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Bestselling crap

1. Enter the Matrix
2003 | PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC
Copies sold in US: More than 2.3 million
Average score: 62%

Enter the Matrix is possibly the worst game ever to sell as well as it did, and it was made all the more awful by its refusal to give fans what they really wanted: a chance to be Neo and kick insane levels of Agent Smith ass. Instead, Enter the Matrix starred Ghost and Niobe - two relatively minor characters from The Matrix: Reloaded - and shoved players into a punishing slog through a series of unfinished, buggy and astoundingly dull martial-arts fights, gunbattles and driving sequences.

The company line: "Enter the Matrix features awesome gunplay and spectacular martial arts that bend the rules of the Matrix, insane driving and stunts, and the chance to pilot the fastest hovercraft in the fleet."

What the critics said: Although it's almost universally reviled by critics today, more than a few gave Enter the Matrix high marks when it lazily rolled out of development and slumped, drooling, onto the market in 2003. Industry stalwart Game Informer gave gamers its "personal guarantee that you won't be able to put it down until you've seen all the new footage," while GamesRadar's own UK cousins at PSM2 had the balls-out audacity to call it "a tasty, violent adventure."

But cooler heads weighed in as well, with Electronic Gaming Monthly saying, "this game is a complete mess, and that's the only complete thing about it." But it was Eurogamer's criticism that put the finest point on it, with this scathing bit of ferocity: "It is blighted on so many levels by the blundering stupidity of its malformed stillborn design that recommending it is beyond us."



Why you bought it anyway: There are times when you want so badly for a game to be good, that you're so confident it'll be good, that you discount everything its critics say. They're not really fans, right? They don't get it like you get it. It's OK; we've all been there. And in this case, a lot of you put down money before reviews were even available - about four million of you worldwide, according to the game's pre-order sales figures.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out why: when Enter the Matrix shipped, seemingly every sci-fi geek on Earth - still high off the fumes from the first movie's thunderous 1999 debut - had been craving a Matrix game for four long years. The second said game became available, it was like opening enormous, desperate floodgates. It didn't matter if you didn't get to play as Neo, or if everything it did had been done already by other, better games - it was based on The Matrix, and everyone wanted to play in that universe. Even if it sucked, apparently.

What went wrong? Not being able to play as principal characters like Neo and Trinity was the first disappointment of Enter the Matrix, but its real problems were all deadline-related. Developer Shiny had already shown it had the chops to do kickass action games, and it had an unprecedented deal with the filmmakers, with movie footage shot especially for the game. Even so, Shiny had to struggle to meet fans' expectations while still getting the game out the door in time to hit alongside The Matrix: Reloaded. Sadly, the company couldn't pull it together in time, and Enter the Matrix was shoved out as an unfinished, buggy mess of awful controls and boring, needlessly repetitive action.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: Now-defunct GamersWave.com takes the prize with this gem: "This is one of those games where you can just sit and relax and get the most out of the title, free your mind, to coin a phrase!" You didn't coin the phrase, and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists.

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54 comments

  • Terrorrizor - September 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    To be honest, Bulletproof is a pretty good game to kill time. I liked being able to shoot a .38 in the left hand while letting a tech rip through enemies on the right. The design complimented the music they put in, and aside from the story which they didn't put much thought into, it was a pretty fun game.
  • darkpigraph - June 16, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Shiny made that Matrix game? And to think they used to be known for Earthworm Jim and MDK :(
  • PS3pwns - June 15, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Marvel Nemesis was awesome!!! And spidey 3 was alright.
  • luke1608 - December 13, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I bought Enter the Matrix, it didn't work and then the games shop refused to refund even though it wasn't scratched or anything, this made it double as shit
  • noporcru623 - October 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    driver 3 is funny to play and the movie making is cool, i loved enter the matrix tho i havent played in about 6 years
  • MyGameName - July 16, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    LOL I got Enter the Matrix as a gag gift for my cousin, and it's been floating between a select few of us who actually get it like a twisted game of Hot Potato. I installed it and cheated my way to the end. 5 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. reCAPTCHA: escrow battle
  • mrmorozov987 - July 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Ouch, GamesWave got served! Ah snap!
  • ventanger - February 26, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Christ... I was one of the poor deluded fools who was suckered into preordering Enter The Matrix due to the Matrix hype and Shiny at the helm. Collectively that game had about 1.85 seconds worth of enjoyment, everything else made me want to hammer a nail halfway into a wall, and then run into it.
  • wiitard07 - December 29, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I would buy a bargain bin copy of the 50 cent game just to see him get shot repeatedly.
  • pot - October 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    God, State of Emergency sucked so bad. My friend had it and acted like it was the best game ever. I was stoned off my ass and still found the game boring as hell. And we all know, pot can make some things better then what they really are. But no dice, didn't work that time.
  • BiscuitGangsta - October 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I bought @ least half of these games, and now I feel ashamed. Thanks a lot GR, lol.
  • micdog2009 - October 24, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Wii Play Tanks was awesome. totally worth the money.
  • dtzulu - October 23, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    marvel imperfects sucked... driv3r 3 sucked long and hard... marvel ultimate alliance 2 is a let down, predator bites... i can go on and on...
  • kibbles0515 - October 23, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    "Enter the Matrix" was only good if you overlooked the many flaws and embraced the universe/storyline. In retrospect, yes, my dearly beloved "Enter..." was crap, but I can go back now and play only the most fun levels, and that makes me happy. Also, the "hidden" Sparks levels and the hacking are fun, every once in a while. I'm not going to sit and play "Enter..." for 3 hours, but for an hour to 90 minutes, its some good fun while I wait for a newer game to hit store shelves.
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I have most of these games except for 50 cent and wii play they both can burn in hell 50 cent sould shoo the wii and then his music
  • Illinoissucks - October 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Hey I stole Enter the Matrix from a friend and Kind of liked it but I can't wait for 50 Cent to get gunned down.
  • kodesy - October 22, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I thought that Path of Neo was a pretty good game..didn't look any better than ETM and it was still kind of clunky but at least you were still playing the actually story. Also, one thing that WAS really sick about Rogue Agent...Bond actually died! Hahaa, eat that Pierce Brosnan, you were the crappiest Bond they ever had!
  • kor2disturbed - October 22, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Huh well I loved marvel nemesis I thought it was a great game and bought the nintendo ds version and the ps2 version I didnt know you guys at cheatplanet thought it sucked oh well
  • montyburns - October 22, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    "...and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists"!!! Hahahaha!
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    Hey i thought Wii Play was good...well i should say i thought the remote it came with was good. The game sucked, but hey cheap controller!

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