Excerpt: How Atari must have been laughing at the success of Enter the Matrix. Despite receiving a mauling in all but the most untrustworthy of publications, the game went on to sell millions of copies world wide. It seems that The Matrix is now destined to deliver mediocrity, with two sequels that failed to come anywhere close to the original movie, but surely the sequel to one of the most disappointing games of 2003 has to be a better gaming experience... doesn't it?
Excerpt: The Matrix: The Path of Neo is somewhat of an apology from the folks that brought you the film trilogy and related games. It’s the game that should have been released along with Reloaded and Revolutions instead of Enter the Matrix, since The Path of Neo actually parallels the films. It lets you play as Neo instead of putting you in the role of a minor character taking part in events in the war with the machines too insignificant to make it into the movies.
Excerpt: Path of Neo is the next console game based on the popular Matrix franchise. A lot of people were quite disappointed in Enter The Matrix . That game had an interesting premise but didn't come out quite well, and lets face it…. Everyone wanted to be Neo and not some side characters barely mentioned in the movies. So Shiny and Atari have come out with another game based on The Matrix and this time it's Neo all the way.
Pros: Nice presentation of the movies, Good melee combat, Awesome sound
Cons: What happened to some of the graphics?, Stu.. Stuttt.. Stuttering Framerate, What happened with the gun gameplay?
Excerpt: Everyone complained about how awful Enter the Matrix was, but what did these people expect? The movie it’s based on was terrible, and the following film was equally bad. The sequels and the game were an equal match. Now The Matrix: Path of Neo comes along and promises to take the best part of the movie (the cool action) and deliver an intense videogame experience. Remember the disappointment you felt when you first saw The Matrix sequels? Prepare to feel that again.
Conclusion: While this isn't a great game, it is a good one. The training levels
are too long and not that interesting, but the fighting system is good.
It allows for impressive moves without a lot of complex button sequences
and these look fantastic on the screen. In the final analysis though,
a game is only good if the player had fun working their way through the
various levels. I found it very enjoyable, even with the flaws.
Excerpt: Obviously, with a game that pulls its source material from a trilogy (and a separately released prequel disc) as well as a name like Path of Neo, you’d expect that the storyline would follow the plot of the movie exactly. Well, you’d be about half right. The story behind Path of Neo is much more like an remix of all four films, with narrative taken and pieced together from quickly edited cutscenes that re-examines every step of Neo’s journey from hapless hacker...
Excerpt: I remember when Enter the Matrix was announced, the disappointment voiced by players and critics alike when they discovered they couldn’t play as Neo was extremely strong. After all, why play minor characters like Ghost or Niobe, regardless of the different ways you could play, when you could be Neo, the prophesied savior of the human race? While that might not have been the downfall of that title, it definitely wasn’t the experience that everyone expected.
Excerpt: Whatever you might think of the last two Matrix films, The Animatrix , Enter the Matrix, or anything else with the word Matrix in it from the last couple of years, it doesn't make The Matrix: Path of Neo any less good. Path of Neo is the second Matrix game from developer Shiny, and after the disappointing Enter the Matrix, you might be wondering why you should even bother this time around. You should, simply because Path of Neo isn't too much like its predecessor.
Pros: Highly destructible environments, Lots of improbable martial arts moves that are easy to pull off, Great voice acting from a mostly soundalike cast, Plenty of memorable moments of action
Cons: Chaos of the action can be overly daunting at times, Graphics engine is not attractive, Story changes gears wildly, from overly dramatic to overly jokey, Some of the non-combat gameplay sequences aren't all that good