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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 Another load screen
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Menu screen.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 When the player starts the game there's a lengthy cinematic introduction that starts with a present day John Connor before switching to a future resistance base being overrun
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 The initial load screen. This comes before the logos and the cinematic introduction

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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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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Xbox Dec 11, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
Lawrence PlayStation 2 Nov 17, 2003 55 out of 100 55
Game Vortex Xbox 2003 5 out of 10 50
TeamXbox Xbox Nov 30, 2003 4.6 out of 10 46 Xbox Feb 23, 2004 45 out of 100 45
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2003 4 out of 10 40 Xbox Dec 18, 2003 38 out of 100 38
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jan 14, 2004 3.3 out of 10 33 (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2003 1 out of 10 10
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 2 Dec 16, 2003 1 out of 10 10


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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 talked 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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