"A lot of Eat Lead could be salvaged if it was actually funny, but the game drops the pretense of humor throughout the levels only to have the most obvious, easy video game jokes appear during the segments in-between. Really, this material doesn't get funnier than what we saw on Captain N: The Game Master 20 years ago, and, at times, it's almost if Matt Hazard is trying to ape the lazy humor of shows like Family Guy by being content with referencing things the audience may be aware of, but avoiding any kind of creative twist on said things.
The parody involved in Eat Lead is also disappointing, as it's really more of cliché celebration than an attempt to take cliché-ridden games down a peg. As I've observed in the past, it's frustrating that video games-above all other media-seem to be so afraid to present humor that's truly complex and subversive; and, had Matt Hazard aimed its comedic sights a little higher, the lousiness of the game itself might be excusable on some level. But in the end, we're left with nothing but an unfunny mess that could have went amazing places with its premise. "