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.
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, staffs, and escrimas) and firearms (assault rifle, submachine gun, pistol etc).
The game also allows the player to meet many of the characters in the films, including Trinity, Morpheus and the Merovingian, amongst others.
The game uses film excerpts as cutscenes throughout the game at certain milestones. This footage includes clips from the original Matrix theatrical films, but from other sources, including the short film series, The Animatrix and Shiny Entertainment's first Matrix game, Enter the Matrix. This live-action and other cinematic additions add the necessary context to the particular level in the game without requiring the player to fully know any story elements of the The Matrix films.