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 (61 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
    13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
    3.4 hrs on record
    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.
    Posted: June 20
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    9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.5 hrs on record
    Max Payne: Family Dollar Edition
    Posted: September 29
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    1.2 hrs on record
    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!
    Posted: July 12
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    3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
    1.6 hrs on record
    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!
    Posted: September 11
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    9.1 hrs on record
    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 ♥♥♥♥ty, 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 ♥♥♥♥ty 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.
    Posted: July 1
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    56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
    3.5 hrs on record
    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.
    Posted: April 4
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