Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
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  1. Your objectives change so constantly that it's easy to forget about the blurry graphics and simplistic combat. [Feb 2004, p.114]
  2. Although this latest T3 is a far cry better than the other iterations of this movie-franchise cross-over, the GBA T3 just doesn’t have enough good in it to make it worth owning.
  3. Nintendo Power
    The play control is solid, though aiming can be difficult at times. [Mar 2004, p.121]
  4. Although this game may not be a hall-of-famer, it would easily win in a one-on-one grudge match against “99 bottles of beer on the wall.”
  5. It has some semblance of plot similar to the movie, which it represents, attempts to recreate a comparable atmosphere, but ultimately fails to innovate or even successfully imitate previous games.
  6. Just barely an average game for the GBA. If you liked the movie and really want a game based on the characters and events in the flick, this is definitely the lesser of the evils represented by the versions available for consoles and the GBA.
  7. Yet another badly made isometric Gameboy Advance game; yet another below-average action game. Why developers don't put their hearts into what they create, I'll never know.
  8. The game isn’t that long and it’s also an easy game to play thanks to plentiful weapons, ammo, and power-ups. You seldom even worry about dying unless you are totally careless.
  9. You won’t be hard-pressed to find a better shooter on the GBA and not buying it may send a message to developers everywhere that slapping a “name-brand” title like Terminator 3 on a game doesn’t justify underdevelopment.
  10. Of all the T3 games released this year, Rise of the Machines for the GBA is easily the best one; but once you get beyond comparisons to the rest of the motley Terminator 3 bunch, the game doesn't hold up on its own merits.
  11. The levels are dull-looking and you might have a job seeing what's happening on a standard GBA. If you are a fan of the films, even the third one, don't expect to relive the adrenaline rushes in this mediocre, disappointing GBA effort.
  12. 30
    A clunky, junky licensing disaster.
  13. Pocket Games
    Abysmal. The graphics are terrible, the control is loose, and the gameplay is incredibly repetitive. [Spring 2004, p.48]
  14. Terrible graphics, repetetive levels, extremely low difficulty, and music that will make you wish you were deaf. There's honestly just no excuse for games this bad to be made anymore. In short, do not buy, rent, play, or even look at this game ever, for any reason.
  15. The capture-the-flag mode can be rather confusing, since you'll constantly have to travel between sections in the level using teleport points that don't actually tell you where you'll end up.

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
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  1. ZackW.
    Mar 4, 2004
    This was 1 of the best Termintor games ina long time.If you are 9 and younger I do not recomend the game.If you are a Terminator fan you will This was 1 of the best Termintor games ina long time.If you are 9 and younger I do not recomend the game.If you are a Terminator fan you will love the last level. Full Review »