Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip


Last summer Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released in movie theatres nationwide, and many doubted the movie, claiming that it was just trying to pull in a few bucks. Even with all the negative vibe going around the movie, it did quite well at the box office, and I personally thought it was a pretty solid movie. Atari jumped on the opportunity to release a game right around the same time as the DVD, and they have with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines another bad video game based on a hit movie.


I have said it a million times before, and I’ll say it again. There is something about movies being turned into video games that just never seems to work. I am really not sure why this process is so difficult, maybe the expectations behind the game, or the rush of development, whatever it is there is something seriously blocking this path and a perfect example of it is in T3: Rise of the Machines.

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines you play through the story of protecting John Connor. Throughout the game there are robots sent back to eliminate John, to stop him from saving the world, but there is also Arnold (aka: 101 model T800 series), who is sent back by the humans to save John Connor. Throughout the game you play through a series of missions that have you shooting through hundreds of robots sent to defeat the world’s savior John Connor. Unlike the movie, the game seems to have a lot of gaps or missing pieces that really make you wonder what is going on, and why didn’t they try to make this story a bit more interesting.

Right when you pick up T3: Rise of the Machines the immediate reaction is going to be, what the heck is going on with this game. Right from the get go you will see the rush job that is T3: Rise of the Machines. The game is basically a first person shooter, although there are missions that have you take on in the third person perspective. When you get right down to it neither of these portions of the game are anything worth people’s time.

It’s not that things while playing through the first person shooter sections are not playable, it’s just that when you look at almost all of the other titles out on the market that do a lot better of a job and you come to wonder what the developers were trying to do with this one. The gameplay feels so rushed and like it is still in the beta form trying to work out things before they put some finishing touches on it.

One of the big issues throughout the first person shooter portion of the game is the lack of ammo at parts of the game. At times I ended up having to take down my friendly computer AI to get some ammo because the levels didn’t provide enough in them to get through. This is something that definitely should have been taken care of before the game was released but instead will become a big annoyance throughout.

The other missions in T3 don’t do much more for the game either, but instead seem to become more of a laughing section of the game rather then a mode that would keep anyone interested in the game. The idea for the mission is actually one that could have been quite good, but in the end it’s just quite laughable how bad this part of the game really is. There are three basic attacks that you have at your disposal but the mode ends up being a perfect example of a button masher at the worst degree. The fighting is very uninspired, boring, and just flat out sloppy performance.


When it rains it pours and that is exactly what is happening in T3: Rise of the Machines. When you look at T3: Rise of the Machines, you see a game that just has problem galore, and they extend to the graphic portions of the game.

When looking at T3 you see a game that really lacks any sort of detail in every category. Looking at the character models of the game you seem to see some of the worst interpretations from a movie to a game in a long while. Arnold himself doesn’t even really look like Arnold due to the lack of detail and poor graphics quality.

The environments of the game lie along the same line as the character models with the lack of detail and just poor quality. I am not really sure how you could release a game that has the lack of anything good going on in the games graphics.

It’s really hard to find anything positive to say in the graphics of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines because there really isn’t anything good to say. The game seems to do a lot wrong, there are a lot of glitches, and a lot of things that should have been improved upon before the game was released.

Fun Factor

T3: Rise of the Machines on the face does have the potential to become a game that really could have been a top-notch title, but instead with a rushed development job you get a game that isn’t fun at all. The only fun I got out of T3 was the laughter of the game for how rushed and poor it came out to be. There is much more fun to be had in other titles.


T3: Rise of the Machines seems to be the most disappointing game of the year in my eyes. Being a big fan of the Terminator movie series I was really hoping to have a good interpretation of the movie into the game but unfortunately there is nothing but bad to be found in the game. Unless you have to rent this because of the title, I would just stay away from this one it’s not worth the money or the time.

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