• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 7, 2005
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 95
    Shockingly enough, is actually pretty damn good. Sure, it looks uglier than Ernest Borgnine in a tutu, and trying to use the controls is like operating the Space Shuttle while wearing oven mitts, but once you get the hang of it, beating the Stove Top stuffing out of agents is terrific fun.
  2. A Matrix game that FINALLY got it right. You're able to pull off all the cool moves and abilities that Neo possesses, including fighting off hundreds of Smiths at once, pole and all. With great graphics and great controls, this title will definitely impress with the first and second play through.
  3. After spawning two mediocre sequels, a collection of dull cartoon shorts and a couple of forgettable video games, there is some life left in the Matrix franchise after all, as this game proves.
  4. Expanding upon Neo’s story could have been a compelling opportunity for any Matrix fan out there; unfortunately the haphazard approach to the design and storyline are likely to offend the fans the most, leaving a mildly enjoyable beat-em-up at exactly that.
  5. A good brawler at its core, but the PC version is seriously lacking in comparison to its console counterparts.
  6. A half-baked game that only die-hard fans of the Matrix will truly appreciate.
  7. 65
    The PC version doesn't offer enough of an advantage over its console counterparts to warrant a pick-up over those, and even if you're a PC-exclusive gamer its clunky controls, poor gamepad support, and huge install (More than 5GB!) probably won't be worth it.
  8. An overly simple combat engine combined with clunky controls, a clumsy camera, and marginal graphics bog down the idea of playing "god" in the virtual matrix.
  9. It's like people just can't bring themselves to accept the truth here: The Matrix: Path Of Neo is an irredeemable abortion of a game that Atari, Shiny, the Wachowski brothers and anyone even remotely associated with it should be ashamed for ever thinking about releasing in this form. [PC Zone]
  10. As chaotic and unrefined as it is, however, it motors on with a definite sense of purpose and provides a solid sense of fulfilment, if not necessarily one of accomplishment. [Christmas 2005, p.110]
  11. An interesting re-imagining of the Matrix story in the form of an action game with OK controls and annoying camera.
  12. Fans of the three movies will probably love everything that the Path of Neo throws at them. Essentially it’s just a basic brawler with some pretty linear missions thrown in; but every now and then you cant fail to be impressed with some of the fighting sections you get to play out.
  13. This game doesn't take itself too seriously (especially the new surprise ending), which is either a credit or a fault depending on how seriously you take the movies. [Feb 2006, p.35]
  14. Path of Neo *is* better than Enter the Matrix... for whatever that's worth. It's just that the omissions like the AI glitches, frame-rate drops, flimsy visuals, coupled of course with the abovementioned gameplay issues, do not justify the game's $50 price tag.
  15. After a few levels in Path of Neo your mouse clicking finger will hurt from the button mashing. Even the biggest fans of the trilogy should think twice before going down with Neo in this path.
  16. Decent but dated, this is best for the die-hard Matrix fans who still believe. [Feb 2006, p.70]
  17. The lack of polish is most obvious in the awful pacing and terrible controls. [Feb 2006, p.62]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ChetanA.
    Mar 23, 2006
    10
    Cool game, I love this game very much. in this the Neo has great powers. i liked his wall run, gun fighting and everything. Just play this Cool game, I love this game very much. in this the Neo has great powers. i liked his wall run, gun fighting and everything. Just play this game, this game really rocks! Full Review »
  2. SchylarP.
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    This game is very well put together, the visuals are amazing. while playing this title i actually felt like i was apart of the matrix This game is very well put together, the visuals are amazing. while playing this title i actually felt like i was apart of the matrix universe. Atari has taken a step in the right direction, after there previous failures. Full Review »
  3. dangoater
    Sep 8, 2005
    10
    i think we were all a bit dissapointed with the first matrix game as you can not be neo and do any of his legend fights, so this is ani think we were all a bit dissapointed with the first matrix game as you can not be neo and do any of his legend fights, so this is an essential game to get and i cant wait for it to be released, finally the creators of the recent matrix realised they had made a huge mistake in missing neo out but now theve come to thier senses Full Review »