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Terminator 3: War of the Machines (Windows)

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Written by  :  Spartan_234 (422)
Written on  :  Mar 16, 2006
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Summary

How could this garbage have gotten past Governator Ah-Nuld?

The Good

Hmmm...at least the developers were aware of the superb Battlefield games, because this game closely follows the Battlefield formula.

The Bad

Just about everything else.

Laughable Control
The controls in T3: War Of The Machines are so bad that they made me sick. The controls seem randomly assigned, but the big catch here is that you can only jump to your left, and you can only strafe to the right! What, does the Terminator have such limited jumping/strafing ability? I really don't think so, and even if it did, the developers still have no excuse because they should only make a game out of something if it's something fun.

Brain-Dead AI, Horrible Multiplayer
Another horrible shortcoming in T3:WOTM is the AI. Opponents will constantly bump into walls and basically just not know what they're doing. There is a large-scale multiplayer mode similar to that in the Battlefield games, but the terrible network code means lag, lag, and more lag, completely sucking the enjoyability out of the battles. Plus, the game's physics also feel terribly rushed.

Poorly Balanced Gameplay
Not that the battles would otherwise be any good, either. The whole game is a completely unfair experience. Humans (including the Terminator) are stronger and pack more firepower and better weaponry than the machines. Your overall experience with the game will largely depend on which side you are playing on: If you want to defend humanity and play as a human or as the Terminator, you'll feel unsatisfied. But if you want to be evil and play as a machine, you'll be downright infuriated. Either way, you'll still be frustrated at the single-player game for its abysmal AI, and at the multi-player game for the super-laggy play.

Anything Else?
Yes, we've got more problems. The graphics are detail-challenged, and the animation is extremely stiff and rushed. Just kill an enemy, you will merely see it magically go into a state of being on the ground, and it will completely vanish just a second later. The sound? Don't get me started. The sound effects feel tacked-on, the weapons don't sound very realistic, and there isn't much ambient sound to speak of. The voice acting for the Terminator also feels rushed, and is only good for laughing at it.

The Bottom Line

A sheer insult to Arnold Schwarzenegger, his career, and the Terminator franchise. Avoid at all costs, even if it's free.