Product Type: Infogrames PS2 games
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Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Member Name: simon020187
Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Advantages: Its fairly cheap and there is a lot of action.
Disadvantages: Weak story, bad graphics, poor sound effects and its a very short game!
== ENTER THE MATRIX ==
Enter The Matrix was the first video game based on the series of movies entitled the same name. The game is a single player action adventure game that was developed by Shiny Entertainment and published by Atari and WB Interactive. This game is also available on the original Xbox and GameCube, PC and the PS2. In this Matrix game you can choose from two characters at the start of the game and also the game features a mediocre plot. When this game was first released back in 2003 I thought it was quite good for its time but after playing the game recently I was slightly disappointed to find the game had aged really badly and it looked and felt poor when i was playing it. One of the big disappointments is the lack of a multiplayer co-op mode even though there are two different characters to play through the game with.
=== STORY ===
The game revolves around the two main characters in the game called Niobe and Ghost and the game starts with the pair of them trying to retrieve a package left in the Matrix. The pair retrieve the package but must escape a group of agents that are after them. After escaping with the package they both learn its a message for the city of Zion about an attack. Now Niobe and Ghost must help fight and do what they can to help prevent this happening. They must also take on what ever obstacles stand in their way. The story isn't great and the game is more of an action game than one based on both action and a good storyline. This is definitely a part of the game that lets it down.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Enter The Matrix does actually feature some decent gameplay. There is only the one playable game mode which is story mode but there are two different characters you can play as. A downside to the game is that each character has the same story and you do the same things with each one so there's not much difference or variety with the characters. The game is mainly built on action and to be fair the action really does deliver but the only problem is can it compete with games nowadays? I don't think it can to be honest. Back in the day I loved playing this game because of the cool fighting moves you could do and all the different attacks that could be done and the fact it was an actual Matrix game got me excited but it didn't last long. The game features both a health bar and focus bar at each side of the screen when you're playing the game. Health heals on its own over time as does focus and focus is used to slow down time.
I loved the way that numerous enemies would come at you thinking they would stand a chance even when you've literally battled your way through several already. You can do normal types of attacks with the press of a button which include punching and kicking and you can also mix them up a bit to do combos. Your characters are quite strong and a lot stronger than any human and with each attack you do can send your enemies from one side of the room to the other if you get it right. You can also do throws and counters when your enemies are attacking you and to be honest this is good when your enemies are armed and dangerous. Also you can run and do different attacks like a flying kick which is quite effective. However one of the most impressive features to this game is the ability to slow down time to unleash devastating combos from standing up or running along walls and doing kicks and other bits. You can even run up walls with duel guns in your hands and let rip on your enemies. The fighting was really good back in the day but after playing recent games and going back to this it all seems a little far fetched.
There are a few different types of enemies to take on from guards all the way to agents. The normal guards are quite easy to beat but some of the agents are quite tricky because they can counter your moves better and move slightly like you do when in combat. Along with your normal everyday guards come armed guards which carry and use guns. If you do it right you can disarm them and use their weapons against them. There are numerous weapons which include pistols, machine guns and even grenades. The game doesn't involve just one big level because its the type of game that is split into sections but there are a few disappointments with the game and one being the lack of variety in it. Not many different enemies, not many different looking places and it all seems like you're doing the same thing over and over again. The main aim of the game is to do your missions but you have to find your way and tackle what ever obstacles stand in your way. Its quite easy to get lost because of all the dead ends and some of the dead ends are stupid and you don't realize until you're right at the end of it. There aren't any collectibles except picking up and using different weapons. So overall its not too shabby and the best part is definitely the combat.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Although back when the game was first released the graphics looked quite good but for nowadays where we all expect every game to feature some top quality graphics this just doesn't do it. A lot of the old games still look fantastic but this one has severely dated and looks shoddy and a little wooden most of the time. The two main characters are probably what stands out the most in terms of graphics but other things disappoint. The design layout of each level is very poor and looks incredibly weak. Enemies all look the same which most agents do in the movies anyway but they are lackluster just like the rest of the characters in the game. Even the fighting looks slightly rough now when being compared to newer games. Overall the graphics are quite poor for a game this old and it definitely lets the game down severely.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
The sound effects are a little better than the graphics in my opinion but overall not that much better. The game menu sound effects are weak and the music to the game is also quite weak but they are not too important. Fighting sound effects are quite good and stand out the most in the game and when guards open fire on you and you slow down time to dodge bullets the game does sound quite good with the slow motion effects. I did feel back in the day that the sound is quite good but it just doesn't quite cut it nowadays and there are far better games out there that are similar to this with brilliant graphics and sound effects.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
Enter The Matrix isn't that very difficult in my opinion and to be honest you change the difficulty and its still feels the same. Also even if it was hard every time you get killed you're automatically restarted at your last checkpoint which will be a few seconds away with the amount that are scattered throughout the levels. Also each level isn't at all that long which is a big disappointment as most can be zoomed through within minutes. The game itself isn't massive overall and is in fact quite short and a massive let down. The controls to the game are simple and the game overall is fairly simple. A huge disappointment is the length of the game and I feel the game was just to easy and didn't even cause any sort of challenge.
=== PROS ===
*A whole lot of action from start to finish.
*Some fairly decent looking combo moves which are quite good.
*Slow down time to dodge bullets or attacks.
*The price of the game is really cheap right now.
=== CONS ===
*Very repetitive all the way through the game which is disappointing.
*The graphics are atrocious especially now the game is dated.
*The sound effects are also quite weak through most of the game with the odd flurry.
*Also the length of the game is diabolical and its quite easy.
*Only the one playable game mode which barely lasts 5 hours.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Okay so Enter The Matrix is far from being considered one of the best games on the PS2 but I do feel it is one of the most action packed games available on the PS2. It does slightly give the feeling its like a Matrix movie with the added cinematics that are taken from the movies but I just don't think there is enough to satisfy fans. In my opinion Enter The Matrix was good back in the day but I feel there just isn't enough nowadays for this game to even get a mention. It does offer some fun but only for a certain amount of time because its very repetitive and gets boring fairly quickly now.
I don't think I would recommend the game nowadays mainly because its dated badly and just doesn't give the feel it used to give me. Also its one of the shortest games I have ever played let alone own. If you love the Matrix movies then you might want to check this out but to me there just isn't enough. However if you're looking for a cheap PS2 game with plenty of action then this might be up your street but if not then by all means avoid this. The game manual is quite poor almost as poor as the game and also the game has an age rating of 15+.
I bought the game from one of my local game shops called CeX for only 80p. For any game that price has to be worth it and Enter The Matrix is definitely worth its 80p price mark. Amazon sell the game a little more expensive than that at around £1.45-£2 which is still quite reasonable. I think its value for money but I just don't see me playing this game again but who knows what the future might hold.
Overall Enter The Matrix used to be a good game but its really dated now so i would have to give it a measly 3/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: An action packed game that's a little dated now!
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