in and out of the plot of the third Terminator
movie, you get the chance to encounter scenarios similar to
those faced by the Terminator. These include protecting John
Connor from the threat of the T-X and the initial rise of
the machines. But players will be able to go one step further
than the film would allow, by providing fans of the series
with a deeper look into the movie's universe and the role
of the Terminator, a futuristic fighting machine reprogrammed
to save humanity from the SkyNet Armageddon...
it looks great... in fact it looks fantastic. And the sound
is mixed in DTS surround sound, which adds that little extra
touch, but somewhere along the line someone forgot to add
some decent gameplay. The problem with this game is that it
is too damn hard - which makes it look like there is not that
much too it. But then, as you get further into the game, it
gets easier - to the point where it is ridiculously easy.
main section of the game looks similar to your typical Doom/Quake
clone, only the controls are a lot more fiddly. Try aiming
your gun, or changing your weapon and you can soon find yourself
in a flap - not good when you are under heavy attack, checking
the map requires you to press a few buttons and getting back
into the game means you have to press a few more buttons,
which doesn't make it easy to keep a track of where you are
sure big Arnie would be none to pleased to learn that he can
be killed in this game in a matter of seconds. And try killing
your own men and picking up their ammo - Arnie says: "Brilliant!"
Oops! Don't think he was supposed to say that. And while we
are talking about killing your own men, why is it really difficult
to kill your human team with your weapons, but the cyborgs
go down with one hit?
We haven't got passed level one and all ready there are bugs
galore. It's easy to loose your bearings and end up staring
at a wall, turn around and realise that you seem to be looking
at the ceiling! What is going on? We even managed to get trapped
behind a wall at one point, unable to move. And as you bumble
along in the areas that look too similar it requires luck
more than skill to find your way out of one level and into
that's the negative aspects out of the way, now to concentrate
on the plus points - of which there are many. Firstly, as
mentioned previously, it looks and sounds great. Whoever was
responsible for the storyline inserts should be proud of what
they have achieved. And the sound is amazing (if you have
the proper DTS set-up to appreciate it).
is also obvious that the game makers have spent a long time
working with the producers of the movie - there is over 15
minutes of footage from the film included at key points of
the game and it does follow the general plot of the movie.
the different weapons, as well as the interactive surroundings
are varied and impressive. You can destroy most walls and
derelict vehicles that litter the areas. You can also switch
between normal vision and infrared. This mode is helpful when
the path ahead is not clear - it also indicates where you
can find hidden ammo and health.
are also little extra parts to the game which are fun. You
get to fight another (bad) Arnie Terminator in a Tekken
clone - which is cool. There is also a demo for another game
called Terminator 3: Redemption. The graphics in this
game look a little better than the those in Rise of the
Machines, and in truth it plays a lot slicker.
game promises a lot, but it just doesn't deliver as well as
it should do. There are too many bugs and to be honest, I'd
be tempted to wait until Redemption is released.
and we completed it in less than a day.
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