Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is based on the movie of the same name, but with an extended story line. In 2032, the player is the T-850 model 101 Terminator, operating under Skynet control. He is captured and reprogrammed by Kate Brewster to help the human resistance, in addition to being ordered to cross the destroyed battlefields of Los Angeles and Hollywood and take over the Skynet base. Once the base is under their control, Brewster sends the Terminator back in time to protect her younger self and John Connor from the T-X, the technologically advanced female Terminator and Skynet's most lethal killing machine. The Terminator teams up with John and Kate in the present day on their mission to stop Skynet from starting World War III.

The game is a first-person shooter combined with hand to hand combat. The first-person mode features the Terminator Point of View (POV), showing the infrared heads-up information display seen in the movies.


Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Title screen.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Menu screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Terminator 3: Rebellion der Maschinen" -- German title
  • "Terminator 3: Le Soul√®vement des Machines" -- French title
  • "Terminator 3: Le macchine ribelli" -- Italian title
  • "O Exterminador Do Futuro 3" -- Brazilian title

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The game is Ok, I guess. PlayStation 2 TwoDividedByZero (149)

Critic Reviews

TeamXbox Xbox Nov 30, 2003 4.6 out of 10 46
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Nov 30, 2003 45 out of 100 45
Game Chronicles Xbox Jan 27, 2004 4.2 out of 10 42
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Dec 19, 2003 4 out of 10 40
4Players.de Xbox Dec 18, 2003 38 out of 100 38
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jan 14, 2004 3.3 out of 10 33
GameCell UK Xbox 2003 3 out of 10 30
X-Power Xbox Dec 10, 2003 3 out of 10 30
1UP PlayStation 2 2003 D 25
TotalPlayStation PlayStation 2 Nov 30, 2003 2.5 out of 10 25


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Cancelled version

A GameCube version was announced, but was ultimately cancelled.


According to Art Director Mark Soderwall, they crafted Schwarzenegger's model from his real measures. Afterwards they tweaked a few thing to make him look more Terminator like, e.g. a bigger chest. In their approval meeting they takes with Schwarzenegger and his manager. While the manager had problems with every detail they changed, Schwarzenegger was very relaxed about the looks. His only suggestion was to make the chest even wider.

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