The game itself is, somewhat predictably, a third-person shoot-'em-up not at all dissimilar to a more balletic version of Max Payne. It's somewhat surprising though, for such a high-profile game, to find the graphics are actually a little below par and the controls somewhat clunky, but generally it all looks and plays pretty well with all the classic Matrix-style slow-motion acrobatics relatively easy to pull off.
Easily the best bits of the game are the on-foot chase sequences, usually involving agents, which are actually rather tense and a great way to show off all the running and leaping powers you've mastered in the rest of the game. The worst bits are the car chases, especially if you play as Niobe and have to put up with the terrible car handling, instead of just hanging out the window and shooting as Ghost. Still, this is a decent game overall which, although unlikely to win any awards in itself, is sure to please most Matrix fans. --David Jenkins
I love taking out a squad of SWAT Team without having to fire a bullet, by running sideways down a wall and jumping straight in the middle of the team only to start mixing it up some geniune Matrix moves. (Don't think it's an easy game though)
You know you're playing a unique game when you disarm an enemy with some quick hands only to beat them away with the gun that was once in their possession.
Agents really do make you think 'oh s**t' when you see them appear, which again is true to the film as you are only either Niobe or Ghost. (It wouldn't be much of a game if you were the indestructible Neo, although it would be pretty enjoyable.) It's normally best to run in the game when one appears!
You could say the game is very linear and that there are better games out there such as 'Max Payne' and 'Metal Gear Solid 2', but 'Enter the Matrix' holds it's own and is defiantly worth playing.
Overall; entertaining, rapid and stylish.
Playing as one of 2 characters from the movie (which can only help with replay value of the game) you really get to do everything that Neo and Trinity do in the movies. Being able to slow time down while you leap in the air, ninja-kick a guard under the jaw, and send his friend flying across with your fist is so much fun, you'll want to yell out "Bring 'em on!"
The controls are a little weird to get used to. One joystick is pointlessly and unhelpfully used for both turning and moving, but a few levels of gameplay and this quickly doesn't become much of an issue. There are plenty of savespots, and loadtime isn't noticeably painful.
As a 'special feature' the game blurb says that you get to "hack into your console" - which is a lot less exciting than it sounds. You get a UNIX-style prompt to work from within the special features, and in the file structure you'll find a password you need to enter into a website. I've not bothered with that yet, but it would be nice if this feature gave you extra powers or abilities within the game. I'm having far too much fun slowing down time and kicking butt for this to distract me, but it may well be useful in extending the lifespan of the game after I've finished.
In summary then, it's a very kung-fu, action-oriented game. Not nearly as thought-provoking as the movie, but still a lot of fun.
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