Review by Deadpastmidnight
"A Hard-Core Action Game That Is Worth Your Time"
The Terminator : Dawn Of Fate is a 3-D action adventure game, set before the First movie. Basically, you play as various members of Kyle Reese' (the hero in the first movie) Com-Tech team, who have to prevent SKYNET from executing it's plan of sending a Terminator back in time, to kill the leader of the resistance' mother - changing the course of history.
The environments look great , each area is suitably trashed to show the terminator's presence; broken structures, pipes, equipment....yep, it's a -convincing- mess. The surroundings look even better thanks to the excellent lighting effects, Plasma guns for example give off a suitable purple haze, whilst machine guns and flames drown the areas in bright light.
The enemies are superbly designed and for the most part are true to the film, the HK (hunter killers) and ground HK's look particularly impressive, at one point in the game one crashed through a room, and gives you a real sense of scale to how puny you are! being set before the first movie, this has given the developers a chance to get creative and design some earlier, more 'clunky' terminators. These for the most part come of well, and are interesting to see for any terminator fan. And yes, the T-800 is in here, and is just as hard to take down for you as it was for Reese in the film. And more importantly, graphics are VERY smooth without and i found no frame-rate drop even when the action got very intense.
Some camera flaws unfortunately do detract from the overall experience. These often mean you won't be able to see what you are shooting at, or will flip the controls as the camera suddenly decides to change making you run in the wrong direction, usually into harm's way.
Thankfully, there is a First-Person mode, which is a godsend due to the camera trouble. This makes it so much easier to kill your foes as you can aim for critical points like the heads and arms.
The majority of the game is just shoot,shoot,shoot. Not that this is a bad thing of course, if your an action fan. Weapons are varied and you stumble across new ones regularly ; which helps keep repetition at bay. There is even some close combat moves, which can be done with a baton, and flying kicks, and a range of explosives.
The intro music is the brilliant Terminator theme tune. Whilst most of the music in the game is very good and atmospheric, unfortunately when you go into battle, this same tune keeps repeating every time. Thankfully it's very good and suits the game well...but variety is the spice of life and it can get repetitive.
I waited a long time for this game to come out and when i finally got my hands on it it didn't disappoint. The occasional camera troubles did frustrate me somewhat, but i got a lot of enjoyment out of the game, especially being a fan of the Movies. Give it a rent if your not sure, but if your a Terminator fan - It's a keeper.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 10/24/02, Updated 10/24/02
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