El Matador (Windows)

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A new narcotics cartel destroyed the local DEA-office in Bogotá. And now as DEA special agent Victor Corbet, codename El Matador you must bring justice on Colombia's La Valedora drug barons.

To do your mission you are supplied with huge arsenal of realistic weapons, divided to six categories from normal pistols to machine-guns, rocket launchers and chain-guns including AK-47 and Gatling Cannon. El Matador also presents two Max Payne's style «slo-mo» modes. One is automatically activated, for instance when you dive, and doesn't cost anything. The other is manually activated and drains your slow-time-meter.

You play with a 3rd-person perspective through different kinds of environments from the Colombian jungle encampments to cartel's headquarters in harbors or hotels. In some missions you are joined by AI-buddies, who will make your life a little easier for some time.


El Matador Windows His shotgun didn't do him any good.
El Matador Windows That's what a big explosion looks like when you slow down time.
El Matador Windows The police prepares for a raid.
El Matador Windows Die you wooden bastard!

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PC Action Sep, 2006 82 out of 100 82
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 77 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 19, 2006 15 out of 20 75
4Players.de Nov 01, 2006 73 out of 100 73
GamingExcellence Nov 09, 2006 7 out of 10 70
eGames Nov 05, 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
IGN Oct 23, 2006 5.3 out of 10 53
GameZone Oct 26, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct 29, 2006 4.5 out of 10 45
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 11, 2006 4 out of 10 40


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The German publisher Frogster sold a Collector's Edition, basically just a German version without the changes specified in the trivia item "German version", exclusively at the Games Convention 2006.

German version

In the German version the story was rewritten so that the protagonist is no longer an official agent but a gangster and double agent. To illustrate that, there are numerous new cutscenes. There are also additional changes:
  • The MP5 and MP5 with silencer were re-labeled as tranquilizer guns and given unlimited ammo. The tranquilizer gun itself was made more effective.
  • Ragdoll effects were completely removed
  • It is not possible to shoot at corpses
  • Almost all blood (except the one of the protagonist) was removed
  • Some Nazi references in dialogues were removed
A detailed list of changes can be found at schnittberichte.com (German).


  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2007 – Most Embarrassing PR Stunt in 2006 (see trivia item "Advertisement" for details)

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  • EL MATADOR (News and updates for the El Matador game)
Stratege (15323) added El Matador (Windows) on Mar 21, 2007