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The year is 2015, and machines, under the leadership of the super-computer Skynet, control the Earth. Deprived of their civilization, the surviving humans continue to resist the mechanical rulers. The protagonist escapes from the machines' extermination camp with the help of resistance soldiers. Eventually he meets the leader of the resistance, John Connor, and the young Kyle Reese, who send him on missions which are vital for humanity's survival. However, a strange phenomenon begins to occur, with enemies appearing out of nowhere. It seems that Skynet has perfected its technique of time manipulation.

Terminator: Future Shock is a first-person shooter based on the Terminator movie series. The game is notable for being among the first in the genre to feature fully 3D environments and enemies, as well as mouse-based camera rotation, before those features were popularized by Quake. The game has an evolving story and missions with a military feel, including briefings in which it is possible to talk to several people and gather info. There are seventeen different weapons available.

It is often necessary to navigate hazardous terrain, avoiding the effects of radiation. The protagonist can move on foot, or navigate vehicles such as a jeep with mounted weapons, or an aerial combat robot. There is no multiplayer component in the game.


The Terminator: Future Shock DOS Most of the buildings are accessible as long as they're still held up by four sturdy walls.
The Terminator: Future Shock DOS Hunter-Killer base.
The Terminator: Future Shock DOS Terminator combat chassis
The Terminator: Future Shock DOS FMV intro

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User Reviews

An amazing and revolutionary game overlooked by many. Rekoil (30) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Just about the best attempt for Terminator game. Which is not much Hannu Siivonen (18) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Feb 25, 1996 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot May 28, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
Power Play Jan, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Shooterplanet Apr 12, 2007 66 out of 100 66
Just Games Retro Oct 09, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Games Magazine Dec 17, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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German Index

On September 28, 1996, The Terminator: Future Shock was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


In the demo you could shoot the moon and it would fall down from the sky with a silly sound. In the final game shooting the moon will cause a red "OW" to appear.


If you have the sequel, SkyNET, you can use it to run this game in high resolution (640x480).


The title "Future Shock" can be seen as a reference to common concepts which are discussed/projected in the so-called Futurology (or futures studies). Part of Futurology is the concept of a Technological Singularity, an event where artificial intelligence in combination with raw computing power reaches a stage where it surpasses the capabilities of a human (or of humanity in general). Alvin Toffler's first book on this topic, Future Shock (1970), describes his observations of the effects the technological (r)evolution has on society. Since then the term Future Shock was referenced in numerous publications of different kind (books, music albums, comic strips like Futurama, pen&paper roleplaying games, etc.).

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Wolfang (168) added The Terminator: Future Shock (DOS) on Aug 25, 2000