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Dive
Friday evening Bryn and I went to Gamestop looking for something new to play. I spotted Matrix Online for $20 and it included a free month trial. The price was right so I picked up a copy and figured twenty bucks was worth a month of gameplay. We are both huge fans of the first movie and the Animatrix so this was worth a look. I made a character and had a look around the city. It is a pretty cool game, notwithstanding a slightly poor performance on my aging machine.

This game feels like a cross between City of Heroes and Anarchy Online. A bit hard to figure out the upgrades and abilities but plays very fast, and easy to jump into the action. Bryn wanted to join in on the fun so we went back and picked up another copy.

Jacking in to the Matrix.
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Residual Self Images.
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Knock knock motherf#ckers!
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Let's rock!
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Giving the office a fresh coat of bullet holes.
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exp and ejecting shells.
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Crushing Zion loyalists with our Hacker Code and Simulacrum.
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Gettin' down after the battle at a nearby club.
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You notice the radio tuner in the lower right corner? You can tune into any streaming broadcast or your own music library in game. The official station of the game has live DJ's who are in game when they broadcast and give updates on any pvp action, parties, or movie character appearances throughout the city. I'll have to set up AT Radio with a .asx file before I can access it with the in game tuner.

Matrix Online also comes with AIM built into the interface. You can contact anyone in or out of the game, and people who don't have the game can contact you while you are playing, kind of like Xfire.

Pretty fun game for what we paid. I am not sure if we'll take it beyond the month trial, we'll see how it pans out. For now we'll be fighting on the Merovingion side, terminating Zionists and Machinists. guns.gif
Henge
QUOTE (Dive @ Aug 8 2005, 02:01 AM)
The official station of the game has live DJ's who are in game when they broadcast and give updates on any pvp action, parties, or movie character appearances throughout the city.

haha, that totally reminded me of the movie The Warriors and the DJ's low down on the boppers as they make their way from central park back to coney island, classic.

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the game actually looks fairly entertaining.
donkeybeatz
Damn that looks pretty cool. I might have to pick up a copy haha.

EDIT: Is there a certain server you guys play in?
Dive
QUOTE (Woe @ Aug 8 2005, 07:16 AM)
haha, that totally reminded me of the movie The Warriors and the DJ's low down on the boppers as they make their way from central park back to coney island, classic.

hell yea that didn't even occur to me, it's exactly like that.

QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Aug 8 2005, 09:06 AM)
Is there a certain server you guys play in?

Yea we are playing on the Syntax server, my character name is Cryptman.
tanshin
I played this game for a while, when it first came out. It was really buggy back then, and I couldn't stay online for more than like 10 mins at a time. Needless to say, I lost my patience and canceled my account. I had a lot more fun with guild wars.
Dive
Apart from the game running a little slow at times due to my older vidcard, I have not experienced any real bugginess. I'm enjoying this game quite a bit, a lot has to do with the style, I get sick of wizards and dragons beigesleep.gif

More pics!

Checking out this club called The Sanguine Room
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Check out the detailed decks.
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Set em up!
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Watching Bryn try on outfits beigelaugh.gif
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donkeybeatz
Man I keep gettin my ass whooped by some gangsters =(
The dancing emote is freaking awesome!

EDIT:
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"Cryptman does not exist..."
unitself
I don't get it.
What is the premise to this game?
What's the objective?
So far, it looks like Sims: Black Leather Future.
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Riel
I looked for it today around my area but it's still full price(50 bucks)...it reminds me of CoH,which i had fun with during the free trial last month...

Thanks for the pics though,i enjoy those.

donkeybeatz
QUOTE (Riel @ Aug 9 2005, 01:27 PM)
I looked for it today around my area but it's still full price(50 bucks)...

That's funny. I seen it for $39 at best buy but it didn't stop me from buying it.
When they rang it up it came out to be $19.99.
Power save!
Maybe you should get a price check.
proj
Hey tanshin you still play guild wars? I'm on ring of fire and want to beat the game but it's definitely a challenge.
tanshin
At the risk of hijacking the thread...

I play guild wars when I have the time. I kind of fell out of it, because I don't know anyone on there, and I got as far as I could using the NPC hirelings. I forget what level I am...17 sounds right, but don't hold me to that. I'm a necromancer.

DJDonkey: Your matrix character looks exactly like the one I had...
Dive
Don't panic, these guys are standing by:
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Now...
QUOTE (unitself @ Aug 9 2005, 09:11 AM)
I don't get it.
What is the premise to this game?
What's the objective?
So far, it looks like Sims: Black Leather Future.
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Matrix Online Wikipedia entry

Let's examine this for a moment. Let's start with the title, "Matrix Online". That would lead me to believe that this game is set in the Matrix universe and is playable Online. With me so far?

Let's look at some of the screens posted, I see custom character avatars engaged in simulated combat with computer controlled opponents, with apparent experience points being acquired through defeat of said opponents. Following?

I would venture to say that the so called premise is character advancement through repeated combat simulation with computer controlled opponents, thereby continuing the story contained in the movie trilogy.

Objective? Why, fun of course.

smartass ewj1hy.gif
proj
So you're in the matrix.. in the matrix. I gotcha!

Is the AI any good? What do you do for PVP?

unitself
Wikipedia's description of what the game entails was excellent. It really made me wanna play this game.
Dive's description, on the other hand... lacking.
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Have you noticed if you are able to jump out of the Matrix and be in the "real" world? I am just wondering if you will be able to own your own ship and maybe fight some Squidys or something crazy like that. It would be rockin' to be able to fight the scene when the MILLIONS of Squidys break thru into Zion.
Dive
QUOTE (unitself @ Aug 11 2005, 09:05 AM)
Have you noticed if you are able to jump out of the Matrix and be in the "real" world? I am just wondering if you will be able to own your own ship and maybe fight some Squidys or something crazy like that. It would be rockin' to be able to fight the scene  when the MILLIONS of Squidys break thru into Zion.

No, I was hoping you could do that. Maybe they were planning that to be an expansion, but I don't think this game will get one. About the only thing I've seen outside of the Matrix so far was my character getting rescued from his pod thing, and being able to walk around that pre-matrix load in white room. beigebiggrin.gif

One thing that is really cool is Bullet Time™. It's not something you can force or predict, but occurs unexpectedly at times, usually when finishing off an opponent with a special attack. The game will slow down in Bullet Time™ and the camera will zoom in or around your character, with bullets leaving trails and you get that whoosh sound from the movies. The combat in this game is fast paced and fun.

Ran into this bad dude last night.
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donkeybeatz
Close combat > All.
...except the times when you get your ass whooped.
Dive
Couple screens from tonight.

donkeybeatz is one tough hombre.
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Meeting the Frenchman and joining the Merovingian Faction.
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Dodge this.
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donkeybeatz
I think this was the highlight of the day:
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I ran into this bunch. Practically everyone was dancing so I had to join in haha.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....
Henge
QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Aug 12 2005, 12:12 AM)

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....



haha, pictures speak a thousand words. Looks like Donk is trying to reach out and touch someone beigelaugh.gif
Dive
Bryn enjoying our rendition of Y M C A !!!
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Aftermath.
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Dive
More Matrix screens, sue me.

Shoryuken!
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Rooftop combat.
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Preaching the word of AT.
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Our first gig.
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donkeybeatz
Yet even more Matrix screens. In hi-res this time!

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Alienware billboard =T

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Gunnin' down some street punks.

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Dive puttin' 'em down.

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One of our many, many, many, many dance offs.
The game has this filter called over-bright. It practically makes the screen glow.
There's another filter which adds a faint green overlay over the screen. I don't think I have it on in any of these screens but if it's on, you only notice it when you switch it off and on.

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Detail on the shotgun.
Dive
Looks like the transition to Sony is in effect, we now have to log into the game with a Station.com username/pass now. When you start the game now you are directed to https://secure.station.sony.com/mxo/index.vm, which is down as of this post. crash.gif

We also need to add Matrix to our station.com's subscriptions. What a hassle.

More info and FAQ here

Last nights in game Q&A with a Customer Service Rep.
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edit: Info on Hotbar fix

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First, just to avoid panic: All your character information is stored on the server. You will not lose any $Info, items, Abilities, etc. during this transition. This information pertains only to things like hotbar settings.

When you're able to log back on after the update on Monday, your character's UI settings will not be set up. Since your UI settings are saved locally in a folder under your account name, the first time you log on with your SOE log on a new directory will be created with that name on it.

However, there is a workaround to this. Once you know what your SOE account name is, you can rename the folder your character settings are stored in. For example, if your current account name is "Eggman" and your SOE account name is "Walrus":

Open your Matrix Online Profiles directory. Usually, this would be:
C:\Program Files\Monolith Productions\The Matrix Online\Profiles\
Where "C" is the letter of the hard drive the game is installed on.

Right click the folder "Eggman"
Select Rename
Type in "Walrus"
Press Enter
Close the directory

Once you make that change, your character settings should match what they were the last time you logged on to the game.
Henge
QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Aug 15 2005, 01:15 AM)
Yet even more Matrix screens. In hi-res this time!

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Alienware billboard =T

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Gunnin' down some street punks.

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Dive puttin' 'em down.

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One of our many, many, many, many dance offs.
The game has this filter called over-bright. It practically makes the screen glow.
There's another filter which adds a faint green overlay over the screen. I don't think I have it on in any of these screens but if it's on, you only notice it when you switch it off and on.

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Detail on the shotgun.

looks badass in hi-res
Ellianna
It's heeeeere!!!!! *goes to install* still have no clue what to do about names -.-
donkeybeatz
Sweet. Now we can dance the night away with more people in the crew. levelup.png
Ellianna
update gonna take me hours cry2.gif i think woe get's his copy on monday or tuesday too
Kazicht
I wanna play! /cryyyy cry2.gif
Dive
Gonna post a mini game guide for the new players soon, some of this stuff is hard to figure out. When you get on, look for either of my characters, Cryptman and Divewire beigebiggrin.gif or Bryn's toons Morita and Soniti. To find me or anyone else use /who <player name>, once you see that they are on, use /t <player name> to send a tell/whisper. Soon as I see you on, we will get you added to one of the Crews, and you will then be in the Apocalypse Tribe faction. Later on, you can form your own crew and still be a member of the Faction.

Game Guide coming soon, like tonight hopefully.

Some screens of my second character.

Tutorial Construct section
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You know it.
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Henge
my copy should arive monday.
tanshin
I may as well play since I already have the game, and you guys are on there. The issue is time, though D:
Dive
Yea time is a factor here as well, but you can pretty much count on me being on most nights from around 7pm to midnight(central). Most weekends I pretty much come on whenever though. Also this isn't really the kind of game where you make a career out of playing either, just come on for some dancing and killing with pals.

If anyone is able to be on friday night, there is a party being sponsored by Awakened Radio at Club Polyvinyl in Mara Central. Bryn and I should be hanging out there.

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To experience the full party atmosphere, tune into awakened radio during the party, I'll link you to my preset radio list that I access in game. Simply save the following text file to your Matrix Online directory, something like C: \Program Files\Monolith Productions\The Matrix Online\.

Radio Presets: right click, save to Matrix Online directory

You also need to have Windows Media Player 10 installed and up to date to access the ingame radio player. Turn on the radio in the Options menu and the first station should start playing automatically, from then on you can switch between your stations. To add another station simply edit the mpfavorites.txt file I've provided. My selection includes:

1. Apocalypse Tribe Radio - Official AT Radio (music only)
2. Awakened Radio - Official in game station (music + live in game dj's)
3. Chronix Aggression - Metal (music only)
4. Exile Radio - Various (music + live in game dj's)
5. Machine Radio - Various (music + live in game dj's)

More info on radio player
Ellianna
i'm in! weeeee on syntax under Ellianna, i thought you had a choice of weather you were a zionite or exile..what ever...somehow without picking i'm working for zion
Bryn
QUOTE (Ellianna @ Aug 26 2005, 11:54 AM)
i'm in! weeeee on syntax under Ellianna, i thought you had a choice of weather you were a zionite or exile..what ever...somehow without picking i'm working for zion

Sweet. shades.gif

When you begin the game you only have one contact to start with. After you get a few completed missions under your belt you get more contacts and can choose which side you want to be affilitated with.
Mute
Stop making me want to buy this game!

I'd pick it up but I've bought like 3 games in the past few weeks as it is. If you guys are still messing around with it in like a month, perhaps I'll have the extra fundage to join in. In the meantime, keep the screenshots acoming. I've been rather enjoying this thread. beigebigrazz.gif
tanshin
nevermind, it won't install. It's errored out on the 3rd disc like 10 times now, on both of my drives.
Dive
Pictures from the Syntax Party!
We arrived late and almost missed Donkey, but I think he got a couple pics.

Representin' AT on the floor.
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We totally owned that side of the dance floor.
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It got rather, um, warm in Club Polyvinyl.
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Rockin out to Bryn's mix.
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Saturday Night Fever style.
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As the party got later and later, it turned into a real Zion style bash.
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Everyone had a little too much to drink. beigebiggrin.gif
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toast.gif toast.gif levelup.png
Ellianna
i dunno where that last one came from...that aint me, i think someone hijacked my character. guns.gif
tanshin
ok, I finally got it installed after cleaning the CDs. After I chose to side with Merovingian, a bunch of people (other players) started killing me, and now I can hardly go anywhere/do anything. Kind of retarded. I don't know why any game's design would let some group of level 50 guys kill a level 6 newbie guy over and over again...

Aside from that, we should get together and do some missions or something.
Bryn
Getting ganked sucks....but, I'm sorta thinking you might be on the Vector server. We're on Syntax, a non-hostile server. The only pvp is consensual. teleport.gif
tanshin
Nope, I'mn definitely on Syntax. I'm not quite sure why they could just keep on killing me. I don't mind so much now, because I've figured out that there is no penalty when another player kills you, even though you still have to go back to a hardline. Are you guys going to be on at all this weekend? It's the only time I have to play.
Dive
Yea I'm going on right now, I'll look for you.
tanshin
oh, and here is me bringing some fresh meat to a sexy vampire lady on a merovingian mission.
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AC9breaker
Dive seems to have the ability to talk everyone that plays with him out of their pants. trophy.gif


Keep the pics coming guys. I'm really enjoying them.(O'-')>
donkeybeatz
What? More dancing pics? OK!

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Breakin' it down with Tanshin.

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Ernie's Rang-Rang Dance.

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We be clubbin'

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This was before anyone else was on and I went to check out the place for myself.
Pretty crowded.

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Sneak ability.
Dive
Yea, we bad.
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Aftermath of an Agent attack.
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Dive
Woe takes the Red Pill.

Somebody call AT?
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Henge(Woe) and Divewire pause for a moment of badass.
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State Property by Rocawear.
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donkeybeatz
Wow that new video workin good.
Woe gets the game and a hurricane comes =(
I seriously regret not bringing my computer haha
Dive
More screens!

Word.
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Tried to save him, but it was too late.
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Dance! nothin' left for me to do but dance! All these bad times I'm goin' through just dance!
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Ellianna makes a Matrix fashion statement.
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