Enter the Matrix Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
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  1. The hacking option is truly a unique and amazing way to add additional interactivity into the game as well discover bonus content.
  2. A game tailor made for action junkies and fans of "The Matrix," a couple of control changes and a slightly easier learning curve might have pushed this one into the "Must buy" category, but it is a solid title.
  3. Game Informer
    Merely an okay game that benefits greatly from its movie license. [June 2003, p.106]
  4. 85
    Similar in style to games like "Devil May Cry" and "Max Payne," the Matrix lends it's unique style of martial arts and fighting to create an experience which can only be considered to be exceptional.
  5. With well-rendered cinemas, obvious Hollywood-esque narrative direction, and enough signature Matrix fare from beginning to end via tightly implemented bullet time, the game captures ample essence to qualify as a solid translation.
  6. Play Magazine
    All is not perfect in Enter the Matrix, but for its few flaws, the game delivers what it is meant to: a very convincing experience inside The Matrix that looks, smells, and feels like... The Matrix. [July 2003, p.76]
  7. The negative points of the title will be obvious to anyone not blinded by their love of the Matrix. Although most are mediocre they still add up to an unfinished, unpolished video game based on a super-popular movie franchise.
  8. netjak
    I have come here to tell you that I had no real problems with the control system for the Xbox, but I can see how some can find it tricky to use.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    A blast to play - it's great mindless escapist fare - exactly like the movie.
  10. The game is by no means a weak attempt to cash in on a franchise...Gamers not only get tons of extra movie action but also get to run, kick, and shoot in a fully realized Matrix universe.
  11. 80
    Seems to split its aim between hardcore "Matrix" fans and experienced gamers; if you find yourself with a foot in both camps, you may well find this one of the most faithful movie-to-game experiences in recent memory.
  12. Entertainment Weekly
    Wants to be so many different games that it doesn't excel at any one of them. [13 June 2003]
  13. For fanz of the Matrix and those that must simply figure what the Matrix really is, will pick up Enter the Matrix and have a blast. For everyone else, Enter the Matrix is an above-average action game with some cool moves and awesome production values (but repetitive).
  14. The presentation is excellent overall, but this does not make up for what seems to be yet another rushed movie-license game. Rent it first.
  15. 72
    The first time you pull off a spinning kick off the wall, don't be surprised if a smile creases your lips. If only the whole game was able to capture the fun inherent in the fight sequences, it would be a true masterpiece.
  16. Enter the Matrix isn't a perfect slice of interactive entertainment, but it does provide at least a dozen hours of action-packed fun and serves as a clever vehicle to expand on the events in "The Matrix Reloaded."
  17. The music, sound effects, cool fight scenes, bullet time and being able to fight an Agent. It's all good. This is the very nature of a license – you love to hate them and hate to love them. They bring as many problems as they do solutions but every once in a while the good stuff outweighs the bad.
  18. While the original plot and movie footage are an interesting look into the backstory between The Animatrix, Reloaded and the original film, the lackluster action, replayability and glitches severely hamper this title from truly being great.
  19. There is plenty of fun to be had as long as you can tolerate some average graphics and a few levels of frustrating gameplay. The story alone is nearly worth the price of admission.
  20. While Enter the Matrix ties in really well with the movie franchise, it isn't much of a game.
  21. The game's story isn't strong enough to stand on its own, and the gameplay simply doesn't save it, making the game worth a look for hard-core fans of The Matrix films, but a buggy disappointment for just about anyone else.
  22. Official Xbox Magazine
    Exactly the kind of experience we were hoping to play in this game... too bad we only got to watch it. [Aug 2003, p.79]
  23. Nerds may activate two-player mode using the DOS-throwback "hacking gameplay element." If any of you figure out how to boff Trinity during a rave, please e-mail me.
  24. 58
    A painful reminder that all the authenticity in the world can't help when the game is completely unpolished and the core gameplay is weak.
  25. As average a game can get, with plenty of things going wrong for it, as enjoyable as it might be at times.
  26. 50
    An old-skool movie-based game in the worst way, taking you back to the days when a Hollywood license was a recipe for a giant ball of suck.
  27. I felt like I was getting more of the movie's story, but playing through this was an aggravating chore. It's a rental, please don't buy it.
  28. Its coolest feature is the glossy cover art. Dig inside and what you'll find is a game devoid of personality, thrills, and fun. In short, Enter the Matrix is everything it shouldn't have been, and nothing more.
  29. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    In more than 20 years of playing games, I have never seen a console game as obviously unfinished and rushed to market as Enter the Matrix...This game is a complete mess, and that's the only complete thing about it. [Aug 2003, p.114]
  30. It's blatantly obvious that this game isn't quite finished... While it does have its moments and diehard Matrix fans will drool over the extra videos, this game receives the blue pill.
  31. 40
    While it does supplement the story exceptionally well, Enter the Matrix lacks anything that would make it stand out as a great or even good game.
  32. The implementation here is nearly a complete waste, considering the richness of the universe involved. Lousy controls, sterile and anemic environments, and weaksauce driving environments all pull down the good work done in the sound, character graphics and new footage departments.
  33. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Fails dramatically... Severe, fundamental flaws permeate the experience, ranging from wince-inducing run-cycle animations to sloppy, unrefined controls. [Aug 2003, p.78]

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#27 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 61
  2. Negative: 14 out of 61
  1. KevinR.
    Oct 30, 2004
    This game was promised to be a revolution in the gaming world. it was incredibly disappointing to find that the graphics were, for the most This game was promised to be a revolution in the gaming world. it was incredibly disappointing to find that the graphics were, for the most part, horrible, especially in the animated cut scenes, the driving levels were a joke, the environments were crappy and unrefined, there were some major glitches, the gameplay overall was bland and monotonous, and what the hell were the designers thinking when they made the last levels? ok, we are going to have the player just run for about 10 straight levels, then driving through some dark tunnels. wtf? the only fun parts were at the post office and power plant. other than that and the few cool things you could unlock in the hacking mode, this was a sorry excuse for an action game. Full Review »
  2. BenS.
    Jun 3, 2004
    The hacking area was really useful when you are stuck on a level or you feel like blowing someones brains out. I do think it is a funThe hacking area was really useful when you are stuck on a level or you feel like blowing someones brains out. I do think it is a fun challanging game. Full Review »
  3. Neochaos
    May 4, 2004
    I think that u iniots that diss this game are nucking futs!