Terminator through time

The Terminator 2029
(Bethesda, 1992) - DOS
As a kind of sequel to Bethesda’s The Terminator, you don’t actually follow the events of any of the films. Rather, you play as a member of John Connor’s Special Ops Group fighting in the future war. Your goal of course, is to destroy Skynet. Good luck figuring that out between the HUD and the pixelated vomit.

Above: Can you tell what’s happening?

Robocop versus The Terminator
(Virgin, 1993) – Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Game Gear
Some genius named Frank Miller wrote a four-issue limited comic run pitting Robocop against Terminators. And then a genius said this would make an awesome game. And boy was it gory. As the story goes, John Connor sends a human back in time to destroy Robocop because he was built as a prototype by Cyberdyne Systems (the company that eventually creates the Skynet computer that kills mankind). Skynet is like “oh no” and sends Terminators back in time to protect Robocop. What Skynet doesn’t know is that Robocop still has his human consciousness intact and sides with the humans to destroy Skynet.

Above: That gang member just exploded

The Terminator: Rampage (Bethesda, 1993) – CD-ROM
The Terminator: Future Shock (Bethesda, 1995) – CD-ROM
SkyNET (Bethesda, 1996) – CD-ROM
This trio of Terminator games progress quite a bit technology-wise. Rampage appears to be a Doom-clone and dungeon crawler, Future Shock is one of the first FPSes to have free 3D mouse-look, and SkyNET is one of the first FPSes to be designed with WASD/mouse for controls. SkyNET also included multiplayer, which was sorely missing from Shock. The plots to the three games are incidental - something about being a human fighting against killer robots.

Above: Rampage. Exciting, no?

Above: Future Shock – a notable improvement

Above: SkyNET. Is that an AT-AT in the background?

The Terminator: Dawn of Fate
(Infogrames, 2002) – PS2, Xbox

Dawn of Fate takes a pretty cool turn by being based on the events that led up to Kyle Reese being sent back in time for the first Terminator movie. You play as a number of resistance members and play in first/third person modes against the machines. Rote, but decent action game.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
(Atari, 2003) – PS2, Xbox, GBA
Man, this FPS crapfest was dumped by Atari in time for the film’s DVD release. First half of the game has you fighting robots in the future as Arnie before going back in time to fight during the events of the third film… and not really do much of anything besides shoot cops in the knees from time to time and fight in third-person against the TX. Terrible game.

Terminator 3: War of the Machines
(Atari, 2003) – PC

Another FPS, this time a Battlefield 1942 rip-off. In that sense, you fight as a human or cyborg and uh… control points or something. Rushed so quickly that there was no dedicated server for the game and CD keys were sometimes invalid.

Above: Feign interest and capture that flag, soldier

Terminator 3: The Redemption
(Atari, 2004) – PS2, Xbox, GameCube
“Oops, we f*cked up!” And that’s why Redemption came out. Billed as Atari’s redemption for making a better game, this was actually an okay action game that came a little too late for people to be excited about it. Actually, there’s a pretty cool plot twist in the middle; instead of the TX reprogramming the Terminator to take out John Connor (what happens in the movie), the Terminator is sent back to the future where the humans have lost completely.

The Terminator’s redemption comes when he has to fight his brethren to go back in time during the events of the third film and help his alternate self defeat the TX. It’s almost like Back to the Future Part II. But with robots.

Above: About 50 percent of the game was vehicle-based

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  • Pry0citer - October 25, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles confused me so much... ugh
  • Pry0citer - October 25, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles confused me so much... ugh
  • Abbie - May 29, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    This movie is very futuristic as it portrays the future on our technologies. The Terminator: Salvation reviews are starting to come in, and it looks like Terminator: Salvation is going to be a hit. The reboot film of the Terminator series, starring Christian Bale, is an update on the film series that began in 1984 with the release of the first film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first film was shot for $6 million, and made over $80 million. Some people will look into a quick cash loan to see the new one. Salvation is a franchise reboot, as both prequel and sequel, and it's been getting a lot of buzz. It might be worth short term loans to see if the Terminator: Salvation reviews turn out well. Read more on this site:
  • Adam777 - May 23, 2009 5:06 a.m.

    Why is it that you can't bring weapons to the past because they are not organic, but you can get a Terminator to go to the past and most of its body is metal?
  • DagDabreemie - May 21, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Wasn't the terminator in Duke Nukem Forever (2001 trailer)? "The world may never know..."
  • jar-head - May 21, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    and GR review of the next terminator gave it a 6/10..crap
  • Silentboy - May 20, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    Sarah Conner Chronicles made no sense. It takes place in 2007... 4 years after skynet launched according to T3. I think they added a female terminator as a gimmick.
  • Skykid - May 20, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    Here is something the Arnie bot would say, "I'll be back."
  • MGS4SolidSnake - May 20, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    i kind of like t3 rise of the machines on ps2...once i got cheats it was kind of fun..without cheats it kindo of sucks
  • pimlicosound - May 20, 2009 1:27 p.m.

    I had Terminator: Rampage on PC. It came on six 3.5" floppy disks. It wasn't worth it.
  • iKOemos - May 20, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    A Governator film needs to be made. NOW!
  • GearsofRabies - May 20, 2009 3:58 a.m.

    good idea
  • iluvmyDS - May 20, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    God I loved Robocop Versus The Terminator. Oh and the T2 arcade game.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - May 20, 2009 1:24 a.m.

    I would try harder to follow Sarah Connor Chronicles... but that show just got canceled! ZING!
  • tehperson123412 - May 20, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    The Terminator: Rampage did George Lizzie and Ralph have anything to do with it?
  • gmilf71 - May 19, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    lol dude I like the picture of ah-nold from T2 with the mini gun.
  • KakashiXIII - May 19, 2009 11:10 p.m.

  • Corsair89 - May 19, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    Yup, the story of the Sarah Conner Chronicles is unfollowable. ReCaptcha: rectal and... o_0 and what?
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 19, 2009 9:03 a.m. of the best sroryline games but some stories went a little to far other than that a great story overall
  • Demonflare - May 22, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    When I was little, my dad make me watch Terminator with him...BORING! I fell asleep. Wasnt interesting to me. Still is today.

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