Sony Online Entertainment closed down The Matrix Online last weekend, ending its four year reign.
It was not an easy four years.
It was based off three movies, only one of which was really good. It did not get great reviews. It went through a mid-life revamp that, like all such efforts, alienated some of it loyal fans. But everybody loves to beat SOE with the NGE stick.
My own time playing the game was short as I personally found nothing in the game compelling enough to keep me interested.
So in its final days, Ben Kuchera at Ars Technica remembered the game with:
The Matrix Online offered a weirdly meta experience, as real people created virtual players to go online in a virtual world pretending to be a virtual world.
A reasonable summation in my mind.
Now that it is gone, most of us can only read about what we missed.