Review TERMINATOR GENISYS: GUARDIAN
A run-of-the-mill shoot’em up
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 06 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Gorgeous graphics, set in the terminator universe, good controls
Missions are incredibly basic, everything feels too linear, upgrades are boring
Licensed games have never really been what one would call good. Terminator Genisys: Revolution for Android doesn’t really do anything to alleviate that trend, but it didn’t dig it further into the ground either.
You’ll start of with another drawn out tutorial that mixes some forgettable story elements with game mechanics you’ve already learned a thousand times now. Soon enough, you’re thrown into the game, mowing down terminators in increments of three! That’s right, you’ll fight wave after wave of terminators, but only three at a time, which means difficulty never really spikes that much and gameplay always feels a little flat because of it.
Don’t get me wrong, the shooting mechanics are good. Aiming is fluid and easy, and the animations are all wonderful. But you go from assault level, to shotgun level, to sniper level, and back to assault level again. Nothing ever really changes but the scenery.
As you play the game, you’ll earn money that can be used to upgrade your gear. Unfortunately, the game uses gear unlocks as gates to prevent you from moving too far ahead, so even though you get to decide which mission to do first, you’re stuck doing exactly what they want anyway. They give you an illusion of freedom, but that’s it.
I wish there was more to say about the game, but Terminator Genisys: Revolution is just a cookie-cutter on-rails shooter, and aside from being set in the Terminator universe, there really isn’t anything noteworthy about this game when compared to any others in the genre.