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This review is from: Terminator: Salvation (PS3) (Video Game)
As is normally the way with video games taken from their movie counterparts, they are generally rushed into production and frankly very poor. Simply created to make a quick buck from the movies release.
Upon starting Terminator: Salvation things look good. The menu screens are nice and shiny with pictures of the Terminator assembly line and those glowing red eyes that are so infamous now.
Then you start the game, which is where it all goes wrong. The game itself feels incredibly rushed, which it is, it had to meet the release date of the film which of course couldn't be altered. The game play is very much of the 'open sandbox' variety (GTA etc...) whereby you control your character 3rd person and run around with a control system that always feels rough around the edges. We normally forgive this because there is so much variety in games like this, different paths, different enemies around every corner etc.... Unfortunately in this game there aren't different paths, there aren't different enemies around every corner and everything is incredibly linear to the point that you just wonder why on earth they bothered adding in all of the detail of the rest of the city, just to annoy you?? One of those 'you can see another street, another building, another way around, but you can't take it because theres an invisible wall in the way' jobs.
The control scheme is one of those where you always find it hard to get out of the way of incomming fire because you're too busy trying to get unstuck from the corner of the nearest peice of scenery. It is not very intuitive and frankly makes the game feel incredibly tedious and just hard work.
The graphics are not that good. This is supposed to be next gen game based on a future full of technology....that is trying to kill you. In the films (so far) all the machines have been a shimering silver, all nice and shiny. Not in this game. They look more like a matt grey, every one of them. The charcter models aren't too bad, they do look life like and move fluidly, but frankly we expect this anyway. It shouldn't be something that I should have to point out.
The physics are frankly rubbish, no flying debris, no damage to surrounding scenery or objects...just rubbish. The machines themselves do that little thing where when you've destroyed them they just fall down and collapse where they are, then suddenly their bodies seem to dematerialise leaving two or three peices of metal behind! If I've just killed the best killing machine known to man I want to damn well see it lying there and watch it's eyes slowly stop glowing!
Voice acting isn't too bad, as I'm sure we all know Christian Bale didn't lend his voice or likeness to the game. So you won't be controlling the offical John Connor I'm afraid. Probably a good move by Christian actually given how bad the game truly is.
The game itself is just tedious and monotinous. The enemies are not scary or daunting even if they have already killed you plenty of times. They just feel so unthreatening and frankly poorly designed and created (by the game developers I mean). The actual Terminators do not move like machines, just like normal human beings...wheres that classic tensed up, taught, rigid look...???
The world that you play in doesn't really appear to be a post appoclyptic world at all, not a patch on Fallout 3. The game has a series of annoying cut-scenes that constantly interrupt the flow of the game and serve no point at all. The load screen is the same all the way through and will drive you INSANE!
The game is rushed and poorly put together at best. It's a massive disappointment and a real taint on the Terminator franchise. I almost wish that they hadn't bothered.
Honestly, if you really want to see if I'm telling you the truth then whatever you do do not buy the game, rent it and find out for yourself if you must.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2009 16:32:19 BDT
The Old Git says:
So in a Nutshell you are trying to tell us that the Game is Pants ?.Maybe more Gamers should rent before they buy ?.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2009 08:11:47 BDT
K. Amer says:
Thanks for such an honest and thorough reivew...I almost bought it but was a bit skeptical so thought i check reviews first. Will rent it first!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2009 01:04:04 GMT
Adam Lea says:
sorry for such a late response; I've only just realised that I can reply to comments. You're very welcome for the review. Thank-you for reading it and commenting.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2009 01:05:53 GMT
Adam Lea says:
Sorry for such a late reply! I've only just realised that I can respond...ooops! Yes, indeed I am saying that the game is pants...and certainly with this game rent before you buy. The same goes for Avatar the game so I hear. Thanks for reading the review and commenting.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 17:09:09 GMT
i think you expect too much from a game.. the game was fine, i enjoyed it for what it was, there was nothing wrong with it... im a casual gamer so i dont play lots of other games... so what if there is another game that is in the same style and have more going on.. no one cares... some people like myself just want something casual and less complex that other 3rd person shooters....
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