The Matrix: Path of Neo PC

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 7, 2005
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
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  1. Wachowski
    Dec 31, 2005
    4
    This is another bad game in a line of bad matrix games. This has all the trademarks of a console dub; it's assumed a 12yr kid is playing it, a poor interface that avoids using a mouse, unmanagable controls which degrade the game into a mindless button bashing fest, lack of proper control means the linear levels are frustrating to complete, sub-standard graphics even on serious This is another bad game in a line of bad matrix games. This has all the trademarks of a console dub; it's assumed a 12yr kid is playing it, a poor interface that avoids using a mouse, unmanagable controls which degrade the game into a mindless button bashing fest, lack of proper control means the linear levels are frustrating to complete, sub-standard graphics even on serious hardware, and don't forget... BUGS BUGS BUGS! Even with the latest 1.1 patch most of my vocals & SFX dont come through the speakers, and theres numerous graphical & animation glitches. There is NO EXCUSE why any Matrix game should have poor animation or textures with all the motion capture done for the films & the high-resolution textures of each actors face for Special effects. (watch the Revisited documentaries) It seems the developers have deliberately tried to pee of the players and slow the game down to make it boring & frustrating. There are an endless supply of pop-up "tips" and "combination sequence keys" screens, and cut-scenes that pop up at the start of every level & during fight scenes - some which repeat for repetition's sake - followed by more "tip" pop-up screens for good measure. If i could have a dollar for every time the "matrix load screen" appears I could buy a game worth playing. :p And to stop you from actually playing the game even longer, there is chopped up recycled footage from the movies -- which any matrix fan who has watched the movie 20 times doesn't need to see. They just highlight how crap the ingame graphics look. Although they are more watchable than the scenes re-created using the graphics engine... that is just dreadful to look at. The most enraging aspect of the game is how it digresses so badly from the movie's. [SPOILERS] For example, you are met with 3 waves of SWAT teams in the lobby scene; in the burly brawl you destroy all the buildings surrounding the park to stop the smiths... and u do this by fighting the smiths. :rolleyes: After the subway fight with Agent smith, you then 'escape' by falling through the floor to run through the sewers?!?! And just when you're thinking "WTF?!?!" get this -- after the chateau fight, you end up in Space?!?!?! I know -- What the !??!?!? To cap it off, this game uses "We Are The Champions" in its soundtrack.... did somebody at Shiny even listen to the Matrix soundtracks? It is so badly out of place - that music belongs in a Waynes World film. Excuse the novel here, but people need to know: THIS GAME IS BAD. But i give this game a generous 4/10 because there are some small positives -- 1] the ending is better than the 3rd movie (not hard though if you think about it), 2] most environments are extensively destructable, 3] some moves do look cool... when you can finally do them, and 4] there's a level unlocker on gamecopyworld.com so you dont have to drag yourself through each frustrating level. If you have read this far, thank you. Next time you see a product with "made by the Wachowski brothers", that's a warning sign NOT to buy. I've been in denial for so long but now I am enlightened. Expand
  2. Rustman
    Nov 16, 2005
    4
    Quite possibly the laziest console port to PC that has ever existed. Buggy graphics, sluggish performance on even a decent system and a fight-control system designed to kill your left mouse button. The Middleware software devkit used to create these console ports is not in the least optimised for mid-range PC systems and makes a £1000 rig feel cheaper than a second hand PS2. If you Quite possibly the laziest console port to PC that has ever existed. Buggy graphics, sluggish performance on even a decent system and a fight-control system designed to kill your left mouse button. The Middleware software devkit used to create these console ports is not in the least optimised for mid-range PC systems and makes a £1000 rig feel cheaper than a second hand PS2. If you MUST buy this game on the strength of the positive reviews (console reviews in the main) then don't get it for your PC. You will mightily regret it. Or your button-mashed mouse will first. Expand
  3. KDep
    Nov 19, 2005
    3
    BOOOOOO!!! Atari ruins another potentially great game. I actually really liked Enter the Matrix, a few years back, but this game absolutely stinks. The graphics are severely dated, it looks like the same engine from ETM. The controls are terrible, and there's no option to change the mouse sensitivity, so you'll constantly be wondering what the heck you're doing because you BOOOOOO!!! Atari ruins another potentially great game. I actually really liked Enter the Matrix, a few years back, but this game absolutely stinks. The graphics are severely dated, it looks like the same engine from ETM. The controls are terrible, and there's no option to change the mouse sensitivity, so you'll constantly be wondering what the heck you're doing because you can't center the mouse. The moves are decent, and the guns are okay, but the focus abilities have a lot to be desired. You'll spend the whole game doing focus moves on every enemy, which gets very tired after a while. I've played about half way through, and I can say that on a number of levels, I've stopped for a second and just thought "What the heck is this crap?" I'm sorry, I like the Matrix, I like ETM, but I can't like this game. Do not buy it until the price drops dramatically, it is NOT worth it. Expand
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A good brawler at its core, but the PC version is seriously lacking in comparison to its console counterparts.