Play the movie!,
This review is from: Enter the Matrix (PS2) (Video Game)
The Matrix has spawned many imitations in the movie world but nothing captures the brilliance of "bullet time" like this title. To convert the very escence of the Matrix to a video game and make it playable and entertaining is no mean feat, but Shiny have pulled it off. While watching the movie you actually want to BE Neo; running along walls and cartwheeling past SWAT teams while pumping them full of lead. Now you can! However, you play as either Ghost or Niobe, each having slightly different paths through the game-world. Ghost is a master of weaponary while Niobe can handle herself behind the wheel of any vehicle.
The majority of the game is simply a "go into room, kill guards, go to next room, kill more guards" affair. However, no other game has given the player such a diverse range of moves in which to deal out damage. Imagine cartwheeling past a concrete column firing off round after round of ammo with bullets and their trails whizzing past, landing in the middle of a few guards, jumping on to a wall then reverse kicking away from it into the face of one of the SWAT guys, sweeping the legs off another and punching him out of mid-air across the room, only to finally run along the wall at the last guard guns blazing, flipping off the wall 'Trinity-style' - job done! It's ALL possible here.
Why only 4 stars? Well, it's not the hardest game in the world, and the graphics are a little sparse and lazy. Also, the controls sometimes work against you - when going up or down stairs you'd like the right stick to look up or down to see what is there, but this only puts the camera into first person mode. Seeing as you can't move in first person it's a little pointless. The only other thing that lets it down is...well, I want to play as Neo!! Nothing major, but come on Shiny, Neo is the ONE! Special mention must go to whoever did the sound because it's spot on. All of the effects and music from the movie are here, especially in "bullet time" with the bullets whooshing past the screen and the punches/kicks lifted straight from the kung-fu scene of the movie.
What surprises me is the price of this title. Even at £50 this would sell, but at £35 then you simply MUST own this. If you liked Max Payne then this is more of the same but with fancy moves. Go on, take the red pill and see how deep this game really goes...