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5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 53
  2. Negative: 27 out of 53
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  1. AndrewH
    May 20, 2009
    5
    You know a game is bad when a T-600 from 20ft away magically waves his arm at you, and kills you! This hasnt just happened once, to me. At least 5+ times I have experienced this. This is a another example of a cash grab before a movie is released. The only enjoyment I have scraped from this game is being in the terminator universe. Horrible, ripped off gameplay, bad voice overs, even the You know a game is bad when a T-600 from 20ft away magically waves his arm at you, and kills you! This hasnt just happened once, to me. At least 5+ times I have experienced this. This is a another example of a cash grab before a movie is released. The only enjoyment I have scraped from this game is being in the terminator universe. Horrible, ripped off gameplay, bad voice overs, even the controls are not that great. Thankfully I rented and did not buy this game. Expand
  2. IanY.
    May 27, 2009
    5
    This is just plain terrible and does no right for the Terminator movies. I hope this has nothing to do with the movie. It took me about four and a half hours to finish the game playing on hard, and considering how bad the game was overall I can only say it was a good thing it was short. But 60 euros for a game this short is way too much. In fact, they shouldn't be allowed to make This is just plain terrible and does no right for the Terminator movies. I hope this has nothing to do with the movie. It took me about four and a half hours to finish the game playing on hard, and considering how bad the game was overall I can only say it was a good thing it was short. But 60 euros for a game this short is way too much. In fact, they shouldn't be allowed to make games this short at all. The fighting is very repetetive, and every fight seems to involve flanking which would work great in co-op...only they didn't include co-op over Live which is a bit odd as they managed to make a split-screen co-op. There is some idea in the opponents having weak spots, but what really takes away the feeling is lack of variety in weapons and randomness in the combat. Basically you run a while, stop to shoot four to five enemies in an opening, and repeat. For five hours. Controls do an average job, but I wonder why couldn't they just 100% copy the layout of, say, Gears of War for example. After all this game attempts to be like GoW in many aspects. The movement isn't very fluid even with the cover-to-cover system, but at least they managed to keep things simple. If there was a sprint button, I never found it. The gameworld doesn't allow for free movement as the player is strictly prohibited from diverting from the path, so it doesn't even allow for much tactical planning. Nor can you command your squadmates, who fortunately are invincible but to balance it out, usually don't manage to do any damage. Again, this seriously weakens the feeling of actually fighting as you can witness your team get hit multiple times without any reaction and you don't need to take them into account when fighting. Considering that there are no puzzles, it would be great to have some variety in combat. The sound effects and voice acting are rubbish, I can't even remember what the shotgun sounds like. However, the music occasionally captures the Terminator mood, but most of the time it is sort of lost in the background. The outcome would have been probably better even if they had looped the Terminator theme for the duration of the game. In terms of graphic, I'd say the game is below average-average. I've seen worse this year (Godfather II) but I've seen better...even before this year. What I don't understand is the design, as the trees and scenery have very stark contrast, and it at times looks like you're fighting in a jungle instead of LA. I wish I could say better things about the game. However, total lack of replayability, linear running through a set path, short script and lack of variety are not what games should have these days. The problem is that the game is average or below that in any aspect; there's no real reason to buy it. Expand
  3. TimC
    May 19, 2009
    7
    This game is a really good rent. It takes a few levels to get into it but the action is very fun. There are only a few varities of enemie, but the way they come at you and how many you are faced with gets chalenging and helps make the game not feel redundant. The story is good enough, the voice acting is somewhat meager, but the overall mechanic is good. The best thing this game has going This game is a really good rent. It takes a few levels to get into it but the action is very fun. There are only a few varities of enemie, but the way they come at you and how many you are faced with gets chalenging and helps make the game not feel redundant. The story is good enough, the voice acting is somewhat meager, but the overall mechanic is good. The best thing this game has going for it, in my opinion, is the AI. Friendly AI will take up strategic positions to flank enemies while enemy AI will do well to make you work for each satisfying kill. A solid rent, but no need to buy this game - there just isn't enough going on for it. One final note, I beat it in about 4 hours, stopping for a half our to make lunch. Expand
  4. 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 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 fewTerminator 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
Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 50
  2. Negative: 23 out of 50
  1. 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.
  2. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. It’s an insult to anyone who plays games for more than an hour or two a year. Grin should be tarred and feathered in public for this, for failing in so many basic areas, and making some of the most feared machines in the world as impotent as cross-eyed rabbits. Avoid at all costs, and because it lacks any form of incentive to replay, I will, most definitely not, be back.
  3. 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.