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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 2.9
Overall User Score (7 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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GameStar (Italy) (May 29, 2009)
Terminator Salvation è un gioco discreto che non riesce a fare il salto nella categoria dei titoli da consigliare. A fianco a una licenza di innegabile fascino e a un gameplay con qualche originalità rimangono difetti legati a una linearità eccessiva e a un aspetto tecnico non sempre all'altezza. Non aiutano altri difetti quali i caricamenti lunghi e la totale assenza di modalità multiplayer online. Se apprezzate particolarmente l'universo di Terminator potreste voler dare un'occhiata alla nuova trasposizione videoludica della licenza Warner Bros.; altrimenti il mercato offre veri e propri capolavori in questo genere e il noleggio potrebbe essere la soluzione giusta a cui relegare l'ultimo lavoro degli studi GRIN.
GameFocus (May 29, 2009)
I was shocked at how short this game is at only 3 hours which is criminal for the price the publishers are charging but was even more shocked at the level of overall fun and how much I enjoyed it. The game is certainly a rental for action fans and fans of the movie, but do not buy this unless you have been banned from your local rental place and can find it cheap. I would wait to buy this when it hits 10 bucks or maybe 12, but it’s not worth more than that.
TeamXbox (May 20, 2009)
A less-than-premium price would have nearly made everything better. This is a fun movie game that simply doesn’t have the legs that it ought to for 60 dollars. Yes, that price-point stings, like a finely-placed Wasp round. Enough so, in fact, that Salvation is forced to reside in the ‘Land of Sixes,” like its brethren.
IGN (May 19, 2009)
The future isn't set. That means you still have time to cancel your preorder of Terminator Salvation. A harsh statement, certainly, but considering the latest in the man vs. machine saga can easily be completed in four hours, it's an accurate one. While Terminator Salvation has some good ideas and is fun at times, it lacks any replayability. And more importantly, it lacks the star of the film, which is a rather curious omission. Fans of the Terminator series or Achievements/Trophies should definitely rent this one, but it by no means merits a $60 purchase.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Jun 08, 2009)
Dem Spiel fehlt ganz klar 1 Jahr mehr Entwicklungszeit. Mehr Umfang, eine verbesserte KI, eine überarbeitete und weiter aufpolierte Grafik und mehr Inhalt hätten dem Titel sicher gut getan und auch als Release weit nach dem Kinostart für reichlich Absatz gesorgt. Vielleicht verstehen es die Bosse die hinter solchen Projekten stehen irgendwann mal, dass der Release des Spiels zum Kinostart nicht der ausschlaggebende Punkte für Kauf oder Nichtkauf ist. Es ist vielmehr die Begeisterung einer riesigen Fangemeinde, die über Jahre aufgebaut wurde und die endlich einen würdigen Vertreter auf heimischen Konsolen mehr als verdient hat. Leider wird auch Terminator: Die Erlösung dem nicht gerecht. Am Ende ist das Ausschalten der Konsole mehr Erlösung, als das Vernichten der Skynet-Horden. Für schnelle und unkomplizierte Gamerscorepunkte und einem günstigen Verleih in der Videothek eures Vertrauens am langweiligen Wochenende reicht das Spiel allemal. Leider aber für kein Stück mehr!
Cheat Code Central (May, 2009)
Terminator Salvation falls into many of the traps that classically plague movie-to-game translations. Though the game features a few core mechanics that makes it a good bit of fun, it is painfully apparent the developers were faced with a marketing timetable that didn’t allow them to produce the game they had envisioned. As such, this is a game for hardcore Terminator fans only. Everyone else that is still interested in the title should simply rent the game and have it beaten in an afternoon.
ZTGameDomain (May, 2009)
Terminator Salvation is not a terrible game; in fact the cover mechanic alone makes playing through it quite enjoyable at times. However, there simply is no denying that the entire package feels unfinished. From under a three hour playtime to some truly peculiar omissions, Salvation displays all the symptoms of a rushed movie tie-in. GRIN has been working hard to release a ton of games, and with their recent financial troubles it appears their reach has exceeded their grasp. If you love Terminator, and are a Trophy/Achievement whore (you can nail all of them in one play through by playing on Hard) then a weekend rental is recommended. Otherwise if you feel the need to own the game there are a lot of hurdles that make it hard to recommend at $60.
Giant Bomb (May 22, 2009)
Terminator Salvation ultimately just feels too small for a $60 game. Even the environments, which consist mostly of war-torn streets and boxy, brownish interiors, give you little sense that there's a world outside of the path that you're on. It's not a bad experience, but what it offers is so simple that it would feel repetitive if it were any longer. As it is, it doesn't do enough to justify a purchase.
GameZone (May 28, 2009)
Uninspiring and strictly by the numbers, Terminator Salvation offers very little in terms or originality or fun. This is too bad, really, seeing as the game has the perfect setting and there are plenty of machines to battle. This human resistance is best experienced as a weekend rental.
Spazio Games (May 30, 2009)
Terminator Salvation - The Videogame è di fatto un titolo divertente, grazie a meccaniche che obbligano il giocatore ad affrontare intelligentemente ogni scontro e non semplicemente lanciandosi a testa bassa contro i nemici. Purtroppo il coinvolgimento regalato da questo fattore e rinforzato dalla buona trasposizione stilistica da film a videogioco, viene inficiato da un comparto tecnico al di sotto degli standard attuali, da un gameplay ripetitivo e dalla mancanza di modalità aggiuntive profonde come un buon multiplayer online o sfide alternative, elementi che, uniti tra loro, compongono il quadro del classico tie-in discreto adatto solo agli appassionati del brand, classificazione alla quale solo pochi titoli sino ad ora sono riusciti sfuggire.
Game Chronicles (Jun 02, 2009)
Sadly, the uninspired, unoriginal, and extremely short nature of the game makes Terminator Salvation a rental at best or a cautionary purchase when it hits the $20 bargain bin.
Game Observer (May 26, 2009)
Despite some enjoyable moments and fights, the game is just way too short, with the game flow unnecessarily interrupted by way too many cutscenes, loading times and frustratingly placed save-points. Visually it’s well done, but apart from a sunlit vista of ruined Los Angeles, nothing impressive. The story components are negligible, the voice-acting is fine, but Christian Bale it ain’t. Music and sound effects do their job. The single player campaign features an offline split-screen Co-Op mode, which might help with the sometimes sketchy partner-AI and extend gameplay a few hours, but the lack of a multiplayer (I had so hoped for Machines vs. Humans multiplayer matches or something like the “Horde”-mode in GOW2), makes this game a rental at most.
In the early ‘90s, I played a crappy Terminator game for the Sega CD. It started in a decayed future and featured a host of tired gameplay mechanics. It’s funny that the Terminator franchise deals with time paradoxes, because history seems to have repeated itself.
55 (Jun 02, 2009)
Terminator Salvation is a run of the mill shooter game, whose biggest selling point is that you get to play as John Connor in a post Judgment Day world. That may be enough to get people to try your game, but with as little effort as the developers seemed to put in the game, they can expect that same kind of commitment from the gamers. They might try it based on the premise, but that’s not going to keep them coming back to the game.
Gamervision (May 27, 2009)
Beside the short length, there's really nothing terribly wrong with Terminator Salvation. It has some glitches from time to time, the gameplay isn't even remotely varied, and there's simply nothing to make the game worth paying attention to. The repetitive missions and lack of any replayability can make the few short hours spent in 2016 barely tolerable, and don't justify any more than a rental from anyone. While it's far from the worst movie tie-in this generation, it does little to change the stigma, and is best left untouched on store shelves.
Meristation (May 29, 2009)
Tiene momentos divertidos y si no llega a ser por su escasa duración (cuatro horas) y su ausencia total y absoluta de extras o modos de juego adicionales, hubiese sido un título más recomendable, aún pese a sus limitaciones. Los aficionados de Terminator deberemos seguir esperando al juego que haga justicia a la franquicia.
GameSpot (May 19, 2009)
Terminator Salvation is a completely linear adventure without any collectibles or hidden goodies to search for. Every weapon is highlighted with a green outline that is visible through walls, so you won't spend any time dillydallying. You can complete the story in under five hours, at which point your only options for replay are to play it in split-screen with a friend or to try it on a harder difficulty setting. There's not a lot of content here, and even the achievements and trophies are the bare minimum; you could earn them all just by playing the game through once on hard. This no-frills attitude runs throughout the whole game and reveals Terminator Salvation for what it is: a stripped cash-in attempt packed with dull, uninspired, and repetitive action.
UOL Jogos (May 28, 2009)
"Terminator: Salvation" consegue simular o clima do filme com certa exatidão, ainda que sem a presença de Christian Bale, o grande nome nos créditos nas telonas. A ação é genérica e a apresentação sofre com sérios problemas de perfomance em todas as plataformas, tornando-o um jogo menor e sem relevância, indicado somente para fãs mais babões da série cinematográfica.
Worth Playing (May 30, 2009)
There are no unlockables, no secrets and no extra content of any kind. Once you finish the game in about four hours, that's all there is to it. It's a budget experience at full price, and one that I can't suggest anyone pick up. It's probably an ideal rental, but keep in mind that it's an extremely repetitive action experience, and there's nothing noteworthy about the entire game.
NZGamer (Jun 02, 2009)
Visually Terminator: Salvation matches the gameplay and is an equally dull affair. Repetitive textures and environments combined with awkwardly animated character models take the shine off the relatively impressive explosion and particle effects. The voice-acting of John Connor is lifeless and wooden (although at least it’s in line with Christian Bale’s acting) and the script is extremely tedious. These things alone could be bearable but then there are strange collision bugs when shooting at distant enemies that results in your shots hitting invisible walls or objects for no reason. Sometimes bugs like this get so frustrating you feel like having a Christian Bale-style rant screaming out “you’re trashing my scene man!!!!!”.
AusGamers (May 22, 2009)
Really, you're better off just accepting that in the videogame universe of the Terminator series, the machines won. Time to move on.
XboxAchievements (Jun 09, 2009)
Unless you're aiming for a quick gamerscore boost or are just a die-hard Terminator fan that has to indulge in every aspect of the franchise, there is really nothing here for you. At a scant four hours of gameplay (less if you have a local friend to help you out in co-op) and with no extra features present, the generic and overall unfinished feel of the game are easy to pass up.
45 (Jun 12, 2009)
Terminator: Salvation on kaikkea muuta kuin mitä sen nimi antaa ymmärtää. Tällä pelillä ei pelasteta lisenssipelien surkeaa mainetta eikä auteta Terminator-pelejä uuteen nousuun. Tekijöitä tästä lienee kuitenkin turha haukkua, sillä he ovat tehneet parhaansa siinä ajassa, mitä heille on annettu. Kyynisempi pelaaja voisi sanoa peliä pelkäksi raakileeksi, jossa pelirunko on kohdallaan, mutta loppu puuttuu.
42 (Jun 09, 2009)
Das Resultat ist ein Gears of War light light light, das zwar Potenzial zeigt, welches aber immer wieder durch Schlampigkeiten erdrückt wird. Es bietet keinerlei Höhepunkte, die passabel inszenierte Action plätschert die ganze Zeit auf dem dramatischen Niveau eines Mittwochnachmittagsspaziergangs herum - und nach gut drei Stunden ist das Ganze auch schon vorbei! Ich habe per se nichts gegen ein derart kurzes Spiel, wenn es sich in dieser Zeit mit Karacho in mein Stammhirn brennt und ich es immer wieder gerne rauskrame. Terminator kriegt aber weder das eine noch das andere hin: Von dem Spiel bleibt lediglich die Erkenntnis, dass irgendwie gerade drei Stunden vergangen sind, und dass sich auf dem Gamerscore-Konto auf magische Weise 1000 neue Punkte bzw. im Trophäenschrank ein paar mehr davon befinden. Alles andere wird unmittelbar aus dem Gedächtnis gelöscht, das Ding braucht nach einmaligem Durchspielen nie wieder angefasst zu werden, weil es nichts mehr zu bieten hat.
Game Shark (May 28, 2009)
As gamers, we are well accustomed to the fate of movie-related games, which is why Salvation is such a disappointment. It has some solid combat, perhaps the best cover-system to date, and the foundation for a captivating plot, but the game lacks any sort of scope. In case further proof is needed, the whole experience is only about four hours long with no incentives to play again, unless your friend absolutely has to get some easy Achievements. With a little more ambition, Salvation could have been something special. But it didn’t—and it’s not.
Factornews (Jun 19, 2009)
T:S n'est pas un mauvais jeu, mais un jeu générique, quelconque, dont les seules inspirations viennent du film dont il est tiré. Sans compter une espérance de vie similaire à celle un trapéziste sans bras.
Blend Games (May 24, 2009)
I'm not sure I can recommend this game to any other conceivable demographic of gamers, though. Shooter fans have so many better alternatives to play, many of which cost a lot less than $60. Terminator fans looking for an expansion on the latest film won't be satisfied, either, because the limp story just doesn't bring anything exciting to the table. Do you expect anything better from an adaptation of a movie, though?
Game Couch (Jun 24, 2009)
Looking at everything I said above, I would still probably recommend this game if it didn’t clock in at under four hours. It is utterly reprehensible that shovelware like this is being presented as a triple-A title. While Salvation does have offline two-player co-op, there is no online multiplayer component. There are no secret areas, easter eggs, collectibles, or unlocks. In short, Terminator Salvation has no replay value whatsoever.
MS Xbox World (May 24, 2009)
Terminator Salvation copies tried and trusted formulas that work in other games, and regurgitates the ideas into something so basic and uneventful that the homage paid to the games it copies is totally lost. For gamers who are after a simplistic action game based on a popular franchise then there's something here that may peak your interest. However, the reality is that after a short while of playing you might feel somewhat disappointed with what's on offer. The game follows the unwritten rule that movie tie in games are lacking and under par, and it's obvious that GRIN are merely purveyors of a cash cow product. If you're a fan of the movies or have been given a newly found interest in all things Terminator, then by all means rent the game, but as a full priced title with so little on offer it's virtually impossible to recommend a purchase.
Lawrence (May 27, 2009)
If there's one saving grace to this mess, it's that achievement whores will absolutely love it. In another lazy move, the developers only included 11 achievements. Each short mission gives you 80 points, and if you beat it on Hard you'll get an instant 1000 out of 1000. If you're looking for more than a quick boost to your gamerscore, however, steer clear of this title.
GamePro (US) (May 19, 2009)
Video games based on movies generally get a bad rap - and rightfully so. What's worse than dishing out hard-earned cash for an undeniably rushed-to-deadline cash-in? Thankfully, there are plenty of titles out there from Riddick to Wolverine that introduce just enough new material to keep gamers interested, and may just rise above their movie counterparts in terms of quality - games that truly break the mold. Terminator Salvation is not one of those games.
40 (May 28, 2009)
Pur produit marketing, Terminator Renaissance est né d'un développement nécessairement bref, et cela se sent. Alignant une intelligence artificielle chevrotante, un level-design sans envergure, un gameplay au ras des pâquerettes ainsi qu'un contenu maigrichon, le titre passe du quelconque dans ses meilleurs moments au carrément médiocre dans ses pires instants. On ne saura vous conseiller qu'une seule chose : laissez tomber le machin, gardez votre argent et contentez-vous des films.
Xbox World 360 (May 29, 2009)
Everything you'd expect to find in a halfway decent stop-and-pop shooter you'll find in Salvation, but none of it in the quantity or quality to make a worthwhile game. When the machines rise up and overthrow humanity, we can blame Japan's insistence on building humanoid robots, America's insistence on developing smarter AI, and the entire staff at GRIN; if you had to dedicate your processor to running Terminator Salvation, you'd be pissed off too.
Hellbored (May 28, 2009)
To say I was disappointed with this is an understatement. It’s an insult to anyone who plays games for more than an hour or two a year. Grin should be tarred and feathered in public for this, for failing in so many basic areas, and making some of the most feared machines in the world as impotent as cross-eyed rabbits. Avoid at all costs, and because it lacks any form of incentive to replay, I will, most definitely not, be back.
1UP (May 20, 2009)
Though it may be worth a rental for people looking for easy Trophies/Achievements -- you earn every one just for playing through the main story -- Salvation doesn't provide any reason to play through the thoroughly purposeless story more than once, If a game is tied so closely with a movie, that it doesn't make sense without its source material, then the two should be packaged together, but as a $60 standalone title, Salvation is a complete waste of money.
ActionTrip (May 22, 2009)
All in all, unless you're a relentless fanatic who worships the franchise, Terminator Salvation isn't worth your time. It hardly warrants the full retail price ($60) considering it can be completed in less than four bloody hours. What can you say about a game that has a total of 11 Achievements to unlock? Not much. It's short. Shorter than any other game we've played this year or indeed the previous year. It's over before you can say: "endoskeleton." Not only that, but it lacks replayability and anything that would drag you back for another round. There's a co-op option, but it suffers the same, degrading facets that can be experienced in solo play.
Games TM (Jun 11, 2009)
(...) We can't be tricked into thinking we're having a good time that easily. Salvation is too derivative, too short, and too repetitive to be a worthy recommendation. It feels the very definition of an easy movie cash-in: Salvation is more Rise Of The Machines than Judgment Day.
GamingBolt (Sep 17, 2009)
Theres absolutey nothing to be found in the game. The game can be completed easily under 4 hours. I mean $60 for 4 hours of game play, that’s really a joke. No replay value, awful story and mediocre graphics make this one of the prime candidates for the worst game of 2009. For those willing to waste their money and time should keep their hopes high on this one. And i know theres no one from you who will fall in this category. Terminator Salvation fails at all scenarios: Gameplay, Visuals , Graphics and other categories. At a time where games like Riddick, X-Men and Wheelman did pretty good, a game like Terminator Salvation reminds us of the unstable condition of movie based video games.
JustPressPlay (May 22, 2009)
Overall, for a game with a ridiculously short play time, unimpressive AI, linear chapters and features that have been hashed and rehashed from other franchises, this is a clear and definite do not buy. If you manage to get this as a gift, don’t break the shrink wrap, return it and exchange it for something else.
GameSpy (May 26, 2009)
Sure, Salvation's got a co-op mode (although the developers didn't have time to include online co-op, so it's strictly split-screen), but that's of limited usefulness for those of us who don't maintain sadomasochistic relationships with our friends. And the few rail sequences suffer from wonky controls that were clearly designed for PC mice and not the console thumb-sticks that most people will play them on. The long and short of this one: Salvation is headed -- like so many hastily churned-out movie tie-ins before it -- to the dustbin of gaming history. Stay away.
Gamestyle (Jun 01, 2009)
Simply put there just isn’t enough game here to justify paying full price. There’s probably not enough game here to justify it at half price. There’s worse games available sure but at least they have more than four to five hours content. There is no reason to go back for a second helping of the game, considering there isn’t even enough for the first. Just don’t bother.

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