Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 50
  2. Negative: 23 out of 50
Buy On
  1. 70
    Terminator Salvation is a clear movie cash-in title. It still manages to be an enjoyable game, just one that grows tiresome pretty quickly.
  2. Terminator Salvation could have been much, much more than this. Far from being a mere spin-off, it offers a satisfying technical level, a nice atmosphere and all the robots previously seen in the movies. But it’s way too short to be worth the ticket. It would have probably been a hit had, it been on XBLA or PSN.
  3. 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.
  4. At the end of the day I was somewhat let down by the overall experience of Terminator Salvation for the Xbox 360. Like many summer blockbusters it was over too quick, and the hype was too much.
  5. A less-than-premium price would have nearly made everything better. This is a fun movie game that simply doesn’t have the legs that it ought to for 60 dollars.
  6. 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.
  7. 62
    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.
  8. Games Master UK
    62
    Lacks the intensity, variety and action the Terminator license deserves. [June 2009, p.76]
  9. While the game is fun, especially with a partner on the couch, the lack of boss battles, no online multiplayer matching, and only a handful of hours of content make this game little more than a solid rental.
  10. Uninspiring and strictly by the numbers, Terminator Salvation offers very little in terms or originality or fun.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Terminator Salvation ultimately just feels too small for a $60 game. Even the environments, which consist mostly of war-torn streets and boxy, brownish interiors, give you little sense that there's a world outside of the path that you're on. It's not a bad experience, but what it offers is so simple that it would feel repetitive if it were any longer.
  15. 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.
  16. Terminator Salvation is only worth a weekend rental if you have a few friends coming over to play cooperative with.
  17. Grin's game doesn't succeed in bringing back to life all of the thrills and epic Cameron's saga has been able to deliver in the movies, and fans will find few elements of the ones which made Terminator such a big blockbuster. Single player campaign is short and samey, co op play is offline only. The only ones who'll really like Salvation, are Achievements/Trophies' hunters, who'll be able to unlock them all in about 5 hours of average gameplay.
  18. 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.
  19. The repetitive missions and lack of any replayability can make the few short hours spent in 2016 barely tolerable, and don't justify any more than a rental from anyone. While it's far from the worst movie tie-in this generation, it does little to change the stigma, and is best left untouched on store shelves.
  20. Fun and with interesting moments, Terminator Salvation is a really short game, just four hours, that lacks depth. Very few types of enemies, not many weapons, repetitive gameplay and not so impressive visually. It could have been much better, but it's far from what the franchise deserved.
  21. If robots ever do take over, I hope the human race doesn’t succumb to a force this stupid.
  22. 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.
  23. A game based on a movie could go the safe way, like the recent release of Ravensoft's Wolverine. Or it could try to be something more than just being a license. Terminator: Salvation tries to be something more and has a great system for healing, but in the end games like Wolverine are a better catch. Especially considering this games short campaign.
  24. Too short of an experience, most XBLA titles last longer than this one.
  25. Terminator Salvation is a typical run-of-the-mill action game with no unique or innovative qualities. The game is built on a reasonably solid foundation but the lack of any gameplay innovations makes it a very repetitive game, and when you only get circa five hours of playtime there are few reasons for you to purchase this game. The only redeeming quality in this package is the co-op mode, making the game at least worth renting with a friend. Charging full price for this game is nothing short of a ripoff.
  26. 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.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 13 out of 18
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    5
    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 theTerminator 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2013
    1
    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 wordi 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. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »