Excerpt: Rather than make a game based directly on the events of the original Matrix movie and the sequel Matrix Reloaded , the Wachoski brothers directed Shiny to make a game set to expand the universe while paralleling and even crossing over with events of the Matrix Reloaded . Players take on the role of either Niobe or Ghost, two fellow freedom fighters who enter the matrix to fight for their cause.
Pros: Great story that augments the movies, Tons of Matrix-style action and combat, Large locations, Live action footage is wonderful
Cons: Camera could be better in tight spaces, Some rough edges on the character models, Flight levels feel tacked on
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Enter the Matrix is just unfinished, plain and simple. It had the potential to be great. It has some awesome moments, but just falls short in too many areas to be anywhere near great. It's worth a rental and possibly a buy for Matrix fans - you should definitely give the game a try if you're interested.
Excerpt: Without a doubt, The Matrix Reloaded had been one of the most highly anticipated sequels to grace the silver screen in quite some time, and the box office receipts have certainly proven this. To go along with the release of this second Matrix film, Shiny Entertainment finally unleashed their Matrix video game project, which had been in development for what seemed like forever.
Excerpt: Ever since GoldenEye on the N64, no game based on a movie has been able to be very good. Some games, like Spider-Man and some Star Wars games have been okay, but nothing that match the greatness of GoldenEye. Then comes Enter the Matrix, which had a lot of hype during pre-release. It was both written and directed by the makers of the Matrix trilogy. They made sure everything looked the best that it could to resemble the Matrix universe the best as possible.
Excerpt: Enter the Matrix is an odd game in that it is only entertaining for short bursts of time. Don’t get me wrong; surely any undertaking to make a Matrix game is a difficult one. The development team must make a game that keeps intact the spirit and style of the movies’ revolutionary fight sequences and the mood set by the dialogue and dark, naturally lit locales, and (most daunting of all) it must fall in line with the lore that has been written and spoken of since the...
Conclusion: Manages to provide some of the coolest hand-to-hand combat seen outside of the beat-'em-up genre, but the driving sessions are not as enjoyable, and the game can feel a bit incomplete. With more time (it had to tie-in with the Reloaded release date) it could have been a better game, but as it is, it is just something that just has not quite lived up to our full expectations for a Matrix game.
Summary: Enter The Matrix should have been kept in development for a couple more months, and possibly been released with the third movie in November. It's a good game that has some flaws but fans of the movies will likely forgive them for the opportunity to do some slo-mo damage..