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.