The failure history of games based on the “Terminator”

Terminator: Resistance frankly bad. The game collected 46 points from critics, but some note the following: Resistance terrible, but this is the best that has happened with the game incarnations of “Terminator”. Is this really so? We decided to recall all the nightmares that happened with the famous movie series. Of course, there will be unexpected exceptions to the general rule.

“Terminator” [1984]

Igroizations of the first film were released in those distant times, when versions for different platforms were completely different from each other, up to the mismatch of genres. The terminator 1991 for DOS was the first, but far from the only attempt Bethesda softworks show your vision of the cruel world of the cinema universe. It turned out to be something strange, but very ambitious.

A huge open world, the ability to control both Terminator and Kyle Reese, the implementation of the infrastructure of Los Angeles and transport – all this was wrapped in the form of a first-person shooter with free movement and almost a detective gameplay. The main character was to find that one Sarah Connor in a giant metropolis. Impressive, isn’t it? Such a large-scale project contained a number of problems and shortcomings, but it looked really fresh and interesting. This is perhaps one of the most unusual games in our collection. But this is only the beginning.

A terminator for NESthat went on sale in 1989 was … weird. Graphic style, suspiciously similar to that in game adaptation Home alone (and this is not quite the project with which I want to associate the Terminator), the predominance of jumping sections at some levels and disgusting management, which caused fury and irritation among buyers – not everyone was ready to play this. Of the pluses, one can note the authors ’efforts to give some variety to the gameplay: between the standard platformer mechanics“ run ”,“ jump ”and“ shoot ”several levels on the transport, executed in different perspectives with different mechanics, were mixed together. Disadvantages are added by disgusting animation and sound. This is the first complete failure of the franchise.

It is much more vigorously played The Terminator 1992 for Sega genesis. Naturally surpassing the eight-bit version both in graphics and in sound, the game is notable for its high complexity and short duration (with proper skill it can be completed in ten minutes), and one of the best implementations of character animations. And no wonder, after all To David Perry, the creator of the celebrated Earthworm jim, MDK and Enter the Matrix, I had to personally record all the movements on the camera. Version for Sega can not be called a failure, but this is an outstanding game. Unlike the following.

In 1993, the port left The Terminator for Sega cd. Based on the original for Genesis, the game was completely redesigned, adding new levels, video fragments from the original film and a soundtrack from Tommy Tallaricoby improving animation and graphics along the way. Like a cherry on a cake – a darkly realistic design of the environment and characters, making the game a real gem among all the projects for the first film.

For those who in childhood did not have Sega, there is a version for SNES. But this is just the case when in 1993 Sega does what Nintendon’t. Words are unnecessary, just compare for yourself.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

We dare to suggest that Russian players will be more familiar with the version for NES. And she may well claim your time spent, unless the Terminator itself is flimsy in it: it’s hard to imagine how a bunch of hairy men with their bare hands can crack a metal cyborg. Dynamic gameplay, almost literally following the plot of the film, atmospheric music, and even choosing a lethal and not-so way of passing: in 1992 this was quite enough to be considered a good game. But not good.

There were better options – at least in graphic design. Versions Terminator 2released in 1993 for Sega genesis and SNESare generally identical to each other, but critics have opted for the console option Nintendo. Based on the side-scroller action mechanics, T2however, it turned out very strange. Why is the main task at most levels becoming the search for certain “objects from the future” and their subsequent destruction? Does anyone remember something similar in the original movie?

The strangest was the 1991 version for Dos, ZX Spectrum, Amiga and Commodore 64. Although the game is trying to be diverse, it either acts as a classic side scroller, sometimes it lets you steer vehicles with a top view, and sometimes even offers to solve logical puzzles, the execution of all these elements left much to be desired. The meager filling and insufficient budget of the project resulted in another complete failure.

Unfortunately, that is not all. Chess in the Terminator universe? Yes!

Or a slot machine? Not one Konami cash in on former glory Silent hill.

There was, however, also a good rail shooting gallery for Dos, Sega genesis, SNES and other platforms.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Starting from the third part of the film franchise went downhill, and the accompanying video games became even worse. If in 2D something was also encountered, at least not the worst, and sometimes even quite playable, then in three-dimensional space the Terminator melted completely.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for PS2 and Xbox was a first-person shooter with the addition of fighting scenes in the spirit Mortal kombat. Critics scolded Terminator 3: Rise of the machines for disgusting level design, ugly graphics, and zero enemy AI. The game collected a record low throughout the franchise 38 points from the press.

In the same 2003, exclusively for PC comes out Terminator 3: War of the Machines – a kind of variation Battlefield 1942 in setting a grim future. The ability to play both for Skynet forces and for the rebels, coupled with a variety of weapons and the use of military equipment, did not impress buyers: the game was still blamed for the incredibly poor location design, slurred graphics and a tight focus on online. Looking at disappointingly low sales, the publisher in the face Activision abandoned server support, leaving few war lovers in the future alone with a single player game where bots ran the show. Playing the original Counter strike They know how hard it was to find adequate opponents with AI, and how bad the proposed options were for the most part. So: in War of the machines everything was even worse.

The studio turned out to more adequately adapt the events of the film to the game form Paradigm. Terminator 3: The Redemption visited PS2, Xbox and Gamecube in 2004, and entertained the players with third-person shooter mechanics (finally you can control Arnold), the ability to ride a tank, motorcycle, car and some other futuristic things and even visit various time periods. Critics again smashed the game to smithereens, but ordinary gamers thought differently, calling the game an incredibly adrenaline experience. Another exception to the rule “the farther, the worse.”

“Terminator: May the Savior Come”

The fourth incarnation of the story of cyborgs showed this world from a completely different perspective, transferring the place and time of action directly to the future itself. Fans who have been waiting for twenty-five years for an opportunity to familiarize themselves in detail with the consequences of the apocalypse have received something inarticulate and infinitely far from the sketches of the desperate struggle of resistance shown in the first two films. Critic Roger Ebert perfectly described the whole picture in two sentences:

A man dies, resurrects, meets with other men, fights. And all this for two hours.

Video game of the same name, honored in 2009 with its presence PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, was equally defeated by both critics and players. They scolded a short duration (of the order of four hours), monotonous gameplay, the absence of a network game, and the general incompleteness of the project. Weak shooter with a slant under Gears of war during the reign of the original trilogy Gears of war was doomed to failure.

Terminator: Genesis

The penultimate appearance on the screen of the film with the word “Terminator” in the title was perhaps the most unusual of all. Being a homage to the first and second films, the picture was packed full of Easter eggs and fan-service literally to the eyeballs, without continuing and developing the history of the previous parts. Someone liked this approach, but the box office failure and mostly negative assessments of critics put an end to this option for the development of film franchise.

Releases on the “big” platforms this time did not happen and the matter was limited to two games for mobile platforms: not bad Terminator Genisys: Future War – a strategy with MMO elements of 2017, and disgusting mobile Terminator Genisys: Revolution – third-person shooter of 2015. Revolution it turned out so crooked that now you won’t even find it in stores, unlike Future war.

Terminator: Dark Fates

Last movie again turned into a failure, and the future of the entire franchise is a big question. Only mobile came out Terminator: Dark Fate – The Gameperformed all in the same genre of MMO strategy. Well you know, mobile gaming.

Game incarnations of feature films on this came to an end, however, games in the universe are still available. We’ll quickly go over them.

And here, the company is virtually undivided Bethesda softworksby releasing a whole line of metal cyborg games. Terminator 2029 immediately threw users PC 1992, straight to John Connor’s special squad, allowing secret and dangerous operations to destroy Skynet. By placing the main character in the exoskeleton, the developers clearly borrowed the basic mechanics of the game from Mechwarrior 1989, but when did it bother anyone? The rather monotonous gameplay is negatively superimposed also by the implementation of discrete character movement in the manner of the first parts Might & Magic – it’s not entirely clear why it was to be done that way, because the technical capabilities made it possible to realize free movement.

Another attempt by developers from Bethesda undertaken as early as next year under the heading Terminator: Rampage. And, yes, it’s just a medium quality clone Doom.

Realizing the mistakes and drawing the necessary conclusions, in 1995 the company produces Terminator: Future Shock – a game still based on the ideas of a shooter from id Software, but much more qualitatively executed and grown both in breadth and in depth. It is strange to write this, but it is a definite hit.

The last (and best) game to free the remnants of humanity from the oppression of AI by the authors of the series The elder scrolls has become Terminator: Skynet 1996 year. Not much different visually from the previous studio game, Skynet diversified video inserts with live actors, an expanded arsenal and the ability to move in transport.

Before releasing Terminator 3: The Redemptioncompany Paradigm tried my hand at Terminator: Dawn of Fate. It turned out not to be very, but tolerant. Balancing between an action from the third and a first-person shooter, the developers for some reason did not hang the camera on the shoulder or back of the protagonist, but paid tribute to the series Devil may cry and Resident evil. The result was a semi-static, semi-dynamic camera, combined with not very responsive controls: such a company will make you experience not the most pleasant gaming experience.

Under the Terminator franchise, they released almost 30 games in 35 years (and we also missed rare instances like pinballs and ports for absolutely exotic platforms). Impressive, isn’t it? Unfortunately, there are very few good or even tolerable projects among them. These include The terminator for Sega cd, The Terminator: Future Shock, Terminator 3: The Redemption and for special aesthetes, The terminator for Dos. Everything else is best to stay away though The terminator 2029 can give many pleasant hours to fans of the dungeon crawler genre and exoskeletons.