Suddenly, it seems as though there are Terminators everywhere. In the run-up to the premiere of Terminator: Dark Fate, there’s been a lot of Terminator cross-licensing going on in games. Terminators (and Sarah Conor) have showed up in Gears 5, there are hints of a crossover in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and possibly even appearances in Mortal Kombat 11. Next month, the franchise gets its own game in Terminator: Resistance.
The good news is, it’s a first-person shooter built in the Unreal engine, set in the ‘future war’ setting of James Cameron’s first two Terminator films. Cool! There’s also some light role-playing elements, crafting, and a hacking system to help you defeat SkyNet’s defences.
More worrisome, though, is the fact that Resistance has been developed by Teyon, the studio behind Rambo The Video Game: Baker Team, which was an on-rails Rambo shooter that was not particularly excellent, shall we say.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Terminator: Resistance is going to be bad, at least not for the same reasons. Below, you’ll find 27 minutes or so of gameplay from Terminator: Resistance, and it has my scratching my chin, not sure of what to think exactly.
Here it is, courtesy of Access Playstation.
So, not a lot of action movie running and gunning at all, really. The video appears to have been captured from Access Playstation’s livestream and reuploaded, which explains the somewhat muddy quality.
Here’s the thing, though. I’m actually pretty interested in seeing what they do with this. The whole thing about Terminators is that normal human beings are absolutely no match for them, even the clunky, skeletal T-800s. And so it makes a lot of in-universe sense that you’re not going to be gunning them down with a piddly little M-16.
I’m not completely sold on the Frogger-style hacking minigame, but that’s not an egregious sin. It’s more the fact that sneaking around can be a bit of a drag in a game about collecting and leveling up weapons.
But hey, on the other hand, it worked great for Alien: Isolation.
Either way, we’ll find out more when Terminator: Resistance launches November 15 on Steam.