SkyNET (DOS)

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3.8
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Description

SkyNET is Bethesda's last game based on the Terminator franchise. Originally developed as an expansion pack to Terminator: Future Shock, SkyNET eventually became its own standalone product. Its major features are an updated version of the Xngine allowing for play in the sharper 640x480 resolution (and the ability to update Future Shock to the same), a new single-player campaign, and a new multiplayer deathmatch component.

In the single-player game, you must stop the machines from launching a recovered nuclear weapon. The story takes place over seven missions broken into various sections and "levels," with night progressing into daylight as the game goes on. The locations are also more varied and interactive than those featured in the first game, with levels like the basement of the Cyberdyne building, and a sinking nuclear submarine. Driving and flying levels return from Future Shock, as do the mission briefings, which are now handled entirely in FMV. The game seems to act as a prequel to Future Shock, with the most advanced technology and player weapons from that game not appearing in the course of the single-player missions in SkyNET.

The multiplayer game allows for eight players over a LAN and two over IPX. The levels are contained recreations of sections or ideas in the single-player game, like a block of cityscape, a shattered freeway, or an open valley, and many can be played at either dawn or dusk. Vehicles are available in most levels, and unlike in single-player, can be entered and exited freely. You also have the option to play as a Terminator, with reduced movement speed, a little more toughness, and the classic red-tinted vision with information overlays.


Screenshots

SkyNET DOS Multiplayer set up screen. Select your character (including skinned Terminators), the map, day or night time, the objective (score, number of kills...), the amount of pick-ups and vehicles...
SkyNET DOS Because of Judgement Day some areas are now radioactive. Near one of these, you start to lose health, the radiation indicator turns yellow and the screen red.
SkyNET DOS Multiplayer game loading screens randomly show player character skins.
SkyNET DOS Hmmm, seems like there is indeed a walkway around those buildings. Worth investigating. There are some items (health) to pick up on the way. Good jumping skill is important here.

Promo Images

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SkyNET Screenshot Original file name: runover.gif; this image is shown on the back of the US and UK boxes.
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Alternate Titles

  • "The Terminator: SkyNET" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Privat Computer PC 1997 80 out of 100 80
High Score Mar, 1997 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 71 out of 100 71
Just Games Retro Mar 07, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Nuke building items: the solution 5 BurningStickMan (17697)
Feb 18, 2011
Get items on top of the nuke building (level1)? 1 lilalurl (726)
Dec 03, 2009

Trivia

SkyNET was not only a stand-alone game. It also acted as an expansion for the Terminator-themed FPS Future Shock. SkyNET gave Future Shock improved graphics and multiplayer capabilities among other enhancements.

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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2011) added SkyNET (DOS) on Mar 09, 2000