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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 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. 40
    What should have been a fast-paced, movie-fueled action fest is bogged down by overly sluggish controls, Vaseline-smeared graphics, and a general lack of polish.
  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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  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. SteveE.
    Jan 6, 2004
    The reason I give it a 3 is because of the use of Arnie`s voice in this diabolical disgrace from atari.
    Aug 9, 2004
    I liked Dawn of Fate, but this game makes DoF look like a game of the year winner.
  3. DaveB.
    Jan 29, 2004
    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 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