As technologies have advanced and
games have become more realistic Im finding it harder and harder to slip into the
groove and find that zone. You know that zone. Its the place where you and the game
become one. Youre not playing Pac-Man in the zone. You are Pac-Man. There were days
I would stand at the Pac-Man machine when I felt like I could do no wrong. There were two
things to do: eat the pellets and avoid the ghosts. All other cares would fall away and I
would become the little muncher. I could say the same about Asteroids, Space Invaders, and
Defender. These games had the power to induce a Zen-like state. I miss that focus. I miss
that serenity. There are just too many details to keep track of in most modern games to
allow for any real sense of peace in gameplay.
Capcom has resisted giving itself
entirely over to the 3-D realm and I applaud them for that. I love the fact that Capcom is
willing to juxtapose the old with the new and I love that they are still publishing for my
beloved Dreamcast. Mars Matrix is a great top down shooter that will entertain you for
hours, much more than many of the games requiring more processing and rendering. The
graphics are colorful and livelyeverything youd expect from Capcom. Us old
school gamers need to be reminded every now and again what it was like in the beginning.
With Mars Matrix, Capcom has given us another fine example of why the top down space
shooter is still a compelling genre. The 2-D shooter has a fine and distinguished history
that really began with Space Invaders and Asteroids and peaked with 1942. These games have
cost me a fortune in quarters, but they were allowances well spent.
mention that the game is difficult? Dont plan on breezing your way through the
levels on this one. The enemy attacks are merciless and you will often find that you have
nowhere to hide from the waves of enemy fire. Also, your limited to only three continues,
so dont expect to plow through the game without some skill and attention to detail.
I promise significant amounts of frustration, but its the most rewarding kind of
is a pretty game to look at, but it wont astound any of your friends. We need to
remember that graphics are only a small (and sometimes insignificant) aspect of video
games. Its not so much how they look as how they play. Mars Matrix plays like a gem.
There are some great bosses that seem to fill the entire screen like any good boss
character should. If a game doesnt pit you as a David against a metaphoric Goliath,
I dont see the point in playing.
not a lot that you can say about the gameplay. You fly in a straight line, blow things up,
and avoid getting hit. The action is relentless and it will have you going back to it
again, hour after hour. Mars Matrix has a fairly traditional primary and secondary weapon
set up, but it also has a power up function that adds a really nice twist to the game. If
you allow your power meter to build up to full strength, you can absorb enemy fire and
throw it back at them. There are times when you will simply not be able to dodge the fire
no matter how quick your reflexes are.
been so long since Ive played a 2-D space shooter that I was surprised when my first
ship was wiped out by one stray canon blast. One blast! I had become so accustomed to
taking damage in games like Starfighter that it never occurred to me that one shot could
destroy me. I felt like the stakes were instantly raised. Mars Matrix has no tolerance for
sloppy gameplay. It has no tolerance for mistakes. This is a game that was designed to
milk as many quarters out of its players as possible, and Im just glad that I
didnt run into this game in an arcade.
of you that think games have gotten just a little too easy and too complicated at the same
time, Mars Matrix will take you back to a time when games were simple but never easy. To
top it all off, it comes in at a price that isnt too hard on the pocket book. If
youre a gamer who looks for good value in the titles you play, you could do a lot
worse than this little gem. Mars Matrix took me back to the simplicity of console gaming
before 3D chips made things too real and too complicated. If you need to get away from it
all and just focus on the game, Mars Matrix is a sure ticket to peaceful oblivion.