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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.


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SkyNET DOS Here you want to get inside the area blocked by this energy fence. To do so, you need to plant a satchel charge near the fence generator and get to safety before it detonates.
SkyNET DOS Thanks to its treads, the Light Tank is a very swift enemy. Its shots can be difficult to avoid since it can fire from both its plasma cannon and rocket launchers.
SkyNET DOS Technical data on enemy vehicles

Alternate Titles

  • "The Terminator: SkyNET" -- European title

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GamePro (US) Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1997 82 out of 100 82
High Score Mar, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Privat Computer PC 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 71 out of 100 71
Pelit Feb, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC För Alla Mar, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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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 (2128) added SkyNET (DOS) on Mar 09, 2000