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  • Summary: You are the ultimate weapon in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Ten years after John Connor helped save mankind from annihilation, the inevitable has occurred: The mechanized Tech-Com forces have risen, and war between man and machine has begun. As the Terminator, you must useYou are the ultimate weapon in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Ten years after John Connor helped save mankind from annihilation, the inevitable has occurred: The mechanized Tech-Com forces have risen, and war between man and machine has begun. As the Terminator, you must use hand-to-hand combat or your massive weaponry to protect Connor, the would-be hero of the future. Rise of the Machines immerses you in the Terminator 3 world, weaving in and out of the movie's storyline. Expand
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  2. Negative: 21 out of 24
  1. A technically sound game that exudes banality.
  2. Boring and sub-par gameplay, combined with bland visuals and sounds, creates a gaming experience that should be missed. More time was needed fine tuning things such as game mechanics, visuals, and audio.
  3. Besides the fact that I should never be able to sit down and beat a game in my first sitting, there's absolutely nothing that makes me want to go back and play it again.
  4. It's just plain bad. What's worse is that either the developer or the publisher is fully aware of how atrocious Rise Of The Machines is. This is of course complete speculation but...
  5. Enemy AI is shoddy, as is the hit-detection. The graphics are also deficient, with nearly every element in the game looking bland. [Apr 2004, p.9]
  6. I can sum it up with one word: sloppy.
  7. But the saddest part has to be the staggering number of people who worked on this thing, including some well-respected developers. Just check the credits from the manual. I’m not counting them all, but that’s about 400 names.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. SteveE.
    Jan 6, 2004
    3
    The reason I give it a 3 is because of the use of Arnie`s voice in this diabolical disgrace from atari.
  2. FANBOY
    Aug 9, 2004
    2
    I liked Dawn of Fate, but this game makes DoF look like a game of the year winner.
  3. DaveB.
    Jan 29, 2004
    0
    They could have done so much better, it honestly looks like some of the old video games I used to play on a 486 computer. It seems likeThey could have done so much better, it honestly looks like some of the old video games I used to play on a 486 computer. It seems like someone at "Black Ops" just decided... "man...I gotta pay my bills because I spent all my money on ass-ramming dildos this month.. lets make a game in a few hours using this game engine I found in the dumpster behind atari!" Expand