Enter the Matrix
Generally, video games based on movies are straight garbage.
Case in point: everything. But, after learning that the
Wachowski Brothers had a ton of input on the games, threw in an hour
of extra footage from the sequels, and essentially had Jada Pinkett
Smith and Anthony Wong star in these games, I was feeling good about
its chances. That, plus I figured there would at least be a
lot of gunplay.
When "Enter the Matrix" is good, it's a lot of fun; using
philosophies from the first "Matrix" film, it's cool having your
heroes dive through the air, whipping out the guns and laying down
the havoc. Further, a fighting engine has been installed that,
while not very well done, at least looks cool in slow-motion as your
character puts the smack down on rivals. The extra footage is
not great, but we do get more Persephone (Monica Bellucci), more
Niobe (Smith), and more of the Oracle, for whatever that's worth.
The sound is quite good and the music is not too bad.
But, 20 levels of this was too many for the designers, who have
clearly rushed this project to completion. As it is, we have
numerous level design failures--tons of empty rooms, with no reason
for their existence. Levels are by and large very poorly drawn
and designed; you sometimes run into circles because everything
looks so uniform. There are some cool levels, but this is
mostly due to the body count on those levels, not the level design
It was that kind of year for the "Matrix" franchise; an average
game, and two movies that range from above average to a piece of
fucking shit. The game does have some replayability, though,
once you get through it and want to play some of the levels over
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience