Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.)
What Mars Matrix does right, and what so few shooters manage to do today, is that it provides a Zen-like defining moment when you suddenly realize that you are in the zone-and in so doing, you have transformed from a panicked, underpowered little gnat who simply wanted to stay alive to an unstoppable, untouchable fountain of beautiful destruction, raining fire down upon huge expanses of the screen and leaving nothing but smoldering earth (or rather, Mars) in your wake. It's the closest thing video games have to a runner's high, and all of the great shooters have had it. Blazing Lasers had it in spades, as did the Thunderforce games. And Mars Matrix has it, too.