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Enter the Matrix
Great Unique Footage
High System Requirements
Frustrating Cameras
On the back of the second movie, the Wachowski Brothers have gone to town with a wealth of additional footage allowing Neo-heads to immerse themselves in the Matrix universe.

Unlike many other spin off titles, the game focuses on the side-story of Niobe and Ghost and their role within the Matrix to help the original team, namely Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to succeed in their quest. The Wachowski's shot all of the exclusive content at the same time as the second movie, taking advantage of all of the movies special effects.

Such polish and depth to the Matrix world will prove to be a winner for the hardened fans of the movies. I myself marvelled at the presentation of game, particularly its movies sequences. If you hadn't seen the film you could be forgiven at thinking it really was all from the movie itself.

Unfortunately the game itself does lack in some areas. The game runs pretty much in third person. Not a problem if the camera work is top-notch, a la Max Payne, Tomb Raider etc. However, in Enter the Matrix I was left fuming at the clumsiness of the rotating camera, especially during combat when enemies would move behind you and away from your attacks. The first person toggle, is rendered virtually useless at the reduction of movement. 

The game focuses solely on speed and combat, rather than stealth so forget sneaking or crouching. Often you will find yourself following an arrow at the top of the screen while shooting at security and jumping rooftops and levels. 

Graphically, Enter the Matrix seems dated, which showed obvious slow down even on a 2.4Ghz, top-end Radeon graphics card. Often the jagged frame rates resulted in non-responsive controls, particularly when jumping, making the game harder than perhaps it was supposed to be. Dropping resolution and detail helps though significantly at the expense of visuals again.

It's not all bad though. The intention is clearly to keep the game fast and furious like the movies and it certainly does that. While it's often tricky to aim, enemies aren't all that intelligent and easily rendered unconscious with a few aimed blows at hand to hand. The additional film footage perhaps saves the game. Each clip keeps you hanging on for the next and to an extent you really do feel part of the Matrix Universe.

On top of this the movies audio has been imported nicely, especially if you have the appropriate EAX 2 soundcard.


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