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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 2.7
Overall User Score (9 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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GameFocus (May 29, 2009)
I was shocked at how short this game is at only 3 hours which is criminal for the price the publishers are charging but was even more shocked at the level of overall fun and how much I enjoyed it. The game is certainly a rental for action fans and fans of the movie, but do not buy this unless you have been banned from your local rental place and can find it cheap. I would wait to buy this when it hits 10 bucks or maybe 12, but it’s not worth more than that.
IGN (May 19, 2009)
The future isn't set. That means you still have time to cancel your preorder of Terminator Salvation. A harsh statement, certainly, but considering the latest in the man vs. machine saga can easily be completed in four hours, it's an accurate one. While Terminator Salvation has some good ideas and is fun at times, it lacks any replayability. And more importantly, it lacks the star of the film, which is a rather curious omission. Fans of the Terminator series or Achievements/Trophies should definitely rent this one, but it by no means merits a $60 purchase.
Cheat Code Central (May, 2009)
Terminator Salvation falls into many of the traps that classically plague movie-to-game translations. Though the game features a few core mechanics that makes it a good bit of fun, it is painfully apparent the developers were faced with a marketing timetable that didn’t allow them to produce the game they had envisioned. As such, this is a game for hardcore Terminator fans only. Everyone else that is still interested in the title should simply rent the game and have it beaten in an afternoon.
61 (Jun 12, 2009)
Terminator Salvation at times offers good action but in the end it's not a game you'll replay often. The storyline seems to have been made up in 15 minutes and it shows in the short playing time. The weakness of your teammates can be compensated by the co-op but this doesn't weigh up against the mediocre graphics and linear gameplay.
Good Game (Jun 01, 2009)
It's the same old story, great graphics and music, but average gameplay and length. If you ask me Jung, 6 hours is about the ideal time for a rental. 6 from me.
ZTGameDomain (May, 2009)
Terminator Salvation is not a terrible game; in fact the cover mechanic alone makes playing through it quite enjoyable at times. However, there simply is no denying that the entire package feels unfinished. From under a three hour playtime to some truly peculiar omissions, Salvation displays all the symptoms of a rushed movie tie-in. GRIN has been working hard to release a ton of games, and with their recent financial troubles it appears their reach has exceeded their grasp. If you love Terminator, and are a Trophy/Achievement whore (you can nail all of them in one play through by playing on Hard) then a weekend rental is recommended. Otherwise if you feel the need to own the game there are a lot of hurdles that make it hard to recommend at $60.
Spazio Games (May 30, 2009)
Terminator Salvation - The Videogame è di fatto un titolo divertente, grazie a meccaniche che obbligano il giocatore ad affrontare intelligentemente ogni scontro e non semplicemente lanciandosi a testa bassa contro i nemici. Purtroppo il coinvolgimento regalato da questo fattore e rinforzato dalla buona trasposizione stilistica da film a videogioco, viene inficiato da un comparto tecnico al di sotto degli standard attuali, da un gameplay ripetitivo e dalla mancanza di modalità aggiuntive profonde come un buon multiplayer online o sfide alternative, elementi che, uniti tra loro, compongono il quadro del classico tie-in discreto adatto solo agli appassionati del brand, classificazione alla quale solo pochi titoli sino ad ora sono riusciti sfuggire.
Impulse Gamer (May, 2009)
It has it's moment, however these are unfortunately far and few. It's a shame because this is one of the greatest science fiction franchises.
Game Chronicles (Jun 02, 2009)
Sadly, the uninspired, unoriginal, and extremely short nature of the game makes Terminator Salvation a rental at best or a cautionary purchase when it hits the $20 bargain bin.
Good Game (Jun 01, 2009)
As far as movie games go, it's more fun than usual. Sliding from cover to cover is pretty cool. But it is very much a movie game. It feels thrown together, there are the odd glitches, and it only lasts about 6 hours. As for the variety of enemies? You can count em on one hand. 5.5 from me.
In the early ‘90s, I played a crappy Terminator game for the Sega CD. It started in a decayed future and featured a host of tired gameplay mechanics. It’s funny that the Terminator franchise deals with time paradoxes, because history seems to have repeated itself.
UOL Jogos (May 28, 2009)
"Terminator: Salvation" consegue simular o clima do filme com certa exatidão, ainda que sem a presença de Christian Bale, o grande nome nos créditos nas telonas. A ação é genérica e a apresentação sofre com sérios problemas de perfomance em todas as plataformas, tornando-o um jogo menor e sem relevância, indicado somente para fãs mais babões da série cinematográfica.
50 (May 31, 2009)
If you're going to charge us full price for a 5 hour sub-par game and expect us to be happy, forget it. One for die-hard Terminator fans only, and even then only a rental is recommended.
GameSpot (May 19, 2009)
Terminator Salvation is a completely linear adventure without any collectibles or hidden goodies to search for. Every weapon is highlighted with a green outline that is visible through walls, so you won't spend any time dillydallying. You can complete the story in under five hours, at which point your only options for replay are to play it in split-screen with a friend or to try it on a harder difficulty setting. There's not a lot of content here, and even the achievements and trophies are the bare minimum; you could earn them all just by playing the game through once on hard. This no-frills attitude runs throughout the whole game and reveals Terminator Salvation for what it is: a stripped cash-in attempt packed with dull, uninspired, and repetitive action.
Worth Playing (May 30, 2009)
There are no unlockables, no secrets and no extra content of any kind. Once you finish the game in about four hours, that's all there is to it. It's a budget experience at full price, and one that I can't suggest anyone pick up. It's probably an ideal rental, but keep in mind that it's an extremely repetitive action experience, and there's nothing noteworthy about the entire game.
GameTrailers (May, 2009)
With its lean plot, unimposing terminators, and stilted replay value, Terminator Salvation doesn't have a whole lot going for it. It's also so unbelievably short that the price of entry simply can't be justified.
42 (Jun 09, 2009)
Das Resultat ist ein Gears of War light light light, das zwar Potenzial zeigt, welches aber immer wieder durch Schlampigkeiten erdrückt wird. Es bietet keinerlei Höhepunkte, die passabel inszenierte Action plätschert die ganze Zeit auf dem dramatischen Niveau eines Mittwochnachmittagsspaziergangs herum - und nach gut drei Stunden ist das Ganze auch schon vorbei! Ich habe per se nichts gegen ein derart kurzes Spiel, wenn es sich in dieser Zeit mit Karacho in mein Stammhirn brennt und ich es immer wieder gerne rauskrame. Terminator kriegt aber weder das eine noch das andere hin: Von dem Spiel bleibt lediglich die Erkenntnis, dass irgendwie gerade drei Stunden vergangen sind, und dass sich auf dem Gamerscore-Konto auf magische Weise 1000 neue Punkte bzw. im Trophäenschrank ein paar mehr davon befinden. Alles andere wird unmittelbar aus dem Gedächtnis gelöscht, das Ding braucht nach einmaligem Durchspielen nie wieder angefasst zu werden, weil es nichts mehr zu bieten hat.
Game Shark (May 28, 2009)
As gamers, we are well accustomed to the fate of movie-related games, which is why Salvation is such a disappointment. It has some solid combat, perhaps the best cover-system to date, and the foundation for a captivating plot, but the game lacks any sort of scope. In case further proof is needed, the whole experience is only about four hours long with no incentives to play again, unless your friend absolutely has to get some easy Achievements. With a little more ambition, Salvation could have been something special. But it didn’t—and it’s not.
PlayFrance (Jun 08, 2009)
Au delà de la déception, Terminator Renaissance est une production bâclée à la durée de vie et à la réalisation trop faibles pour satisfaire même le fan le plus indulgent. Niveaux vides et linéaires, intelligence artificielle bidon et action mollassonne sont autant de preuves d'un développement précipité pour coïncider avec la sortie du film. La licence est exploitée sans talent ne laissant qu'une alternative aux joueurs : foncer au cinéma.
Factornews (Jun 19, 2009)
T:S n'est pas un mauvais jeu, mais un jeu générique, quelconque, dont les seules inspirations viennent du film dont il est tiré. Sans compter une espérance de vie similaire à celle un trapéziste sans bras.
Gameplanet (Jun 08, 2009)
If this had been released as an Xbox Live Arcade or PSN title at $50 I would have understood it. Sure, it still would have been kinda boring, but at least it would have been a quality title for that kind of gaming market. The reality though is that this is being marketed as a full priced retail product and it is just not worth it, not by a long shot.
40 (May 28, 2009)
Pur produit marketing, Terminator Renaissance est né d'un développement nécessairement bref, et cela se sent. Alignant une intelligence artificielle chevrotante, un level-design sans envergure, un gameplay au ras des pâquerettes ainsi qu'un contenu maigrichon, le titre passe du quelconque dans ses meilleurs moments au carrément médiocre dans ses pires instants. On ne saura vous conseiller qu'une seule chose : laissez tomber le machin, gardez votre argent et contentez-vous des films.
Vote with your wallet. With few exceptions, Terminator Salvation represents a short campaign mode, bland visuals, repetitive gameplay, glitches and game freezes that are almost certain to leave a sour taste in your mouth. Interested?
GamePro (US) (May 19, 2009)
Video games based on movies generally get a bad rap - and rightfully so. What's worse than dishing out hard-earned cash for an undeniably rushed-to-deadline cash-in? Thankfully, there are plenty of titles out there from Riddick to Wolverine that introduce just enough new material to keep gamers interested, and may just rise above their movie counterparts in terms of quality - games that truly break the mold. Terminator Salvation is not one of those games.
Terminator Salvation is an anaemic effort, even for a movie tie-in, that takes being average to a new level. The game isn’t broken but coming to grips with exactly how little there is in the game itself is a staggering thought. Within the game, the story, the mechanics, the objectives and even in the game modes, there is very, very little to see and do. We can forgive Terminator Salvation from being short. In fact, more of the same dross would have been worse. It is shambolic though, that the publishers somehow justified charging a full retail price for a game that is so bare-boned. Fans of the movie and achievement suckers ought to stick to a rent at absolute most.
1UP (May 20, 2009)
Though it may be worth a rental for people looking for easy Trophies/Achievements -- you earn every one just for playing through the main story -- Salvation doesn't provide any reason to play through the thoroughly purposeless story more than once, If a game is tied so closely with a movie, that it doesn't make sense without its source material, then the two should be packaged together, but as a $60 standalone title, Salvation is a complete waste of money.
Destructoid (May 27, 2009)
Don't buy Terminator: Salvation. In fact, if you are anything but a hardcore fan of the Terminator franchise, don't even rent it. It isn't worth your time for the 30 seconds worth of fun that it produces. If you absolutely must know what happens to John Connor during this period, the only advice I can offer is to bring a friend along for the ride. They may hate you for it in the end, but at least you don't have to suffer alone.
GameSpy (May 26, 2009)
Sure, Salvation's got a co-op mode (although the developers didn't have time to include online co-op, so it's strictly split-screen), but that's of limited usefulness for those of us who don't maintain sadomasochistic relationships with our friends. And the few rail sequences suffer from wonky controls that were clearly designed for PC mice and not the console thumb-sticks that most people will play them on. The long and short of this one: Salvation is headed -- like so many hastily churned-out movie tie-ins before it -- to the dustbin of gaming history. Stay away.
30 (May 27, 2009)
Terminator Salvation had in de huidige vorm en met dit prijskaartje nooit de winkels mogen bereiken. De game is extreem kort, lineair en mist de actie en spanning die de films zo goed maakten. De gameplay is stroef, beperkt en valt snel in herhaling en het verhaal kan geen moment boeien. Terminator Salvation is het schoolvoorbeeld van slechte op films gebaseerde videogames. Zelfs de grootste Terminator-fan zou zich niet moeten wagen aan dit wanproduct.
25 (Jun 14, 2009)
Salvation has "rush job" written all over it. There are so many problems and sloppy design that it hard to find any real value in the game. What could have been an explosive action game fizzles out before any fireworks can start. Save your time, energy and money on this one.
Game Arena (Jun 04, 2009)
The biggest issue I have with Terminator Salvation is that it doesn't even try. It's resigned to the idea that it is a shameless movie tie-in, and it's not going to try at all to do any better. If Terminator Salvation went on Biggest Loser, it'd be the contestant who cries on the first week, gets booted out and shows up at the reunion weighing more than they did before spouting claims of "I'm happy with who I am". Sure you are, you fat loser. Get the hell off my TV.
20 (UK) (May 29, 2009)
The film is surprisingly not-awful, so I suggest you wait a week and go and see that instead, and I really hope GRIN stops signing on for these wearisome contract jobs, because while they probably pay the bills, they also undo a lot of the goodwill established by games like the flawed-but-ambitious Bionic Commando. One point for the load screen, and one point for not exploding my PlayStation 3, although I may burn it down anyway just to be on the safe side.