User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall User Score (5 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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Netjak (Sep 24, 2002)
Overall, I was very impressed with this licensed game. If the developers would have allowed control over the camera or possibly even made this a first person shooter totally, I would have given this game a much higher rating. But the combat system, cinematics, and storyline easily make up for that downfall.
72 (Nov 20, 2002)
Aus der Idee, ein Spiel über die Zukunftsgeschichte der Menschheit gemäß der Vorlage von James Camerons Film "Terminator" zu entwickeln, hätte viel werden können. Aufgrund der technisch dürftigen Umsetzung verkommt Terminator - Dawn of Fate aber zu einem Resident Evil - Klon mit zu kurzer Spieldauer, der höchstens für absolute Fans der Filme um "Arnie Schwarzenegger" ein interessanter Titel sein könnte.
66 (Jan 01, 2003)
Trotz reichlich Action und düsterer Endzeitstimmung ist Dawn of Fate nicht gerade das, was man sich als Terminator-Fan von einer Versoftung erwartet hätte. Die ständig gleichen Gegner sind viel zu dämlich, der lineare Spielverlauf, der zu 90 Prozent aus stupider Baller- und Prügel-Action besteht, viel zu monoton und die Steuerung dank verkorkster Kameraführung oftmals viel zu chaotisch, um einen längere Zeit ans Pad zu fesseln. Hin und wieder kommt zwar dennoch gepflegte Shooter-Stimmung auf, aber was zu zweit oder viert vielleicht eine ganze Weile unterhaltsam gewesen wäre, verliert allein viel zu schnell an Reiz. Schade auch, dass die eigentlich dichte Atmosphäre teils durch extrem schwache Synchronsprecher wieder zunichte gemacht wird und dadurch kaum Spannung aufkommt. Hoffentlich legt sich Infogrames bei Terminator 3 mehr ins Zeug...
GameSpot (Oct 14, 2002)
In the end, The Terminator: Dawn of Fate is a mediocre action game with a terrific license. Even with its mix of hand-to-hand combat and third- and first-person shooting, the gameplay becomes highly repetitive after just a few hours. The constant fighting you'll have to do not with the terminators but with the control issues often makes the game quite frustrating, particularly when you find yourself wandering around looking for the exit to the level. The storyline isn't especially compelling even for die-hard Terminator fans, but at least the game's visuals and overall presentation, minus the voice acting, are very well done.
GameSpy (Oct 02, 2002)
In the end, it was a noble effort on the part of the developers, Paradigm Entertainment. They managed to get the look and vibe of the Terminator movies into their game and it totally works. I think if they had a little more time to work on the camera and control issues (and improve the graphics), Terminator: Dawn of Fate could've been a great game. Instead it's just a game that the publisher rushed out the door, and it's mediocre (at best) because of it.
XBox Solution (XBS) (Oct 08, 2002)
While the game can be fun, and impressively presented, expect to be frustrated by the camera’s whacky and unexpected changes.
IGN (Sep 19, 2002)
Terminator is, at best, a rental and if you do buy it, it will serve nicely as a doorstop in the near future. Failing to be inventive, difficult, or interesting like Dead to Rights, Terminator is just a straight out action game. Mindless, not particularly attractive, and looking tired right out of the box. The game makes great use of the license as the world feels very authentic to the Terminator universe. Everything else, however, is faulty. The camera blows, the action isn't exciting, and the game put me to sleep faster than Nyquill.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 07, 2003)
Trots att jag diggar filmerna räcker inte John Connors bestämda befallningar, horder av silverblanka mördarrobotar och den dunkla, klassiska domedagsmusiken riktigt till. Terminator: Dawn Of Fate förblir ett ytterst medelmåttigt actionspel, ett i mängden.
50 (Oct 31, 2002)
Ce sont les fans qui vont être déçus. C'est triste mais il vaut encore mieux ressortir l'antique Future Shock que d'investir dans ce titre ennuyeux au possible. A ce stade, ce n'est même plus bourrin, c'est fade et sans intérêt. Enfin, si vraiment l'ambiance vous manque..
Game Over Online (Nov 18, 2002)
Whenever a piece of The Terminator property gets made, it gets buzz. We're enamored with the apocalyptic world, one where machine attempts to reign over its human creators. A brief glimpse of it was shown in the blockbuster Terminator 2. As spectacular as computer graphics have improved since the now decade-old movie, the brief glimpse in the beginning still stirs us into thinking: what a great game that one short sequence could have made. That's exactly what Terminator: Dawn of Fate is about. However, ten minutes into this game and you'll begin to notice something is horribly wrong with Fate. It looks great and promising but in the end, it's like the ten-minute sequence we saw in the film-merely a glimpse of what could be done.
GamePro (US) (Sep 18, 2002)
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate, a prequel to the 1984 film, pits you against the mechanical forces of Skynet with the fate of mankind hanging in the balance.
The Video Game Critic (May 12, 2004)
Even though this game received bad publicity/reviews, being a loyal Terminator fan, I purchased this game at a discounted price and hoped it had some redeeming qualities. Well, Dawn of Fate does have its moments, but they are few and far between.