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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 The copyright screen
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 The main menu has an Options tab. By selecting this the player can adjust audio, Game controls, Game settings and input cheats<br>This is the Cheats screen
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 The initial load screen. This comes before the logos and the cinematic introduction
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines PlayStation 2 Title screen.

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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

Digital Entertainment News (den) Xbox Feb 14, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45 Xbox Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 20 40
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2003 4 out of 10 40
Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 2 2003 40 out of 100 40
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 18, 2003 3.7 out of 10 37
IGN PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jan 14, 2004 3.3 out of 10 33
Darkstation Xbox Nov 22, 2003 3 out of 10 30
RewiredMind PlayStation 2 2003 0.5 out of 5 10
Game Critics Xbox Sep 01, 2004 0.5 out of 10 5


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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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