Conclusion: From a visual standpoint, Terminator Salvation isn’t too shabby. There are a few areas where it looks like time was an issue (a general lack of skin detail in some parts), but the game looks like what I imagine the movie will look like, based on the current trailers. Some additional bump-mapping on the character models could have sold them a bit better, and perhaps slightly more contrast (even though the tone set is very “earthen” on purpose) between object colors would...
Excerpt: In the early '90s, I played a crappy Terminator game for the Sega CD. It started in a decayed future and featured a host of tired gameplay mechanics. It's funny that the Terminator franchise deals with time paradoxes, because history seems to have repeated itself. Based on the new movie, Salvation has you filling John Conner's shoes and battling the nigh-omnipotent forces of Skynet as the machines start taking the guise of humans.
Brief, movie-based shooter game delivers bloodless violence.
Common Sense Media
26 August 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is based on the new Terminator movie , and that its release has been timed to coincide with and make the most of the tide of promotion leading up to the film. Many teens who see the movie will want to play this game, and vice versa. As in the movie, the game has plenty of violence in the form of gunplay and explosions. Humans yell, scream, and die, though no blood or gore is shown.
Excerpt: With Terminator: Salvation, the game takes place before the actual movie, so it uses some of the characters that you’ll be introduced to, such as our hero John Connor. Here you will get to play out his rise in the ranks of the resistant army. The main objective to the story is to get to a small pocket of resistant soldiers that are caught deep in battlegrounds around Skynet.
Excerpt: As a kid, I always had a fascination for the Terminator series. Watching Terminator: Judgment Day in the movie theatres was a total blast. Then came the so-so Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Bits from the past that gave us that nostalgia, mixed with new elements like female Terminators (a.k.a Terminatrix). A lot of movies coming out of Hollywood now are pre-labeled with the term “reboot”.
Excerpt: I’m sure there’s some joke I could make here about how the Terminator series has only gotten worse with each installment, and how the series and its videogame adaptions should be allowed to die, but I honestly can’t think of a zinger succinct enough to accurately reflect my feelings on the matter. Yes, it’s that far away from the original’s brilliance.
Pros: You like the Terminator, right? Right?
Cons: Repetitive combat, non-existent story, no replay incentives
Conclusion: The graphics are mediocre (fuzzy, and undefined), the story line is weak (only 9 very short chapters), the tactics are uber predictable, the game play is slow and clumsy (you don’t even use all the controllers buttons), and the AI is so dumb my dog could outwit it! Generally, don't waste your money or your time on this one; I'm just glad it was a one night rental!
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Love it or hate it, Terminator is a big name in the entertainment industry. Sure it is old news by now, but after the new movie hit every theatre on the planet earlier this year, a game tagged along was guaranteed. The least we have come to expect from a licensed movie game is the appearance of the star (Christian Bale) in some action packed scenes from the movies supported by some fantastic cut scenes.
Excerpt: Summary [5.5 out of 10] Terminator Salvation is a terrible game whose unfinished feel, technical hickups and terribly scripted sequences all punish the player for trying to play it. Terminator Salvation has the feel of a game that only had 8 months of development time in order to make it’s launch along-side the movie. I wouldn’t even bother renting this title regardless of how much you enjoy the Terminator universe.
Excerpt: Having had the chance to go see Terminator Salvation in the theatres prior to heading down to E3, I was quite intrigued to play the game. Unfortunately we did not get our review copy of Terminator Salvation (the game) until about two weeks after coming home from the annual Videogame extravaganza in Los Angeles. Add to this that we have been catching up and getting through the pile of games that we had to review when we left, and well you get the picture.