Silent Hill: Downpour, Puzzle Quest, and Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard have joined the Xbox One backwards compatibility library.
Hey! Aren't videogames silly? Eat Lead says so. It's an attempted parody of everything from Final Fantasy and Super Mario to SOCOM and Wolfenstein, repeating EA's trick of using The Simpsons Game to poke fun at the opposition.
Unfortunately for developer Vicious Cycle, it lacks the recognisable characters, catchphrases and writers pool that helped propel the former to passable mediocrity in 2007. It's not even all that obvious what it's poking fun at half the time. There's an Austrian man who says silly things and sounds a bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger, for instance. Was that really the best idea on the whiteboard at the end of the brainstorm? What's it got to do with anything?
The joke is that the titular Matt Hazard is a washed-up videogame character whose career has gone south, back for one last cock of the shotgun, only to discover that the game he's in has been designed to kill him off after the first level. Matt's new corporate overlords would prefer to replace him with the aforementioned Austrian interloper who, frankly, is at least likeably naive and silly. Matt's just a cynical, badly written Crimewatch e-fit who greets everything with a mixture of brash condescension and witless taunts.
Namco Bandai has announced its intention to acquire D3, the company that owns D3Publisher, which handles Puzzle Quest, Eat Lead and Ben 10 games.
Eat Lead's subtitle is "The Return of Matt Hazard" - which may leave more observant game fans scratching their heads a little. The point, you see, is that Matt Hazard was never actually gone. Or here, for that matter. He's a fictional action game hero making a "return" so heavily laden with gaming in-jokes that they threaten to overwhelm even Matt's implausibly meaty shoulders.
D3Publisher has whipped the wrappers off of Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, a third-person shooter due for release on PS3 and 360 in Q1 2009.
The game is based around the titular videogame action hero who stars in a blockbuster videogame that turns out to be actually threatening his life. Confusing. But also funny, apparently.
Writer's Guild Award winner Dave Ellis is behind the satirical idea, and also happens to be a co-founder of developer Vicious Cycle Software.