Become El Matador, a DEA special agent tasked with taking down the drug barons. A new narcotics cartel is rising across Central and South America, sharpening its claws and extending its reach. Locate the encampments, infiltrate the headquarters, and put an end to the cartel's influence.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (80 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 25, 2006

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About This Game

Experience the adrenaline-fuelled danger and heart-pounding excitement in the war on organised drug syndicates. When standard procedures fail, the hardliners are brought in.

Become El Matador, a DEA special agent tasked with taking down the drug barons. A new narcotics cartel is rising across Central and South America, sharpening its claws and extending its reach. Locate the encampments, infiltrate the headquarters, and put an end to the cartel's influence. In a tale of corruption, revenge and morality, the mission brief is simple: Eliminate the threat - Ultimate justice, El Matador style.

Key features:

  • Hard-hitting, movie-style storyline
  • Huge arsenal of realistic weapons
  • Diverse South American settings, from lush jungle to mansions and harbours
  • Real physics, interactive environments and destructible objects
  • Gang members, clan bosses, kingpins, and many more villainous enemies
  • Atmospheric engine animations bring the scenery to life
  • Wide range of graphical effects, including cascading shadow maps, high dynamic range rendering and many more
  • Slow Motion Action feature
  • FrenzyCAM mode

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP/7/8
      • Processor: 1.5 GHz Pentium 3 / AMD Athlon Processor
      • Memory: 512 MB RAM
      • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX9 compatible graphics card with pixel & vertex shader support (nVidia GeForce 4, ATI Radeon 8500)
      • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
      • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
      Recommended:
      • OS: Windows XP/7/8
      • Processor: 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon Processor
      • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
      • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX9 compatible graphics card with pixel & vertex shader 2.0 support (nVidia GeForce 6, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
      • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
      • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
    Helpful customer reviews
    33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
    2 people found this review funny
    0.5 hrs on record
    Posted: September 29, 2014
    Max Payne: Family Dollar Edition
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    19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
    5.5 hrs on record
    Posted: November 20, 2014
    This is not your typical AAA budget game, its mix between Max Payne and all of those B action movies from 70s,80s,90s, story line is your standard Steven Seagal action focus, and its there only to justify huge amount of baddies you will gonna kill. You will probably find here all Clichés of those movies, you know, good cop, bad cop, bad general, one action hero and so on.

    But

    If you think its bad, IT`S NOT, its really good, just like i said its not AAA budget game but it has it charm, responsible controls and overall very fun and pleasant gameplay, and that`s what is most important in game for me after all, graphic its kinda decent doesn`t hurt your eyes still and audio is also very nice, kinda repeatative after while but it`s fast, its building your action very well and does not make you wanna cut your ears and throw them into lava.

    Its very short game, it will probably take you only around 3,5-4 hours on normal bit longer on hard.
    Speaking about dificulty level - you will gonna die in this game, good thing, bad thing, my opinion, your opinion, whatever. Point is its one of those games where enemies may not be the smartest (-ain`t the stupidest too-) but they have perfect laser eye accuracy and they will shoot your head from miles away with their shotguns, after hour you will probably get use to it though.
    Speaking of which you will probably ending up cheating too shooting from behind crates (yes your weapon can shoot through objects if you point it well).

    It has flaws, it has good things, but after all its very nice fun factor and i do recommend you guys to buy it when its on sale or pick up in bundle, its worth those few pennies. frankcastle51 out.
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    9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 3, 2014
    It's definitely not as bad as the reviews say. Not as good as any Max Payne game of course but still a decent, fun shooter, especially for only 99 cents.
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    10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
    5.1 hrs on record
    Posted: October 1, 2014
    Nice game.No complaints.
    Typical OLD School FPS action like Max payne or Punisher ,waves and waves of enemies.Nice touch for slow time,very useful here.
    10/10
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    5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
    3.4 hrs on record
    Posted: October 11, 2014
    one of the best action fps
    out there!its difficult which is good makes it worth of buying because its challenging.
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.2 hrs on record
    Posted: February 24
    NOTE:
    THIS GAME HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE EL MATADOR!!!

    Game is similar to max payne but only with the slow motion.
    AI teammates, ACTUALLY KILL PEOPLE!
    Game is a great 3rd person shooter. Only down fall is, its one of those games once you beat it you wont ever play it again and you can can beat the game pretty quick.
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    3.3 hrs on record
    Posted: March 2
    El Matador is an action-packed shooter you can use slow-motion in. Its story takes place in Columbia. You are a commando sent there to fight against drug cartels. AI accompanies you from time to time. I can highly recommend this game, despite the fact that it's very short- it took me 2.5 hours to finish El Matador.
    Pros:
    • weapons give you the feeling of power
    • bullets ricochet off the walls and can hit enemies, the angle of reflection depends on the angle of incidence
    • slow-motion is available
    • nice graphics
    • a wide variety of guns (about 30)
    Cons:
    • way too short
    • human bosses are too resistant to damage (about two mags are needed to kill one)
    • some small bugs, but they don't spoil the fun
    To sum up, it's one of the best bundle games of all time.

    Some useful cheat codes (click [~] first)
    health gives you god mode
    ammo gives you some ammunition
    weapons gives you every weapon in the game
    ninja allows you to jump higher
    rambo let's rock
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    6.6 hrs on record
    Posted: December 25, 2014
    El Matador is one of those games that's launched too late to cash in on a trend, and are too average to stand out among the other shooters, so it ended up being a bit of... meh.

    The setup is simple... Victor Corbett, DEA, after prologue mission (where he gets to shoot up a night club alongside Mexican Federal Police to catch a bad guy) is being sent to Colombia where he, was assigned by Colombia National Police chief to "observe" a local drug meeting. When his observation post was hit by RPG, he fought his way out and went on the exterminate multiple drug barons, with a bit of help on the local side... but as you can guess, there's going to be a huge betrayl at the end... who's the real bad guy, and who's just a pawn?

    The short of it is you're basically lead through a rat run of bad guys here and there, and you'll get to exterminate them with extreme prejudice using variety of weapons, from twin pistols, to pistol with scope, twin SMGs, to various assault rifles (some with scope), sniper rifle, even grenade launcher, RPG, and LMG (light machine gun).

    This is an old-school shooter with no autoheal. You have to find first-aid kits and armor to keep going. And there's no nav pointer either. You figure out which way you need to go, and it's usually pretty obvious. If not, explore a little.

    Apparently Corbett racked up such a body count after that first mission in Colombia someone bestowed "El Matador" callsign on him, thus the game title.

    Production values are not bad for its time, and there are a lot of things to shoot up, and enemies are upgraded thus. You start with common thugs, and by the end you're looking at virtually enemy commandos. But the game mechanics doesn't change much... Single-path rat-runs. Periodic boss or mini-boss battles.

    Graphics are not too bad given this game is more than 5 years old. Sound is... tolerable. This game at first gave me horrible skipping sound, and this was apparently a RealTek problem that disabling some unused ports SPDIF and such cleared it right up.

    I doubt this is any good for modern players, though. I'll recommend it, but remember, it may not suit your tastes.

    All in all, this is a retro game. if you miss this sort of shooter, buy it, and play it. Don't expect realistic plot or physics or that sort of thing (this guy was carrying about 6 pistols, 4 SMGs, about 6 assault rifles, 3 shotguns, and a LMG and/or more by the end... Hahahahaha. Yes, that's oldschool for you.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    3.5 hrs on record
    Posted: January 11
    if you like Max Payne but don't want to spend the AAA bucks, then this game is for you. 3rd person just like max. Bullet Time just like max. The story is a mexican police agent fighting against the cartels. Owned the disc copy back in 2006 but never played it since I didn't know the cheat codes (goto www.cheathappens.com, these ones are free) to play the game. For it's time, it's a awesome little game. With a SSD, load times are a breeeze.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    6.9 hrs on record
    Posted: February 25
    Hmm... In my opinion, it is worth the price. (Must buy when being a sale.)
    That is true it has just about 5-6 hours story, but great game and graphic compared to it is published in 2006.
    Absolutely fully scripted game, but the shooting system and AI is good, the enemies throw back the grenade, take cover or attacking us directly.
    Lots of scene (eg. port, office, streets, storehouse, cave, jungle, ship) when you can fight. You can use bullet-time. It is very spectacular. :)
    I just recommend.
    PS. Just a tip: Save often. :P
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    4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
    0.9 hrs on record
    Posted: October 1, 2014
    Max Payne would recommend this game if he wants some dull shooting without that story crap.
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    2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
    4.8 hrs on record
    Posted: October 11, 2014
    Not really that impressive. Graphics and gameplay aren't bad at all, but the storyline is way too short and feels somehow unfinished. While the first stage really was fun, later on the level design feels like the developers really didn't give a damn about delivering a polished product. Even Stranglehold was better than this.

    The Good:
    + Actually not a bad story and setting
    + Max Payne clones are always kinda fun
    + Pretty graphics

    The Bad:
    - Way too short
    - Often a bland level design
    - Annoying techno soundtrack (depends on your taste though)
    - Not much variety throughout the game

    The Ugly:
    -- Have I already mentioned that it's too damn short?

    If you buy this during Sales for about $1, then it's okay I guess. Every other price you pay for this is way too much though.

    4/10
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    58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
    3.5 hrs on record
    Posted: April 4, 2014
    Max Payne´s ugly little brother no one knows from 2006 is now avaiable on steam! Do you need this game? If you completed the Max Payne Trilogy, yes.
    If not, play the New York Cop shootouts first and then enjoy this B-Movie Max Payne.

    You play as Victor Corbet, a DEA Special Agent that is being sent to southamerica to fight against a drug cartel. The cops down there don´t like you at first, they give you the name matador, you shoot a lot of bad guys, a few traitors are also in the "plot", the game is straight forward (like Max Payne 2, same Engine by the way) with a lot of stupid bad guys to kill.

    Don´t expect some revelutionary gameplay, smart AI or even a balanced difficulty.


    This game got B-Movie written all over it, but thats not a bad thing actually. The game was pretty funny when I´ve played it over a friends place in 2006 and it is still a fun game today.
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    31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
    9.0 hrs on record
    Posted: April 4, 2014
    I remember seeing this game when it first came out back in 2006 and I have always wanted to play it. Now that is has arrived on steam, I have finally had a chance to play this budget third person shooter. The best way I can describe this game is a max payne rip off with early splinter cell style graphics. The gameplay is almost identical to that in the first max payne(slightly less refined), with the character movements and even the bullet time effects being a direct copy. Its not quite as good as the max payne series, but for 3.99 its definately worth it.
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    20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
    3.4 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20, 2014
    If Max Payne was a movie it would be a gritty version of Lethal Weapon/City of God/A man on fire/Heat. If El Matador was a movie it would be something like Tango & Cash/Elite Squad and something with Steven Seagal, a cheap enjoyable action flick.

    Is it an amazing game ? No.

    Is it better than Max Payne? No.

    Is it a fun action shooter with smooth gameplay and full of cliches ? Hell to the yeah.


    Its fun, its fast, its cheap and its waiting to be picked up and played.
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    26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
    4.0 hrs on record
    Posted: April 9, 2014
    Surprisingly not terrible!
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    9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
    2.8 hrs on record
    Posted: September 11, 2014
    A good game bit like max payne lots of weapons good graphics,the control is very simple
    some bits of the game are funny too!
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    7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
    1.2 hrs on record
    Posted: July 12, 2014
    Regarding the question....."Is it worth?

    I would say yes. I have played this game when it first released and remember it being plenty fun. Back in the day, I had a very bad rig (Intel Celeron 2.6ghz, Geforce 6200 256mb, and 1.5gb ram) I was lucky to run this game here lmao.

    In terms of fun, its there. It borrows the Bullet Time that Max Payne is famous for and uses it in its own form, even though there is a lot of similarities.

    Replayablity? I dont think so. It has its nice campaign but for the aficianados like me, yes lol.

    Worth? 4 dollars, are you ♥♥♥♥ting me? If you are worried about 4 dollars, you wont find it here. As far as I know the worst games to invest in are Infestation Stories, Bad Rats, Rambo and a couple of other ones.

    If you are interested in 3rd person shooters and adrenaline packed shooters, this is an investment you will like.

    I will update this thread as I play the game now and let you know about 16:9 support, controls, test of time and all of that.

    Any questions, let me know!

    UPDATE 1: Out of the bat, the game supports widescreen resolutions and multiple refresh rates up to 100hz. Really good for a game this old.

    Difficulty: Really unforgiving lol. This game isnt impossible but it doesnt take it easy on you. You need to play this on normal and forgive its laser accuracy that enemies possess.

    This game is painfully similar to Max Payne 2. They borrow the engine (I assume?) and have the same exact sound effect of the ingrams from MP2. Its ridiculous. Loosely based on the game. So dont be surprised if it reminds you of MP2!
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.8 hrs on record
    Posted: June 29, 2014
    This game has some of the most satisfying shooting I've ever experienced. It's not very realistic whatsoever, but shooting the guns and rolling around is just the best feeling. Buy it when ever you've got the extra cash for it. It's so much fun.
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    3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
    10.0 hrs on record
    Posted: July 1, 2014
    When I bought this for 1.24 I was a little skeptical, but after about 9 hours in and done the game, I can saftely say it's more than worth it, at first the game did feel pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥, weapons shoot much differently than what you'd expect, the camera bobs when you pull the trigger and overall it felt awkward and clunky, but I gave it another chance and holy crap it's really fun! Weapons are actually satsyfying to use, it's nice to one shot an enemy on the head with my pistel and see a cloud of blood fill his face as he turns into a ragdoll, sometimes they'll fly all over the place! The lack of checkpoints REALLY help the tension and add to the experiance, I don't savescum and it really made the game a lot more tense at moments because when you die you have to start at the begining of the level. Bulletime is usefull but it's a little TOO slow, there are a variety of weapons but sadly only a handfull of them you'll actually use because there are weapons that are just simply innefective, maybe it's just me but I found the dual UZI to be a really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing to use. The bossfights are just enemies with a lot of health but it's not neciccarly a bad thing, could've been more though. There's a variety of levels in this game, from jungles to mansions, nothing too special here. Music fits each situation but it may not be something you'll wanna download and put on a mp3 player.

    Overall this is a really good game, pretty underrated at that. Gameplay is where El Matador shines and I highly recommend this to any fan of the Max Payne series or third person shooters in general. Even the starting price of 5 dollars is worth buying the game for.
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