I have been thinking about this for a while and I think I know. When selecting the winner of this category a very major consideration was does the game stay true to the theatrical content that it was based on. If the game doesn’t play anything like the movie, then I automatically took it out. I also felt that the game had to in some way be revolutionary for the time in which it was released. This was a really hard choice as it is very hard to find good choices. I want to give honorable mentions to the Incredible Hulk games, Ironman, and the Spiderman Series which I know a lot of people will think should be the winner but when I think back to the first time I played this game at the time when I played it I was wowed.
And the winner is…The Matrix: Path of Neo. This game allows the player to participate in many of the major action scenes from the films. Most of these sequences, picked by the movie directors themselves, are taken from the first film in the series.
Oddly enough when I got my PS3, this is the only game I kept
At the start of the game, the player is hacker Thomas Anderson, and does not possess any of the powers that the character will later discover as Neo. As the game continues, players learn new skills and techniques, equipping Neo for the final showdown with Agent Smith. These additional skills may be learned both in training levels and in the main game. Many of these skills are used by Neo in the trilogy, including the bullet dodge, bullet stop, and flight. A number of weapons are available in the game, consisting of both melee weapons (including various types of swords, staves, and escrimas) and firearms (assault rifle, submachine gun, pistol etc).
So I mean the first time I played this on my PS2 I was like oh snap the whole time. Path of Neo was like the first video game to do bullet time and all that stuff and I mean you could literally do anything in the game that you had seen in the movie. That was the trick and it integrated the parts from the movie so effortlessly that at the point I thought it was one of the best games I had played period and that is still true even now. It came out when folks thought that the PS2 was nearing the end of its, I say thought as three years later it is still selling major units. But even then it was ahead of its time as far as pushing a console to its technical and graphical limits.
Neo is “The One”, Are They Serious?
In the end to me the true test is of whether a game in this category really is unique is whether years after the game has come out and the franchise has stopped is it still fun to play, and after popping it into my PS3 (yes, I luckily got one that was backward compatible), I was having fun again as soon as I started playing. This game as it stands is better than some games I have played for the PS3 console and I have played a lot of them. And if they were to make this game for the next gen consoles it would just be sick. So if you haven’t played this one in a while pull it out if you have it or go and see if you can find it in the sale bin at your local game store, trust me you will see what I mean.
So for me its “The Matrix: Path of Neo”, do you agree or is it something else for you? I expect it to be a lot of debate on this one, so come on guys lets hear what you think.