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Below are user reviews of El Matador and on the right are links to professionally written reviews. The summary of review scores shows the distribution of scores given by the professional reviewers for El Matador. Column height indicates the number of reviews with a score within the range shown at the bottom of the column. Higher scores (columns further towards the right) are better.

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Game Spot 51
GamesRadar 40
CVG 43
IGN 53
GameZone 50
1UP 55

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No fighting bull, just good plain fun!

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 5 / 5
Date: April 10, 2007
Author: Amazon User

El Matador is a hard-core 3rd person shooter with bullet time, high-octant action, and non-stop gunplay. In it you play a DEA agent set on taking down a cartel as you hunt from rain soaked streets in Tijuana and its night clubs, to shipping docks, haciendas and lush jungles, all the while meandering through a decent storyline with a few twists and double-crosses. It's certainly not Max Payne, but its actually not too bad. The graphics are really pretty sharp - nothing outlandish, but the attention to detail and level design is impressive (like how there are more than just a desk and a chair in the office - its full with computers, phones, papers - looks believable - not empty). I think the folks are mad, and I would be to, cause they shelled out a Grant ($50) for the game. However, now that the price is $20, it's much more reasonable.

Yes there are some moments where the guys shoot through walls, and they NEVER miss you. But I played the game on easy and while I died a couple times, the game was not too easy or too difficult. It forces you to be tactical. I was able to get shot about 5 or 6 times before dying, which wasn't bad. My only complain was that there was some delay with the keyboard interaction and my player. Maybe a half second from a stop and go point. But I had no issues in the game play ( P4 2.6 Ghz, 1 Gig RAM, GeForce 6200 256 RAM) other than that. I recommend you down the demo and try it for yourself. Again, totally not worth $50, but for $20, a mindless shooter that isn't boring as the scenery and graphics are not repetitive, even though the gameplay is. If you are expecting F.E.A.R. like graphics and storyline, then stay away from this one.

Fun if you get it cheap and know what to expect

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: December 11, 2006
Author: Amazon User

I just wanted a game to tide me over until Christmas, something that wouldn't be too hard but that would be great for relaxing while killing tons of people who deserve it. For that purpose, El Matador delivers.

The graphics are excellent, sound is good, voice acting is beyond horrible, as is the writing. Really, I mean just terrible. And if it's a good story you're after, or interesting level design, well, forget it.

But still, for primitive excitement in third person firefights, it's an enjoyable time-waster. I find myself playing it a lot, actually - a very good stress reducer.

Basically, it's a poor man's - no, a HOMELESS man's - version of Max Payne. You have the bullet time thing, little health vials lying around, lots of dilapidated buidings and warehouses to shoot through, ability to fire two guns at once, lots of bad language, etc.

So, if you're looking for an immersive, intelligent, story-driven experience, pass on this. If you're just looking for some exciting firefights with drug-dealing scum, pick it up. As long as you can get it for $20 or less.


5 Rating: 5, Useful: 1 / 1
Date: March 19, 2007
Author: Amazon User

If you liked Max Payne then you will like El Matador. This game was overlooked and underrated. It plays well on older systems and looks beautiful! Graphics are certainly next gen along with the awesome rag doll physics and slo-mo bullet time. It's a budget price for a top notch game, you will get 8-10 hours out of it. It's about the same length Max Payne 1 and 2 were. I highly reccomend this game if you are a fan of 3rd Person PC shooters. You really can't go wrong for the price.

El Matador = El Sucko

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 1 / 3
Date: October 17, 2006
Author: Amazon User

Listen to me. Don't buy this game. If someone wants to give it you, refuse it. Seriously, I paid $49 for this pathetic excuse for a third person shooter. I was bored after the first 30 minutes. No real storyline, just the repetitive action of shooting bad guys who somehow can shoot YOU while you are standing behind walls. Also, grenades can damage you even if you're nowhere near the explosion. The graphics weren't bad, expecially the jungle scenes. That's why I rated this game with 2 stars instead of one. I like third person shooters, and was hoping this would be one of those games like Rogue Trooper, which was very good.
Save your money, but if you feel the need to blow 50 bucks, then take the money and flush it down the toilet. You'll get just as much satisfaction.

looks good

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 0 / 11
Date: November 01, 2006
Author: Amazon User

Look, I haven't actually played the game, just seen the previews for it. I obviously can't give the game 5 stars if I haven't played it. I just think that maybe the game isn't QUITE as bad as many people think because the graphics are really good and controlling the main character is supposedly not a problem.

I can't really say anything else about the game, but I think it would be fair to at least give it a chance. You may find that the game is really quite decent.

Very good run & gun

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 0 / 0
Date: January 12, 2007
Author: Amazon User

This is an action filled game typical of the run & gun genre. It has a very large choice of realistic weapons with none of the sci-fi stuff. No sci-fi creatures either. I need to go back and try out some of the other guns. The cut scenes add depth to the game/story line and without given up any spoilers you will get ambushed a lot. I hate getting shot in the back. ;-)Lots of maps.

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