Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: D3Publisher
Developer: Vicious Cycle Software
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2009 (US), March 6, 2009 (EU)

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'Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard' (PS3/X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:15 p.m. PST

Offering an original storyline and an off-the-wall cast of characters, written by 2008 Writer’s Guild Award winning writer Dave Ellis, D3Publisher's third-person shooter Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard features the return of classic 80’s videogame action hero, Matt Hazard, and parodies some of the most beloved genres of games and pop culture.

Offering an original storyline and an off-the-wall cast of characters, Eat Lead features the return of classic 80’s videogame action hero, Matt Hazard, and parodies some of the most beloved genres of games and pop culture.

In Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, videogame action hero Matt Hazard gets his chance to prove once and for all that he is the king of shooters when the new owner of mega game publisher, Marathon Megasoft, gives Matt his comeback role starring in a new title for next-gen consoles that pits him against all of his memorable foes from videogames past. In the world of Eat Lead, however, everything stops being a game and becomes reality when it is clear that someone is using the new game to bring about Matt’s death once and for all. With only the mysterious “QA” to help him, Matt must fight against a legion of Marathon Megasoft catalogue of videogame characters to keep it from being “Game Over” forever.

In Eat Lead, Will Arnett will bring to life classic 80’s videogame action hero Matt Hazard. Matt gets his chance to prove once and for all that he is the king of shooters when Wallace “Wally” Wellesley, new owner of mega game publisher Marathon Megasoft, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, gives Matt his comeback role starring in a new next-gen title that pits him against all of his memorable foes from videogames past. In the world of Eat Lead, however, everything stops being a game and becomes reality when players discover through the original storyline brought to life by Arnett’s and Harris’ voiceover that someone is using the new game to bring about Matt’s death once and for all.

Eat Lead pays homage to the games of yesteryear with a menagerie of classic enemies such as zombies, space marines, cowboys, genetically mutated super snipers, and more and an expansive level environment design that reflects videogame history in a next-gen package. The game fires on all cylinders with explosive artillery and combat moves to help gamers escape from a variety of predicaments including radically-changing environments during gameplay via “hack effects” Hazard’s nemesis uses by altering the game’s code on the fly. Throughout the adventure, players will utilize a strategic cover system dubbed “point and cover,” upgradeable weapons and different interactive melee moves to attack and outsmart foes.

Key Features:

  • Written by 2008 Writer’s Guild Award winner, Dave Ellis, Eat Lead is a side-splitting ingenious storyline and setting that’s never been explored before in the shooter genre. Both Will Arnett and Neil Patrick Harris deliver perfectly timed punch lines that will make gamers laugh in hilarity with their solid voice performance as Matt Hazard and Wallace Wellesley.
  • Help classic videogame stars such as Master Chef and Captain Carpenter redeem their dignity against enemy foes like Sting Sniperscope and Sonny Tang and get to the bottom of why all these iconic characters’ worlds converge.
  • Attack enemies with everything from plasma rifles, to sniper rifles and old-west six shooters, the sniper rifle turret, or use a number of different interactive melee moves to help Matt destroy Wally’s legion of back-catalogue videogame characters.
  • An expansive level environment design reflects years of videogame history in a next-gen package including levels that are radically transformed via precisely timed “hack effects” to challenge Matt Hazard with new scenarios throughout each battle.
  • Eat Lead uses a strategic point and cover system that allows gamers to go far beyond simply hiding behind walls when they can move up to, over, between, and around any cover objects with a fluidity never before seen in a game.
  • Eat Lead makes use of the intelligent physics system that includes destructible items and smart objects, where items can be destroyed or moved to blow through cover or act as temporary safe havens throughout the game environment.

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, developed by Vicious Cycle Software using its new Vicious Engine 2, is rated T for Teen and scheduled for March 3, 2009.


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