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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 First Enemy
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Menu screen.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Title 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

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Alternate Titles

  • "Terminator 3: Rebellion der Maschinen" -- German title
  • "Terminator 3: Le Soulèvement 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
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jan, 2004 5.75 out of 10 58
GamePro (US) Xbox Dec 04, 2003 2.5 out of 5 50
Gaming Target Xbox Dec 17, 2003 4.8 out of 10 48
Game Chronicles Xbox Jan 27, 2004 4.2 out of 10 42 PlayStation 2 Dec 20, 2003 35 out of 100 35
Daily Game Xbox Feb 18, 2004 3 out of 10 30
1UP PlayStation 2 2003 D 25
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 2 Dec 16, 2003 1 out of 10 10
Game Revolution Xbox Dec, 2003 F 0


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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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