To this day I would defend The Matrix as one of the best, most influential features of the late 20th century. It had everything I ever longed for in these kinds of movies and then some, with a compelling story, astonishing imagery and the energy and verve to put every other sci-fi flick of the last 20 years to shame. But, during the second half of the second Matrix movie I began to secretly wish Neo had taken the blue pill.
Brad said that while playing Indigo Prophecy he felt he was seeing a new genre being born, and I couldn't agree more. This game is the opening salvo of the "suspense" genre, making it all the more surprising that, for the most part, its aim is true.
On page two of the instruction manual, director David Cage states that his dissatisfaction with videogames' emphasis on action and neglect of emotion led him to create Indigo Prophecy. He clearly states that the game's goal is to sacrifice neither the interactivity nor the narrative in an attempt to create an experience that is richer and deeper than "killing monsters in corridors and shooting crates to find ammunition."
Terminator: Redemption isn't a great game. It doesn't break any new ground in concept or execution, and the graphics aren't exactly eye-popping. It is, however, the best Terminator console game, and comes right on the heels of a game so bad I didn't bother to review it, and then one of the worst professionally made video games of this generation. It's not a perfect game by any means, but when put in the context of Atari's brutal mishandling of the Terminator franchise, this game is nothing less than them knocking one out of the park.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Language, Partial Nudity, Violence
According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language, Violence
Shadow Ops was designed to engage the player in a story-driven action game with a somewhat realistic, modern military setting. But it flops in a big way on every count.
I only mention these games because it's important to realize that, at one time, the Terminator franchise was at the bleeding edge of FPSs, pioneering entirely new gameplay mechanics even as they were putting out solid games. It's only with this in mind that it's possible to see just how far the series has fallen, and what an incredible disappointment Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines really is.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language, Violence
I've been known to sip a cold one or two (or three) when I do my gaming. I know it's probably not a very professional thing for me to do—imagine Ebert hitting the bar before his afternoon screening of The Manchurian Candidate. But videogames are time-consuming endeavors.