Thursday, August 6, 2009

Terminator Salvation Review

It is 2018. The entire world is in ruins. You are John Connor, the leader of the Resistance, a small group of people that fight against the robots, created by Skynet, that destroyed the Earth. A swarm of gun-loaded robots is coming towards you. What do you do? Play Terminator Salvation by gameloft, and massacre them using many weapons, while seeing amazing visuals.
Terminator Salvation, $4.99, by gameloft, is a 3rd person shooter with sufficient controls, stunning visuals, and provides immense fun. There are 11 different enemies in the game, some unique to the iPhone/iPod touch version. There are 6 weapons, and about 7 stages, one being a motorcycle chase, and another entirely using a vehicle. There are 3 difficulty modes that you can play the entire game through, and if you beat the last, you unlock the ability to play as a T-600, one of the more powerful robots, through the levels.
In the game, there are four different control schemes. To move John Connor forward, and side to side, you use a virtual analog stick. To fire, you simply press a button. The only difference between them is how to change the direction John Connor is looking in, and the ways to do that are to tilt (or reverse tilt), spin a dial, or swipe, which was my favorite technique. Occasionally, when you have to detach an arm of a robot, or stomp on them, an additional button appears with the picture that fits.
All I can say about the graphics is that they are stunning. They couldn't be more perfect. Although you might look at it, and say, "Hey! Those graphics look blocky," it is extremely impressive to have graphics this good on a mobile platform. The characters and robots are much more detailed than the scenery, but that's the way it should be.
When you play the game, you lose track of time, and just can't stop playing. Every time I sit down to play the game, I find myself engrossed in it for an hour or more. It's just so fun, and I wish the fun wouldn't stop. But it does.
Here is where we get to the single problem with Terminator Salvation. It's short. There aren't enough levels, and you could beat one difficulty level in a few hours, or less. While you may think you could play the difficulty levels over, they aren't really that different, and the only difference with the T-600, is that you have a more powerful gun, and you look different. So, Terminator Salvation becomes a one-time-through game, which may or may not be okay for you.

Spectacular Graphics
Good Controls
Tons of Fun

Lacks Levels
Extra Unlockable Isn't Very Different

Bottom Line:
There are some better games out there for $4.99, and you may want to wait for a price drop, but if it's a rainy afternoon, and you have nothing to do, buy Terminator Salvation, and you will be entertained for a while.

Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 5/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Replay Value: 3/5

Overall: 8/10 (not an average)



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