Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
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  1. 63
    The future isn't set. That means you still have time to cancel your preorder of Terminator Salvation. A harsh statement, certainly, but considering the latest in the man vs. machine saga can easily be completed in four hours, it's an accurate one.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A movie tie-in of absolutely subpar quality. The gameplay is more chore than fun. Also, there's no Christian Bale in it. Don't buy it: Rent it, if you really have to.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Who has waited for the miracle Terminator Salvation brings no one. It is just a regular, all-average corridor shooting game with a solid AI and good cover mechanics.
  10. It's too short, it possible to count the different enemies and weapons on one hand and gameplay variety apparently was vaporized on Judgment Day. Only one thing is really high class: the price 10 Euros per hour of gameplay is a rip off.
  11. A title without any kind of charm, released only to get a few more bucks from Terminator fans. Stay away from it and better look for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At least the latter showed us that there are indeed exceptions to the rule.
  12. Unfortunately, it‘s a no-go. Terminator: Salvation lines up right next to hundreds of titles which are supposed to be a worthy game based on a movie – and has no intention of going any further.
  13. I've never played such a boring game as Terminator Salvation: The Videogame. The game is repetitive and the storytelling very shallow. It's a big plus that finishing the game will only take you about three to four hours. Even the very reasonable cover system can't let you enjoy this simple and boring movie game.
  14. 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.
  15. PC Zone UK
    The game is tedious from start to end. [Sept 2009, p.74]
  16. PC Gamer UK
    Unbelievably repetitive and shallow. [July 2009, p.85]
  17. PC PowerPlay
    None of this is enough to save this game from being anything but the mediocre rubbish big development companies with lucrative movie licenses seem to think we want to play. [Aug 2009, p.60]
  18. Total PC Gaming
    It's too short and too undeveloped. [Issue#22, p.56]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 82
  2. Negative: 42 out of 82
  1. NeilY.
    Jun 15, 2009
    I was misled by the "multiplayer ready" label... It isn't the kind of multiplayer I expected (it's not over a network, and I I was misled by the "multiplayer ready" label... It isn't the kind of multiplayer I expected (it's not over a network, and I couldn't even make it work on my PC anyway). The game was enjoyable enough, and the cover system was nice, but without some multiplayer gaming the high price meant a very expensive but short (4 hours) of gaming. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2015
    This game is worth about $9.99 Can't believe I spent $50 on it! There is no real variation to this game at all. Limited enemy type; limitedThis game is worth about $9.99 Can't believe I spent $50 on it! There is no real variation to this game at all. Limited enemy type; limited weapons; limited controls. It seems obvious that corners were cut in order to meet deadlines while programming this less-than mediocre game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 15, 2012
    The graphics and the sounds are okay. The game is linear and too short, 2-3 hours long. Only 4-5 type of enemies, but the game was good i think.