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.
Great Unique Footage
High System Requirements
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
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
On top of this the movies audio
has been imported nicely, especially if you have the appropriate EAX 2