In-depth Review: Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond - Electronic Theatre

Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond reflects on videogaming's yesteryear just as its' predecessor did, but as a 2D Side-Scrolling Shooter it's perhaps better placed to offer commentary on the mechanics of two decades ago. Although most of its' references could be applied to earlier titles, it's clearly the 16-bit era that has influenced both the style of play and the fun-poking. Moving from left-to-right for most of the game, players will encounter hordes of enemies teeming onto the screen from all directions, including the foreground and background. The latter of which introduces an updated mechanic for the genre: by holding the L Trigger players will be able to shoot or throw grenades into the background – eliminating distant enemies before they reach the battlefield.

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