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The idea of The Matrix series becoming an MMORPG is an idea that would make the year of many fans of the brilliant trilogy of films (ok, not so much the third...), however, it ultimately seems to be an idea that is far better in theory than practice, or at least, it is poorly executed here, and is one of the biggest disappointments in gaming history.
The game begins promisingly: it is without a doubt well-presented for its age, and manages to aptly capture the visual style of the films, but that's just about where the positivity stops. While there are some impressively animated kicks and flips, there just aren't enough of them, and it becomes clear that this is a lazy effort that tries to make a quick buck off of the pop culture sensation that is these films.
If you thought that the grind of most MMOs was bad, this takes it to another level indeed; it's just quick combat, running around, and more combat. There are quests, but none that are very exciting or original, and furthermore, the game is VERY easy, meaning there's not even any sense of challenge for the most casual of gamers. Matrix fans looking for an expansion of the mythology will also be disappointed: it answers none of the questions left, and just about carries the story on in a very bare-bones fashion.
Yet another casualty to the curse surrounding film adaptations, The Matrix Online is an extremely lazy and poorly executed game that you should absolutely avoid. It's absolutely style over substance, and has nothing else to offer to anyone who has ever played an MMO before, or simply appreciates good storytelling.
Enter the Matrix begins where 'Final Flight of the Osiris' (an Animatrix film) ends and joins up with Matrix Reloaded once into the game.
You play as either Niobe or Ghost with your first task being to retrieve a package from a post office which as you'll expect isn't as simple as it sounds.
The appeal of the game, at least to me, was the fight style combined with bullet time. Unfortunately the game does not pull off either particularly well. Whilst you can interact with your environment to pull off similar moves to those in the film the controls are poor as is the camera. The level design is shoddy, there are far too many areas of sheer nothingness.
The sound is the best thing about the game. The film audio has been put to good use. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about other areas of the game. The gameplay is poor and the size of the game with regard to installation is laughable when you consider what you're getting. Being unable to play as Neo is disappointing and although Ghost and Niobe take slightly different paths, unless you're a big Matrix fan it's unlikely you'll play through the game more than once. To add to that, the graphics are weak.
Overall I'd say it's quite poor. It's not even a decent time passer.
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This is the game that links everything you didn't know until now about the Matrix after seeing the 3 films and the Animatrix series. It is one of the best fighting-shoting first person shooters, if you can even call it that, since when you're out of bullets you don't run away: the fun part has just begun. Remember how Neo and the others fought in hte films? Well you can do almost as much, using the focus, which is the time-slowing mode, sort of like in MaxPayne, only this lasts more and is cooler, since you acquire new moves and greater strength when in focus. You also get to drive or perform drive-by, depending on the character you choose, namely Niobe or Ghost, but other than that the gameplay is quite annoying, you just complete mission by mission. The graphics and sounds are quite realistic, they also give you that "in the Matrix" feeling. And it also has an in-game hacking program, so even YOU can hack the Matrix. It's truly a masterpiece among games.
What I loved about this game is the sweet effects, you can run along walls, flip off them, kick 5 guards in the head in one jump... Just like in the movie. There are however also quite a few problems with the game.
There is little choice in the plot, it's just a case of doing each level, there are no choices involved.
Also it all gets very repetative after a while... Yeah kicking 5 guards in the head at once is cool at first but after the 120th time it's getting a bit boring... Also there isn't much variation in game play, your almost always a character, you almost always have a gun and you almost always can kick 5 guards in the head at once...
What was also dissapointing was that you can only be ghost and niobe, I was hoping for Neo but alas... Basically it's about them attacking / defending against the machines (as if yuo couldn't have guessed that)
If you can pick the game up cheap second hand then i'd get it as the first few hours are great. But dont bother buying it new as for that price it isn't worth it.
Enter the Matrix was disapointing in a way, like it has a multiplayer but it sucks, you cant even use focus (go into slow motion), its kinda crap, you dont even pick your character, and you cant unlock it unless you hack... in the hacking area. I will give some codes out later in the review.
The game is about Ghost and Niobe (the 2 main characters in this game), I would of thought it would be about Neo, but its not, shame though. Its their side of the story of the Matrix, and their travels in the Logos (their ship). There are loads of things you have to do, but they are short, you can complete with both characters seperatley, so like if you complete Ghost first, then decide to complete it with Niobe now, Niobe's one is slightly different.
I really like this game, going back over the levels and doing all the kunfu stuff which I find is quite entertaining. I have the game on the PS2, but my friend has it on the PC, and ive seen it, so its roughly the same accept the controls, so I wont be able to say anything about that and I hope that you will know, or if not ill reccommend another site further down in the review. You can go into slow motion, like Max Payne, but a bit different, and you can do special moves and shoot dodge.
The Matrix - This is the 1st movie out of the Triligy, this is about Neo (Keanu Reeves) to become The One. Morpheous believes that Neo will be The One, and bring the calm to the real world. The Matrix Reloaded - This is about Neo, who has fully developed his power, and him taking on loads of Agent Smiths, the game is mainly about this game. The Matrix Revolutions - This is about the war of the Machines vs the Humans, the Sentinals kick some big butt. The Sentinals are like a machine version of and octopus, has many legs, and it can fire bombs, the war in this is very spectacular. And Neo has a 1 on 1 match against Agent Smith (Neo Arch Rival).
The sound is good, they have the voices from the movies, and it is realistic, thats all I could ask for. The Graphics of the game is very good, they have scenes from the movies, and some that ain't, as in you dont see them, they have made it new. The Oracle is not the same as the first and second Matrix Movie, because she died just after Reloaded, and the game was made after that.
At the end of the game you get a trailer of The Matrix Revolutions, which is a good trailer, even though The Matrix Revolutions is out already. The Sountrack is from the official Matrix Soundtrack disc. All the tracks are roughly in it, most of the songs, that are in the film anyway. I really like the music from the game, so i might search for some for MP3's, or Im just getting in over my head.
Once you have completed some of the stages in the game, you can go back to them as in it turns into level select, and the more you do, the more will be in level select. There are some stages with Agents, but if you have some codes like infinate health and focus, then its really good fighting the agents and so on.
The Playability for the game is very good, very entertaining, but it can get repeditive at times, there are many different types of weapons, like loads of different hanguns, automatic handguns, sniper rifles and lots more, you will have to play the game to find out what else you can get. The plot of the game is to stop the real world from being destroyed by the Sentinals, by doing special stuff in the Matrix.
I think this is a good game overal, but it can get boring after a long period of time, this is a good game for hardcore Matrix fans, but I would just stick with the movies, even though I bought the PS2 version the other day.
PRICE - £7.99 (play.com)
CERT - 15+
MY RATING - 2 star * *
MORE INFO - www.whatisthematrix.com
THIS GAME IS
Fun For A While
THIS GAME IS NOT
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At first hand, 'Enter the Matrix' (EtM) sounds like one of the more interesting film tie ins. Developed at the same time as the last two Matrix films, with input from the Wachowski brothers as well as other Matrix personnel, it should have shaped up to be something a bit special.
Like my attempts at cooking, the result does not do justice to the ingredients used.
The game takes place at the same time as Matrix Reloaded and just after the Animatrix story "Last Flight of the Osiris", but follows the crew of the hovercraft Logos instead of the main triumvirate. The story (scripted by the Wachowskis) starts with Niobe and Ghost attempting to intercept a message left within The Matrix by Capt. Thadeus of the hovercraft Osiris.
The message is important and could change the future of humanity's last city, Zion. Once this is complete, other tasks become necessary if the humans are ever going to defeat the machines and end the war.
On paper, it sounds like a great idea. The Matrix films had a strong storyline that could translate easily to any number of different kinds of computer games. Shiny Entertainment, given the task of creating the Matrix world for the PC and consoles, appears to have bitten off more than it could chew, though.
Graphically, the game's well below standard, even considering age. Released around the same time as Matrix Reloaded, the game engine is very poor. While the main characters look the part, their main animation is shocking. Watching Ghost run within the game was laughter inducing, as his arms pumped wildly like a child running in an exaggerated manner. Niobe wasn't exactly fluid in her running either.
The animation during the fighting was much better though as the actors from Matrix Reloaded did a lot of motion capture with Yuen Wo Ping, who was responsible for the fight scenes in the Matrix movies. But again, the game engine showed its limitations as you quite clearly fail to land a punch or a kick on your opponent, but he will still act as if you'd plugged him one on the jaw. Throughout the game, there are far too many graphical glitches, irrespective of how high you push the graphics detail even a top of the range PC these days will not get a good looking game from this.
The cut scenes are marginally better, but the one memorable feature that I can remember is that vehicles have square wheels. Square wheels! Octagonal wheels would have just about been forgivable, but square? Even Neo might have had an idea in the first movie that something wasn't right if the cars had square wheels!
Sound wise, though, Matrix does have a lot going for it. With the exception of one or two sound effects (running through gravel or climbing metal ladders for example) the game is impressive. Guns, vehicles etc. are all done well. Voice acting is exceptional, as the actual Matrix actors do it.
Controls are easy enough to get used to, but the game still feels very clumsy at times, especially when accuracy of movement is required e.g. thin ledges, combat, jumping etc.
EtM is not a single genre game. During the course of the game, you get third person shooter, first person shooting (sniping, really), third person fighting, driving and hovercraft piloting. As my mother has a habit of saying "jack of all trades, master of none" and that's very apparent here.
Even the Matrix bits that should set the game apart from similar others aren't done particularly well. Max Payne 1 or 2 is easily better than the third person shooter aspect of EtM and manages to implement bullet time (or 'focus' as they call it here) in a far superior way to EtM.
I haven't played too many fighting games, but even my ancient copy of Virtua Fighter for the PC, which is probably around six years old, offers a better fighting experience than EtM. It is possible to win fights in EtM by randomly hitting buttons on the mouse and keyboard. During the entire game, I don't think I won hand-to-hand combat based on skill.
The driving bits were quite poor, too. They're certainly not a patch on games like Colin McRae's Rally, or even Grand Theft Auto (or Vice City). That's pretty much the problem with EtM: other games exist (of a similar age) that are better than EtM.
The one area that EtM manages to do well is the story. Coupled with the supposed extra hour's worth of exclusive film footage, the game weaves its own path in and out of the films. Along the way, you'll meet up with the Keymaker, Trinity and Persephone, amongst others.
However, I do have one problem I was assuming that by being able to play both characters, I could find out about the entire parallel story thread. This isn't the case as the game is slightly different, depending on which character you choose. Instead of being two story arcs, it's really only one and a half.
Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this. I persevered through it to complete the story (which does has some answers to questions that Reloaded might have offered up). I enjoyed the story aspect immensely, but the game itself was an incredible disappointment. As stated above, other games out there are much better examples of the genres on offer in EtM. My advice would be to seek out one of those because you'll get more enjoyment from them.
Shiny's Recommended PC specifications:
CPU: 1.2 GHz
Memory: 256 MB RAM
HD Space: 4.3 GB
Gfx card: Direct X 9.0 compatible
My Specs (where different):
CPU: 2.5 GHz
I loved this game when i brought it awhile back. I just got it to fill a few hours of boredom. But i loved it. you can choose to play between two characters who take different paths into the matrix story. the gameplay: Absolutly brill, i loved the whole slow motion thing and flying kicks and combo moves. i liked the matrix movies and wished i could play a game like this...and here you go. i was addicted to this gameplay, each level was different and i actually felt part of the matrix. i was kinda disapointed with the fact you can't play NEO i was like whats the point!..but it still amazin. you can actually play trinity for a couple of minutes which was quite good. graphics were great, good face and clothes texture. controls were really easy to pick up, great feel to the game. this was a great game, thats different to anyother game on the market. go get it! problems toooooooooooooo short!! but worth the experience 10/10
INTRO or, TAKING THE RED PILL If you haven't seen, or at least heard of the 'Matrix,' you may as well stop reading this now. The video game tie-in to the 'Matrix: Reloaded' is, for all intents and purposes, merely a behind the scenes look at the world of the Matrix when Neo and the gang aren't around, and as such, won't really make any sense to anyone who isn't familiar with the franchise. That being said, I bought myself a copy of the 'Enter the Matrix' game for the old PS2 and woowee does it make me want to drink some Powerade. GAMEPLAY or, TUNING IN AND TURNING ON In 'Enter the Matrix,' you control two characters from the film, Captain Niobe, played by Jada Pinkett Smith and Ghost, played by David Wong. Niobe and Ghost, along with operator Sketch, crew the ship Logos, the fastest ship in Zion's fleet. They also log in to the Matrix and aid the resistence in that fashion, acting as couriers and retrievers. Throughout the course of the game you'll fight police officers, soldiers and, the dangerous and dreaded agents, the Matrix's personally security team. The areas you travel to are pretty varied, from the post office to the airport to a residential neighborhood, there's even a mission through the tunnels that make up the world outside the Matrix. Despite your locations though, no one really seems to like you much and running and gunning make up a lot of the game. When in the Matrix you have the ability to 'focus,' an action that lets you do all those cool stunts like running on walls and dodging bullets and jumping 30 foot gaps with no running start. 'Focus' is really the crux of the game, without it you wouldn't last two seconds. The thing about being 'free' of the Matrix's grasp is that you can somewhat shape it to your will, and that's what you need to do to survive, both as Ghost and Niobe. GRAPHICS AND SOUN
D or, THEY'RE SLICK, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? Of course the graphics and sound are going to be good, 'The Matrix' is a franchise that was built around stunning visual effects and pulsating, driven sound. The game is no different. The levels are seamless, the characters are extremely life-like and move with unbelievable fluidity. The individual levels are huge and detailed, giving you just a small idea how big the Matrix actually is. The animated cutscenes look almost as good as the actual film footage, and I didn't mind that there was so much of it since it was well written and acted. The fact that they got the original actors to provide the voices in the game is a huge part of making this game so good. ADVANTAGES or, MMMM, EVEN MORE JADA Both characters are adept at hand-to-hand combat as well as weapons use, but where Niobe is quicker, Ghost uses a bit more finesse. The game differs depending on who you play as, making it, in a sense, two different games in one. This adds to the replay value nicely. A nice, non-game related feature is the option to hack. Hacking allows you to unlock more movies, cheat codes, information about characters and the Matrix itself, interviews with actors, training programs, the list is long. The only problem is it's basically a matter of trial and error. You have to type in the names of files that you think may exist. It takes a long time to find anything and I eventually ended up just going on-line and finding the different files that way. Sure it was cheating, but playing the game itself is hard enough without having to spend hours trying to guess file names. The big add-on that makes the game really sweet is the whole extra hour of footage that was filmed specifically for the movie and how the action in the film, and subsequently the things you do in the game, tie-in directly with the action of 'Matrix: Reloaded.' If you find some information in a level and del
iver it to Zion, Morpheus will have mentioned it in the film. If for some reason a hundred agent Smiths show up out of nowhere in the film, you'll know where they came from because you just got done fighting those same agents. It's things like that that I like about this game, the fact that since the Wachowski brothers both wrote and directed it, they had no qualms with making the game integral to the plot of the film. DISADVANTAGES or, WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE LAG Okay, the lag time for this game is terrible. Absolutely terrible. Every level is divided in to about ten sublevels, and the game needs to load for each sublevel. The problem is, most of the sublevels can be completed in about a minute, while the lag time takes around twenty seconds. TWENTY SECONDS!!!! If you're a gamer, then you know a lag that long is an eternity, and there are so many of them. I honestly think I nodded off a few times waiting for a level to load. It's sick. CONCLUSION or, THE MATRIX HAS YOU 'Enter the Matrix' is really defined by its story. The nifty special effects and the slick graphics and the great music have all been done before in different games, but what sets this game up a notch is it's adherence to the rules and storylines that the Wachowski brothers have created for their virtual world. This game isn't so much an addition to the story as an integral part, making it a must-have for any fan of the series. The only chink in the armor is, obviously, the load times. This game would have been nigh on perfect if they could have figured out someway to get rid of all the lag. Either way though, this is a top-notch game and I thorougly enjoy it.
You can command two characters, Ghost and Niobe(the only real difference between them is one is male, one is female) and I was captivated in the first 15 minutes; if your a matrix fan, you will enjoy parts of it, because you can do quite a few moves(which look pretty slick) but you soon realise there isn't that many things you can do. The game uses something called 'Focus', which is slow mo. You only have a limited amount before it runs out, but you just have to stand still for a few seconds and it replenishes itself. same goes for your health, which means the game is pretty much a walkover if your careful. One of the big problems is, you have all these kung fu moves, but nobody in the game can actually fight back. Sure, the guards can hit you with their guns, and the agents have a bit of skill, but you could get through a large portion of the game just button bashing. The graphics are nice, though no big deal. The sound is, like the graphics, nice, but no big deal. The level design is alright, though some of the ideas are pure ****, though I won't go into detail. (wouldnt want to spoil it! yeah right) There are some driving/flight scenes which are truly terrible. I got no entertainment out of those... In conclusion, don't waste your money on this game. It isn't worth it at all unless you are a complete Matrix fanatic. A real disappointment.