Enter the Matrix

Content review for this game:
Pertaining to the ESRB rating.

Content sum up: This is violent, but all very arcade-y, there is no blood/gore, and other than the needless (and brief) female-female kissing scene, and some moderate language, there's nothing too offensive—in comparison to the Matrix movies, it's very mild. So, I recommend this game for ages 14+.

Mild Language: There are under a dozen uses of hell, d*mn, sh*t and a**, two uses of God, and one use of b*tch, SoB, God d*mn and Jesus. Also, civilian postal workers in the first level say "Jesus!" in surprise, when you come across them.

Suggestive themes:

  • During a brief scene, after Niobe boards a plane to rescued a fellow operative, an agent shows up. The now free operative takes his parachute, gives the agent the finger with both of his hands, and then jumps off the plane.

(Note: all of the below scenes are live action, and were filmed during the making of The Matrix Reloaded movie, and are interdispersed within the game's story)

  • In one scene, a side character (who is one a main villain's wife), has the power to know the overall state of someone's relationship with their lover if she kisses them. Niobe comes upon this character while looking for the captive Ghost. The woman says she will tell Niobe where he is being held, if Niobe kisses her and does it like she's kissing the one she loves—it's the only way she can tell. Niobe reluctantly concedes and quickly kisses the woman on the lips. The woman says that wasn't near good enough, and Niobe has to do better if she wants Ghost to live. Niobe tries again, and this time they kiss heavily for several seconds. She then tells Niobe Ghost's location. This scene occures if you're playing Ghost, but he's the one who kisses the woman instead, as their roles are switched.
  • A brief scene shows as Trinity and Ghost talk. She asks Ghost when he is going to get a girlfriend. He responds by stating that he practices Onanism, and says, "Celibacy is a hands on job," obviously referring to a certain sexual act.

Violence: Enter the Matrix follows the narrative of The Matrix Reloaded, but from the perspective of side characters Niobe and Ghost. The overall violence is, of course, in the style of the Matrix trilogy. Which means it's full of mass collateral damage, some questionable actions (fighting police), slow-mo, lots of guns, kicking butt, and plenty of large explosions. However, unlike the movies, there is absolutely no blood or gore, and while you do fight/kill enemies like cops, swat teams, agents and even vampires, everything feels arcade-y, disconnected and unrealistic.

When you first begin, you have the option to either be Ghost or Niobe. Both of them will be going through almost identical levels (there are some separate ones), but they play out in a slightly different perspective. Both characters can use melee attacks like punches, kicks and grabs; a variety of guns can be picked up from enemy bodies, and then used against the live ones; you can enter "Focus mode," causing time to slow as you fight—giving you enhanced abilities for both melee and guns—and you can sneak up on enemies and do a choke move to disable them. Lastly, in one level your enemy is exclusively vampires; since they can't be killed with normal attacks, you will use a wooden stake. When it's used, it will plunge square into each vampires' heart, causing a relatively sickening squishing sound on impact every time.

Content review posted: 07/08/2008

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