PS3 Review – Terminator Salvation
The visuals for Terminator Salvation were actually good. They may not be at the same level as top-teir titles, but in regards to other movie licensed games, the graphics really stand out. The sound and voiceovers are also done rather well. The characters are very convincing, and at times it really does feel like you are in a war zone.
There were other problems that popped up, though. For one, the game is rather short. I played through on Hard, and it still only took six hours to complete. The repetitive gameplay, as stated above, is also quite annoying. If they could have added in some sort of environmental puzzles, that would not only solved the repetitive game play, but also added to the game’s overall length.
The lack of enemy variety was also troubling. You come across six enemies, with four of the six appearing in almost every fight. There also are no boss fights, and with a game like this you it’s hard not to expect any. The last issue was the way the developers handled the health system. Though the health bar is regenerative, the only time it regenerates is after a wave of enemies have been destroyed. There are no health packs to speak of, and if you get ambushed and lose a lot of health at the beginning of the wave, you end up having to rely on your teammates. Not a huge issue, but it can get frustrating.
Terminator Salvation isn’t a terrible game; it’s just not that compelling. While it’s great that the developers came up with an original story, and delivered on the graphics and audio work, there’s still some major flaws. The campaign is way too short, the gameplay is repetitive, the health system is occasionally frustrating, and it lacks any sort of replay value. If you are a huge trophy collector and want an easy Platinum trophy, this is a decent title to rent. Otherwise, I recommend passing on Terminator Salvation.
PlayStation LifeStyle’s Final Score
Brand new story that differs from the movie.
Great visuals, but repetitive gameplay.
Very short campaign mode with no replay value.
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