to such as Master Chef (an obvious rip take of Master Chief the from Halo series) and Captain Carpenter (a Mario wannabe that uses pipes to travel).
The game also features different modes of play too, from gears of war/time crisis style ducking, hiding and shooting to pressing the right button at the right moment and even a Final Fantasy style battle with an animé boss that has to select his attacks from a HUD before he can attack you.
However, the bad points... the game is too linear, often feeling like every level is just the same as the last. Sure Matt's constant humour lightens things up a bit but it still isn't enough to keep me entertained. The enemies are probably intentionally stereotypical but still, they lack much AI and some can be really annoying to kill - such as the 2D enemies that can only be killed when they aren't stood sideways. A lot of the bosses can be defeated by pressing about 10 buttons as they appear on the screen - lacking the whole point of a BOSS.
The lack of a multiplayer mode means that once your done and dusted with the game then it's either back on the shelf or time for a trade in at the local games retailer - it's not something you can keep playing over and over and with a lot more games nowadays featuring online play then it's unlikely that it will ever really shine in terms of re-playability.
On a lighter note though, the achievements are extremely easy to obtain - on my first play through on easy I got 40/50 achievements. There's even achievements for starting a new game, pausing the game and watching the credits throughout (worth 60G and can be done from the main menu before even starting the game). It's also quite funny how Matt mentions that he is going to get or has gotten an achievement in game too.