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  • Summary: Assume the role of John Connor and battle for survival against the far superior forces of Skynet.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 63
    The future isn't set. That means you still have time to cancel your preorder of Terminator Salvation. A harsh statement, certainly, but considering the latest in the man vs. machine saga can easily be completed in four hours, it's an accurate one.
  2. We can't ignore it feels like a yet to be finished game, with some good ideas but not fully exploited. In fact, perhaps it has been hurried up to be ready for the cinema premiere, and this would have harmed the development. What a shame. Maybe next time.
  3. Terminator Salvation - The Videogame can actually be fun at times, but the repetitive gameplay, some technical issues and the lack of a multiplayer mode make this game the usual tie-in, good only for the fan of the brand.
  4. A title without any kind of charm, released only to get a few more bucks from Terminator fans. Stay away from it and better look for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At least the latter showed us that there are indeed exceptions to the rule.
  5. Unfortunately, it‘s a no-go. Terminator: Salvation lines up right next to hundreds of titles which are supposed to be a worthy game based on a movie – and has no intention of going any further.
  6. As gamers, we are well accustomed to the fate of movie-related games, which is why Salvation is such a disappointment. It has some solid combat, perhaps the best cover-system to date, and the foundation for a captivating plot, but the game lacks any sort of scope.
  7. None of this is enough to save this game from being anything but the mediocre rubbish big development companies with lucrative movie licenses seem to think we want to play. [Aug 2009, p.60]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 11 out of 15
  1. FrankT
    Jun 8, 2009
    8
    I reviewed this game on my own wesbite (http://razetheworld.gameriot.com/blogs/Inside-Rice/Terminator-Salvation-Review-80100/1#comment_414717) It was very fun while it lasted, a straight forward 3rd person linear shooter. I'm a fan of Grin Studios for their work with other movie games and this is no different; I enjoyed the game. There are a few bugs regarding the cover system and health recovery, but it added more gameplay (at least for me) The problem with most if not all movie games is the fact that the team doesn't have cash nor time to develop and perfect the game. Expand
  2. AnonymousMC
    Jun 6, 2009
    7
    Ok game is not actualy that bad. It is an obvious console conversion that wa snot finished but what is there is not bad. If you are a fan of the terminator story line then this is an almost must. As it explains where alot of the characters come from. There is a fair amount of weapons and the cover system is awsome (Best to date). It has its flaws but the gameplay is playable and a must for Terminator fans. Expand
  3. AlessioP.
    Jun 14, 2009
    7
    This game is not bad, in it's way.... gameplay is taken from Gears of war, and if that entertained you than salvation will do. No, the problem are others: its way too damn short (no more than 4-5 hours....) and level design sucks. In gow the cover system tried to be realistic, here the covers just seems to be the outer wall where the robots (ah: only 3 kind of them btw-boss excluded) can walk. You only have to circle them and shoot while your "comrades" (usefull only as bait) keep them facing away from you. Nice rail-track section tough, on cars and train. In the end is fun, that much is true.... but its not worth its 50$ tag. When will be more around 20$ or less go for it: you liked gow, you'll like this too. Abut the rest.... graphic isn't bad, altough its functional at its best. No glory, no shame. Sound is ok: acting is passable, the soundtrack is the terminator's one (And it kicks ass). Th story is uninspired but not that much stupid. Expand
  4. AlphaM
    May 22, 2009
    3
    This game seems to be the result of a unfinished mixing. The campaign is too short and the lack of a multiplayer mode is felt quickly. Backups are automated do not know when they take place and if our progress is saved or not. In addition, there are bugs that force the player to start from beginning if it has stopped play at defined points of the campaign. Expand
  5. RobC.
    Jun 12, 2009
    3
    This game is worth about $9.99 Can't believe I spent $50 on it! There is no real variation to this game at all. Limited enemy type; limited weapons; limited controls. It seems obvious that corners were cut in order to meet deadlines while programming this less-than mediocre game. Expand
  6. JoeM
    Jul 16, 2009
    0
    Terrible game. I managed to get it (not going to discuss how - no it wasn't illegal), to quote IGN, the future is not set, you still have time to cancel the preorder and get your money back. Seriously, get it back. Expand
  7. TheTerminat0r
    Aug 1, 2009
    0
    Very disappointing game. At hard level it was impossible to move from one point to another without being killed. No Medi Kits at all in the game. The size Levels if there were no enimies would take about 30 seconds to go from end to end, the levels were tiny. No sign of terminators such as the T-1000, and a disappointing end to the game which had no real sustance. Total rubbish would rather spend my money on reading a book. Expand

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