I need to watch Salvation again to make sure, but I'd say it was way, way better in tone and setting than 3. Rise of the Machines was some dumb-ass family comedy. Make the scary unrelenting killing machine a funny buddy and the baddie little more than some pandering sex appeal. Bullshit, all of it!
At least Salvation returned to a darker, tone and tried to make Terminators scary again, even if it did bring along some dopey story baggage along with it. Plus it gets a pass in my books as I was one of those kids who'd rewind and watch the future scenes over and over because those were just so bad-ass.
But, if we're talking the best film of the series, it's got to be The Terminator. Two is a damn impressive film, but there's a little too much of that softness showing through. I prefer hard cyber punk industrial nightmares, not "Now I know why you cry".
This has been bugging me. A sci-fi strategy game that I want to say was turn based. I can't remember too much, outside of it having base management screens that looked like they were from Master of Orion 2, only it was an early 00's era game with that faux-windows look to it.
I also distinctly remember them playing up one of the alien races. A sort of bear looking thing. The body of a Krogan from Mass Effect with the face of the Fizzlybear from Viva Pinata. I can just about picture how they looked on the box art, and a vague memory of icons of them on an Alpha Centauri like map screen.
Real vague, I know. I just remember buying the game, not liking it and giving it to a friend who ended up getting super deep into it.