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Today Touch Arcade spent some time at Gameloft's Manhattan offices to preview two upcoming games for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The most significant of the two is upcoming Terminator Salvation, a third-person shooter to be released in time for the May 27th release of the film by the same name.  (More on the other title, shortly.)

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In Terminator Salvation, the player assumes the role of both star John Connor and Marcus Wright, a terminator who believes himself to be human, depending on the stage in question.  The game closely follows the movie, but features certain enemy machines that are exclusive to the iPhone game.

Gameplay involves moving through various indoor and outdoor levels, following a cue arrow and destroying all enemies that get in the way.  At the beginning of each level, the player is presented with a  briefing, detailing the enemies within, including their individual points of vulnerability (head, torso, legs, etc.).  While most of the gameplay is on-foot, certain levels involve driving an armed vehicle and manning the on-board cannon.  The main game utilizes touch controls--virtual left thumb stick for motion, screen swipes to aim the target reticle, and a right thumb press for fire--while an accelerometer controlled maze mini-game must be completed to unlock certain doors.

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Terminator Salvation features eight different levels with a boss at the end of each and in-engine cut scenes spread throughout.  Six weapons are available to fend off the baddies: shot gun, grende launcher, gatlin gun, surge cannon, assault rifle, and T1 chain gun.  One aspect of the game is collecting memory chips, which allows for switching between weapons as well as collecting various art items (details on this are scant right now).

The game offers about 2-3 hours of playtime and the drama of finding out...is Marcus a good guy...or bad.

The development build of the game I played is graphically impressive and ran at a decent framerate on the first-generation iPod touch (the slowest member of the iPhone family).  In the brief time I spent with the title, I found it to be a pretty fun game to play but noted that the screen-swipe targeting controls, as opposed to, say, a virtual right thumb-stick, take some getting used to.

Terminator Salvation will be released during the first week of May and will retail at a premium price-point of $7.99 - $9.99.  We will take a much closer look when the game goes live.

TouchArcade Rating

  • spamboy

    Sweet. Wonder what the other title is.

    "The game offers about 4-5 hours of playtime and the drama of finding out…is Marcus a good guy…or bad."

    Way overplayed genre. *sigh*

    • Brett

      Yea, what was the other title?

      • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

        Dude, I am not a machine...

  • spamboy

    Sweet. Wonder what the other title is.

    "The game offers about 4-5 hours of playtime and the drama of finding out…is Marcus a good guy…or bad."

    Way overplayed genre. *sigh*

    • Brett

      Yea, what was the other title?

      • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

        Dude, I am not a machine...

  • Alichan76

    Gameloft...hmmm...I guess they must be making a killin' selling all these 3D action games, but the real question is....can they sleep at night? Thankfully they are producing a few gems (UNO, Brain Challenge and the like) that feel really native the iDevice, so maybe their not reaching for the sleeping tablets just yet...

    • Kris Jones

      Sleep at night?

      Because they are so immoral and selfish to supply the AppStore with 3D action games that people may buy at their own whim?

      Or because they spend all night making the games?

      • Alichan76

        Hello, I was being facetious...sorry you didn't that.

      • Alichan76

        ....and Kris, just to set your (justified?) misunderstanding right, all I was suggesting was that I wish Gameloft would spend more of its clearly very talented time, making more games that are really suited to the iDevice and taking advantage of it's unique design. We've seen other smaller developers do it. Imagine what a big company like Gameloft could achieve...of course I realize, and understand, why games like Terminator Salvation are so popular, and I do appreciate the effort that goes into making them, but I also think that my trusty iPod friend deserves a more tailor-made approach than we are currently seeing. I am very curious how the market will develop. Sorry my previous post came across as unthinking or something...

  • Alichan76

    Gameloft...hmmm...I guess they must be making a killin' selling all these 3D action games, but the real question is....can they sleep at night? Thankfully they are producing a few gems (UNO, Brain Challenge and the like) that feel really native the iDevice, so maybe their not reaching for the sleeping tablets just yet...

    • Kris Jones

      Sleep at night?

      Because they are so immoral and selfish to supply the AppStore with 3D action games that people may buy at their own whim?

      Or because they spend all night making the games?

      • Alichan76

        Hello, I was being facetious...sorry you didn't that.

      • Alichan76

        ....and Kris, just to set your (justified?) misunderstanding right, all I was suggesting was that I wish Gameloft would spend more of its clearly very talented time, making more games that are really suited to the iDevice and taking advantage of it's unique design. We've seen other smaller developers do it. Imagine what a big company like Gameloft could achieve...of course I realize, and understand, why games like Terminator Salvation are so popular, and I do appreciate the effort that goes into making them, but I also think that my trusty iPod friend deserves a more tailor-made approach than we are currently seeing. I am very curious how the market will develop. Sorry my previous post came across as unthinking or something...

  • LBG

    Looks like a BIA sci-fi makeover. But seeing as BIA was so good, that's a good thing :D . And the graphics look a bit sharper, especailly the character models.

  • LBG

    Looks like a BIA sci-fi makeover. But seeing as BIA was so good, that's a good thing :D . And the graphics look a bit sharper, especailly the character models.

  • mohawk

    post talks about two upcoming games...what was another title...is it assasins creed.!

  • mohawk

    post talks about two upcoming games...what was another title...is it assasins creed.!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Yes, BIA 2 :)
    But that's ok :)

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Yes, BIA 2 :)
    But that's ok :)

  • Yagami light

    Hopefully they make a Sarah Connor Chronicles game too. Imagine being able to fight Cromartie (the coolest terminator in the series)! You coup even play as Cameron!

    • menom

      no idea what you're on about, Yagami, - but good luck!

      even better - imagine being able to beat the bejesus out of news-anchors

      sooh-cooool

      do the math

      keepin' it real

      etec

      etc

      etc

      etc

      etc

      etc

      et

      e

      .

  • Yagami light

    Hopefully they make a Sarah Connor Chronicles game too. Imagine being able to fight Cromartie (the coolest terminator in the series)! You coup even play as Cameron!

    • menom

      no idea what you're on about, Yagami, - but good luck!

      even better - imagine being able to beat the bejesus out of news-anchors

      sooh-cooool

      do the math

      keepin' it real

      etec

      etc

      etc

      etc

      etc

      etc

      et

      e

      .

  • Tunawrap

    Looks like utter crap to me.

  • Tunawrap

    Looks like utter crap to me.

  • Aidan

    it looks great, but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that much for only eight levels.

    i really want it though!!!

  • Aidan

    it looks great, but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that much for only eight levels.

    i really want it though!!!

  • Yoshi 256

    I hope it's cheap.

  • Yoshi 256

    I hope it's cheap.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I've updated the post, adding a little more detail regarding my time with the game and based on a correction request (play time). FYI.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I've updated the post, adding a little more detail regarding my time with the game and based on a correction request (play time). FYI.