There’s a new Terminator film in cinemas, and if you live in certain parts of the world a new Terminator video game is out today too. And despite what you may think, it’s not your typical film tie-in.
Terminator: Resistance, developed by Teyon, the company behind the critically panned Rambo: The Video Game, has nothing to do with Terminator: Dark Fate whatsoever. It’s a totally separate game, letting players experience the ‘Future War’ scenario glimpsed at in the first two classic Terminator films. And don’t let the Rambo: The Video Game connection put you off if you’re thinking about playing it.
I’ve spent more than a few hours with Terminator: Resistance on Xbox One now, and it’s actually decent. There’s nothing mind-blowing about it, but it’s not bad at all. You take control of Jacob Rivers, a soldier in the Resistance Pacific Division. When his squad is wiped out by a something that’s half-man, half-machine, however, he ends up settling in with a ragtag group of survivors, all the while searching for other Resistance members not only to warn them, but to hopefully also get back in the fight.
It’s clear as soon as you start playing Terminator: Resistance that it’s quite the budget title. Character models aren’t particularly great, and their lip syncing is all over the place. You won’t be overly impressed with the environments, either, but you can’t say that the game is an eyesore. Effort has been put into bringing a robot army to life though, and that includes menacing T-800s. Whatever is said about Terminator: Resistance, no one can deny that it depicts an apocalypse via robot invasion pretty well.
It’s the gameplay of Terminator: Resistance that truly surprises, though. The introductory sequence makes you think it might just be another linear shooter, but then it opens up a little. You’re given the opportunity to explore a decent-sized map, loot weapons, scrap and trade resources, and even complete the odd side mission or two. Along with lock picking, hacking and levelling up mechanics, it feels inspired by Fallout in some ways. And while it doesn’t feel like the best first-person shooter in the world, combat is enjoyable. You can also avoid combat by sneaking around if you’d rather.
I haven’t played enough of Terminator: Resistance to review it yet – check back early next week for a full review – but already I can tell that it’s better than I expected. Sure, it’s clear that this is very much a budget title, but you can tell that real effort has been put into the game. Even though it doesn’t offer anything truly new, it hasn’t just been churned out to make a quick buck. With its mix of stealth, exploration and action-focused setpieces, it seems like one of the better Terminator games to have been released – providing it doesn’t go downhill from where I’m currently at.
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