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  • Summary: Assume the role of John Connor and battle for survival against the far superior forces of Skynet.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 50
  2. Negative: 23 out of 50
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    80
    Terminator Salvation has an interesting setting, but boils it down to a little bit too simple rail shooter. The saving grace of the game is co-op multiplayer, which is good fun compared to somewhat dull single player experience. [June 2009]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In the end, Terminator: Salvation won't have you screaming for salvation, but rather wishing you were terminated from playing this game. Wait for the next reboot if you're hoping for that perfect, all around Terminator game.
  6. 40
    While there are some cheap thrills to be found in the title's rail-shooter segments and hardcore Terminator fans will no doubt want to rent the title just for the chance to go toe-to-toe with a T-600, I can't recommend Salvation as anything more than exactly that: a rental.
  7. Were your movements less plodding, the weapons a bit meatier, the enemies even basically tactical, the story and dialogue more than perfunctory, the environments remotely imaginative, or the co-operative mode online-enabled, Terminator Salvation would still be far too rough around the edges, far too short, and far too cynical to withstand much critical inspection, but as it is, it's rubbish on virtually every count.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 13 out of 19
  1. RadZ
    Jun 2, 2009
    9
    This game is far better than any of those released in the last 4 months. But you should play it on hard! Graphically and visually the game is This game is far better than any of those released in the last 4 months. But you should play it on hard! Graphically and visually the game is perfect. Plus the world created is so real and the machines DO incorporate so inpecably that this game will be one of my favourites. Though the gameplay hours are short - the locations are made very detailed and you can pass hours looking around. AI is quite good, (as smart as a machine should be) but the oponents quite tough. The sound is unbelievable - you will recognize all the samples from the Terminator and Terminator 2. The game will remind you of those 2 movies as well. If you remember many years ago there was a game, Terminator 2029. I had been waiting for that game very long. Though it was not good it gave some splashes of the L.A. 2029, which was cool. But overall T2029 was a failure. T: Salvation is EXACTLY what I wanted to see from T2029 and I recommend everyone to play this game. It looks like an interactive movie, you'll like it. Just don't hurry to run it through - be attentive to the details. Expand
  2. 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, 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
  3. 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 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
  4. JustinB
    May 20, 2009
    3
    This game should have been an XBLA game not a standard 60 dollar game. I beat it in less than five hours, I'm very glad I didn't This game should have been an XBLA game not a standard 60 dollar game. I beat it in less than five hours, I'm very glad I didn't buy it. The game play is repetitive and boring, cut scenes and storyline are blurry and also boring. Really the only good thing in the game are the backgrounds as you run through them. Oh and one last thing, they couldn't even make the characters look like the actors like Christian Bale, who didn't look or sound like him. This game is worth maybe a one night rental. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2013
    3
    This game is grey, bland, boring, and completely and utterly unintersting. The graphics are bad, stock, royalty free music is bland andThis game is grey, bland, boring, and completely and utterly unintersting. The graphics are bad, stock, royalty free music is bland and boring, the controls are stiff and akward, the gameplay is repettitive, not creative, and just outright boring, and over all, this game is just bad. you litteraly fight the same 4 enemies in the same scenario, every, single level, of its short, short, story mode. co-op play is a bit of a plus, but you'd be better off finding something else to play co-op than this game. The worst part of this game by far is the loading times. the ridiculous loading times. its very easy to die in this game, as there is no "blink time" between hits, and every time you die, you get stuck on a loading screen of the terminators face for at least a minute. then, after getting back inthe game and dieng in 30 seconds, back to a one minute loading screen. its the worst loading ive ever seen in a video game. worse than sonic 06, and worse than even the ps1 and even sega cd games. not only are the loading screens ridiculously long, but they show up so frequently as well. not including deaths, every time a cut scene loads, every time you reach a new sectionof the level, almost every menu, and almost every transition in the game is met with a loading screen. and the screens last at least 25-30 seconds, and thats AT THE LEAST! I understands the game needs to load, but its completely ridiculous. i know im beating a dead horse with the load times, but they completely ruin this game. without the bad loading times, this game would score at least 3 points higher. because you litteraly spend 4 minutes of a 15 minute level on loading screens, and not even downloading the game to the harddrive helps, it only lowers them about 5 seconds. One of the only positives, is that the achievments are easy to unlock. this game, at best, is a one night rental (if those still existed) that should be played through once, and never again. its just so lifeless and effortless, this is one game, that just exists, and has very little redeeming factors, and little to no point, to be purchased. i luckily got this game for 10$, but i feel horrible for the sorry suckers that payed 50$ for this game. i would never pay more than 10$ for this, and 10$ is really pushing it. unless your looking for easy achievments, and mindless, redundant shooting over and over in the same scenario, stay away from this game. it appeals to almost no one. Itas clearly just another movie cash in, that has no effort. Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    2
    This game took about 7 hours to finish and im amazed that i was bothered to last that long. The only real reason for getting this is that theThis game took about 7 hours to finish and im amazed that i was bothered to last that long. The only real reason for getting this is that the achievements are very easy to get. If your bothered about achievements then rent it, if you not then steer clear. Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2011
    0
    A very bad game which is one of the worst fps I've ever played. The story is bad,the characters are not memorable, and there is no variety ofA very bad game which is one of the worst fps I've ever played. The story is bad,the characters are not memorable, and there is no variety of enemies in the levels.You're going to be fighting during your playthrough the same 3 enemies, spider flying things and T600s if I remember correctly.The game is hardly 4 hours and the graphics are wll let me just say that they are bad because If I start saying what I really think, I would end being banned. To everybody who is think of buying this game 'cause is cheap, I have to warn them to stay away from this piece of s**t. Expand

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