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PS2 / Review / The Terminator: Dawn of Fate
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate
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Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Infogrames
Release Date: Available Now
ESRB Rating: Teen
Graphics: 4.0
Control: 2.5
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Review by: Dr. Zombie
Posted: 09/18/02 [view screens]

You can't keep a good rampaging cyborg down as Infogrames revives a franchise by unleashing The Terminator: Dawn of Fate on the PS2. Set up as a prequel to the first movie, the game looks and plays faithfully to its cinematic inspiration. You're part of the human resistance against the mechanized forces of Skynet in the near future, and it's your job to protect the hero John Connor.

You play solo (although A.I.-controlled troops sometimes help you fight) through 10 levels of metal menaces with a wide variety of weapons and power-ups littered throughout. The graphics have moments of brilliance with cinematic FMVs and well-rendered environments; however, sometimes the animation is a bit clumsy as figures seem to just glide across the screen. Decent voice-acting and a menacing soundtrack create a believable experience. The major bones of contention are the clunky controls, clumsy camera, and awkward targeting system. You pretty much need to rely on the first-person view in order to effectively shoot your enemies.

As long as your devotion to the Terminator series never wavers, it can be just plain fun to blast away at the waves of T-800 endoskeletons. Absent of that, Dawn of Fate's frustration factor might be too much to overcome.

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