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August 27, 2004
Terminator 3: Redemption - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
17/9/2004AtariParadigm Entertainment1$49.95

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Arnie - still looking good.
After the complete and utter waste of time, talent and potential that was Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (the game - not the brilliant movie) and also the instantly forgettable Terminator: Dawn of Fate, I wasn't expecting Atari to come up with a new game so soon. Terminator 3: Redemption will take players for another ride into the post-apocalyptic universe presented in the feature films as they become the series signature icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. One difference between this game and the others - this one actually could turn out pretty well, and it's about time too.

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Terminator throws a punch.
Terminator 3: Redemption is being developed by Paradigm Entertainment, the team behind the quite good Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, moderately good Spy Hunter, but also the very average Terminator: Dawn of Fate. Still, even from an early demo bundled with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines almost a year ago now it was clear that Terminator 3: Redemption could easily become the companies' best video game to date. This demo saw you chasing down a Skynet command plane which must be brought down by any means possible - and that means guns and rockets.

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Terminator vision - cool!
Terminator 3: Redemption is a vehicle and 3rd person based action title set across 14 missions. During these missions you will also enter close quarter combat and hand-to-hand combat with other Terminators. Set in the future this game sees you trying to take out both ground and air based enemies - those being run by Skynet. At points in the game you will be able to jump into vehicles and take control of both the driving and shooting simultaneously using both analogue sticks. It's a little tricky to get used to, but with time it becomes second nature. At various points in the game you will also have to help fellow soldiers who are trapped or in trouble through the levels. Originally Paradigm were planning on setting time limits for many of the missions, however this has been removed late in development to provide a more free roaming and strategic game. Bonuses will still be included for quick completion of missions.

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Some of the gorgeous graphics.
Graphically, Terminator 3: Redemption looks fairly impressive. Even from the early playable demo release it was clear to see that Paradigm have re-created the look of the Terminator future perfectly. Buildings are destroyed, the world is dirty and war torn, and there are terminators around every corner. Speaking of which, even at this early stage the Terminators look wonderfully modeled and detailed. Just look at the picture to the left to see what I mean. To top it all off the frame rate is already fairly solid. The games will also include 15 minutes of footage from the Terminator 3 movie which should add some atmpshere to the game, but will it seem a little stale by the time this game comes out? Perhaps.

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Watch your back!
One little niggle from the early demo is that the speech, while quite amusing in places, becomes extremely repetitive very quickly - apparently Paradigm are toning this down the frequency of one liners for the final build of the game. The music is also pretty high in quality and retains a familiar theme from the Terminator universe. Atari have confirmed that Arnie will be returning to provide the likeness and voice of the Terminator which is a surprise given his new career running California.

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Nice level detail.
Atari will be hoping they can redeem themselves, and the Terminator license, with this game. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was a complete movie cash-in and suffered horredously in the press, although sales were certainly boosted by the movie which actually exceeded almost everyone's expectations - in both quality and box office dollars. As previously mentioned, even the playable demo of Terminator 3: Redemption was better value then the full Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines game. With a totally different developer, a much better game engine, and battles set in the future this game should keep fans of the Terminator universe (such as myself) much, much, much, much happier. Expect a release in September 2004 - and seemingly at the lower RRP of $49.95 here in Australia.