Terminator Salvation is a third-person shooter based on the film of the same name. It was developed by Grin and published by Evolved Games for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game was released on May 19, 2009 to coincide with the film's theatrical release.
The game is basically a third-person cover based shooter, much like Gears of War and Brothers in Arms: Hells' Highway. As John Connor, the player will go through nine chapters battling enemies from Skynet like in the movie, in addition to new enemies that are exclusive to the game.
Why It Sucks
- It is yet another shoddily made movie tie-in game with little effort put into it.
- Campaign is very short, being anywhere between three to four hours long, depending on skill.
- No multiplayer outside of co-op variant of campaign.
- There are no other features to speak of besides a difficulty select.
- Uninspired and paper-thin story.
- Poor voice-acting (also, no Christian Bale).
- Badly rendered cutscenes.
- Ugly visuals which are on par with an Xbox 360 launch title.
- Terrible AI.
- Other than a Trophy/Achievement (3 if you played on Hard), there is next to no replay value.
- Speaking of Trophies/Achievements, you can get them all in one playthrough, offering little incentive to play it again.
- The shooting mechanics are competent, but they're nothing special.
- Costed $60 at launch, but it's not even worth that due to how little content there is.
- There is severe lack of enemy variety, with only 2-3 (maybe 4) enemy types.
- The gameplay as whole is pretty uninspired; it does very little to stand out from other, far better games in the third person shooter genre. The Xbox 360 already had Gears of War 2, while the PlayStation 3 would get Uncharted 2: Among Thieves later that year, so console players had very little reason to play the game.
The Only Good Thing
- There are 11 achievements on the Xbox 360, and 12 trophies on PS3 (one for each of the 9 chapters, one each for Medium and Hard difficulties, plus a Platinum trophy on PS3).
- These make for a very quick 1000G and an easy Platinum. However, as previously mentioned in #13, you'll likely play the game once just for the achievements/trophies, then trade it in immediately.
- The non-Platinum trophies on PS3 are all Gold, and they'll be among the easiest Gold trophies you'll ever find.
Compared to the movie of the same name, which garnered mixed reception, the game received generally negative reviews, with Metacritic scores of 49 for PC, 48 for Xbox 360, and 43 for PS3.
It was given a 2/10 by Angry Joe, who criticised the length, lack of multiplayer, price tag, presentation, and overall lack of variety.
Despite the reception, the game has gotten high rental value due to its extremely easy Achievements/Trophies.