The Terminator: Future Shock
If You Stop To Think About Exactly what it is that makes Doom the most addictive first-person perspective shoot 'em up in the history of the galaxy, you'll probably find that the answer is rather simple - it's because the gameplay more violent and gory than any of the Doom copycats that have appeared over the last year.
Heretic is a good game, but for me it's just not as much fun throwing spells at people and waving your wand about compared to taking out mutant soldiers with a double-barrelled shotgun. Rise Of The Triad would have been all right if you didn't have to spend half your time pogoing around the place on bouncy platforms, and Cyclones could have been the absolute business if it didn't have an interface from Hell.
I haven't seen very much of Terminator yet, but I played around with it for a while at the ects and it really does look like it's going to be the best Doom clone around by a very long, long shot. This is partially down to the fact that as a Terminator movie tie-in, the way the game works really is ideally suited to its futuristic setting; there's a lot more to it than just shooting at people.
Familiar plot shock
The plot is pretty much what you would expect. Skynet are on the rampage again and, having decided that they don't like humans very much, they declare war by launching nuclear weapons. Millions are killed, and those who survive are thrown into death camps. You play one of the survivors who escapes from such a camp and meets up with a member of the resistance, who loses his life while trying to help you to safety. Before he dies he gives you the location of his car and tells you to find John Connor, leader of the resistance movement.
The game starts with you driving to the resistance and heroically joining the movement. You are given missions throughout to complete which involve driving, rescuing prisoners from death camps, flying an fighter, or simply walking about shooting the hell out of everything in sight. The variety in the types of mission, plus the influence of an original science fiction storyline based on the movies is what gives Terminator the vital edge over the other Doom type games around. You also get to explore the inside of every building you come across on the landscape.
To be honest, it's a bit of an insult to compare Terminator: future Shock to Doom clones such as Rise Of The Triad, Cyclones, and even Heretic. It has more features than the lot of them put together, the graphics are bloody gorgeous and I for one just can't wait to see it when it comes out in December. Hopefully we'll have a full review of the game in our next issue. Watch this space.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode