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Terminator 3: Redemption
Score: 7.4 / 10
No, you’re not going insane. There are two
Terminator 3 games out on the market today and the reason to have two
might sound superfluous, but after the release of the first game it
became the only logical thing to do. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
came out some time back and was supposed to represent the Terminator 3
movie, although it failed miserably in achieving anything. So, in an
attempt to “redeem” themselves Atari got together with Paradigm and
Intermedia and created Terminator 3: The Redemption to give the series
and film a better name. Arnold may have not lent his voice to the new
game, but after spending some time going through the missions it’s best
to keep Arnold positioned in Sacramento and have
T3: Redemption is a lot better than the last T3 game and does some
things right that some games can’t do today.
The game starts off the same as the movie does. Obviously the character
you control is the Terminator continuing his quest to save John Connor
and Kate Brewster and stop a possible apocalypse.
The beginning mission gets you into the
action quickly, setting the pace for the rest of the game. The main
emphasis on the game comes in two parts: Combos in hand-to-hand combat
and vehicle usage.
Both of these features make the game a lot more fun than the last game.
Performing the combos is done simply by pressing the face buttons in an
array of combinations, thus performing “combos.” The animation behind
these combos is very well done.
Vehicle usage is the best part about T3: Redemption simply for the fact
they hit the head on the nail (not literally). Using each vehicle is
tons of fun, easy, and fast-pace making T3: Redemption an ideal action
game. Certain sequences allow you to perform some pretty cool moves such
as jumping from one vehicle to another and taking control of their
vehicle (from modern day cars and trucks to futuristic tanks and speedy
vehicles) each one is tons of fun and exciting.
If it wasn’t for the impressive graphics T3: Redemption would fall short
on delivering an atmospheric world of robots and panic. As each level
progresses the Terminator takes damage and it shows on the character
model itself. Holes on his clothes, tearing fake skin across his face,
and other minute details make each level feel realistic.
T3: Redemption also features a small upgrade screen for the Terminator
in which he can upgrade four levels for better performance. Recharge,
Vision Time, Vision Damage, and Vision Charge are the four upgradeable
features. Each is self-explanatory.
Now comes some of the bad of T3: Redemption. Even though the action is
fast-paced and addictive, the excitement of the game loses its fuel far
before reaching the end of the game. Most of the missions take on the
same style and don’t expand too much. Most of the time you’ll find
yourself doing virtually the same tasks; only in a different environment
with a different arsenal of tools. This is a major hit to the game as
most gamers want variety in their games.
Another disappointed is the swaying level of difficulty from the enemy.
Sometimes the game feels far too easy while other times it feels far too
hard. Never is there an established difficulty throughout the entirety
of the game. The ranging level of difficulty makes it seem as if little
progression is being made throughout the game.
All in all T3: Redemption is a great improvement over Rise of the
Machines, and actually better than some games in a few ways, but still
not in the higher ranking levels of current games. The game does
represent the movie the right way and is a lot of fun, but the
repetitiveness eats away the fun after a few missions. If you’re a big
fan of the terminator series, this is a must buy. For all others, this
should be considered good rental and possible purchase when the price
- Eric Lahiji
(October 7, 2004)
POINTLESS FACT: The name of the voice-actor who does the voice of
Arnold’s character (The Terminator) is Mark Mosley. That doesn’t sound
Austrian to me.