Enter the Matrix (Original Xbox) by Atari

Enter the Matrix (Xbox) by Atari Box Art



North Amercian Release Date: May 15, 2003.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe, Japan

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Widescreen Supported (16:9): Yes
System Link Support: No

Average Overall Score:
7.84 / 10

Enter the Matrix, indeed. This game manages to take you down the rabbit hole and then some. To be quite frank, this is an unbelievably good game and I will explain why in a second, but first let?"

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In Enter the Matrix, you’ll take the role of either Niobe or Ghost, part of the same group of rebels as Morpheus, Trinity and Neo. Niobe is the Captain of the Logos, the fastest ship in the rebel fleet.

Features include:
  • The story-within-the-story -- without the game, you won’t see the entire Matrix Reloaded story
  • Incredible Kung Fu, directed by the Matrix fight scene choreographer Yuen Wo Ping
  • Car chases and stunts that take you right to the hard line, Hollywood style.
  • Hack into your gaming console
  • Defy gravity and bend the rules in “Bullet Time”
  • Take on Agents in intense action sequences
  • Pilot the Logos, the fastest hovercraft in the Zion fleet
  • Learn from the Oracle how you can help save mankind.


Saturday, May 17, 2003

Cheat Codes

      Reliant Stadium:
      Morpheus message:
In the Hacking engine, instead of using "GUEST", you can LOGIN as FREEMIND or COWBOYCURTIS to hear a message from Morpheus.
      Get Morpheus:
enter the following in the hacking system- 02568974
      Get Trinity:
enter the following in the hacking system- 00F58256
      Get Neo:
enter the following in the hacking system- F2222546
      Enemies Can Not hear You:
enter the following in the hacking system- 4516DF45
      Taxi Driving:
enter the following in the hacking system- 312MF451
      Fastest Logos:
enter the following in the hacking system- 7867F443
      Moon Gravity:
enter the following in the hacking system- BB013FFF
      Multi-Player Fighting:
enter the following in the hacking system- D5C55D1E
      Test Level:
enter the following in the hacking system- 13D2C77F
      Infinite Focus:
enter the following in the hacking system- 69E5D9E4
enter the following in the hacking system- FF00001A
      Enemies can not See You:
enter the following in the hacking system- FFFFFFF1
      Unlimited Health:
enter the following in the hacking system- 7F4DF451
      Focus Restored fast:
enter the following in the hacking system- FFF0020A
      Maximum Firepower:
enter the following in the hacking system- 0034AFFF
      Infinite Ammo:
enter the following in the hacking system- 1DDF2556

User Reviews

Score: 78
Overall User Average: 7.77 / 10 (78.4%)
Gameplay User Average: 7.71 / 10
Graphics User Average: 7.29 / 10
Sound User Average: 8.00 / 10
Date reviewed: September 30, 2005.

Overall: This game does the first matrix game no justice at all. The quality of this game is on par with the quality of the 2nd matrix installment(which I disliked). I would honestly rather play as neo than as niobe and ghost. I am looking forward to the next matrix game, hoping it leaves this matrix game in the dust.
Gameplay: The game was fun for a while, but that fun quickly wore off. The fighting system was sloppy, as was the gun action. the controls were not all that great and the game is way too 'set,' with not many options regarding how to accomplish a goal. There is however an abundance of unlockable extra features, which is one of the most fun parts of the game(figuring out how to unlock the stuff, and then doing it).
Graphics: The visuals for this game are simply outstanding. from the bullet trails in 'bullet time,' to niobe's alligator skin-looking coat, the graphics are top-notch. the greatest part about this is it's HD-TV compatability.
Sound: The sound of the game is also great, with the actors from the movie playing the voices of the characters in the game. the only downside to this is that the voices in the movie are monotone, but that is part of the movie, so you can't really blame the game for that.

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: September 30, 2005.

Overall: Enter the Matrix is fun for about the first hour when you're still trying out the moves, but after that it gets repetitive and way too easy. Some of the levels seem to be made so that it's impossible to fail. After the fun wears off on the new moves then this is a pretty average game.
Gameplay: Like I said, at first it's really fun. You can do flips off walls, go in slow motion, or shoot while diving through the air. After a while of just screwing around with the moves, it starts to go downhill. The levels are very boring for the most part and everything just seems sloppy. Being able to play as two different characters is pretty cool though.
Graphics: THe graphics are pretty average. The character models look alright, but not great, and the cutscenes don't look spectacular either. Slow-mo action does look pretty sweet though.
Sound: I didn't notice anything too exceptional, but I didn't notice anything too bad. Using the actual voices of characters was definetly a plus though.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 70 %

Liquid Gears
Date reviewed: September 17, 2005.

Overall: In the end I liked playing this game a lot. It was fun and added to the feel the movie portrayed. However, it isn't a buyer. It was easily beaten over the period of time you get to rent a game and there wasn't much replay value in it. But good for a one time play.NA
Gameplay: It was a pretty fun game to play I think. Was interesting storyline with you doing the scenes from the movie which weren't seen. It was very easy to play and the slow motion was fun to mess around with.
Graphics: It looked ok to me. Nothing out of this world by any means but the characters resembled the movie very well and the environment as well. It was slightly square sometimes but for the most part it was smooth movements and looked pretty good.
Sound: The voices were identical to that of the movie which was good to see. The sounds of bullets flying by and stuff being smashed was pretty well done. All in all the sounds in this game added to it to make it feel like you were playing the movie itself.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 40 %

Xbox Masta 4
Date reviewed: August 28, 2005.

Overall: Relating to the movie, I believe the game did a great job. I love going around doing tricks that were seen in the movie itself. I really enjoyed the game because I liked the movie and it was actually enjoyable to fight people and I was always looking for more people to attack!
Gameplay: Love the gameplay. Slow motion, dodging things, running up stuff. This game really is that fun. If you like the movie, you will like the game.
Graphics: Not the best, but I think the gameplay helps out with it. Graphics don't really matter much when you can do so many tricks that you can't in any other game. Also the movie scenes inbetween missions are a great add-on as well.
Sound: Sounds are just like the movie, no complaints here. Game has movie scenes as well that also add on to the game.
Suggestions: Keep um' comin!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: August 14, 2004.

Overall: I liked this game and basically picked it out because of the movies. This game wasn't a let down but not exactly as good as I hoped it to be. Most of the games I wanted were sold out so this was the last one lying there and I tried it. I finished it within a few days approx 3-4, that is playing 2-3 hours a day. It isnt too difficult to pass and if your bored and need to play something quick and fast then this is your game.
Gameplay: The story was alright, but they should have seperate levels for each of the characters. They had some same and different levels, so it was boring playing the same levek over again but just with a different character. Although I was really into the game when you fight agents and that sort of stuff. That really brought out the game and the fun.
Graphics: Graphic wise this game is great. I like the looks and designs of virtually everything. The costumes, weapons, agents etc.. looked well created and it really got you into the game and felt more real.
Sound: I think the developers could have added better music. Mabye add more songs from the movie? I remember hearing a few songs that came from the movie but that would have made it better.
Suggestions: The real let down is not being able to pick Neo. Though I already knew that before I bought this game. I think there should be better music or mabye even let us pick our own. I think next time you should allow more characters and have different levels for each of them. Other than that I did have fun with the game and expect a much better one in the future.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 60 %

The Jackal
Date reviewed: January 17, 2004.

Overall: Overall its an ok game. its not a buyer at all but its cool because it shows things from the Matrix 2 that went on but we didnt see.
Gameplay: Kinda the same idea as Max Payne but thats what the Matrix was about but since ive seen it before i was impressed. Some improvements but not enough to be a buyer.
Graphics: Visually it was ok. Kind of square look to the characters but i like the way parts of the movie were incorporated into the game.
Sound: Sound was good. I like how when you would slow down, the sound would as well. That was the best sound feature in the game but again its been seen before.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: January 7, 2004.

Overall: This game was ok, nothing monumental. The main thing that made this game appealing was the additional footage that added to the movies
Gameplay: Gameplay was ok. Its a 3rd person action game, use various types of weapons and martial arts fighting. Includes "focus" ability which allows you to slow evertything around you, jump farther, gives better aim, and other special attacks.
Graphics: once again, nothing spectacular. Contains some exclusive full motion video cut-scenes with the cast from the movies. game was designed to run on multi-platform, so it doesnt utilize its full video potential
Sound: The score includes music from the matrix soundtrack, decent in game weapon and other sound effects.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: December 4, 2003.

Overall: This is a good game, but really, who can pull a sniper from under their coat, or a sub-machine gun from their pocket, let alone a rocket/grenade launcher from it...seriously, get real, but who cares where you pull the guns from, as long as you have them...lol...the graphics are fair good, with al9ot of cut-scenes from the movie, the driving senquences are good, but coulld be better, and i could keep on talking forever but i wont, so i'll stop.
Gameplay: Alright controls, with ALOT of levels, but some levels are just dumb, like when Naobi walks into a room, and the levels finished?? And the last 2 levels couldnt be worse, but this is good, so...yeah? guns and martial arts mix well together!
Graphics: Graphics could be a little better, but i haven't found any real faults in it, the cops and all, hide behind things, and peep around and shoot at you which is kinda realistic...
Sound: Souns alright, i really didn't otice the sound...so i dunno, i spose i'll give it an alright mark, yeah?
Suggestions: cut the dodgy last levels, they stink

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: November 24, 2003.

Overall: Contrary to what most people think, it wasn't that bad of a movie ported into a game. Other then some repitition in the game and some graphics problems, it was pretty fun to play. The storyline runs parallel
to the movie following Ghost and Niobe, with a pretty good plot. The game really improves about halfway through, when you are forced to use hand to hand combat instead of guns.
Gameplay: This is the part of the game where it both improves and hinders the game. There are a lot of moves that look quite nice but as the game goes on you will start to feel the repitition. The gun fights had the worst repitition but once you fight harder enemies(Vampires, sentinels, etc.) you use martial arts, which added a good spark to the game. The load times would sometimes interupt the gameplay(they seemed to happen every couple of minutes), which made it seem like the engine was poorley design, since the graphics weren't that good. The really innovative part of the game is when you "hack" the matrix. It's a side game, made almost entirely from text, where you explore a dos like interface. Things can be accessed, like pictures, videos, and levels, which can then be seen/played in your regular game.
Graphics: The Xbox version had the same quality of graphics that the PS2 had, very dissapointing since the hardware is much better. Animations were done well enough so it didn't bomb in this category(the move looked !&%$@#* good). As I mentioned earlier, a game with this kind of graphics shouldn't have had so many load points. The live footage that was filmed for the game was interesting, especially if your a Matrix fan.
Sound: The sound effects were done well, while the music had some problems. Action scene's had nice effects that added to the realism. I liked the music and it did make the fighting more exciteing but it was on for too long. Running down an empty hallway just doesn't need adrenaline pumped techno.
Suggestions: A dynamic plot is good but you need dynamic gameplay as well and put some bloody quality into your visuals.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 50 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: November 9, 2003.

Overall: this game is great its not too long but lots of action i played with jada and her character is pretty good.matrix nice controls learng is quick
Gameplay: the control are easy to learn the moves are also easy the game play is smooth.try it on hard its more challenging that way
Graphics: its visual could have been alot better but everything look as good as the movie.characters look alot like themselves so i guess thats kool
Sound: sound is good.and when that music start playing you know something is about to jump off.also the characters sound like themselves,just like the movie
Suggestions: make the next par5t just like the movie and you'll be ok

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: This game is amazing . i'm going to get a lot of stick for saying this , but i think it's a HALO beater !!!!!.Plus , you get exclusive real footage thats not in the movies , with jada pinkett-smith!!
Gameplay: You basically take control of one of the rebels and go into the matrix . You can do pretty much everything that you'ves seen in the movies , which basically means the gameplay is excellent!
Graphics: graphically , it's a little bit PS2'ish , but still very , very good . But , seeing as i believe this is the best game ever , i'm gonna give it a 5 anyway!
Sound: it's got the score from the movies , so the music is excellent . The guns , sound effects and pretty much everything sound related are amazing!
Suggestions: just make another one and make it so that you can be NEO !!!!!!.Also , make the aiming system bettter!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: Well, what can i say.. it shows Matrix Reloaded from the point of view of Niobe and Ghost. Its an awsome game since bullet time is finally used by its creators.
Gameplay: Awsome, some levels keep you glued for hours like "Smith's Trap" and it captures the runnning bit of the original Matrix. Weapons are great, no flaws...
Graphics: The cut scenes w/ characters arent too great, but the ones w/ actors ROCK!! During Gameplay characters look awsome.
Sound: Matrix music... its a lil different from the movie, the beat keeps you in the game and not board when its quiet. It changes when you see agents and so forth.. But it all seems VERY MOVIE Quality.
Suggestions: More multiplayer, other than that exelent game.. i already beat it as Ghost, im now playing as Niobe..

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: Ok. By the time the movie is out, i get a chance to get it by the way. I saw the movie then get it on the same day. The movie was ok and the game also. It's not what i have expect but could take my time mostly when i am at home. ;)
Gameplay: You can choose between the black girl, named Niobe or the chinese guy, Ghost. Sure in the movie, these two are just like guests appearances, so weird. In the game, they show off more. You can view some cut sequences tht do not included in the movie. About kung fu style, there are like thousand moves you can use to fight the ennemies. Choose what you want and beat like hell !! Slow-motion is in the same type of Max Payne, you gain some of it if you kill a ennemy.
Graphics: That part is not what i'm like to describe cuase it's just a down way. Sure, there are some cool effects like bump-mapping, lightning effects, destruction stuffs but something need to perform is the body of each one. They look so like a stick figure.
Sound: You will heard a lot of "swishs" sounds when you fight, like in the movie. Music are cool to hear, tension is going up if there are battle.
Suggestions: Build better body of each character next's time. Add all main characters to be playable.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: Fun game with lots of extras. Really like the video interstitials which advance the plotline of the movie and the game. However, some levels are complicated since there are so many moves to memorize and each different level changes the button movements.
Gameplay: The game itself is fast paced and interesting worth recommending. I got stuck in a couple places, where the strategy guide was clear to get past the level but the recommended moves don't appear to be working.
Graphics: The game is suppose to be in 1080i format even with the expanded HD video kit connected to a HD set the video still looks really pixelated. The Video interstitials make up for the content.
Sound: The sound is excellent as you would suspect. However I wish there was more soundtrack type music in the game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: This is basically the movie. You take control of two characters from the movie. You then shoot, punchm kick, and run your way through the matrix.
Gameplay: The gameplay is basically simple. You can pull off great moves by the push of only a few buttons. While this may apply as good to many, it gets old. I still remember the times I wanted to do a specific move, and ended up doing something completely different. This was as first very cool, but then got annoying at times. The most annoying part is the aiming. You dont aim, just fire. I still wish this was different. I miss the ability to aim where you want. This method of aiming also makes the game very easy. Overall though, it is very enjoyable with few flaws.
Graphics: First things first, the animations are great! With the actors actually performing the animations themselves, it has a very realistic effect. Though they could have done better with the X-Box special effects, it still looks pretty good. This is explainable, since it is an all console game. Maybe the game creators can use these special things next time.
Sound: The sound is amazing. I have noticed one flaw. That is in the driving levels. I'm not sure if it is my disc or what, but the SMG on Ghosts' driving parts makes no sound when aiming towards the front. The music is great. I felt like i was in the movie with music straight from it. The voice-overs all also great, another part done by the actors. Great sound.
Suggestions: Change the aiming system and use specaial X-Box features.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: Being it's the Matrix, it's great to finally have a game on the movie. The fact that the game is licensed makes the game a lot more valuable...unlike Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Gameplay: Compare it to Max Payne all you like. Max Payne took 'Bullet Time' from The Matrix. The only difference is Atari has done it right. The game will take any gamer less than 10 hours to complete, double that length if you play the game on the hardest difficulty. The Hacking section is a great asset to the gameplay, and offers timeless moments cracking.
Graphics: Shiny did a fantastic job with the visuals. The cut scenes are brilliant. Mostly, the character models are great, but Niobe looks off, and the agents look all too alike.
Sound: The theatrical touch in the sounds livens up the mood a great deal. I like how the music gets more intense as a difficult moment approaches.
Suggestions: Despite the mediocre reviews, ignore it all and work on a sequel to the game with better enhancements, multiplayer, and sharper character models.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

N Y R 2 0 0 5
Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: This game has it all. Although the video graphics may not be top of the line, the in game graphics, fighting and basicly everything is just great. The game has everything you see in the movie and more. It lets you see the story from another point of view, and references to the real movie to tell you what time it plays out, as the movie did.
All and all its a great game.
Gameplay: Gameplay is amazing, I didn't think at first it would be good, or easy to use, but now that I have played it, I don't think I will stop. You can play the levels over and over again, because you have two different people, each their own levels, and there can be differences in each level. The hacking thing is cool too, and makes the game very interactive.
Graphics: The gameplay graphics are great, not Halo, or splintercell, but for everything in the game, very very good. The video graphics (computer, not the live action stuff) aren't very good. But it is funny because most games it is the other way around, but still the gameplay makes up for it. The moves look realistic, and can be a movie in itself.
Sound: Sounds are great, the bulits as they go by, and basicly everything. The sounds of gurds, agents and cars are very very good.
Suggestions: I think they should make another game for the next movie, but maybe inprove the video graphics, and add "just xbox" gooddies cuz no one likes the little cubies or Ps2 morons.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: This is quite possibly the worst game I have played in recent memory (except for that awful Bruce lee game)
Gameplay: This is your basic, run from point A to point B dribble while avoiding the agents. (whom by the way are stupider than a sack of bricks) The controls are absolutley terrible, the camera is as asinine as they come, and the AI for normal enemies (a.k.a. the same cop ive killed fourty times!) is increadably stupid.
Graphics: Awful. Where the heck did this 20 million dollars go? Thats right, straight into the waichowski brothers pockets. This game looks so awful it could make you vomit.
Sound: Wow, someone knows how to rip music from a cd. Come on guys at leats use a friggin synthesizer or something to make some original music.
Suggestions: Hey, Shiny, you should have stopped with MDK.

Overall: 20 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 20 %
Sound: 30 %

Date reviewed: November 2, 2003.

Overall: For a movie based game, it's above average, dont get me wrong, i love the matrix world, but without it's movie backbone, this game is barely worth a rental. This was a game that clearly had marketing on it's mind but development was clearly somewhere else.
Gameplay: The gameplay is sub-par. At first you'll grin at the close combat moves and "focus" related manuvers, But soon before the end of the game, you realize you have very little control as to what your character does. The controls are also questionably laid out. The fire button for firearms is programmed to the "Black" button..which in my opinion is one of the worst spots, S-controller or Not.
Graphics: Visually, the game is pleasing to the eye, and some backgrounds have nice detail. But it's definetly nothing ground-breaking. Just average.
Sound: The sound adds nothing to the experience. Every sound is very generic. The car chases will make you want to mute the TV. Music is there, but adds very little dramatic feel.
Suggestions: Design a LONGER game, Don't rely on gamers to have an Extra 10 hours of fun with the afterthought of a HACKING system and decieve gamers by telling them there's over 25 hours of gameplay.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: November 2, 2003.

Overall: This game was so much better than I had expected it to be. I expected it to be yet another movie game, not bad but nothing over mediocre. This game has proved me wrong. I have not seen anything wrong with it. It's just that good. To sum it up, let's just say this: If you are a Matrix fan, buy this game.
Gameplay: The gameplay is so much fun. Not only can you utilize the moves and anti-gravity effects of the matrix, you can use new moves. Great, excellent, unbelievable....What else can I say?
Graphics: Graphics were good, I don't really see what people are saying about how they were bad, but I can say that they were nothing that great. A great graphics game was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This game wasn't as good as that, but it was still good graphics.
Sound: Alright sound, nothing special though. I still don't see why all the xbox games don't come with soundtrack ripping ability!
Suggestions: I don't know what else to say! This was a great game. All I can say is make multiplayer. It was very, very good!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: November 2, 2003.

Overall: For years nearly everyone has wanted a game based on The Matrix. The people finally got one but now they don't want it. The graphics are barely better than the PS2 version, the controls suck, gameplay is boring, and the sound is average.
Gameplay: The only reason I finished this game is because I paid fifty bucks for it and wanted to see the extra movie footage. Most of the missions are get from point A to point B but watch out for agents. The bullet time or "focus" was pretty cool allowing you to pull of special moves such as walking on walls, but you can pretty much get through the whole game without it. The controls were horrible. You use the left analog to do pretty much all your moving. The only thing that kept me interested was the hacking part, but even it was short lived.
Graphics: Oh my god, the visuals sucked. They were barely better that the PS2 version. And why do the characters run like they think they're not going to make it to the bathroom? The only thing I liked were the bullet trails.

Sound: I guess the sound was average. The Matrix music when your running was ok. The gun sounds were average. The sound is nothing special.
Suggestions: When you delay a game, make sure you're actually working on it to make it better, not just holding out to build hype.

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: Based on a side-story that parallels the movie's plotline, Enter the Matrix is one of the best movie-to-game titles I have ever played. I hope that another game comes out that follows Revolutions.
Gameplay: Bullet-time has inconveniently been renamed 'Focus', and is used in force here. All I have to say, is wow. I've got Ghost doing a sideways 360 spin off-the-wall all while firing a fully automatic rifle at some S.W.A.T. members, whom I have never figured out why the Matrix sends cops out to find the freed humans plugged in when it could just send Agents. Anyways, there is a good supply of guns, the levels are fun and well-designed, and the number of focus-moves is enough to keep you busy. The car chase with the Twins is a great level on harder difficulties, but I like shooting more than driving.
Graphics: No complaints here...I noticed that some of the textures looked a little iffy, but other than that, the character models, vehicle models and physics were ok. When the focus kicked in and I was spiraling through the air while dozens of bullets were flying past me, I realized that this game rocks.
Sound: I liked the sound...that music got a little repetitive, but I guess I'll get over it. No real complaints.
Suggestions: More levels, longer levels, I wanna jump like they do in the movies, I wanna play as the Twins or an Agent.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: [This review is in response to the news that Atari has managed to foist over a million copies of this Max Payne rip-off on geeks wordwide, as well as the fact that there is another game (supposedly) that follows The Matrix: Revolutions.]

The movie, the game, the HYPE!

Sadly, I fell for it. And the laughter over at Shiny and Atari is still ringing in my ears.

I may be in the minority here, but the game AND the movie just left me scratching my head. I missed something, I guess, but I'm not sure what it was.

Now, instead of ranting, let me just say that Enter the Matrix is a waste of $50. If you're a die-hard matrix fan, then nothing I say is gonna matter. If you're a casual fan, and an avid gamer, then you should heed my warning.

ETM is crap!
Gameplay: Shoot, dodge, karate kick, shoot, dodge, karate kick. Focus. Focus. Focus.

And that's the good part. The driving/shooting sequences are garbage and the final level is so terrible I'm still slack-jawed in disbelief.

Sub-par gameplay, to say the least. Gets boring after about the first hour.

I mistook the hacking option for a suggestion and took a machete to my copy of the game. (Most fun I had with it, too, I have to say!)
Graphics: Gaaaawd...I don't know about you, but I'm sick of ports.

I want more Xbox Only material. The visuals are PS2 all the way. Focus/bullet-time is done better than in Max Payne, but still - been there, done that. Running looks stupid and climbing a ladder is so comical you want to cry.

The movie footage is 'eh' also.
Sound: Nothing here. The music is infrequent and weak, and the sound-fx are forgettable. Just more garbage. Crapcrapcrap.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: Fun, but gets boring, not enough variety. But the movie cut scenes are fantastic and fun to watch. This game needed to be longer!
Gameplay: Being able to recreate your favorite scenes from the Matrix is the biggest thing that kept me coming back, but the gameplay does get repetitive after a while.
Graphics: This game was vomited up by the PS2, which is sad, because with an awesome powerhouse like the Xbox; this could have been an awesome graphical showcase. Instead, it's just kinda good.
Sound: The sounds in this game are awesome. The original score from the movie helps a lot, as well as the cool kung-fu type effects during hand to hand combat.
Suggestions: Make the next game more Xbox friendly, and also make it longer with LESS driving and more fighting!!!

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: I love this game. It is fun and cool. IT IS A RENTAL. It isn't worth buying. There isn't much replay value, and with no multiplayer, just rent it.
Gameplay: Kung-fu everyone from police to vampires. Go bullet time and dodge the, all. Shoot at everyone and run up walls. It is a lot of fun for a while. The only thing that really sucked was when you are Ghost and are in the car, the aimer is inverted. WHY CAN"T I CHANGE IT? This is the only thing that really sucked.
Graphics: The graphics were really good. They could have been better, but they are good. Bullets flying throught the air at you are really cool.
Sound: Sound was good the guns sounded awsome and the ounches and kicks you throw sound like the movie. Bullets in bullet time sounf like the movie too.
Suggestions: Play your own music, have options menu in the pause screen, co-op play would be so sweet, make it longer, make Niobe a better driver when you are Ghost.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: Great game bought it because I loved the first 2 movies. I think i'll be playing this one for many hours to come. I do not forsee myself putting it in the "to sell" pile anytime soon. Only complaint is the fact that I can not save whenever I want ! Not having the ability to save whenever I like makes the overall rating lower than it should be.
Gameplay: Having the slow motion is great reminds me off Max Payne, allthough he could not jump as far :) Moving around is easy and quick to pickup on for someone just starting the game.
Graphics: Visually the game looks great no complaints here. Some glitchs here and there but nothing to cry over.
Sound: Love the music makes me feel like i'm really there. Just like in the movie. The sound effects are good. i'm not much of a sound person as long as I can hear someone walking towards me and I hear gun shots that's more than good enough for me.
Suggestions: Ability to save game whenever you want ! Other than that when is the next matrix game due out ?

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: once u get use to the controls Enter the Matrix can be a very good game. And if u love the movies then this is a must buy.
Gameplay: it takes a little while to get used to all the controls & features but once youve mastered them the gameplay can be really fun.
Graphics: ive seen better graphics but Enter the Matrix does have tolerable graphics.
Sound: the sound is good. thats all i gotta say.
Suggestions: add Neo as a playable character & maybe even a co-op mode if theres a game sequel.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: I always think it's funny when people give a game straight 5.0 scores and then the text of the review has phrases like "IT IS A RENTAL... It isn't worth buying" amongst multiple criticisms. Don't be afraid to use the whole scale, kiddies. The developers' feelings can take it. And for that matter, why doesn't this rating system let me put in a score of 0.0 or 0.5? What, does a game automatically get one point of credit just for booting up in my XBox?

This game was an overall *big* disappointment. I can recommend a rental, but only if you are a Matrix fan (like me) and want to see some cut-scenes. If you are a slave to commercialism and you must own anything with the word "Matrix" stamped on it, watch for it to drop on ebay (it's already at $25 there). You can probably find one of those "cool" Matrix mobile phones on there, too. I've got some old math textbooks that have the word "matrix" in there also, if you're interested...
Gameplay: Who designed this control system? This is the only game I know of that uses the black button to fire a weapon. "Hmmm... using the trigger for a weapon fire is just *too* predictable." The camera sucks (where is the control?). The combo moves might be cool if they were necessary to defeat the lame AI. This is a button-mashers delight. And what about the health system? What kind of skill is required if all I need to do is wait around for my health to (quickly) go back to 100%? I didn't even play this pile of trash long enough to get to the driving scenes, but from what I've heard, I spared myself from yet more torture.
Graphics: What I don't understand is how a game like Halo, which has been around for a couple years now, is visually so much more appealing than a game that was devoted $20 million in development funds and had the experience of a few generations of previous titles to build upon? This game will likely be competing for gamers' dollars with the likes of soon-to-be-released Doom III, Halo 2, and Half-Life 2. Why should I stare at drab, unimaginative environments if I don't have to?

Okay, granted, the player models are cool, and they did some reasonably good mo-cap for the kung-fu. Too bad they didn't spend any time making the more basic movements believeable (nice arm-swinging while running).
Bullet trails... nice effect, but they shouldn't be attached to EVERY BULLET. Granted, I've never been shot at, but I'm guessing I shouldn't see white spirals trailing every bullet (recall in the movie that the only time bullet-trails were seen was when the character was using "focus" (as the game calls it) or "bullet time" (as the cinematic effect is termed)).

Sound: Thankfully, they got something reasonably well-done. At least they know how to record WAV files from their Matrix soundtracks and play them in the background. Sadly, all it takes is some decent sound-effects and background music to trick some people into giving this game a 5.0.
Suggestions: Don't let the Wach. brothers find out how you spent $20 million.

Overall: 30 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 30 %
Sound: 60 %

The Xbox Mafia
Date reviewed: October 19, 2003.

Overall: A below average and overated action game. You run around killing bad guys while trying to get to a certain place. All I can say is it all gets very boring after about 20mins.
Gameplay: Horrable and boring sum up this game perfectly. Bullet time hasnt been used very well here, unlike in Max Payne where there were certain situations where bullet time is a neccesity, its just there to make things look prettier although it almost makes it look worse. The driving adds little extra gameplay, and the fighting sytem feels unbelievably out of control once you've got over the exitment of hitting peopol about a mile away.
Graphics: UGLY ugly ugly, it leaves you thinking this couldnt be a Xbox game. When you use bullet time evry thing has a horrable green tint to it. The driving sequances look terrable because of the lack of detail. And the fmv scenes suck. And if you have a bit of a weak stomach you have got a one way ticket to motion sickness.
Sound: Considering how crap the rest of the game is the sound is alright. The acting is quite good and the bullets sound cool.
Suggestions: Think before you make another crap game from a decent ovie licence...

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 50 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: Awesome game! I love everything. The fighting and shooting is great and its just like the movies. You cn do Focus which is the coolest. Lots of levels and some of them are very hard.
Gameplay: You are either Ghost or Niobe. You fight Agents, the twins from Reloaded, and lots of other bad guys. And there are driving levels. The game is different depending on whether you choose Ghost or Niobe. You can get tons of guns, such as a sniper, MP5, shotgun, pistol, grenades, etc. You fight or shoot the enemies. Focus is great you can run on walls and do flips and stuff. I have one problem with the game: it has to load to much. But, that's my only problem.
Graphics: The graphics aren't very good, but that doesn't make the game worse because it doesnt matter. They are PS1 ish.
Sound: The sound is great. The characters sound really good and s do all the sound FX. Great sound and music.
Suggestions: Make a game on the 3rd movie with multiplayer, it would be the best game! And better graphics.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 100 %

Enter the Matrix News

A New Matrix Game Gets Closer To Confirmed
We reported about the rumor there might be a Xbox Matrix game in 2005, well the Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski are describing their next project as "an Xbox Matrix game for 2005."

A New Matrix Game Possible For Xbox Next?
Gamespot has posted a rumor regarding a possible exclusive new Matrix game coming as a launch title for Xbox Next.

New Matrix Games Coming Soon
Atari’s CEO Bruno Bonnell confirms two more spin-offs from the Matrix licence.

Enter The Matrix Sells Like Crazy
Enter the Matrix Joins Atari’s ``More Than 2.5 Million Sold’’ Club; Fastest-Selling Title in Company’s History .

Atari Hints at New Matrix Game
An Atari representative has recently confirmed with Game Power Australia off the record that a new Matrix game is currently in development, and is expected to tie in with the release of The Matrix Revolutions, scheduled to release later this year.

Atari Shares Sink; ’Matrix’ Selling
Shares in video game publisher Atari Inc. sank on Tuesday, their fourth straight day of losses, as "Enter the Matrix," the company’s biggest-budget game yet, faced early negative reviews despite signs of strong sales.

Enter the Matrix is Released Today!
Today Enter the Matrix launches along side to the long awaited sequal, Matrix Reloaded. Will it live up to all the hype surrounding it?

Magic:The Gathering Hits Xbox this Fall
Atari has announced plans to take one of the most popular trading card games ever created to the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft with the release of Magic: The Gathering® - Battlegrounds.

Atari Showing Over 30 Games at E3!!
From Terminator 3 to Dead Man’s Hand, looks like Atari is going to have a god year ahead.

Enter The Matrix Numbers
Infogrames flexes their number muscles with a whopping 4 million retail orders for Enter The Matrix title.

Enter The Matrix Goes Gold
Enter The Matrix has gone gold for all platforms. Rejoice!

Enter the Matrix Online
Matrix: Reloaded To Appear At E3
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