The fan-made FPS Terminator being developed by ‘The Original Studios’ just released their Alpha 2.0 for testing. The Alpha contains two maps, the first (San Francisco Bay) a remake of the map featured in the first Alpha and the second (Downtown L.A.) a sandbox environment with a linear mission that lets you decide what route you want to take, surface and HK’s (Hunter Killers, think big tank with intimidating robot face) and Terminators or sunken buildings with Mini HK’s.
“This is a single player experience for all terminator fans using the unreal engine III by Epic Games. set in the year 2029 you are placed in the boots a of soldier serving for humankind against the ruthless army of machines. The final campaign will feature nine chapters of a roller coaster ride, inspired by James Cameron’s masterpiece franchise.
Confront the many killing machines at skynet’s disposal including the HK aerial, the HK tank, the mini HK, and the legendary T800 with an arsenal of futuristic plasma weapons. game by Kevin M. Bryant. custom content by Kevin M. Bryant. custom audio by Ben Sterry. original score by Thom Maggs. gears of war content by Epic Games. unreal technology by Epic Games.Terminator Franchise in honor to James Cameron.”
Remember that this is a tech demo and not a game demo; it’s bound to have bugs and is a preview of things to come as far as the game’s concerned. The most obvious bug I’ve encountered is the first level having most of its floor in psychedelic colours that make me wonder if the resistance had given up trying to fight Skynet and took whatever drugs were left post-nukes. Aside from this the demo runs fairly smoothly and looked beautiful on full settings.
You get to use a single weapon, the famous Phased Plasma Rifle (40w range ofc) and a few pipe bombs against the forces of Skynet which consists of HK’s, mini flying HK’s and of course the famous Terminators themselves (T700’s/T800’s: older dull grey and movie famous silver respectively). Whilst the enemy are armed with plasma weapons the Terminators themselves can also grab you if you get to close…and…well do what they do best, terminate you. I’m really glad that this game mechanic was added as it demonstrates that realistically if you let one of those things near you:
“It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!” – Kyle Reese
Overall the tech demo is well worth the download (372 mb), and gives gamers something they’ve not had for a long time, a decent Terminator gaming experience. (Oh for the days of T2: The Arcade Game, Future Shock and SkyNET). You can download the demo here from IndieDB, and follow the game’s development here at ModDB. Don’t forget to patch over the install’s Binaries folder with the one accompanying the install else you won’t be enjoying the Terminator goodness!