Enter the Matrix



Best for avid, mature fans of films.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Violence against authority figures.


A lot of violence, including violence against police, FBI and other authority figures.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this game is rated for ages 13 and older, it contains a lot of violence, including violence against police, FBI and other authority figures. It should also be noted that the Matrix films are rated R, and that both the game and films contain complex and mature themes.

What's it about?

In ENTER THE MATRIX, players begin by selecting one of two minor characters from the films -- Niobe or Ghost. Although each has some unique missions, essentially the same storyline is used with both characters.

Players either fight or run past resistance in the form of police, FBI, and notorious agents, who are essentially indestructible. Occasionally, the player may have to drive a car or pilot a hovercraft, but much of the time is spent punching, kicking and shooting through a variety of scenarios. The only more strategic element of the game is an add-on segment, in which the player can \"hack\" the system by entering cheat codes permitting bonuses, including a multiplayer option, to be unlocked.

Is it any good?


The game attempts to be an integral part of the popular sci-fi Matrix film series. The game's design is interwoven with the movies' style and storyline, and contains an hour of movie footage. Players are expected to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the films' plot and characters. Many characteristics of the films shine through: the fancy martial arts moves, the slow/stop motion spins, leaps and shooting sprees, and a complicated plot.

It is possible to play the game without seeing the films, but the full effect will not be appreciated. It is, therefore, troubling to see that although the game is rated T for teen, both films are rated R. In the end, the game is essentially nothing more than another first-person shooting game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about movie tie-ins. Can this game be enjoyed without having seen the movies? If you've seen The Matrix or its sequels, does this game enhance your appreciation of the movies? Do you prefer movies to stand on their own, or do you like exploring them further with games?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Available online?Not available online
Release date:August 7, 2003
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAbe1998 January 14, 2012

Awesome game, but...Niobe and Ghost?

This game is really good. But only one thing: after I saw the movie, I was like, "Niobe and Ghost? Okay...Why isn't the game about Neo?". Probably the only reason I thought that was 'cause I saw a review talking about how weird that was. Had some language (b--ch, d word, h word). One part where a guy puts up both of his middle fingers at one of the characters. The fighting is really cool. You get to do bullet time. You can use guns, silent kill (more like silent strangle), crossbows, and you can unlock the swords. The game also has a hack section for cheats. If ur smart, you can really get into it. Has a cheat code for 2 player, and swords XD haven't unlocked the swords yet
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byfree_bsd_baby April 9, 2008

Enjoyable individual game, designed for adults and single person play.

Enter the Matrix has a very good graphics engine both smooth and reliable. There is quite a lot of violence, and the game revolves around killing people. This is certainly an adult video game. It does however have a very good selection of weapons, and ones that are realistic too. If you enjoy these types of action, killing games, along with a very good choice of weapons, this is a wonderful game. It also has time altering capabilities, allowing you move and shoot faster than the enemies in the game. This however does not allow for multiple players.
Teen, 14 years old Written byJoe Riz January 20, 2012

Enter the Matrix

The game itself was a great hit , with my Dad ( Who didn't play the game , but since he and I watched the first film , he loved watching me play ! ) , and me . I really think it's more a guy's game , but besides that it's AWESOME !!!!
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Too much swearing


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