Late last year Atari released the first game based on Terminator 3. The problem was this game was rather average and only true Terminator die hards would have gotten anything out of it. Despite the fact the original game was not great, Atari continued development of a second game from the movie, focusing more on third person action and the action sequences from the movie. Terminator 3 The Redemption may not be a good game, but it is an improvement on the last effort based on the series.
For those of you who don't know the storyline of the film and original game (and incidentally this game), a new super powerful Terminator unit has been sent back in time from the future to kill two human civilians. It just so happens that another terminators goal is to keep these two humans alive so he must destroy TX before she destroys John Conner and Katherine Brewster, and so the game begins with you taking control of Arnie with the mission of destroying TX even if it destroys him.
The game is played from a third person perspective which is in stark contrast to the original Terminator 3 game. However this change has allowed the developers to utilise some new gameplay mechanics such as hand to hand combat and the ability to drive vehicles. Unfortunately for the most part the gameplay remains the same, just in a third person perspective. Most of the time your task will be to kill the terminator units or other enemies which are attacking you and reach an area to trigger a cut scene or destroy a certain object. There's no real brain work involved, and it does become repetitive quite quickly.
However, to say the game is as bad as the first title is being somewhat unfair as the developers have tried to capture some of the more action packed sequences from the film which may have been ignored in the first title. For instance the crane chase is completely different. You hop on a motorbike and have to chase it down before trying to take TX out. Generally though, you will find yourself loaded up with guns or in hand to hand combat shooting down wave after wave of enemies and generally getting sick and tired of it. The other problem is not really an issue with the game, but because the game follows the storyline of the film so closely, you know exactly whats going to happen next and when the game will end.
The missions set after the two terminator units go back in time are the more interesting of the two settings. In the games set during the war of the machines, the repetitive nature flows through and the aforementioned wave after wave of Terminator units is present here. One good part about the game is there is a small amount of character development. As you progress through the game you get the opportunity to upgrade parts of the Terminator character and has a variety of special moves to help you take the enemies down such as a powercell attack so there is more depth to the gameplay featured in the first person shooter title.
The missions in the game are set across four chapters. Each chapter on average has about three to four missions and the changing between chapters is determined by where the Terminator currently is, either during the war, or back in time. Once you have completed a mission it can be played again individually in the free play mode. You visit pivotal moments from the film such as the vet in the town of Los Angeles and the chase during the Hollywood Hills but also will visit the same area in the futuristic part of the game. During these missions you will encounter a few enemies, but overall there isn't much variety to the game in this department. Enemies include various models of the Terminator, police swat units, the machines and of course TX herself. Cheats are available if you get stuck.
In terms of how the game looks it really is a mixed bag. The character models for TX and T850 are both extremely well done and look close to the actual actors who were cast to the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kristanna Lokken. However other than that there is nothing overly impressive although the developers have done a great job in creating the present day world and the futuristic world during the war of the machines. The voice acting is quite cheesy but thats to be expected in a game based on Terminator. None of the actors from the film have been used for the voice acting which may be why the character of Arnold sounds even more cheesier then usual. This also limits the authenticity given off by the lifelike character models and also some of the actors used voice more then one character. The integration between actual film footage and CG created for the game is seamless and adds quite a bit to the game.
One area which is great about the game however is the ability to play co-operative multiplayer on the same console. You can choose missions which you have completed and play with a friend through the mission racking up the points. Each enemy unit is worth a certain amount of points.
Terminator 3 The Redemption may be a better game then the first person title but only just. The developers have focused more on action sequences from the movie which is a plus, but it still is a fairly average title with repetitive gameplay. Again those who really like the film will probably get a kick out of this title, but for others its a rental only, if that.