Monday, June 1, 2009

Terminator Salvation | Review

I know most anyone on this site has been a fan of the Terminator at one point or another, whether it was when the Governator, I mean Arnold Schwarzen-whatever, was on a never-ending quest to find and either kill or protect the Connors, or throughout the Sarah Connor Chronicles, with the lead singer of Garbage, Shirley Manson, taking the role of a T-1001. With that rant aside, anyone with internet or TV knows that the fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation has just hit the box office, being followed by the release of the Terminator Salvation video game for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC from the same developer that brought us Wanted: Weapons of Fate and Bionic Commando, Grin.

The Terminator Salvation video game is a third person shooter bringing cinematic combat along with enemies and weaponry found in the previous movies. While this game shares the same title as the most recent Terminator movie to hit theaters, the story takes place two years before the events set to take place in the movie. The title’s focus for gameplay is on the robotic enemy AI and their resilience to kill you until they are destroyed, along with a focus on the destructible cover system which allows the player to use the environment as protection from the onslaught of incoming bullets, and throwing in the occasional vehicles gun fights adds a rail shooter element to some levels.

Praise: Terminator Salvation is full of action and stays true to the enemies and landscapes found in the movies. The background sounds and music add to the blockbuster feel to the game as you are playing through while the cover system keeps gameplay fresh. Playing through on normal difficulty, the game was fairly easy but to the point where I found myself struggling with trying to get out of certain situations and kill everything on the screen to move forward to the next skirmish. The fluidity of the gameplay was fast and smooth, while I was unable to try the coop feature as I noticed I had completed before I got the chance.

Gripes: To start, there is very long load times compared to the amount of gameplay before you are waiting in another loading screen staring at red eyes. The extent of this title last for about 4 hours from start to finish with nine levels to play through and only four types of enemies to take on with just about the same amount of weapons at your disposal. The first 4 levels are decent in length but after that each level lasts about 20 minutes. The graphics are also mediocre, not much different from what is seen in a Playstation 2 or Xbox original game.

Overall: While the game is short, it is not bad by any means. It keeps your attention from start to finish, albeit lasts but only a few hours. This is also a great game for achievements and increasing your gamer score, as playing through completely on normal will provide you with 820 achievement points. Unfortunately, once you play through once there is not much replay value to bring you back to it, unless you have something against robots, then this is the game for you. gives Terminator Salvation 6 out of 10.

Terminator Salvation is available now on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

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