Enter the Matrix

Common Sense Media says

Best for avid, mature fans of films.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Violence against authority figures.

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:$45-50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atari
Release date:August 7, 2003
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byjdunmer1018 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Great if you've seen the movies

If you've seen the movies, then the violence vs authority figures can sort of be justified. The movies imply that "people" in the matrix are simply shells in which people "live life". And also, all the "authority figures", such as SWAT teams, are headed by the main enemies in the game. There isnt much bad about it.
Adult Written byfree_bsd_baby April 9, 2008
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17
QUALITY
 

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, 13 years old Written byBubbajean April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

This game is pretty good...

This game is realitively clean. It's not as good as Path Of Neo, but, descent. It's not bloody, or strewn with language.

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