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This game ruled.
>is it retro yet
No please, you first
I thought it was really good when it followed the first movie but afterward it takes a nosedive in quality.
Is due to the quality of the game, or just the quality of the movies it was portraying?
It throws a bunch of scenes from the films as exposition but it's so sloppily edited that none of it makes sense unless you've already seen the films.
Level design just gets really inconsistent cause they start throwing a ton of ideas that sometimes do and don't work. It's not bad but it's not as strong as the first half of the game.
There's a lot of extraneous plot put in there that was never show on screen in the movies and tries to fill in the holes between movie 1 & 2. Most of it is crazy shit that just allows you level up in hand to hand and gun fighting and is pretty fun but it's all crazy non canon shit.
It's a really good fun especially fi you were a fan of the movies.
Nah the giant ants are guaranteed canon.
the Wachowskis themselves wrote the story for this game that means it's canon. All that stuff really happened to Neo, just not seen on screen in the movies.
That whole MC Escher level defo felt like something they wanted to do in one of the movies but it would have been prohibitively logistically difficult/expensive to pull off onscreen. But you can do it in a game nad have a ton of fun with it. I enjoyed the fuck out of this game and I remember seeing it came out seemingly out of nowhere. I just walked into a local video game store one Friday and saw that this game was out on sale, and it was finally a Matrix game where you can play out the Neo hero story. All anyone ever wanted from a Matrix video game. Bought it right away and got weeks and weeks of play out of it, playing it non stop every free hour of every day. If you like the movies and completely wacky crazy over the top fighting/shoot/action video games you'll enjoy this game. Worth 1 full playthrough for completion sake.
I don't think anyone really wanted to play as Neo himself, just as a redpill doing cool stuff in the matrix. The Matrix Online was hyped for that.
>I don't think anyone really wanted to play as Neo himself
Ddue when Enter The Matrix came out, the chief complaint was "Wait you can't play as Neo and do all the cool shit he does? You play as background characters who don't even matter in the films at all?"
took them too long to make it, a kinda good Matrix game, but it's still jank af
Apparently the PlayStation 2 version is vastly superior to the Xbox one, an unusual case for a late multiplat.
it fucking sucked.
This game pulled some crazy graphical techniques for a PS2 game. Normal maps, image distortion wackery, SH2-style shadow casting, per-pixel point lights... They had an entire room with only a ceiling lamp in it, and the whole point was to get you to jump and hit the lamp with your head to watch the cool graphics at work, using the per-pixel light + shadow casting + normal maps all at the same time. A literal version of the "bumping the lamp" trope.
Boring game, sadly. They worked the PS2 hardware to death so it's a shame it wasn't also fun. Framerate wasn't great either, but it was punching way above its weight and was still playable when choppy. Also had an issue where normal maps weren't mipmapped so they shimmered like crazy, I'm guessing not enough texture memory/bandwidth available to do so.
I also have beefs with the art direction sometimes. They used an ugly green tonemap for a lot of the game that, granted, is faithful to the movies but that toning never looked good imo.
The thing is the game uses intentional slowdown so much that I'm not sure when it's supposed to be choppy and when it's not.
You can tell by whether the slow-mo sound is currently playing at the time of the slowdown. Plus, the game doesn't actually slow down when performance is low, it just drops frames and gets choppier. The game has very impressive arbitrary timescale changing on-the-fly, so it's no surprise it handles low framerates without changing speed.
It was very popular
I liked picking up dudes and using them as nunckucks in this game?
I had some fun but the controls and fighting was clumsy as hell, then it was full of so many glitches that they threw in an unlockable "blooper" reel showcasing some of them
It was pretty awesome if you were a fan of the movies, but just a decent action game if you weren't. Btw make sure you play the PS2 version and not the crappy PC/Xbox ports.
As a side note, I really enjoyed a hacking side-game in Enter the matrix. It was my first experience with CLI as a kid that grew up with windows PCs and I might not have picked up linux as my primary OS afterwards if not for this game
The HOURS of mandatory training levels was absolutely tedious and you had to complete it all before you could even begin the linear story narrative of the movies. That part sucked.
Was this the one with the pisstake agent Smith fight at the end? Like they went ok, you've finished the game but we couldn't think of a last boss so heres a giant smith (maybe I'm misremebering this?) and a shitload of regular smiths? Because that one was fucking great whichever one it was, and I've never been a fan outside of the first movie.
Yes, where the Wachowskis come on screen and try to explain to the player that, in their own words, "the jesus thing works in a movie but in a game that's kinda lame"
Was it just my little kid brain or was the first Matrix game better?
It just felt so much more mysterious and captured that feeling of the first movie so much better. Plus the cheats and the way you entered them was god tier. I have a feeling the gameplay has aged like milk though…
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