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  • Summary: Assume the role of John Connor and battle for survival against the far superior forces of Skynet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 50
  2. Negative: 23 out of 50
  1. Terminator Salvation has an interesting setting, but boils it down to a little bit too simple rail shooter. The saving grace of the game is co-op multiplayer, which is good fun compared to somewhat dull single player experience. [June 2009]
  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. 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.
  4. Too short of an experience, most XBLA titles last longer than this one.
  5. 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.
  6. A game this short and shallow should really be ignored. There is nothing original, compelling or even that new and it will join the ever-growing pile of rubbish movie tie-ins.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 14 out of 19
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    Terminator Salvation is another striking example to never get your hopes up for a game based off of a movie. The graphics are dull and the story is linear, with repetitive, slow gameplay and blurry cut scenes. There are no objective markers so half the time you don't know where you're going. On the other hand, co-op play is good if you are playing casually with friends. The first few levels are OK to play, but don't venture too far because it is just more of the same things. This game shouldn't have been priced at standard $60 or $50, rather only $19.99 or even an XBLA. Seriously, get this ONLY if you need a TPS and want to play co-op and don't care about the quality too much. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    Wow, the only reason I don't give this game a worse score is to reserve it to games I know deserve a lower score. Also, the game is playable and it does have working gameplay - it's just not very good, engaging, good looking or fun. Expand
  3. May 21, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 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. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    This game took about 7 hours to finish and im amazed that i was bothered to last that long. The only real reason for getting this is that the achievements are very easy to get. If your bothered about achievements then rent it, if you not then steer clear. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2013
    i dont know how anyone can give this even a decent grade...blows my mind but anyways dont play this game it sucks in every form of the word want to vault over cover...cant...pick a gun up at your feet while your in cover...nope run? crouch? fight more than 4 "different" enemies...nope game is a complete fail couldnt find a good thing about the game. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    yet another crappy movie licensed game. when will these horrible games stop coming?! terminator salvation is a boring attempt of a terminator game. they charge you the full $60 dollars for a four hour long game. the A.I. is broken and there is no level variety. stay away from this game just like all the other crappy movie licensed games. Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2011
    A very bad game which is one of the worst fps I've ever played. The story is bad,the characters are not memorable, and there is no variety of enemies in the levels.You're going to be fighting during your playthrough the same 3 enemies, spider flying things and T600s if I remember correctly.The game is hardly 4 hours and the graphics are wll let me just say that they are bad because If I start saying what I really think, I would end being banned. To everybody who is think of buying this game 'cause is cheap, I have to warn them to stay away from this piece of s**t. Expand

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