Terminator 3: Redemption
Terminator 3: Redemption does little to rise above the pack in the bloated genre of first and third person shooters, but it's still bit of fun to play. The best thing I can say about Terminator 3: Redemption is that it isn't T3: Rise of the Machines. What inspired Atari to take second stab at a T3 game after the miserable failure that was Rise of the Machines is beyond me, but the results are worth playing.
In Redemption you take on the role of Schwarzenegger's T-800 Terminator as he trudges his way through a plot most like the movie's. The game blends the elements of a rail-shooter and throws the occasional controllable vehicle into the mix to spice up what would have otherwise been a fairly mundane third-person shooter. But what will attract most to this game is the chance to control the man controlling California. The Gubernator looks spot on and for the most part even sounds the part as he throws out the occasional goofy catch phrase while pounding robotic bad guys.
The graphics are pretty impressive, managing to pack the screen with lots of elements both interactive and not in a way that goes far in capturing the mood of the film. The game also has a few interesting elements, making it play slightly differently than your typical third-person shooter. You can pick weapons off the ground and walk around with them, no matter how big, in both hands. You can save up Terabytes to upgrade your systems between the 14 missions. Your depleted health is reenergized, literally, with electrical jolts from downed power lines and ruptures generators. In addition, you can also go into scan mode, an info-laden infrared scan mode that increases the damage you dish out for the limited time it's active.
The cooperative modes in the game are a joke, allowing you to take on a seemingly endless stream of bad guys in a split screen game that is more tiresome than fun.
Terminator 3: Redemption is a fun romp through a film that many of us love, giving gamers a chance to take on the role of a seminal bad guy turned good guy in a game that isn't bad, but isn't great either.