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Enter the Matrix

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
63
2.7
Xbox
67
2.4
PlayStation 2
64
3.0
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Description

In the war to save Zion, what part will you play?

Enter The Matrix casts the player as Niobe or Ghost, captain and first mate of the rebel ship Logos, respectively. Niobe is a master combatant, capable of beating up everyone in her way. She is an excellent pilot, both in the real world and in the Matrix. Ghost is very adept at firearms, and his marksmanship is a mastery. Both characters are very athletic, and throughout the game the player will have to walk, run, jump, strafe, peek, run on walls, climb ladders and pipes, and fight various enemies.

Available weapons include a security pistol, an automatic pistol, a submachine gun, a machine gun, a shotgun and grenades. Besides weapons, a variety of hand-to-hand moves are available, from punches, throws and grabs to kicks and chokes. Throughout the game,the player will be called upon to utilize Focus moves, which is basically bullet time from the films. When Focused, time slows to a crawl, allowing the player to zoom around enemies, dodge bullets, and jump to avoid oncoming obstacles.

The game was written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, and its plot is intertwined with that of the second movie, The Matrix Reloaded.

Screenshots

Enter the Matrix Windows Niobe Vs. Agent Smith
Enter the Matrix Windows Seraph Vs. Niobe
Enter the Matrix Windows Twins 2
Enter the Matrix Windows Jump From High Buildings

Alternate Titles

  • "黑客帝国" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Heike Diguo" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Will you dare to tumble further down the rabbit hole? PlayStation 2 DarkDove (64)
An interesting concept for a game - that's very poorly executed. Windows Chris Martin (1098)
In short this game hit the bottom of the rabbit hole too fast, broke it's legs, and can't get up again. Windows Sam Hardy (76)
Flawed but involved and entertaining action fest. GameCube Sycada (175)
The Curse of the Movie Game is not yet broken. Xbox Entorphane (369)
Before you buy/rent this game, I advise you to read this. PlayStation 2 Rufus Shinra (20)
It could have been a lot better Xbox Jester236 (39)
A game that is built to be nothing but high-action fun! Windows Thiago Oliveira (90)
The game is awesome! GameCube robnic (4)

The Press Says

4Players.de Xbox May 17, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Gamesmania Xbox May 26, 2003 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 24, 2003 71 out of 100 71
Gamesdog PlayStation 2 Jul 14, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2003 69 out of 100 69
Withingames Windows Jun 01, 2003 3 out of 5 60
UOL Jogos Windows May 21, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpy PlayStation 2 May 26, 2003 55 out of 100 55
GamePro (US) Windows May 22, 2003 2.5 out of 5 50
FiringSquad Windows May 30, 2003 40 out of 100 40

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Trivia

Advertising

At the end of the game there is a trailer for The Matrix Revolutions.

Extra footage

The game features two hours of footage not seen in any of the movies. It was shot especially for the game by the Wachowski Brothers and features the supporting cast from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Carrie-Ann Moss also makes a brief appearance as Trinity although Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Laurence Fishburne (Morpheous) are both absent.

The footage was later included in The Ultimate Matrix Collection on the The Matrix Reloaded Revisited DVD.

Sales

On August 31, 2003 Enter the Matrix (PS2) won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Script

The Wachowski brothers were so passionate about creating a genuine The Matrix atmosphere that they wrote a 244 page script just for the game.

The Matrix Reloaded

The game was released on the same day as the movie The Matrix Reloaded. Throughout this film, there are numerous billboards to be seen. These billboards contain cheat codes for the game.

Warner Bros. license system

The poor reviews for Enter the Matrix inspired Warner Bros. to create a system where games with WB licenses that received less than a 70% rating on average out of all game reviews would require extra royalties. This was created in an effort to minimize bad movie-licensed games from Warner Bros. products.

Awards

  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2004 - #5 Worst Game of the Year 2003
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Worst Use of a License of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Biggest Disappointment of the Year (PC)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2005 - #7 Biggest Disappointment
    • Issue 02/2006 - #4 Hype Disappointment
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (VUD)
    • August 31, 2003 - Gold Award
Information also contributed by Daniel Albu, JPaterson, Macintrash, Maw, Solid Flamingo, Xoleras, and Zack Green.

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