Terminator Salvation PS3 4/10

THE GOOD: ALLY AI

THE BAD: REPETITIVE COMBAT, VISUALS

M.I.A.: CHRISTIAN BALE, WHY DIDN’T YOU VOICE YOUR CHARACTER?

You can blame me. I should have known better. I can’t claim ignorance as an excuse. Movie based games are infamous for being remarkably bad, and the part of me that knew that should have made me avoid Terminator Salvation. Nevertheless, I played through it, hoping for some fun shooter elements, and unfortunately didn’t find them. Instead, I found a game hardly out of a beta stage.

Terminator Salvation follows the events of the recently released movie very loosely. Players take on the role of John Conner, with the ultimate goal being to rescue a captured group of prisoners. The game only runs about four hours, however, which is far too short for a 60 dollar game. 

Perhaps the first thing players will notice is that Terminator looks like a PS2 game. No part about it looks like it is running on next-generation hardware. Even the cinematics look horrible. Low resolution, blocky textures plague this game, and can be seen on every level. And players will be forced to watch these ugly cutscenes multiple times, as every death following a cutscene triggers it to play again, and is entirely unskippable.

Speaking of deaths, Terminator has some of the cheapest ones by far. Everything from enemies spawning directly behind you to bullets passing through walls is evident here. Following these deaths, players have to sit through a boring load screen for upwards of 30 seconds.

Contributing to the multiple deaths players will encounter is the flawed health system. Even after my completion of the game, I hadn’t figured out the way it worked. What I’ve managed to gather is that the players health bar obviously depletes from damage taken, but seems to only regenerate at completely random intervals throughout the game and after the occasional checkpoint.

Occasionally, Terminator Salvation will also freeze up, only to be fixed by a hard reset on player’s consoles.

The ultimate confrontation naturally occurs at the end of the game, but was by far the absolute worst level. There is an epic showdown between the characters and the machines, but the level is riddled with a horrible frame rate and is extremely glitchy, entirely ruining the experience.

One well executed feature of the game, however, was the ally AI. Seeing as the characters were impenetrable, they made good bullet shields, and were capable of destroying a decent portion of the machines for me.

Overall, Terminator Salvation lacks polish and seems like a rushed effort. It doesn’t play well, and players will find very little to like, regardless of whether or not they are fans of the movie. I give Terminator Salvation a 4 out of 10.