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Description

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.


Screenshots

SkyNET DOS A view of the Highway/City multiplayer map from a rooftop.
SkyNET DOS Like a regular Terminator, a Terminator series T-600, carries a "hitscan" (meaning it hits the player instantly) machine gun  but is covered with a synthetic latex skin.
SkyNET DOS This Flencer wants a piece of you. Literally! Although equipped with a weak laser, its favorite tactics is to rush on you and mince you with its forward blades (check the blood on those).
SkyNET DOS By pressing F6 you can switch to a mini-HUD, on which only the most important elements are displayed, granting you a larger field of view. Easter egg: keep shooting at the moon and it will set down.

Promo Images

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SkyNET Screenshot Original file name: runover.gif; this image is shown on the back of the US and UK boxes.
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SkyNET Screenshot Original file name: guy3.gif

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "The Terminator: SkyNET" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
High Score Mar, 1997 4 out of 5 80
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jan 20, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Jan, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb 01, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Just Games Retro Mar 07, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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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Trivia

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 (2419) added SkyNET (DOS) on Mar 09, 2000