30 July 2003 | DeadstarOrian
The best film based game since Goldeneye. Which isn't saying much...
EtM is an average-at-best game. Best to say that now. Its flawed on so many levels that you'll quickly lose count of its problems - frequent glitches occur, the animations don't work, the sub games are too awful for words, the shooting lacks any kind of skill; I could go on and on. In fact, as a game in its own right, its hard to actually say whats good about it (The hacking is a nice, innovative feature and the focus bar makes for some nice touches, but that really is all thats worth noting). "So its crap?" says the games fan in the corner. Nah, thats pretty harsh. Theres just nothing here thats worth buying the game for, at least not when more accomplished titles like Max Payne exist. "A shame, I was looking forward to it..." says the Matrix fan. Then, my friend, you should buy it. Why? Because while it is a shockingly average game, it is perhaps the best use of a movie liscence you will ever see. Cinematics with the Matrix crew, proper voice acting, all the moves and weapons from the films, the soundtrack, its all there as the films portrayed. You get to play as a charecter in the Matrix, in a well recreated, if a tad bland looking and badly modelled, world.
So summed up - average game, excellent liscense. It uses that liscence to the fullest, and any Matrix fan will mostly enjoy it. But as a game, its little more than an average game that knew it didn't need to be good to sell. So if you are that Matrix fanboy, add another 3 to the overall score.