Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 41
  2. Negative: 25 out of 41
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. We've come to expect mediocre games derived from motion pictures, but Terminator Salvation is about as bad as it gets.
  9. The game mostly consists of busywork. [July 2009, p.102]
  10. An abysmal failure. No sense of excitement, fear or anything. [July 2009, p.76]
  11. 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.
  12. 35
    Despite a competent basis, Terminator Salvation is bland, empty and anaemic, even by movie tie-in standards.
  13. One of 2009's worst movie tie-ins proves boring beyond salvation. [July 2009, p.72]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 30
    Salvation is headed -- like so many hastily churned-out movie tie-ins before it -- to the dustbin of gaming history. Stay away.
  17. It isn't worth your time for the 30 seconds worth of fun that it produces.
  18. 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]
  19. 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.
  20. The gameplay, whilst initially entertaining, quickly becomes tedious and incredibly monotonous after it has been rinsed and repeated over and over again.
  21. No chance to have fun, loving the franchise or not. Disgusting tie-in.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 25 out of 27
  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 14, 2013
    Damn is this game good.... good at being a complete waste of time! Good at being an insult to every Terminator fan across the globe! Let meDamn is this game good.... good at being a complete waste of time! Good at being an insult to every Terminator fan across the globe! Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Terminator fan, I love the first 2 movies, I even enjoyed the third one but the fourth movie was admittedly pretty boring and overall a letdown so I didn't really have high expectations for it's video game counterpart. But I didn't imagine it could ever be this bad. First of all the game takes literally 3 hours to beat, on your first time, in the hardest difficulty. I found someone on YouTube complete it in 58 MINUTES!! Second, there is no variation in the enemies! You just fight the same four enemies over and over again, it's just SHOOT THE WASPS! SHOOT THE SPIDERS! SHOOT SOME WASPS! OH GOD, MORE SPIDERS! SHOOT THAT T-600! SHOOT THE SKIN-JOB! MORE WASPS AND SPIDERS! Also the whole game is linear, there is NO exploration and NO collectables whatsoever so you can't even lengthen the game by trying to get all of the collectables. Third, the AI is atrocious, your teammates are 100% useless and enemies just stand around waiting to be blown up! Fourth, the cursor for your weapon is too big! It's hard to shoot those annoying drifting wasps with a cursor that's bigger than them because there is NO accuracy! Fifth: the voice acting in this game couldn't be worse, the actors knew this game was rubbish and didn't even want to put effort into their performances. And finally the graphics are old, bland and just downright ugly! The character models are laughable and the animations look like they were designed by a 4 year old. The only redeeming factors is that this game does have the memorable Terminator theme tune (which is BAD ASS) and the atmosphere can sometimes feel like the Terminator universe but trust me, this is not very often and these factors don't make up for what a terrible game this is. Also there is NO ONLINE MULTIPLAYER! A mode of Terminators vs Resistance would be AWESOME! Why didn't they do it?! There is co-op for campaign which makes the game slightly more bearable but it only shortens the play time of the game even further! Overall this game should've been so much more. I'm still waiting for a GOOD Terminator game. Full Review »
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    This game will be in my top 5 worst games I have payed. The campaign length is 4 hours, omg 4 fkn hours and thats it no multiplayer or co-op.This game will be in my top 5 worst games I have payed. The campaign length is 4 hours, omg 4 fkn hours and thats it no multiplayer or co-op. The story and characters are just terrible. There are 3 types of enemies with awful AI. Full Review »