- Platform: Xbox
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The Matrix: Path of Neo (Xbox)
- assume the role of Neo from the time he discovered the existence of the Matrix to eventually becoming the One
- Many scenarios are exclusive to the game and were not seen or experienced in the films
- Bullet Time special effects will allow gamers to dodge bullets and jump off walls to defy gravity and logic
- Amazing new characters and locations not seen in the films that expand the Matrix storyline through the end of The Matrix Revolutions
- includes the martial arts choreography of Yuen Wo Ping.
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The Matrix: Path of Neo (Xbox)
Set in the Matrix film universe, The Matrix: Path of Neo will enable players to actually play as Neo, the central character, and relive his most important and memorable scenarios from the complete film trilogy.. Throughout the game the path the player takes to resolve each scenario and the resulting consequences will be scripted and directed by the Wachowski Brothers.
The Matrix: Path of Neo will incorporate footage from all three feature films, as well as The Animatrix. The game includes several sequences of film-quality live-action, full-motion footage (FMV), as well as Hollywood-quality effect sequences. Throughout the game players will use martial arts, medieval weapons and guns (lots of guns) to take on a variety of enemies, such as heavily armed Agents of the Matrix, including Agent Smith and Exiles in the employ of the Merovingian.
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But it all falls down with the actual gameplay. Appalling framerate, even worse controls and boringly repetition dog this game from start to finish. Certainly, it (kind of) follows the path of all three films, and there are geuninely cool moments (such as fighting multiple Agent Smiths, or sparring with Morpheus in the dojo), but then again some of the setpieces just fall flat (see, for instance, the lobby shooting scene - this should really be one of the best bits, but is unforutnately one of the places where all the game's flaws really come to the fore). And the fights do have the tendency to get boring after a while - just the same combination of random button presses until you get a result (reminiscent, dare I say it, of the atrocious fighting system of Star Wars Episode 3). Plus, the overall control system is just a nightmare - it is almsot impossible to run, shoot and pull off focus moves all at the same time, because it's just too fiddly, and the targeting system gets grumpy whenever you try and change enemies or whenever you kill someone with a gun - in fact, despite the dodgy fighting controls, I much prefer the kung fu moves to the gunplay, simply becasue it's so much easier to control. Couple this with one of those cameras that lets walls and otehr bits of scenary get in the way of the action, and you have an experience that is just as bit better than having your teeth pulled. In the films, artistic use of the guns provide a component and characteristic piece of the action. In the game, using guns just feels heavy, laboured and porrly thought out, as does almost every other part of the control system and gameplay.
Path of Neo stinks of rushedly being put together to fill the vacuum created by the end of the trilogyzx, depserately pinning ts hopes on Matrix die-hards who wouldn't dream of not buying this. But really, for a console that should be at the pinnacle of its technological ability (Half Life 2, anyone?), it is more of an attempt at an early Xbox game, and even back then wouldn't have impressed. My recommendation? Rent first, and then, if you really like it, or are a serious fan, go and buy it. But try before you do, otherwise you might get a nasty surprise. This should be so much better, and feel so much better (rather than constantly reminding you you're in a half-rate video game, it should totally immerse you in world of The Matrix). And I'm not prejudiced either - I really enjoyed all three of the films and might even be so bold as to claim that I understand much of what the Wachowski brothers were trying to do and say.
The controls really must be put on "Gamma" config and gunplay to "hold", this makes gunplay lot's more fun, but takes a bit of getting used to.
You may also want to play it "easy" as I found the fights drag, having to knock the same enemy down 5-7 time grated on me. Plus I was "The One" and wanted to feel double hard.
The most important thing about this game is that is it grows. The progression in the game is the best I've seen, the development of the character keeps things fresh.
More importantly I found that to begin with you must be patient with the control system. Follow the tutorial carefully or you could end up just randomly bashing the buttons as I did before I started back at the beginning on "easy". At first glance there doesn’t seem be much of a system to master, but once you do it's very satisfying.
There are many little bug's scattered about, but this is a 'videogame', more of a homage to the trilogy than a true representation. It has everything you want in there from the movies (minus the original music, big shame, but what's there is classic Matrix enough) plus the story is convincingly progressed and adapted for an interactive medium.
A title like this screams at you to jump straight in a start belting hundreds of Agent Smith's with a iron bar, but the fight mechanic takes a bit of discipline. It's like a pie, simple on the surface, but full of interesting ingredients.
Fans of the previous title will no doubt rush out to buy this new game as you get to follow the path of the one. I myself was a really big fan of the first so didnt hesitate in purchasing this new title. Man was i wrong!!!!
There are some good points, like the graphics for example and some of the moves you can pull off are totally awsome. BUT and this is a very big BUT, the game is flawed from the start with so many annoying factors that you cant even overlook them and enjoy the game for what it is. The comabt system is absolutly diabolical now and you are literally forced to button bash the Y key over and over again. In the previous title you could reverse/counter and dodge with X then hit Y for some heavy combos. Neo sometimes has a mind of his own and wont even respond when you give him a command. He never punches in the correct direction largly due to possible the most annoying camera system since Men in black for the PS1.
The special moves again pretty much require button bashing and because his moves are so out of sync with your controls you find you have no idea what you just told him to do!!!
How can Atari after getting it so right with enter the matrix not just build on this, why add such a stupid control system and the worst bullit time in the world. You press the L trigger to go into this mode and the world slows down......or does it. I dont know i cant tell! because the screen looks exactly the same i.e. no indication atall of when your in it or indeed when he comes out of it.
I could go on and on picking this game apart, its good in parts but massively flawed in others. Get ready to buy a new pad cos your old one will be busted after you smash it on the floor in pure frustration.
Finally the voice over for Keano Reeves sounds more like Jimmy Reeves. Nuff Said
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME get ninja gaiden instead or even play enter the matrix again.