One thing that any self-respecting gamer knows is that almost all video games based on movies tend to have a high risk of being disappointing and even *cough* lame. You may remember the debacle that was ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.’ It was a fun concept based on a fantastic movie that was so unplayable that even I couldn’t finish it, and I’m a die-hard completionist and Riddick fan. ‘The Matrix Online?’ Hard pass. I think I probably need not remind you (but I will anyway) of the worst one ever: the Atari 2600’s ‘ET the Extraterrestrial.’
On the other hand, there have been some winners. ‘Golden Eye’ and ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic‘ are considered by some to be among the greatest games ever. Plus, the Spider-Man game franchise has been doing pretty well. Though, to be fair to the nay-sayers, all these games are simply set in the movie universe, not following the movies themselves.
This brings me to the recent news, that game publisher Reef Entertainment has announced they are making a game set in the ‘Terminator’ universe called ‘Terminator: Resistance.’ It’s set 30 years after Skynet had its tantrum. It’s a first-person shooter from the vantage point of Resistance soldier Jacob Rivers. Apparently, it follows the old trope of start out as a nobody and rising up through the game to be an unstoppable god(dess). Yes, I’m skeptical.
I have always hated what has been done to ‘Terminator’ by gaming companies and the studios. I still cringe in disgust every time I see yet another reboot of a mindless ‘Terminator’ shooter in an arcade, designed to simply eat your quarters without delivering any story or survival fun. I truly hope that Reef Entertainment will pull this off and respect this cornerstone of our beloved SciFi universe! It’s set to be released on December 3rd to PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
For now, we can only speculate and judge it by the trailer. I’m still skeptical. The movements are dated and robotic, but to be fair it’s still in development and likely to get a lot of tweaks. However, the environments are pretty cool, and who doesn’t like taking a jog through post-apocalyptic worlds? Take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself!
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly