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4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near perfect but still great fun
This is certainly a game which seems to have divided opinions down the middle; half of the people who’ve played it say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, whilst the other half say that it’s a rush-released mess. Personally, I tend towards the first group, though the game is not without it’s criticisms. Firstly, some of the animation is less...
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame, it could have been so much more
Let me put this bluntly: "Enter the matrix" is not a ground-breaking game, its not an imensly original game nor is it at the height of visual detail.
Saying that however, its not a 'bad game', its just not what you would expect from the Matrix brand name. I guess its no different from any other film-to-game type scenario, wherby the game is nothing more than a...
Published on 17 May 2003 by liquid_k9


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4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near perfect but still great fun, 2 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
This is certainly a game which seems to have divided opinions down the middle; half of the people who’ve played it say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, whilst the other half say that it’s a rush-released mess. Personally, I tend towards the first group, though the game is not without it’s criticisms. Firstly, some of the animation is less than impressive. The action of Ghost running at full speed or climbing a ladder simply looks stupid. There are some problems with clipping and enemies disappearing behind walls and the like. And the difficulty level is pretty low, with a few hard sections seemingly tacked on to ensure the gamer does not complete the game first time. However, for me, these problems are all overshadowed by the diabolical driving sections. Mercifully, they’re pretty scarce, but if you’ve played a decent Xbox racer liker Project Gotham or SGT2002, you won’t believe your eyes. Driving games on the PSX wipe the floor with this. The graphics are poor, the handling terrible and the enemy AI is simply non-existent. Not good enough, Atari.
The good parts to this game really are good, though. The hand to hand fighting and shootouts incorporating the use of bullet time are both huge fun and deeply satisfying. The plot, with extra scenes filmed especially for the game, weaves in and out of that of The Matrix Reloaded film, and fills in some of the background missing from it (an intention of the Wachowski brothers) and as such is both convoluted and interesting.
In conclusion, then, I would most certainly recommend this game to those hardcore, obsessive fans of the Matrix series who unfortunately exist, and seem to believe everything in the film is fact. I’d also recommend it to normal people who enjoy the films for what they are, and also like games where you have a heap of weapons to play with, and legions of enemies to shoot and beat up. Just don’t expect perfection, as it was rush released to coincide with the release of the new Matrix film, and is therefore ever-so-slightly rough around the edges. On its own terms, though, it is an entertaining release, and justifies a large amount of the hype which preceeded it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame, it could have been so much more, 17 May 2003
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
Let me put this bluntly: "Enter the matrix" is not a ground-breaking game, its not an imensly original game nor is it at the height of visual detail.
Saying that however, its not a 'bad game', its just not what you would expect from the Matrix brand name. I guess its no different from any other film-to-game type scenario, wherby the game is nothing more than a promotional tool with uninspiring (and not often unexceptional) gameplay.
Enter the Matrix has all the things you would 'expect' it to have such as 'bullet time' (first implemented in Max Payne), kung-fu style fighting (as well as your average gun combat). If your a fan of the Matrix brand, and have money to spare, its not a bad game to own, but as I have said before, its nothing to jump up and down about.
There are two major flaws in this game you should know about when purchasing (or perhaps not perchasing?) it. First is the graphics, they arent terrible, but they arent remarkable either.. they are sub-par. Secondly is the physics engine; for a game that is based around bending the rules of nature it would make sense that the rules to begin with were properly implemented, but alas this is not so -- for example, I crashed head first into another car and the vehicle I was driving when floating about as if it was filled with helium.
My final verdict? leave it be, there are much better games available for your hard-earned money,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but I've seen better!!, 29 May 2003
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
When you think of games which are related to films you normally think of either great games, like Goldeneye, or poorly made titles like Star Wars. With Enter the Matrix you get a mixture of the two.
It would be a crime to say that this game is poor. The game features good gameplay, great cinematic clips and a good storyline. You also have the great bulletime mode which betters the excellent one on Max Payne.
On the PS2 and Gamecube this game is good, but on Xbox you feel a bit short changed. The game is made for the PS2 and when making it for Xbox the producers hardly bettered the graphics. Due to this the Xbox is producing choppy, bitty graphics. Hardly the quality of Splinter Cell.
There is also the fact that the game is small and can be completed quickly.
The thing which drew me to this game was the bullet time mode. It allows you to slow down time and do amazing moves like walking up walls. You can also do some neat kung - fu. So is this a good game or not. Overall it's a good game, allowing you to play as in the matrix doing some great tricks and stunts. If you like Max Payne, it's a buy. If you like a good stoot 'em up, buy it. If you like a look game with a heavy storyline, think twice about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What is the matrix.......like?, 16 May 2003
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This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
The first matrix game to be released on any consol and it has to be said that it is good but....
Good points: Smooth gameplay with 2 characters to choose from.
Martial arts have been directed by yuen wo ping, man who does it for the film.
script written by the wachowski brothers.
Easy to use controls.
very simular to the film.
actors voices for the films done for the game.
feels like the matrix.
Bad:
some mission feel pointless.
cant play as who you would like to be.
this is a good game because its very enjoyable but it feels like a cross between Max payne and True crime. The game is greatly presented with good sounds and a good variety of missions, some driving, running from agents, collecting packages and general combat.But not being able to play as Neo, Morpheaus or Trinity makes it a bit of a let down.
Final advice: buy this game if your looking for a good action packed game but find out as much about the game before you buy it or you could be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointing, 18 July 2003
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
Generally, this game is a huge let down. The graphics are ok on the whole, although not special for the Xbox, but at points are simply laughable - try watching one of the characters climb a ladder for example. The car chase scenes are simply dreadful, with a virtually uncontrollable vehicle that has little sensitivity to joystick movement. The sound is poor - with repetitive music and some awful sound effects - the worst of them being the ladder-climbing sounds again. Worst of all, however, is the linear gameplay. The game completely fails to convey the vast environment of the Matrix - each level has one route to completion with set tasks that must be achieved on route, meaning that there is no scope for exploration.
On the plus side, the film sequences are entertaining and provide some justification for spending money on the game, if your motive is to learn more about the film. Otherwise, avoid this disappointing game at all costs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Average, 13 Feb. 2005
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Some great sections of extra footage shot from the also decidedly Average Revolutions and Reloaded where probably a saving grace, the game overall isn't too unplayable and the combat system works some of the time, however it all feels like the technology is 3 years old, having played Shiny's back catalogue I know they can do so much better, fans of The Matrix series will probably lap this up, but the graphics are just on par with early PS2 games, as previously stated the controls are a mixed bag sometimes you can pull a gun off someone sometimes you are left fighting clumsy, Bullet time is fun for about 10 minutes, no feel of cohesion, the game also seems to have a number of serious bugs which I cannot belive made it through testing such as sound glitches and falling out of the level, in general a typical Film tie in which doesn't satisfy. A missed opportunity by one of my favourite developers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING!, 19 May 2003
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This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
This game was so bad, I returned it. Only 1 star because:
1. The control system is rubbish - completely non-intuitive. Most games give you free-look on one control and movement on the other. ETM combines these together on one control, so simply walking around the levels is a major pain.
2. Graphics - nothing to speak of.
3. The ridiculous way the characters run and climb ladders.
4. Enemy AI - Agents are reasonably difficult, everyone else is easy to kill. Wading through hundreds of identical security guards quickly becomes boring, as does going back and forth through the same level.
5. The driving sequences are very poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game...Great effects..great Graphics...., 21 May 2003
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This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
This is a great game and is very fun to play..the graphics are good and the gameply is smooth..the focus time is great and really helps in those tricky situations..it also comes in handy when you just want to show of like running up walls or diving through glass....I did not give the game 5 stars as it can get a little repetitive and so 4 stars is suited... but it is still an excllent game through. I have no where near completed the game yet..but I throught I would let people know this game is diffently worth having in your collection..
If you liked games like Dead to rights..Max Payne or just the Matrix Movie then Buy this game...you will love it....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter The Matrix: Yes Please, 21 May 2003
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
Play as two back up characters from the Matrix: Reloaded film in a storyline that runs parallel to the film itself, in a game written by the Film's writers and producers.
The first thing that stands out about the game is that it doesn't look as good as you thought it would. The graphics are more on par with "Grand Theft Auto" than "Dead or Alive 3". However, that all slips to the back of your mind, as you start to play the game, which lets you basically act as if you were part of Morpheus' crew, fighting for survival in the Matrix.
You are an Expert in Martial Arts and Weapons.
So, you run around, trying to save Zion, by hitting, kicking, shooting and blowing your way through droves of opponents.
Added to this is your ability to "Focus" i.e. you know that the Matrix is a computer program, and by concentrating, use this knowledge to "bend" reality.
Run at high speeds. Defy gravity by running on walls. Leap rooftops in a single bound. Dodge bullets, or shoot 7 enemies dead before they've even had time to draw their guns.
Just for a bit of diversity, there are even levels where you will have to drive vehicles or ride shotgun.
Not only very faithful to the film, the game, written by the Matrix writers, boasts its story to be a complement to the current "Matrix Reloaded" which has just hit cinemas now.
Read the Manual. You don't like to read the Manual? OK, just read the bits that tell you how the controls work. Then you can make the most of your Matrix experience. The controls are just complex enough that you really ought to find out which buttons do what, but should be fine from that point on.
The sound is very good, with the back up music pumping you up when you hit certain "crucial" moments in the game, and thanks to the "contractual small print", the characters are voiced by their actual Hollywood counterparts.
Finally, there is a "Hacking" option in the game, which is based on the old "DOS Prompt". Fiddling around with this (get yer dad to help ya, he used computers back when DOS Prompt was all the rage) you can unlock info, film scenes, place more weapons in levels and all sorts of other clever things.
So, while the gaming world get's over it's shock and horror that "Enter the Matrix" does not look like the "Cutting Edge Graphics Revolution" they expected, get the game and play it. You'll see in no time, by the sly smile on your face, as your character punts some poor baddie accross the floor until he smacks solidly into a wall, that if Enter the Matrix is anything, it's alot of Fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So... Mr Anderson.......it Could've have been better?......, 21 May 2003
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This review is from: Enter the Matrix (Xbox) (Video Game)
The film of the matrix blew me away with the concept of the machines ruling the world and turning humans into batteries. Reloaded is almost here and when I heard that a game was to be released that 'completes the movie'I had to see it/play it (clever marketing) The game starts with an FMV and sets the scene quite well. You then get to choose to play either niobe or ghost.
However, the game feels clunky. The fist level is a cross between a tutorial and an objective based mission (the objective is to steal a letter [yawn]). I thought that it would've have been imaginative to have been able to have training in the 'construct', you know, learn Kung Fu, learn how to manipulate the matrix and use those guns to the max.
Instead, on the fist mission you run around, picking up tips and attempting to get used to the 'clunky' controls. to shoot your weapon you have to use the 'Black Button' (next to the white button).... why not use the trigger?
There also seems to be times when you just seem to be running, fighting and shooting and not really knowing whats going on...or was I falling asleep?
Seriously, there are some good moments in the game, like the post office reception which recreates the scene when Neo and Trinity enter the Police station to resuce Morpheus.
You get the feeling the game was rushed out to meet the deadline of the realease of the movie. But, there is an alright game in there and it does manage to blur game/movie quite well. Possibly a good begining for future game-movie tie ins.
If you love the Matrix universe, then treat yourself, otherwise a mediorce game that demands more development time.
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