Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

a game by Atari Co.
Platforms: XBox, Playstation 2, GBA
Editor Rating: 6.1/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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EAs The Return of the King is a perfect example of a movie-based game done right. Rise of the Machines, however, demonstrates how it can go terribly wrong. What you get here is your everyday, run-of-the mill first-person shooter with very few bells and whistles other than repetitive one-liners taken from the Terminator films. Shoddy hand-to-hand combat interludes and below-average visuals dont help either. Except for missions that deviate from the flicks main events such as playing out the scene where one of Arnolds kind kills John Connor even the most devout Terminator followers will find few enticing elements in this four-hour trek. And dont expect much in terms of cool bonus material. Only one unlockable cut-scene where you learn how Terminators adopted Mr. Schwarzeneggers physical appearance is exclusive movie footage. Youre better off sayin Hasta la vista, baby to the game and picking up the T3 DVD.


After scoring a hit with 73 the movie, Arnold immediately took a step back by lending his voice and likeness to 73 the game (granted, his backup career aint too shabby). Problems abound in this mess: Enemies seemingly come out of the woodwork; missions end in the middle of firefights; lackluster level design and boring mission objectives will leave you baffled; a horrible weapon-swapping system bogs down an already plodding game ...blah, I could go on. At least a couple of the unlockables are mildly interesting. All said, this is exactly the type of disaster Arnolds advisors should steer him clear of.


If you look in the back of the manual for Terminator 3, youll see there are seven pages of credits. This begs the question: Did it really take several hundred people to make a game this bad? 73s first-person shooting stages are plagued by poor controls, terrible level designs, brain-dead enemies, and just plain ugly graphics. And the third-person fighting portions are a joke, with hardly any move variety and a complete lack of depth. Even if you loved the movie, stay away from the game. Trust me, you wont regret it.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews


A first-person shooter based on the movie (with some one-on-one fighting for variety), T3's big draw is the inclusion of Schwarzenegger's voice and likeness.


Without major improvements, this game will go the way of Arnie's career. The targeting system wasn't yet in place, so the shooting sections were a pain, and I found the game's fighting controls floaty. Hopefully, a cyborg from the future will appear to help Black Ops save this one.

I've got to admit, being able to gut-punch robots and make them explode is a whole lot of fun, especially when you're doing it as the governor of California. But despite the ability to play the one-liner throwing, stiff-legged, muscle machine Arnold Schwarzenegger, T3 is pretty close to a dud.

T3 is a basic third-person shooter, where you maneuver through map after map floating behind the image of a tiny T3. The game loosely follows the plot of the movie, having you gather bits and pieces to put together a time machine and then sending you back in time to protect John Connor.

The game controls are pretty straightforward, but unfortunately just as clunky. You can choose to make your Terminator walk, run or strafe ' in strafe mode you are stuck walking sideways. I found Arnie getting stuck in strange places while walking around the sparsely populated maps and trying to maneuver the robot man through some of the traps was darn near impossible.

The graphics in the game are just so-so, with drab backgrounds and poorly designed maps. The game does have some neat graphics for the protagonist though. You start out as the Arnold-looking terminator but after a few hard hits from enemy gunfire your character sheds his skin, literally, and begins to look more like the lethal robot he is.

Luckily, the Terminator does have a lot of firepower. My favorite is his fist. Smacking things around with the fists of mighty Schwarzenegger is a blast and leave a satisfactory line of wreckage in his wake. The multiplayer modes don't do much to make this game any better with a weak-sister coop mode that is more repetition that fun and a competitive mode that is simply confusing. The sound is also a bit sub-par, lacking any of the music that made the Terminator series such exciting flicks to watch.

Although this latest T3 is a far cry better than the other iterations of this movie-franchise cross-over, the GBA T3 just doesn't have enough good in it to make it worth owning. If you're a fan of Arnold or sorely in need of an isometric action game, pick this up, otherwise steer clear.

The Terminator license has never had a smooth transition to video games with the less then desirable attempts made in the past. Often the titles seemed rushed, lacking any depth and couldn't take advantage of the story line available. With the new movie out, there was some hope that the previous trend would be terminated but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines unfortunately may be the worst attempt to date.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines closely follows the plot of the movie but instead of expanding the story and taking advantage of the license, the plot comes across as fragmented and lacking luster. The beginning of the game is set in the future where the T800 series Terminator has been reprogrammed to support the resistance against Skynet. Most of these missions revolve around shooting attacking terminators that, for some reason, lack even a portion of the intelligence the reprogrammed unit possesses. Later missions are set back in time but have similar issues of static mission design and generally an unimpressive AI. Having mission designs that are dull can make the game difficult to enjoy but when combined with gameplay that has similar problems, the game starts to fall apart.

The graphics don't hold up any better with numerous bugs and problems. Low quality textures, solid objects that aren't, and effects that are bland all effect the graphical performance. There are even problems where the game will act like its running on an under powered PC as it jumps when effects such as smoke is introduced.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines comes across as rushed and under supported. There are few redeeming qualities and this title should be avoided. The good news is another Terminator title is in the works, Terminator 3: Redemption and preliminarily looks to be a more solid title.

Arnold's back, and for the first time you get to play as him ' but you don't get to govern California. But you do get to visit California ' Los Angeles to be exact. Once again, it's up to you to protect John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

T3 is just another first person shooter. It's not a bad game, but it's not a great game either. As far as first-person shooters go, this one seems to be a bit lackluster. There's no multiplayer and the game seems to be very linear without many places to explore outside where the storyline would take you. Ammo and life are plentiful, but so are the enemies. There are some rooms where the enemies are literally non-stop so it is best to just find the quickest way out. Going anywhere fast can sometimes be an issue as Arnold doesn't run and he he turns very slowly. This can be frustrating when you have 15 seconds to escape from a room and aren't really sure where to go.

Taking out enemies can be as easy or hard as you would like in that you can manually aim or you can target enemies and Arnold will automatically track them as long as they stay within reasonable view. I particularly liked the auto-target feature because fine movements with those PS2 sticks can require a pretty steady thumb. While you have your standard stock of FPS type weapons, you also can mix in a little Mortal Kombat style fighting and perform some combo moves with your fists if you're feeling fancy. The graphics and sounds seemed pretty standard for a PS2 game these days, although I'm not a graphics snob so take that as you will. I did almost miss a phone call or two due to the loud and constant explosions rocking my living room. I would like to point out that the artists did do a nice job with Arnold's likeness.

I found this game not to be too difficult which means that the hard core FPS players out there will probably hate it for being too easy. If you're more of the casual player that just wants to blast things, this could be the game for you. The lack of multiplayer and linear gameplay don't allow for much replay value. I would probably only recommend this game to either a hard core Terminator fan or to someone that complains about other FPS games being too difficult. If nothing else, this game is at least leaps and bounds better than Atari's previous effort with Terminator: Dawn of Fate.