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Quick Look: Terminator: Resistance

Some Terminator movies are very, very good. Other Terminator movies are very, very bad. So I guess it only makes sense that the game is somewhere in between.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Nov. 22 2019

Cast: Alex, Dan, Abby

Posted by: Abby

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Terminator: Resistance

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Bethesda developed The Terminator: Future Shock in 1995, and that was pretty well regarded I believe.

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Kinda reminds me of a Terminator version of that last Homefront game. I'm intrigued, but the $60 price tag (on consoles) seems a bit steep.

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I just finished this last night - I think this is the first FPS I've finished completely in years. The game weirdly gets better as it goes along, even though its really short. Gunning down terminators with laser guns in the second half of the game is super satisfying. They give it a harsh go in the quicklook but to be fair, the start of the game is not good - and its definitely a B-Game, but its so good at the end.

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PSA: Dark Fate is an alright Terminator movie (C+, B-). First third is actually quite good. The first few minutes might also be one of the best things you ever see in the terminator franchise.

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Follow the objective marker until cool thing happens. Feels like a Call of Duty campaign from 2005.

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This is the perfect B-Game. I'm so happy they still exist.

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So it's a 40 dollar budget title with a 20 dollar movie license.

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Why does that Terminator have actual teeth rather than metal teeth?!

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@hero_swe said:

This is the perfect B-Game. I'm so happy they still exist.

Same here, i really love it when one of these games come around. It not happening very much these days.

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It would have been nice to see something other than the boring intro that was already shown on UPF. Maybe something from later on with actual combat. But then that would have required some amount of forethought so why bother.

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I would have expected this quick look to be a little bit further into the game, since the start of it is pretty dull. I honestly expect most quick looks to be done with at least an hour of experience with the game. The if you think the beginning of the game is worth showing, by all means start up a new game.

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HE'S A MAN NOT A GOD

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@pazuzu2600: yeah, I was surprised they didn't remember that and Skynet. Future Shock was one of the first FPS games with official mouselook, not to mention that the 3D engine was very sophisticated for the time.

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Why does that Terminator have actual teeth rather than metal teeth?!

The T-800 Model Arnold played had real looking teeth.

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After watching this Quick Look, they all sound like a bunch of negative Nancies. I don't know why, but Giantbomb and GBeast just seem really negative with the video games that have been announced or released lately. Maybe they all need a vacation.

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Glad to see Dan has regained his Terminator license after it was previously revoked following the 2014 incident.

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Looks like something I might've enjoyed back in 2003, after my younger-self had just seen the third Terminator movie and would've been in the mood for a game in the same universe. But in 2019 and with a 60€ price tag? Yeah, no thanks.

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@bezerker285: It's $40 and by the end of the year you will see it on a Steam sale for $20 or $30

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@kriswlak said:

After watching this Quick Look, they all sound like a bunch of negative Nancies. I don't know why, but Giantbomb and GBeast just seem really negative with the video games that have been announced or released lately. Maybe they all need a vacation.

Ya it has a very positive rating on steam with 648 reviews, its almost like 23min of gameplay doesn't give you a good sense of whats in the game.

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Yeah, questionable choice to do the QL at the part of the game that was already shown on the site.

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@zoofame said:

It would have been nice to see something other than the boring intro that was already shown on UPF. Maybe something from later on with actual combat. But then that would have required some amount of forethought so why bother.

For sure giving that its been 7 days since the UPF segment I was expecting to see a few hours into the game I feel like this QL had less gameplay then what Jeff played.

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Why is Eli Vance in this game?

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@djredbat said:
@kriswlak said:

After watching this Quick Look, they all sound like a bunch of negative Nancies. I don't know why, but Giantbomb and GBeast just seem really negative with the video games that have been announced or released lately. Maybe they all need a vacation.

Ya it has a very positive rating on steam with 648 reviews, its almost like 23min of gameplay doesn't give you a good sense of whats in the game.

The last single game/big game Quick Looks are: Shenmue III, Age of Empires II Definitive, Pokemon, and Jedi: Fallen Order, all of which they are VERY positive on, including Shenmue III, which seems terrible but also wonderful.

They don't owe this game a positive spin, they've been VERY positive on games both large and small. And this game seems like a mediocre game with a license quickly slapped on to cash in on a movie, and it looks WAY more boring than said movie.

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@kriswlak: They've all had a love affair going with The Outer Worlds in addition to stuff others have mentioned. You're exaggerating (or a Death Stranding fan hah).

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@ripelivejam: LOL! You got me! I have been enjoying Death Stranding, though, I'm in the middle of Episode 3; so I'm not that far. But yes, I am exaggerating a bit.

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@undeadpool: Very true! I'm just glad they all seem to be enjoying Luigi's Mansion 3 (that game is a real gem). Outer Worlds and Jedi Fallen Order are on my list of what to play next.

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Welp that's some motion blur. Also something about the movement looks like it feels bad like a Fallout 3 or something.

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@zoofame: UPF requires a premium account. Quick Looks do not. There's nothing wrong with showing the game's intro to non-premium viewers.

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Dan isn't wrong. Those wookies do look very bad. Especially against the rest of the game which looks great!

Anyway, onto this game. It doesn't actually look that bad. It's better than it has any right to be that's for sure.

The voice acting though... Woof. That one dude is essentially the continuation of Dan's "4 shitters to 2!!"

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@kriswlak: to be honest, the internet in general is a bunch of negative nancies. Even Giant Bomb comments have gotten negative. Everyone is jaded. That's why I don't like reading comments or reviews.

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@kriswlak: @luciddreams117: While I agree the internet could serve to lighten up (being jaded is often confused with being smart/interesting), I actually think the site's been going in a pretty positive direction. That Shenmue III QL is pure joy (even Abby starts skeptical and gets won over by the end), the Clue Crew is just starting. Another Vinnivania dropped. I recommend, if you want community engagement, staying out of reading comments and just sticking with the forums, where the actual discussions generally go on.

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I'd love to see a play through of this. I'm not a big terminator guy (or movie guy in general) but the surprising quality of this makes me feel like I need to see this game through. I'm always rooting for the underdog and by gosh Teyon are an underdog.

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20:05

I read that for some dumb legal/licensing reason the people who made The Sarah Connor Chronicles weren't allowed to use the word "terminator", so they had to write around it by using dumb names and slang terms. Is the same thing going on here?

It's always so blatantly stupid and artificial when they have characters make up dumb terms when there is already thoroughly established nomenclature. Any creature that resembles a zombie would be called a god damned zombie. But if you're not legally allowed to, whatcha gonna do.

Lena Headey is pretty good casting for Sarah Connor by the way.
Apparently it helps to do a good Sarah Connor if your initials are LH.

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This doesn't seem like a good game, but good enough for people who want a Terminator tinged future resistance FPS to be happy.

I'm with the beasters regarding the post-apocalyptic future hellscape being the least interesting part of Terminator. It can work great as interludes or glimpses like in the first movie. But it's not a place worth lingering on, because then it kind of just becomes warfare in battlefields. Especially in game form that just seems highly uninteresting to explore.

But Teyon appears to have done a decent job, and I like how they're depicting T-800's, which is to make them T-800's, creepy and intimidating, at least in the footage I've seen. You avoid them or you die. That's something that people have recently started to surface as something potentially worth expanding on, through the idea of a Terminator Isolation.

And yes, I too got extreme Homefront Revolution vibes from seeing this game. It looks very much like that but with robutts.

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Is it just me or did the Beastcast crew just talk way to much during the quick look? Made it hard for me to get a good representation on the quick look. shhhh quiet..

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Cookie cutter shooter with a theme that is pimping my childhood. Will most likely wait for a deep cut sale if at all to be honest.

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I thought abby was a film major as well,she had to have seen the first two terminator movies

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Extremely important note: In British English judgement with an E is the correct spelling.

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@ames said:

I just finished this last night - I think this is the first FPS I've finished completely in years. The game weirdly gets better as it goes along, even though its really short. Gunning down terminators with laser guns in the second half of the game is super satisfying. They give it a harsh go in the quicklook but to be fair, the start of the game is not good - and its definitely a B-Game, but its so good at the end.

This is good to hear. Sounds like the kind of game I’ll pick up for $15 in a year and have a fun weekend or week of playing. Thanks for the mini-review!

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Maybe it’s cuz I’m watching this on a phone but I don’t get the general negatively from the 3. This seems totally fine, totally competent but they just refuse to compliment any part of it.

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@kriswlak: most of them are getting old and jaded. Also, they are “critics” so for some reason they seem to think they always have to be negative, which is not something a good critic does. They do the easy “critic” crutch of discussing the negative without focusing on any positive. Probably because management is pretty laid back so they don’t really have to do any serious work. Just hop into a quick look and say this looks like garbage for 20 minutes and call it a video. I don’t even keep my membership because of their opinions on games anymore.

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@ames said:

I just finished this last night - I think this is the first FPS I've finished completely in years. The game weirdly gets better as it goes along, even though its really short. Gunning down terminators with laser guns in the second half of the game is super satisfying. They give it a harsh go in the quicklook but to be fair, the start of the game is not good - and its definitely a B-Game, but its so good at the end.

Right away I can't stress enough how this is not an insult or some way to mock you - a really genuine question - do you not play a lot of first person shooters? Because it seems like there are plenty out there that are pretty good so I'm curious why you chose this one to play through of all the stuff on the market? As you yourself said it is like a B-game at best.

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@humanity:I like terminator stuff, and playing an actual fps game with blap blap laser beams, its just awesome. I wish it was a better game, but yanno you take what you can get. What can I say, I just enjoyed it.

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Not sure if anyone else here has mentioned this, but Dan said that Terminator 2 is the closest he's ever come to crying from a movie, which is a lie! Dan (along with Alex and Vinny) cry during the end of Furious Seven. That film and 40s is incredible and their emotional reaction to Paul Walker's send off is really sweet and heartfelt.

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