Terminator Salvation is a movie based game on the fourth film in the Terminator series – Terminator Salvation. The game is developed by GRIN Studios, published by Equity Games and distributed by Warner Bros.
|Platform(s)||PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS|
|Publisher(s)||Equity Games, Evolved Games|
|Release(s)||May 1, 2009 - June 15, 2009|
|TEEN - Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.|
The game is a third-person shooter based two years before the movie. You play as John Connor who leads a squad through the ruins of Los Angeles when you get a distress call from a team lead by David Weston who has been pinned down outside Skynet command.
John asks his commanding officers to help there fellow soldiers but no luck. John decides to set out on his own to save these soldiers and make his way through the next 9 levels of Skynet forces in the horrific remains of Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, the bulk of the game is dull at best and the repetition is bad. Move from one cover spot to the next, shoot, fight off some wasps and spiders, rinse and repeat. There are a few driving levels in which Conner mans a super-powered weapon that makes for a nice break in the repetitive action.
The game’s length is a little short and you can finish it on the highest difficulty level in less than 6 hours. Thanks to the fact that there are no hidden items to locate. So for all you gamers looking to boost your achievement score, you can nail all of the achievements in one playthrough by playing through the game with the difficulty set on hard.
Salvation does have a few shining spots. The cover system is a bit like the one found in the GoW 2 game. You can get up against some cover and easily move to the next cover spot with a flick of the analog stick and a push of a button. Things are always better when you play with a friend, right?
The co-op feature in Salvation allows players to aid John Connor as Blair Williams. It’s a local split-screen but it’s better than nothing. So unless you have an extra controller and someone to play with you will still be fighting in the resistance alone.
Salvation’s graphics are far from the best we have seen. With the futuristic Terminator landscape and the character models don’t look bad but the Skynet machines are by far the best visuals in the game hands down.
The character animations really stand out in the game as their mouths do not move when they talk in cutscenes so maybe they should have invested a little more time into synching up the mouth animations with the dialog.
The audio in Terminator Salvation is passable. The music feels like it has been lifted from the movie itself. The voice acting is acceptable since Christian Bale refused to lend his voice and likeness for the game. Rose McGowan, Common, and Moon Bloodgood are voicing their own characters from the film.
Overall the controls, graphics, and sound were all just OK making the game just average. We think this is a fun movie game however with some time and effort. The game could have been a real standout movie tie-in game.
Salvation has very little replay value. For someone to pay $29.90 for the title just to have it finished in less than 6 hours is absurd. That’s $5 for each hour of gameplay or a little under $5 a level. Therefore we’d recommend that buyers beware. We say it’s a good rental or a good bargain bin buy at best.