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11 January 2022

Pill poppin' beats.

by Andrew MacGregor

The Matrix Awakens: “An Unreal Engine 5 Experience” - 10 mins 56s

As the old saying goes, "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself." Fortunately for PS5 and Xbox Series owners, Epic Games made a tour of cinema's most famous simulated reality available for free at the 2021 Game Awards.

A ten-minute demo introduced by series stalwart Keanu Reeves, 'The Matrix Awakens' shows what Epic's latest game engine, Unreal Engine 5, can do as the ninth console generation gathers momentum. The results, in Reeves's parlance, are breathtaking.

Realistic character models, complex cityscapes, and vivid particle effects hint at a future beyond the uncanny valley, while Reeves and co-star Carrie-Anne Moss have fun with the self-referential script ("They were fine with your theoretical mumbo jumbo, but they needed some sexy action"). Skip 'The Matrix Resurrections' and download this instead.

Director: Lana Wachowski ♀
Written By: Lana Wachowski ♀

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