"Do you people even know what the government is? You think it's a room full of polititians that make decisions? There is no government. The president, The democracy, it's all a bunch of fucking lies! They feed you bullshit because that is what you want to hear, because you can't handle the truth!" - Matthew Porter
Not much is known about Matthew's back story except that he used to work for a military compound. He was also married once to a woman named Rebecca, but dumped her over the phone.
Matthew first appears in the A.R.C.'s prison on Level 0 in the laundry room. He later appears in the Security Room with Terry, Ben, Bryan, Junior, Hector, and Takeo. Matthew and Takeo go to the North Wing to turn off the power relays there, while Jake and Hector go to the South Wing to turn off the relays there.
Takeo then goes missing, and Matthew then comes across Eric, Carl, and Todd. Matthew then devises a plan to escape the North Wing once the last relay is off. Todd and Carl will set up barricades while Jake checks the doors. Afterwards, Jake turns off the last relay and the group run back to the Western L Wing. They then find Bryan waiting for them near the Western Core Access, and the latter explains that he wanted to join Matthew without Junior noticing. But Junior shows up on cue and the two brothers fight. Matthew then briefs Ben on what happened to Junior, and the latter takes Eric and his crew back to the Security Room. Matthew then finds a radio and he, Bryan and Jake go to the Core.
Once inside the core, Matthew radios Malcolm to open the Eastern Core Access. But during so however, Malcolm is killed by Igor. The trio then head for the Maintenance Area and find a train, and Matthew asks Terry what it's used for. They then head for the sewers to restart the Multi Generator Power System. (M.G.P.S.) On the way there however, Jake gets separated from the trio and falls into the Maintenance Quarters. Shortly after Jake resets the MGPS, Matthew and Bryan show up in the lift.
The trio then head back to Level 0 where they find a helicopter. The Southern Core access suddenly opens up and the trio check it out. They then head for Level 1 where they hear gunshots being fired. They head up to the Shooting Range to find some dead soldiers near the entrance. The group lets the trio inside and find Junior wounded. Takeo then shows up out of nowhere and explains why he left. Later, the group find out that Matthew is an intelligence agent sent to destroy the A.R.C..
Later in the Oxygen Room, Matthew reveals that he had a few other colleagues working undercover for the A.R.C.. He finds out that Takeo was not an official security guard and starts shooting him when he started cloaking. It was also revealed that he was looking for info on the Terminus Project.
Later, Matthew and the group are ambushed by the PMCs resulting in most of the survivors killed. But Matthew, Bryan, Terry, Ben, Junior, and Eric escape to the North Wing elevators. Terry, Ben, Junior, and Eric get in the first one, and Bryan and Matthew hold off the incoming PMCs. Jake arrives at the last moment and assists the two in taking out the soldiers until the second elevator arrives.
Jake, Bryan, and Matthew meet up with the others at the Surface Access to steal some vehicles from the parking lot. But when Matthew checks out a light coming from the doors, he finds Ito and his troops waiting for them and hold Matthew at gunpoint. they've also placed some charges on the support beams behind Matthew, and they explode, killing him. At the same time, Eric is gunned down by the soldiers.
Matthew later appears in one of the windows with Takeo in Jake's lucid dream.
Matthew seems to show distrust and underestimation to his new squad mate Jake, likely because of what happened at the U.D.R.C.
Matthew says that his superior always said "Ha you hooligan" to him. In the tutorial, if you go outside of the shooting range during weapons training, Frank will say "Hey, get back behind the line ya hooligan.In the Prologue if the player storms the hospital and gets to the second floor without ordering the other SWAT teams the storm the building Frank will say "Jake, your going in on your own? Attention SWAT units, storm the hospital. Ha, ya hooligan" It's possible that Frank is Matthew's superior.
Matthew and Bryan have a rather on-off hostile relationship. Prior to the outbreak, they get into an argument which nearly escalates into a fight before they are stopped by Terry. After Ben discovers that Matthew is a spy, Bryan and the others have a strong distrust of him. There is conversation that Matthew has with Bryan about the former's wife, who he felt could and would have killed him if he confronted her about his feelings for her. Bryan scolds Matthew, calling him weak. Despite their toxic relationship, they always put their hostilities aside when trouble arises. After the PMCs raid the safe house, Bryan remarks that he could still shoot Matthew.
Personality and skills
Matthew is intelligent, sarcastic, condescending,obvious
Behind the scenes
- "You can play little boss with anyone you want, I don't care, but seriously, don't come here and tell me how to do my job."
- "Who the hell are you?"
- "Cut the vampire crap already he wasn't eating him, he was bitting his jugular, it's a primitive reflex to quickly take down your opponent."
- "The guard must have set the sentry on motion detector mode. It just opened fire on everyone in sight. I'd have done the same thing."
- "We just got here, Ben! We did not start shooting at you."
- "So I heard you're a SWAT, huh? Or were SWAT. I don't think it makes much of a difference in here anyways. The outside world doesn't give a shit about us right now. If we all die in here, I don't think anyone will know unless someone makes it out and lets them know, which is what I intend to do."
- "I'm working for my superior."
- "Do you need a lesson on how to remove someone's scalp using a pencil?"
- "Do you know that the human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood up to thirty feet."
- "I got shot in the head once. Was in a coma for three days. I was blind for three months. Thought I'd never recover my vision, also thought I would get 'disappeared' since I wasn't of use to my superiors anymore. But he didn't do it, even though he should have. His superiors must have been putting pressure on him, but he kept me alive. The day I got my vision back, I called him right away to let him know. That is the only time I have ever been scared of anything in my life. Being in total darkness for months, jumping out of my hospital bed at every noise I heard, thinking it was an assassin sent to suffocate me with a pillow. Those were some dark days...no pun intended..."
- "Opening fire will bring unnecessary attention to you, you should make sure that you keep that as a last resort."
- "If you're facing only one opponent, there are better ways to take him down rather than alerting everyone else in the area. Just a thought, sometimes it's better to avoid making too much noise. Well, this is one of those times."
- "Everyone, take cover behind the counter. I'll take a look."
- His subtitle text color is yellow.
- Matthew seems to know a lot of information in the inner workings of "The Government", so he says.
- Matthew is the second A.R.C. character Jake meets before the incident, the first one being Bryan.
- It is possible that Frank Greene is Matthew's boss. Due to the former saying the line, "Hah, you hooligan" in the prologue if Jake storms the hospital alone.
- A minor plot hole exists in Chapter 1 where Matthew asks Jake who he is, despite the fact that he already met Jake prior to the outbreak. This may have been an oversight on the developer's part.