Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 41
  2. Negative: 25 out of 41
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  1. The game is certainly a rental for action fans and fans of the movie, but do not buy this unless you have been banned from your local rental place and can find it cheap.
  2. 63
    While Terminator Salvation has some good ideas and is fun at times, it lacks any replayability. And more importantly, it lacks the star of the film, which is a rather curious omission.
  3. Though the game features a few core mechanics that makes it a good bit of fun, it is painfully apparent the developers were faced with a marketing timetable that didn’t allow them to produce the game they had envisioned.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    Terminator Salvation is not a terrible game; in fact the cover mechanic alone makes playing through it quite enjoyable at times. However, there simply is no denying that the entire package feels unfinished. From under a three hour playtime to some truly peculiar omissions, Salvation displays all the symptoms of a rushed movie tie-in.
  6. Terminator: Salvation is a run-of-the-mill game adaption of a successful movie brand. Overall okay, but way too short and without any highlights or variety.
  7. 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.
  8. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    At game's end, all I was left with was a gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction in my gut, instead of a grin on my face. [Aug 2009, p.74]
  9. At the end of the day, Terminator Salvation is a strange game, it’s definitely not the best movie game and it’s also not the worst, however it’s closer on that end of the spectrum.
  10. The game is much better when played with a human partner but there is no online option, so you are forced to play in split-screen.
  11. Flat and boring. Terminator: Salvation fails to earn other, more favorable adjectives. The only bright spot is the soundtrack incorporating Brad Fiedel’s signature theme.
  12. If robots ever do take over, I hope the human race doesn’t succumb to a force this stupid.
  13. This bare-bones movie tie-in is like a machine with synthetic rubber skin: it's not fooling anyone and you should stay away from it.
  14. 50
    Terminator Salvation is a good action game if you are looking for a game with an offline co-op feature. But that's the only fun factor in Salvation. The storyline is far too short, you can complete it within a few hours, and therefore it's not worth the money.
  15. A bad Gears of War clone. Without Epic style, and many graphical issues. Worst Cuscenes Ever.
  16. Terminator Salvation is an alright game in itself, but it's hardly worth the cost of a fully priced game, due to the fact that it can be completed in just a few hours, combined with the repetitive nature and uninspired graphics. Only real fans of the Terminator franchise need to buy this now.
  17. Once you finish the game in about four hours, that's all there is to it. It's a budget experience at full price, and one that I can't suggest anyone pick up.
  18. With its lean plot, unimposing terminators, and stilted replay value, Terminator Salvation doesn't have a whole lot going for it. It's also so unbelievably short that the price of entry simply can't be justified.
  19. Terminator Salvation is too short to justify its cost, and its gameplay is unsatisfying too. A new disappointment in the genre of the movie-related games.
  20. In the end, Terminator: Salvation won't have you screaming for salvation, but rather wishing you were terminated from playing this game. Wait for the next reboot if you're hoping for that perfect, all around Terminator game.
  21. I've never played such a boring game as Terminator Salvation: The Videogame. The game is repetitive and the storytelling very shallow. It's a big plus that finishing the game will only take you about three to four hours. Even the very reasonable cover system can't let you enjoy this simple and boring movie game.
  22. 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.
  23. 40
    While there are some cheap thrills to be found in the title's rail-shooter segments and hardcore Terminator fans will no doubt want to rent the title just for the chance to go toe-to-toe with a T-600, I can't recommend Salvation as anything more than exactly that: a rental.
  24. We've come to expect mediocre games derived from motion pictures, but Terminator Salvation is about as bad as it gets.
  25. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    The game mostly consists of busywork. [July 2009, p.102]
  26. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    An abysmal failure. No sense of excitement, fear or anything. [July 2009, p.76]
  27. Terminator Salvation may please the fans while a complement to the film, but if you’re looking for a "shooter" that offers a good experience then choose another game.
  28. 35
    Despite a competent basis, Terminator Salvation is bland, empty and anaemic, even by movie tie-in standards.
  29. PSM3 Magazine UK
    One of 2009's worst movie tie-ins proves boring beyond salvation. [July 2009, p.72]
  30. 33
    After finishing the disappointingly anticlimactic game, I felt like I just read through a graphic novel side-story, but one that doesn't reveal anything new or interesting. From a technical standpoint, the game is passing, but its narrative, structure, and inattention to detail reveal this game for what it is: Yet another lazy cash-in on a "blockbuster" film.
  31. As a movie game goes, it could have been pretty decent if there was a larger variety of enemies and of course the game was about 4 times the length. As is, we have another movie licensed game that fails to deliver the goods.
  32. 30
    Salvation is headed -- like so many hastily churned-out movie tie-ins before it -- to the dustbin of gaming history. Stay away.
  33. It isn't worth your time for the 30 seconds worth of fun that it produces.
  34. Edge Magazine
    So wasteful of its source material that it should be held up as an example of how not to handle this kind of production. [July 2009, p.101]
    Terminator Salvation, in this form, should have never been shown to the public. The game is extremely short, linear and misses the action that made the films so much fun to watch. The gameplay feels stiff, limited and repeats itself. This game is one of the worst movie tie-ins we've ever seen. Not even the biggest Terminator-fan should buy this title.
  36. The gameplay, whilst initially entertaining, quickly becomes tedious and incredibly monotonous after it has been rinsed and repeated over and over again.
  37. No chance to have fun, loving the franchise or not. Disgusting tie-in.
  38. The biggest issue I have with Terminator Salvation is that it doesn't even try. It's resigned to the idea that it is a shameless movie tie-in, and it's not going to try at all to do any better.
  39. 25
    Salvation has "rush job" written all over it. There are so many problems and sloppy design that it hard to find any real value in the game.
  40. Were your movements less plodding, the weapons a bit meatier, the enemies even basically tactical, the story and dialogue more than perfunctory, the environments remotely imaginative, or the co-operative mode online-enabled, Terminator Salvation would still be far too rough around the edges, far too short, and far too cynical to withstand much critical inspection, but as it is, it's rubbish on virtually every count.
  41. Terminator Salvation shows the worst face of movie licenses: it's been done too fast to take advantage of the film's release date, it doesn't add any value for the fans, it's full of bugs and every part of the game has a very poor quality.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 28 out of 31
  1. CoreyF
    May 20, 2009
    4 HOURS LONG!, TERRIBLE AI, no variety in weapons(there are 5 guns in total). only 2 different songs during the entire game. Collision 4 HOURS LONG!, TERRIBLE AI, no variety in weapons(there are 5 guns in total). only 2 different songs during the entire game. Collision problems, terrible graphics, terrible voice acting. Honestly this is one of the worst games i have played in years. DO NOT BUY. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    You will need salvation if you play this game, ITS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH. there is one level on this that must of been made with someone who has noYou will need salvation if you play this game, ITS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH. there is one level on this that must of been made with someone who has no knowledge of video games, its honesty just so awful. 0/10 Full Review »
  3. Jul 6, 2014
    You pay 60 dollars for this in 2009. Then play 2-3 hours story alone or co-op, and that's it. No multiplayer, the story is just shooting andYou pay 60 dollars for this in 2009. Then play 2-3 hours story alone or co-op, and that's it. No multiplayer, the story is just shooting and escaping from the city. Oh, and it have 4 diifferent difficulties WOW...No worth to buy this game now or never. Just DON'T! Full Review »