Review: Terminator: Resistance screenshot

In the wake of the poor box office for Terminator: Dark Fate a film that is struggling to draw audiences despite the return of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, as well as producer James Cameron it appears that the inevitable may have to be faced: Terminator, as a franchise, can’t re-capture the blockbuster quality of its formative years.

Whilst 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day both remain outstanding films today, decades after their initial release, the sci-fi franchise continues to stumble from bad to worse playing games with its lore, breaking universe-rules, and creating a head-scratching cat’s cradle of a timeline. While appearances of the Terminator (such as in NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11) still generates hype, the fallout from hit-and-miss comics, TV series, and video games has contributed to years of Terminator projects that can’t hold a Phase Plasma Rifle to the cinematic masterpieces that started it all.

And Terminator: Resistance Reef Entertainment’s new first-person shooter set in this iconic apocalyptic universe is unfortunately one more disappointing venture in a franchise that repeatedly fails to rise from the ashes of the nuclear fire.

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