19 September 2004 | Ryo_Hazuki
Best of the series isn't saying much..
'Redemption' is the third of Atari's Terminator 3 games, and I must say is definitely the best. 'Dawn of Fate' had clunky controls, 'Rise of the Machines' had terrible controls and extremely annoying levels.
So calling 'Redemption' the best of the series is like saying out of all the crap in the world, it's the best smelling. Atari can't seem to get controls down. Your control of the governor is very clunky and aiming at flying H/Ks while walking can be a problem.
The vehicles handle like they ported the physics engine directly from 'Enter the Matrix' (Read: Really bad). Some of the "racing" levels are just plain annoying, requiring a dozen tries before you may even know WHAT to do.
Because it follows the Terminator 3 story line (not very accurately by the way), the game is forced into many levels in which you constantly perform the same dull task, with chase missions being the worst. I've never seen a crane go so fast!
Where the game does excel is in it's original levels and graphics. Fighting other terminators is great, better when you have items to impale them with. Much better then NOT being able to kill anyone. And the graphics shine, literally. As Arnold takes damage, his skin wares off, giving you a nice shiny endoskeleton to show off, although it amazingly repairs after every level. Plus the interior fog effects give a great feeling of being in a war torn L.A.
All in all, I've played much worse, however I'm really understanding why Atari went under in the first place. If they don't increase the quality of their games, they'll return to their grave.